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linsey852
Hi everyone. I apologize for the length of this post. I'm honestly trying not to include any superfluous or redundant information but I still want to be thorough.

So I thought I would see if anyone had any suggestions for me. I love my lunette cynthia but I believe that I would do better with a softer cup with similar dimensions. I am, however, still open to potentially still making my current cup work or looking for a different sort of change if someone with more experience than myself thinks it would help.

I keep having issues with having some sort of awkward cramping every now and again with my lunette. Like it doesn't quite feel like the cup is conforming to the shape of my vagina throughout the day and my muscles are straining against it. During some points in my period I don't feel it at all but towards the end I can usually feel it all day and it's quite uncomfortable. This is becoming more of an issue as time goes on because my periods are getting lighter and more infrequent due to my IUD, yet I still need a cup when my period does come. It seems like my muscles were more relaxed when I had more normal periods than they are now. I know that using a cup when you're on your period and off of it is very different, but I essentially need a cup that I can use off of my period too now because I don't know how long it last these days, when it might come, or when it's actually over. I use my cup in anticipation of my period a lot, and it used to work splendidly but since my periods have gotten lighter my body doesn't seem as comfortable with my lunette as it used to be.

The stem is trimmed completely off so I don't think that is my issue either, and the cup is fully open. I love the dimensions, the capacity, the color, and overall design and everything else. I just really wish my cup were a bit softer because I'm getting the sense more and more that that is my problem. But then again, maybe it's the rim or something else that I may not have even thought of. My first cup was a divacup which I believe is a bit softer than a small lunette. I never had issues getting it open and usually when I did have it in it felt fine. My only issue was it's length because it started to poke out of me as it crept down throughout the day and that was very uncomfortable. I've gotten pretty good at inserting and removing cups so I don't think that I would miss the springy action too much when inserting the cup, and I managed inserting the small diva well enough.

So... is a softer cup my best bet? Is there any other factor that anyone thinks could make a difference? Any help is very appreciated.
 
juliiie87juliiie87 on July 11th, 2013 08:51 am (UTC)
I'm thinking it could possibly be the length as well, or most likely a combo of stiffness and shape. Meluna soft (closest in size is the medium) is the most unlikely to cause you any pains, it's just so darn squishy! Some people complain they can't make it open, however I don't find that true, all it takes is the right technique. Si-bell is also very soft and more rounded than the Lunette. There's a bunch of others, like the small Sckoon that might also fi the bill, although I think the rim of the Sckoon is quite springy/firm so I'm not sure about that.
m03m on July 11th, 2013 09:50 am (UTC)
Is this a small? Then you may need a wider cup that can sit around the cervix more comfortably.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on July 11th, 2013 12:13 pm (UTC)
Compare the dimensions of your cups to others at http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ or at any of the size charts at the Community FAQ. There are also stiffness ratings. And also consider shape if you want to try yet another cup.

If you like the squishy-ness of the Diva, try flipping it inside out to shorten it. It's perfectly OK to wear it that way if you like it.
trejoytrejoy on July 11th, 2013 03:36 pm (UTC)
When I tried the lunette as 'insurance' it was not comfortable at all. The sckoon and soft meluna, as well as the femmecup, have worked a lot better for me as 'just in case' cups.
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on July 11th, 2013 10:26 pm (UTC)
I definitely feel more pressure with the Lunette due to its wider hoopskirt shape and medium firmness throughout. I do better with longer, narrower cups even when they are equally firm -- the Diva, Cuplee, and LadyCup all work well for me. The rim of the LadyCup is actually firmer than the rim of the Lunette, but doesn't bother me at all because the body is so much softer. The Diva feels about as firm as the Lunette, and the Cuplee is much softer. However, it's not much shorter than the small Diva, so it might not address the length issue you had with the Diva.

Have you seen the photo comparison library? It might be helpful in looking at cup shapes and lengths and narrowing down your options. http://menstrualcups.friendhood.net/f52-moderator-s-photo-library
Menstrualcup.coloveyourcup on July 14th, 2013 09:45 am (UTC)
softer cup
The problem with softer cup is that they can be a bit harder to insert but some have a soft body with a bit stiffer rim. I personnal prefer those kinds. Femmecup is really good like that but a bit too small for me. I tried this month of the newer cup im selling, the Korean one, Bella cup and got to say I think it's my favourite so far. http://shop.menstrualcup.co/products/Bella.html

Si bell is very (very) soft all over, i was surprised how well it sealed.

Hope this helps.