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So I got my first cup in April, the Lunette Large. I never really had an issue with it until now. Obviously it took me a little while to get it right but after i got it in right a few times I fell in love. Well I've been on a quest for losing weight for about 3 months now. But my main exercise routine was Zumba. All was fine. And then I took up running and OMG I ran two miles with my lunette in and I was soooo swollen and itchy irritated down there! I figure it's because running is a little more intense maybe????Not sure but the ridges at the bottom of my cup have chafed me raw down there. I tried turning it in side out and some how it got stuck up in there up side down stuck to my cervix! YIKES! I did manage to get it out though but will never try that again because it scared me so bad! I'm looking for some cups without ridges.... and maybe some input on them. I'm thinking about a Ladycup but I've heard from reviews that they are a lot harder to remove than most. Are there any women out there with simiar issues with Lunette? And what brands could be recommended?
 
 
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teacupcake89 on July 20th, 2013 11:01 pm (UTC)
have you tried removing the grip rings with nail clippers/scissors and filing them smooth with a metal nail file/sandpaper?

I wouldn't suggest the Ladycup unless you have light periods, as the low airholes mean it has low capacity.

A Large Si-bell could be a good option as it has no grip rings and a good long thin stem if you need it and high capacity, or a Large JuJu (expensive though and has 'butterfly' grips on the base). Or a Large Keeper Mooncup which has no grip rings on the base and a long stem if you need it, it's around the same stiffness as your Large Lunette but the rim is thicker and it holds less. compare them in the albums here so you can see how they actually look like next to your Lunette: http://menstrualcups.friendhood.net/f52-moderator-s-photo-library

in the meanwhile: apply lots of coconut oil for soothing your chafed/sore areas as it's soothing, moisturising and anti-fungal so won't give you a yeast infection! :)
love4autumn on July 20th, 2013 11:30 pm (UTC)
issues with Lunetee thinking of switching
well, I'm thinking it may have gave me a yeast infection... it's been three days since that and I'm STILL swollen and itchy. I got some cream for yeast infections today at the store.

As far as capacity goes I could do something small. The most i EVER filled my Lunette was a little over half an ounce. So I don't think something smaller would hurt. Would like something reasonably priced seeing as I'm not paying for it my man is lol. He's not happy about having to buy me anew one because Lunette was damn near $40. I'm thinking ladycup or Keeper. But keeper looks big around. The Lunette made me feel like i had to pee constantly... does that have anything to do with how firm or big your cup is in circumference? I never had any issues removing Lunette aside from the the time it turned on me. So I'm thinking it won't be quite so bad if i get Ladycup??? That was something i never figured out. It seemed like no matter if i placed my cup in high or low it always made me feel like i had to pee....assuming it was running into my bladder????any tips for how to not feel that> Cause that was another thing that really annoyed me with lunette.

Edited at 2013-07-20 11:34 pm (UTC)
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on July 21st, 2013 06:31 pm (UTC)
Re: issues with Lunetee thinking of switching
Welcome! As everyone else has suggested, a cup without ridges or (maybe) a shorter cup with a long and smooth stem might work better for you. (I haven't tried a lot of brands yet so others will have better suggestions.) The good news is, you can always sell your old Lunette at mc_sales and get some of that $ back--it may be someone else's Goldilocks cup!
love4autumn on July 21st, 2013 12:53 am (UTC)
cup reconstruction
I also would be afraid to use clippers or nail files , and sandpaper on my cup for fear i would ruin it.
m03m on July 21st, 2013 09:44 am (UTC)
Re: cup reconstruction
I have modified my Fleurcup like this and it's not ruined at all. Before, it was useless to me as I could not wear it at all; now it's my perfect cup.
love4autumn on July 21st, 2013 11:46 pm (UTC)
Si Bell vs Mami
You said something about the Si-Bell cup and I did some digging on that and it looks about what I want. Only I found the Mami cup that looks a lot like it but it's cheaper and the ridged that run down the cup like Si-Bell look a little more defined... are they? Anyone have any of these cups or both? I want it as smooth as possible but soft. I noticed on the Ladcup there are little grippers at the bottom to help grip it.... not so sure about that. WAnt to make sure it's as smooth as i can get it.
teacupcake89 on July 22nd, 2013 12:01 am (UTC)
Re: Si Bell vs Mami
The Mami cup certainly looks very smooth (similar to a si-bell but with a fleurcup stem) according to here in the comments: http://menstrualcups.wordpress.com/2012/08/13/mami-cup/ the mami cup is a bit stiffer than the si-bell.
Luceafaraluceafara on July 21st, 2013 02:07 am (UTC)
It could be that the cup shape simply does not work for you.

I only go for ridgeless cups as well.
I usually run every day, and the ones I tested with running: small Fleurcup (after some initial problems I can say that love love love it, with stem cut off and turned inside out), the small soft Meluna that leaked a tiny bit duing runs, and the small classic soft Meluna, which, though stiff, was not a problem and did not leak a drop. Just got my small Si-bell yesterday, and have not run with it yet, but the softness is a dream. It caugt 24 hrs of non-mentrual fluids with narry a leak.

I wear mine every day, and have been spotting but have not had a full on period yet, though.
love4autumn on July 21st, 2013 11:01 pm (UTC)
???
does firmness play a roll with it making me feel like I have to pee??? Do softer cups ease that? I know firm cups are said to be easier to pop open. Because that is very annoying. Has anyone had a Lunette cup before that they switched for a ladcup?? If so what did you think? Which cup did you like better and why? I'm really leaning towards ladycup. I'm not a heavy bleeder so I don't think the small capacity would really matter. I'm just worried about having issues getting it out. I Never had issues with my Lunette , aside from when i turned it in side out.
teacupcake89 on July 21st, 2013 11:19 pm (UTC)
Re: ???
yes and yes. The Ladycup has a soft body but a stiff rim though so it might not necessarily feel less stiff to you/press on your bladder less. you could always get a small Lunette as that's softer than the large?
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on July 24th, 2013 01:14 am (UTC)
Re: ???
My first cup was a small Lunette, followed by a small LadyCup. I think the Lunette is a great starter cup because it's right in the middle (size, shape, firmness, grippiness), but the LadyCup is the one I always reach for. The Lunette presses a little on my bladder, the LadyCup does not. I also find the LadyCup easier to pop open due to the firmer rim. It has never leaked on me. It is a little slippery to remove, but I just grip the stem with my nails and pull gently down until I can pinch the bottom of the cup to break the seal. I ended up wanting a higher capacity cup than the small LadyCup, but didn't want the width of the large LadyCup, so I went for a Cuplee. Now those two are my go-to cups -- the Cuplee for my one heavy day and the LadyCup for everything else.