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28 July 2013 @ 05:24 pm
Soooo....  Ive been lurking for a while and doing a lot of research on menstrual cups.  I over-research EVERYTHING, its one of my better qualities.
Ive never been a fan of tampons,  and pads are always just a mess - literally.

Well I took the plunge and bought a Sckoon cup (small).   I had narrowed it down to a Meluna M, Lunette S, or the Sckoon cup I ended up with.  I could NOT be happier with my choice.  The reason I liked the Sckoon cup was because the shape looked more natural (no clue if it actually is), all of the reviews I read had good things to say, and the fact it had the little grippys on the bottom of the outside to make retrieval easier if you cut off the stem.
Surprisingly the stem doesnt bother me at all!!

It arrived about halfway through my cycle,  just past my heaviest day.   Amazingly I got it in and to pop open pretty easily!!  This cup is a bit tricky to keep folded during insertion,  but the trade off is that it pops open super easily once inside.  I managed to get it in and seemingly in the right place within just a couple minutes.  No leakage yet (3 days of use).  Im super stoked about it,  One of the times I put it back in,  I could feel the stem, but only because my cervix was SUPER low.   Which is really strange for my body.  I cut about half the stem off,  now its perfect.  It hasnt been the slightest bit uncomfortable.   I can not give good enough reviews of it!!

My flow has been very light though.   The cup was smaller then I had expected,  but I had not seen any in person.  In some of the pictures they look HUGE!  I was slightly intimidated until I got it in the mail  (I ordered it on Amazon).  

One question though.   When mine pops open,  the top is completely open and my cervix just barely sits inside it,  BUT the bottom of my c-fold at the base of the cup doesnt pop all the way out.   Its like there isnt enough air inside it.  Is this common? Is this bad?   It hasnt leaked,  but my flow has been barely there.  

Also,  removal was a little harder to figure out than insertion,  but I managed.   The great thing about this cup is that it doesnt have that ridge to scrape like I had seen so many people complain about.  Its somehow extremely soft,  but yet rigid in its shape (does that even make sense?).  I was impressed the learning curve wasnt as bad as I had thought.  I was seriously concerned about not being able to figure it out.  Being very comfortable with your body definitely helps.   Cant be scared to get your fingers up in there and see whats happening.   XD

Im probably going to try the lunette or meluna as well so I have a back up,   any recommendations?

Thank you for all the help and support you have provided!!  I dont forsee ever using tampons again!!  WWHHHOOOOHOOOOO
Luceafaraluceafara on July 29th, 2013 03:43 am (UTC)
I agree about these cups looking huge, and thus intimidating, in pictures. Before I got my first cup, I kept trying to find pictures of cups held in people's hands. I was so happy when I unwrapped my first cup, a small Meluna soft, and saw how small it was.

Congrats to your first cup and glad it has been a positive experience for you as well. I don't have a Sckooncup, so I'm afraid I can't comment on the issue you described.
trejoytrejoy on July 29th, 2013 04:22 am (UTC)
The first few times I used the Sckoon it didn't open all the way either. Now I've figured out how to get it past my pubic bone and let air into it. But as long as it isn't leaking, you're good!

As far as a second cup, the soft MeLuna is similar in flexibility, but the Lunette I had was considerably firmer than the Sckooncup.

Congrats on your success!
psychedchicken: FOXpsychedchicken on July 29th, 2013 04:23 am (UTC)
So far the indention hasnt caused any issues. I have tried vi0lace's suggestion, but so far, no dice. I've also tried turning it, and moving it around. It just needs a little more air in it!! lol
Good call on trying a different fold though! Maybe the "punchdown fold" will alleviate this issue.
The air holes on this are also WAY smaller than I expected, LOTS of suction. However, it hasnt given me too many problems with removal. Its FAR from graceful, but I manage! and without pain, thats what counts!

Maybe Im just one tough cookie. ;-)

Edited at 2013-07-29 04:23 am (UTC)
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on July 29th, 2013 07:09 pm (UTC)
While I haven't had to do this (since the cups I use don't have holes)--it's possible to enlarge the holes if you find the suction to be too much. Several members have done this and you might find more information on it by searching this tag: http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/tag/seal%20&%20suction

Allison Vandenbrinkclicketysnap on August 8th, 2013 12:04 am (UTC)
So I am still waiting for my Sckoon Cup to arrive in the mail, but I have read some helpful suggestions amongst my research.

Some people who use soft cups similar to Sckoon Cup or Sckoon Cup itself suggest ensuring than a suction hole is inside the crease of whichever fold you prefer, that way the suction hole will have access to air for a little longer while popping open. Others have suggested kind of wiggling the cup and tilting it from side to side or front to back while pushing it into place, because this might allow the nearly vertical suction holes access to some air.

I hope you get it figured out! Good luck :)
madrek on August 21st, 2013 02:31 am (UTC)
I have a large fleur. At first I had the same issue- seemed open on the top but a little dent in the base, and it was hard to get enough air into the cup.
I found it wasn't really fully popped. What worked for me was an half diamond fold upside down (so it opens toward the back). Also I slide a finger in behind it once it pops open to allow extra air to fill the cup if needed.