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30 July 2013 @ 10:36 pm
Hey y'all. I'm 38, never had kids and I've only rarely used tampons, because they just aren't especially comfortable for me. My flow's probably medium (usually only one really heavy day), and usually lasts 4-5 days. I've been trying to get pregnant (with no success) and have used the instead cups for that purpose. i really liked them for that, but when I tried to use them for my period, I find that my vagina swells far too much and it becomes difficult to get them to seat correctly. Many times they slide out, or if not, they're just terribly uncomfortable(again, they work just fine with no discomfort when I'm not on my period). I tried buying a small-sized Luna cup a few months ago, but despite everyone (especially customer service, who were nice but essentially told me I wasn't trying hard enough) telling me that I'd get used to it, i just couldn't. My vaginal tissues continued to swell and the cup was just plain uncomfortable, giving me nasty cramps. When I practiced inserting it when I was off my period, I really had no trouble at all. Also, getting it out was a problem because it was so firmly stuck that it ended up acting like a plunger (gross, I know. It wasn't making me real happy either). I'd like to use a cup, but I have no idea how to know if it will work before shelling out the money for it. Is there a cup which is smaller in diameter than Luna's small? Thanks in advance for the advice :)
trejoytrejoy on July 31st, 2013 05:24 am (UTC)
The Luna cup you have has a capacity of 16ml, diameter 40mm, cup length 50mm and total length 55mm. Looks like only the small MeLuna (not the Mini style) and small Angelcup are narrower in diameter.

You can comparison 'shop' here http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/
here http://menstrualcupinfo.wordpress.com/cup-stiffness-comparison-chart/
and here http://menstrualcups.friendhood.net/f52-moderator-s-photo-library
A thing of such beauty must be called love.electrakitty74 on July 31st, 2013 10:22 am (UTC)
Oooh, thank you!!!
sinbad305 on July 31st, 2013 10:45 am (UTC)
I've just tried the Lily cup (first timer). Very comfortable, very easy to insert / remove. I know it's the same diameter as your Luna but surely it's worth a look?
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on July 31st, 2013 01:19 pm (UTC)
Do you mean the Mexican Luna? I didn't think it came in small. Just medium and large. Or the German Meluna? (6 sizes)

To avoid the "plunger" (good description) effect, you need to break the seal before removal. There are many ways to do that. Check the replies to posts tagged removal problems. Most common is to bear down and pinch the base, then rock the cup out at an angle. The idea is to get air into/above the cup. You might have to do that more than once before it comes out.

Before buying another cup, get through the dreaded learning curve with the one you already have first. Figure out what you like and don't about it, then use that to determine what features you'd like in your next cup or whether you need another at all.

We are all quick to blame our troubles on an ill-fitting cup when it turns out that it's really just our own lack of technique and/or confidence in the one we already have.

Edited at 2013-07-31 01:26 pm (UTC)
A thing of such beauty must be called love.electrakitty74 on August 3rd, 2013 08:20 pm (UTC)
All I know is that it's a Luna in the smallest size they make. I tried to break the seal, but when I'm swelled up, it won't happen. I can't even get a finger in alongside it, and even if I can, the swollen tissue doesn't allow air in. I've looked at the other brands, but I'm not willing to try them now because they're not much smaller than the one I've already tried (only a 2mm difference). I guess I won't be trying any more as they're really expensive to buy just to discover I can't use them when i really need them. Again, I'm confident in my technique, as it works just fine when i'm not on my period. I don't even have a hard time removing it then. But when I am, I swell up to the point where nothing fits in there without cramping.

Edited at 2013-08-03 08:24 pm (UTC)
juliiie87juliiie87 on August 6th, 2013 09:08 am (UTC)
I think we don't have much experience with the Luna cup in this comm' but from my experience couselling people with other brands, usually what causes cramping and pressure is the stiffness of a cup, not so much its width. There are countless cases when people found switching to a similarly sized, softer cup made all the difference. Sometimes the shape of a cup plays a part too (V shaped or more bell-shaped). Also the "swelling up" feeling you describe could be alleviated perhaps if you change your position : squatting makes my tissues feel like that, but sitting on the toilet and most importantly bearing down helps relax them for me. Also lying on my back with my pelvis tilted forward/up makes me the most relaxed for insertion. If you find you absolutely can't use internal protection on your period for some reason, I can suggest cloth pads as a very comfortable alternative to disposables : http://cloth-pads.livejournal.com/

Also, any cup you can't use you can re-sell in our sister community, so not all of your money is wasted : http://mc-sales.livejournal.com/

Good luck !
A thing of such beauty must be called love.electrakitty74 on August 6th, 2013 01:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Yeah, I made myself a dozen or so cloth pads over the last couple of months. They've got cute PUL patterns on them. I might go and see about selling it. It's frustrating to look at it and be unable to use it ;) But with all the frustration it's caused, I don't think I'll be spending money on another one. There's just too much trial and error, and as much patience as I have day to day, this is one area in which I get pretty easily annoyed.
I'm probably done with internal protection unless I can get a good brand suggestion. I don't want to try a bunch more and en up failing with them as well.

Thanks, though :)