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11 August 2013 @ 05:25 pm
I asked this a while ago but I'm going to ask again since I didn't really go into details on what I want. I currently have a Large Lunette cup. I love it but the last time i used it I ran with it in and it chafed me horribly... and gave me a bit of an infection. Now I'm scared to use it again. I would like to buy a new cup WITHOUT any kind of ridges on the bottom. I would also like for it to be soft around the rim if possible because the Lunette pushes on my bladder quite a bit. My problem is I live in Indiana and I woudl only like to purchase from the distributor... so I woudl like to know what some of the brands are that fit my description that are available to ship to Indiana. I like the shecup... but I don't quite understand how to order from directly them. Are there any other brands out there other than Shecup, Si-Belle, Mami, and the old Meluna (which i don't think they have anymore... the new ones have ridges.)that are available in USA and don't have ridges and aren't too firm.
 
jwthemathsterjwthemathster on August 11th, 2013 11:24 pm (UTC)
I had a Large Lunette for several years that served me well, other than the occasional bladder pressure and "ridge" irritation you experience as well. I put up with the bladder pressure, and always wore it inside out for comfort.

That said, I've retired the Lunette (wore that thing right out after many years) with a Large Fleurcup. Wayyyy softer (no more urge to pee all the time and bladder hesitation) and nearly identical dimension to the Large Lunette. Again, I wear this inside out (cut of the stem to prevent cervix impalement, lol) to make a smooth surface. Fleurcups can be purchased directly from the manufacturer (fleurcup.com/default-en.html). Took about 2 weeks for delivery.

Another option in that size range, with a softer feel is the Large Ladycup. Very slick surface is comfortable, but can make for a trickier removal. For us US people, Ladycups are available on Amazon (took about a month for delivery--it ships from Czech Republic). Lots of very cute colors to choose from. Some do not care for the firmer rim, but IMO, it's still much softer than the L Lunette. Good luck!
Luceafaraluceafara on August 11th, 2013 11:40 pm (UTC)
I can't feel the ridges of the Melunas, because they are very faint. They bother me a lot on my small Fleurcup, but when turned inside out (stem cut off), it's a perfect, smooth cup. I run with it and with the classic Melunas without any issues.

The top on the cups mentioned above are not too hard, so I don't feel them.

Edited at 2013-08-11 11:41 pm (UTC)
Marie Intarnetteladylynx on August 12th, 2013 03:32 am (UTC)
I can't feel meluna's ridges either.
trejoytrejoy on August 12th, 2013 05:11 am (UTC)
Third that - couldn't feel ridges on MeLuna.
love4autumn on August 12th, 2013 02:24 pm (UTC)
Melunas and distributers
I was looking at the Meluna on google... it looked as if the older model of it didn't have ridges... why the change to ridges I wonder? I really like to looks of Shecup and Si-Belle... but I dont' quite understand Shecups site for ordering.. they have to contact me???? And I cant' seem to find Si-Belles original website. All the comes up on google is the feminine wear site. On Lady cup... are the little dots at the end bothersome to anyone? Or is it mostly smooth too?

I've tried wearing my Lunette inside out that was my first solution to the problem. Ok Don't laugh because I have NO IDEA how this happened but it scared the crap outta me. When I put it in in side out it somehow got turned around inside me and was upside down.... like literally! When I removed it the only way I could get it out was to put my finger around the rim and bring it out rim first. So There will be no more inside out cups for me lol. Please tell me I'm not the only one who has experienced that! lol
juliiie87juliiie87 on August 12th, 2013 02:52 pm (UTC)
Re: Melunas and distributers
Cups without ridges, especially as shiny and slick as the Meluna was, can be hard to remove for those with a long canal, that's also what i've heard about the Ladycup. Honestly your best bet is to order from feminine wear, she's very reputable (either Shecup or Si-bell), because having a cup shipped from the other side of the world can be a pain (not sure Shecup even offers it, but send them an e-mail anyway) and as for Si-bell here's their website : http://www.si-line.eu/collection/12-intimite.aspx

After reading through their sales conditions (in French), Si-line doesn't appear to deliver outside of the European Union or Europe : http://www.si-line.eu/conditionsinfopopup.aspx

However, Mamicup (which looks like it's the exact same cup) says it will ship to "other countries" (than Italy) via regular postal service, so the price will vary based on actual costs: sounds like a fair bet, european international shipping fees are usually not as bad as american ones. It's in italian btw, but whatever doesn't load on the page with google translate you could copy and paste in a translator.
http://www.coppetta-mestruale.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=52&Itemid=56&lang=en

Edited at 2013-08-12 03:30 pm (UTC)
juliiie87juliiie87 on August 12th, 2013 11:23 am (UTC)
I would advise a Si-bell, since it's smooth and very soft and the large would have a similar capacity to your Lunette. I don't understand your issue about retail etc. : only FDA approved cups can be purchased from US. distributors, by law, so that leaves you with a narrow choice. Si-bell can be purchased from http://www.femininewear.co.uk/menstrual-cups-2-c.asp or their official website but shipping might be more expensive there.

An easier fix to your problem would be to flip your Lunette inside out and wear it that way, if you don't need the stem for removal (but it sounds like yours is sitting low if it's chaffing anyway).
love4autumn on August 12th, 2013 02:50 pm (UTC)
as for the distributor thing, the person ordering it for me just prefers to order directly from the company... I dunno ... just his thing lol.
juliiie87juliiie87 on August 12th, 2013 02:54 pm (UTC)
I'm in Europe and a close friend of mine ordered a Si-bell, so it's totally reputable to order from them directly, but I can't speak of their international shipping fees, you'll have to log in with your adress and find out.
Luceafaraluceafara on August 12th, 2013 04:04 pm (UTC)
Si-bell only ships to select EU countries. I ordered mine via a German address, and it still cost $18 just to Germany.


Edited at 2013-08-12 04:09 pm (UTC)
juliiie87juliiie87 on August 12th, 2013 04:17 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's ridiculous... My friend had it sent to a french adress, so that's why it was ok I guess.
Luceafaraluceafara on August 12th, 2013 05:21 pm (UTC)
Yeah, crazy shipping cost, but I wanted one quickly and had someone bring it over to the US, so it ended up faster than femininewear. I ended up buying 4, to sell three on MC_sales or Ebay and offset the ridiculous shipping cost (note to self, still need to post them). If I recall correctly, each cup only raised the price by a few cents, which is what gave me the idea to do it.
Marie Intarnetteladylynx on August 12th, 2013 11:36 pm (UTC)
I ordered from http://menstrualcup.co and my Meluna still came from Germany. So I wouldn't really call them distributors, just order handlers. :P
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on August 12th, 2013 01:00 pm (UTC)
There has been at least one fellow cupper who has carefully cut the ridges off her cup and filed it smooth -- so if you are willing to do the modification, you don't have to restrict yourself to ridge-less cups. Some cups take well to being flipped inside out -- and that's another way to get ridges away from your delicate insides. Compare the dimensions of your large Lunette to others at http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ to pick something in either a similar size range or adjust it as necessary.

As for shipping to Indiana, there are only a few brands of cups that have restrictions on where they'll ship it so even if it comes from another country, you have a wide array of choices.
juliiie87juliiie87 on August 12th, 2013 08:26 pm (UTC)
In addition there's also a large Fleurcup with the grips motly filed off on mc-sales atm : http://mc-sales.livejournal.com/142139.html#comments
love4autumn on August 12th, 2013 11:11 pm (UTC)
does Mami cup have an official website? Si- Belle doesn't ship to US. :( Also is the little ball on the end of Meluna and Shecup irritating to anyone?? can that be removed if it does irritate me?
juliiie87juliiie87 on August 13th, 2013 12:10 am (UTC)
See my comment above for Mamicup. I think it can be but it's risky, you'd be better off ordering one without a ball or stem.
Luceafaraluceafara on August 13th, 2013 12:44 am (UTC)
I usually don't like stems, but the Meluna ball stem is not an issue at all - it's tiny and centered, so it never touches any of my insides.