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20 August 2013 @ 05:33 am
Alright, so I got a Diva cup a couple weeks ago and tested it out a bit before my period actually started. I had no problems inserting it or taking it out once I figured out how. But when I did a 'dry run' I had a really bad achy pain/discomfort in my lower abdomen and I honestly think I could feel the ring of the cup all the way around. It was highly uncomfortable. I originally thought that perhaps this was due to the fact that it was a dry run and my body just wasn't used to having it up there, but once my period started and I tested it out a couple more times I think I can now safely say that the Diva size 1 just is not working out. It not only causes the pain but after I take it out I am left with a dull discomfort because of it.

So now I am on the hunt for a new cup, I am looking long and hard at the Meluna Small, Medium, or perhaps the Mini in soft. But I am honestly not sure what would work best with my body length wise (I found that the Diva was a bit long and if I had tried to use it on the heaviest day of my period it would have stuck out about a half an inch from the base of the cup -not the stem, the base-). I checked on my heaviest day and my uterus was sitting between 1 and 2 inches up, I think it was close to 1 3/4. Do you guys have any advice about if I should get a shorter cup so I can accommodate for the stem (I liked the stem on the Diva, it really didn't bother me and was very useful) or just go ahead and get a longer one and not worry to much about the stem?

Also, would it be better to order from the Meluna site (Germany) or the one based in Canada (which from what I understand still ships from Germany). Also, if I ship from Germany has anyone ever used the Express Delivery shipping option to get it to the US? (In TN). If so, does it ship any quicker than the 1 to 3 weeks I have seen mentioned on the forum? Is it worth the extra Money? I am leaving the country in less than a week and would love to be able to try and get it before I go, though I am doubtful that this is possible (I could get it shipped to me by a friend if it comes after I leave, or attempt to have it shipped to my new location).

If my question has already been answered somewhere I am truly sorry. I have searched the forums and have turned up empty handed.
 
Luceafaraluceafara on August 20th, 2013 12:10 pm (UTC)
If I read your post correctly, your cervix is on the lower side. Mine is as well, and these cups all work for me: small and medium Meluna, small mini Meluna, small Fleurcup, small Si-bell, small Natu old style.
Have you checked the size and softness charts in the FAQs? Also try the cup you have inside out. I have to wear a few cups inside out because the rim bothers me to different degrees, though that is not the case with any of my Melunas.

I have the above Melunas in soft and in classic, and ordered them from the EU site. The prices were so much cheaper once I put in my non-EU address and it deducted the 19% sales tax that is included in the prices you see on the EU website, so I ended up going overboard and buying a whole bunch. However, because the package was over a certain weight, it sat with customs in the US for over two weeks - total shipping time was 3 weeks. Meluna shipped them out a few hours after I placed the order, so if you only buy one or two, you should get them fast. Whether a week fast is doubtful, though, because shipping from Germany to the US is usually 5-10 days.

Here's my post about the shopping experience:
http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/3109919.html
And:
http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/3120366.html

Edited at 2013-08-20 12:15 pm (UTC)
mist_pixie on August 20th, 2013 06:24 pm (UTC)
I should have mentioned that I had checked out the size and softness chart. Also my cervix usually rides pretty high when I am not on my period which is why I thought the Diva would do okay. I was actually quite surprised to find that it came down so low.

I have also tried flipping my cup inside out, it was still very uncomfortable which is one of the reasons I came to the conclusion that this cup simply just will not work out for daytime wear. I wore it twice at night to try and get my body used to it on my lighter days and it worked one night and not quite so well the next, but that was probably due to the fact that I don't think I got the seal quite right, the night it worked fine I took it out in the morning to empty it and when I put it back in it was just as painful/uncomfortable as before.

Thank you so much for the shipping and price information! I knew it was slightly cheaper through the EU site, but didn't know it was that big of a difference. I will probably wait until I get my address for the place I will be moving to (outside of the US) and then just have it shipped there.
Kai: 57vs40mmkuradi8 on August 20th, 2013 12:15 pm (UTC)
As seen in my user-pic, the difference in length from the Diva to a small Mini MeLuna is a HUGE one. One extreme to the other. Have you seen any of the size charts at the Community FAQ or http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ yet? Then use side by side photos of the ones you think would fit to pick a shape that you like.

Have you tried flipping your Diva inside out to shorten it yet?

I always advise to try to make the cup that you have work -- even just a little -- and get through the dreaded learning curve with it as best you can. THEN use what you like/don't about it to pick your next cup. Otherwise you'll probably pick another "wrong" cup.

There are over 30 brands plus knock-offs nowadays.
mist_pixie on August 20th, 2013 06:33 pm (UTC)
I have seen the size charts. Do they have pictures of the individual cups side by side (I know they have the line up of each brand of cups compared to specific other brands, but I haven't seen a place where you can find a comparison such as the one in your picture).

I have tried flipping and I have tried to make it work (used it at night to see if my body just wasn't used to it, took it out in the morning to empty it, put it back in, was like I had never had it in there). I really wish I could say it works even just a little for daytime use, but it just doesn't, the discomfort is just unbearable when I try to do anything aside from being flat on my back, and even then I can steal feel it. I do think I could still use it for nighttime wear if I feel I need a higher capacity cup, but for something during the day I need it to be softer, shorter, and slightly smaller in diameter.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on August 20th, 2013 09:56 pm (UTC)
Yes, there are links at the Size Charts.
mist_pixie on August 21st, 2013 03:02 am (UTC)
I had seen those before (the ones for Meluna) however, when I checked under the Diva cup ones it was a lot easier to tell because it had the different cup in between the two Divas. Thank you for redirecting me to them =)
lieslmarethlieslmareth on August 20th, 2013 04:01 pm (UTC)
I ordered a single Meluna from Germany and it arrived in ND 11 days after I ordered it :-)
mist_pixie on August 20th, 2013 06:35 pm (UTC)
Do you remember what shipping option you chose? Thank you so much for the info, it seems that waiting to order until I get to the place I am going would be the best option.
lieslmarethlieslmareth on August 20th, 2013 07:11 pm (UTC)
Yep, I just chose the cheapest option, I think it was like €6. The total order with shipping was $25.
m03m on August 21st, 2013 08:27 am (UTC)
I'm not a guy, but is there any specific reason why you seem to be looking only at Meluna?
juliiie87juliiie87 on August 21st, 2013 09:59 am (UTC)
The quickest way to get any international brand cup is through http://mc-sales.livejournal.com/ since most members are US based. Otherwise, the main (german) website is cheapest for Melunas. Given what you say here, I think either a small or a medium optimized Meluna would work for you : most people have a bit of leeway with cup length because cups will usually sit (o) around your cervix. You could also get a sales package for the 2 sizes. Consider that The minis, while shorter, also have a lower capacity. And yeah, why not consider other brands ?