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Marie Intarnette
04 September 2013 @ 01:56 am
Second month on Meluna XL Classic. This time I got to go through my whole period instead of the end of it. As I've said previously, I have a small fibroid that causes heavy bleeding and clotting. And pads were giving me a rash, so that's why I turn the Meluna.

Anywayyyyyyyyy, :D it seems that I had no cramps for this period at all! I was given high dose ibuprofen to take since I complained to my gyn about my cramps, but I haven't had to take even one pill from my prescription. The bottle is just sitting there.

I also notice I'm bleeding lighter. It leads me to believe the chemicals in my pad may have been causing part of the issue. So I had one big clot in my cup one day, but otherwise the cup was only getting maybe half full for the most.

Another thing is, I've come to realize that on days I have spotting, sometimes the cup does feel too big. I'm spotting today and I'm okay. I had noticed maybe a few weeks back there was maybe only one day it felt too big, so I'm thinking maybe I go one size smaller for those particular days? Or maybe I go stylish with a completely different brand?
 
juliiie87juliiie87 on September 4th, 2013 10:21 am (UTC)
I use cloth pads / liners for my spotting days.

When looking for a smaller cup, consider stiffness : a softer cup will put less pressure on your walls. Also consider length : if you're happy with this one, you don't want to go for a much shorter cup, or it'll be harder to reach for removal. As always, http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/
Luceafaraluceafara on September 4th, 2013 12:14 pm (UTC)
Good idea. I have different cups for different days and like it that way, personally. Since I discovered menstrual cups a few months back, I have been wearing one every day. Mine range from the tiny Meluna minis all the way to the Fleurcup, Natu, Si-bell in S and Meluna in M. I even have different softness levels for different things: classic Meluna for running, soft for hanging around, etc.
I'm a bit obsessed, I guess ;)

If the non-mini Meluna shape works for you (as it does for me), these cups are all similar in shape: Fleurcup, Natu, Si-bell.
I wish someone made a silicone cup in the Meluna mini S shape/size.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on September 4th, 2013 01:48 pm (UTC)
A bit of a tangent here, but I noticed you mentioned it a couple times and was just curious--has intermittent spotting caused you to need to wear the cup every day? Have you felt any irritation or anything from wearing it so often? My cycles are not that irregular but I still find that it's a little less comfortable to wear the cups on "dry runs" (or when I'm expecting AF but haven't gotten it yet)
Luceafaraluceafara on September 4th, 2013 05:48 pm (UTC)
Hi,

No, I really only wear them because I LOVE the clean feeling like when I just get out of the shower, but all day long. I have varying degrees of discharge (you know, that white or clear stuff) when not on my period, and used to always wear panty liners.

When I read some cuppers here use them continuously, I gave it a try and was hooked. I feel very liberated.*
I am lucky in that I never feel the smaller softer ones when off period, but I think some of the larger classic Melunas I own would be uncomfortable then. You use larger cups, so maybe that's why they bother you on dry runs. There are a few that are long but slimmer than yours, so off period they may work better for you, if you have any interest in that. I know because they are too long for me, and I can only look at the pictures longingly ;)

*I think I mention it as a way to justify why I even think I am in the position to give any advice despite being only a recent convert. Since I wear them every day, and have a small collection of them already, I feel that I accumulated the same type of experience as someone using them for years but only a few days per month.

Edited at 2013-09-04 05:50 pm (UTC)
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on September 7th, 2013 04:18 am (UTC)
Interesting! Occasionally I'll get spotting mid-cycle so I might actually try using something then. I know it would be weird using the Femmycycle then (as it is, that's my "super omg floodgates are open and I have no time/place to empty a cup" cup) but I thought my Lily was one of the narrowest and softest of the lot. The only thing is that I can't go much shorter than the Lily (trimmed one notch off the stem but that's it) and my cervix is totally unreachable except near the end of my period...which would seem to rule out most other (still narrow) cups :/
Luceafaraluceafara on September 7th, 2013 12:30 pm (UTC)
Hmm, what about the Gaia cup? http://www.gaiacup.cz/
Or a Luna cup, Natural Mamma or Misscup?

I wish my cervix was a bit higher.... I am so digging the Luna cup look!!!! Sigh.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on September 4th, 2013 02:34 pm (UTC)
If you want to go for a smaller lighter days cup, go for it! Since your XL MeLuna is a fairly long cup at 56mm, you might want to stick with long-ish cups for your light days as well. Especially because most vaginas are shorter on heavy days and longer on light. (But not everyone's so double check what yours does before you commit to another cup.)