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I am new on this board.
A few months ago I bought my first cup: a Meluna classic size M. I have been pregnant twice but had a cesaerian both times. I am not really sportive and normaly build, so I assumed a size M would be ok.
The Meluna M has a capacity of 28ml and I started spotting already after 1,5 hours of use. When I took it out the cup was completely full. 1,5 hours later the same happened. I have a very heavy flood so. Second problem as that it as really hard to get it out. No the breaking of the seal, but actually grabbing the ring. I had to push it out and it took an eternity. I think that means I have a high cervix? (Or extremely short fingers ;-) )
So I wanted a new cup with a higher capacity and higher dimensions. I ordered a Meluna Classic XL. The capacity is good (42ml); I can leave it in for a couple of hours, perfect. And I can easily grab it. I was very happy. During one period, sight. Because the second period with the new cup I noticed twice I was leaking when the cup wasn't full. It just didn't open. Beside that I can hardly pee when I have the cup in. I need to take it off because there is only this very fine, hard stream (sorry for the plastic description). The cup pushes against my urethra. I am very afraid of an infection.
Since the cup pushes against my urethra and it doesn't unfold, is it possible its diameter is too large? The M had a diameter of 41mm and this XL is 47mm.
In case the XL is indeed too large, can I find a cup that has a large capacity and is still long enough to grab it (or should I rather go for another brand that has a longer stem?) but is less wide?
Thanks!
 
juliiie87juliiie87 on September 9th, 2013 11:54 am (UTC)
First of all there is a learning curve with all new cups, so not being able to unfold it a couple times does not automatically mean it's the wrong cup, rather that you need to adjust your technique to make this cup work. I would advise trying several different folds (I find labia and half diamond work best for me, but there are others you could try), facing them different ways (try facing down) and running the cup under cold water before insertion so it'll be temporarily fimer. As for the discomfort while peeing, you could maybe take it out since you need to empty it fairly frequently.

As for investing in a new cup, yes that is also a possibility worth considering. Few cups are actually longer than the XL Meluna but several might be longer when you factor in the stem. Most high capacity cups will be on the larger side though, but I believe stiffness makes all the difference in terms of comfort, not so much a few mms width, or at least not only. Amongst the high capacity cups, the large Yuuki (soft) comes to mind as one of the long-ish options, but there may be others worth considering, like the large Divacup or Fleurcup : http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/
ann_123456 on September 9th, 2013 12:06 pm (UTC)
Hi,
Thanks for your answers.
I take it out while peeing, indeed. But I wonder if the pressure on my urethra isn't harmfull, during the day.
If I go for a new cup, it doesn't need to be longer than the Meluna XL. That one has a perfect hight and capacity.
I'll check on the Yuuki, Diva and Fleur. I was googling and found a Natural Mamma cup that is as long as the Meluna XL but narrower and softer. Would softer be a good choice?
juliiie87juliiie87 on September 9th, 2013 12:53 pm (UTC)
Ah yes, Natural Mamma is also long and fairly soft. Not the highest capacity but decent and I'm not exactly sure how it rates in terms of popping open and stiffness but yeah, definitely look for something softer. I also wonder if the shape of the Yuuki or Diva might be more comfortable for you ? it's in fact much narrower near where your urethra is.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on September 9th, 2013 01:30 pm (UTC)
Enlarging the anti-suction holes around the rim might help with popping open and breaking the seal for removal. The holes on the cup with the largest holes are 2mm or ~1/16".

As for pressing against your urethra, my cups do too. I pee, remove the cup to tend to it and then finish peeing. Be sure to drink extra water around your period.

It might not be "too large" in terms of dimensions but the shape might not be one your body likes. Or it could just be that you're extra sensitive during your period. On my worst days, sometimes my cup feels like I've got a bowling ball up there -- but I LOVE my cups! :o)
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on September 9th, 2013 03:05 pm (UTC)
more tips for popping open (especially if you have a meluna soft): http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/2618390.html

also, the names are just that, names. the medium is the same size as many "small" ones, it's just that meluna offers an extra small one for virgins and/or those with a very light flow.
ann_123456 on September 11th, 2013 01:20 pm (UTC)
I tried the diamond fold with the fold facing down now for a couple of times. I need to pop it open by hand, but it isn't hard and at least I am sure it is open. So that is great.

About the pressure on my urethra, I am still not reassured it isn't harmful.

Edited at 2013-09-11 01:20 pm (UTC)