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24 September 2013 @ 11:43 pm
Hi everyone.
Firstly some words of praise and thanks. From the smooth, professional appearance of the site, to the friendly support and useful links, I'm impressed!! I love the concept of women openly sharing concerns and receiving advice... we have come a long way!
To cut a long story short, I'm looking for the most firm cup out there. Or, the cup with the best poppability. I've used Meluna for a while but strangely it stopped opening inside, I contacted them and was advised that the vaginal muscles strengthen with use and it was time for a firmer cup. My opening is quite small and tight (not sexually active and have never given birth) so folds that have a large surface area don't work for me, it simply won't go in.
So what do you suggest? I have to admit that whilst all this discussion is great, it's also confusing. I find contradictory information about one product, one user will say it pops open easily, another will say she couldn't get it to open. There is also too much to choose from, I am finding it confusing to keep track of so many options. So if you have experience with the firm cups, all I need is for you to advise me which cups will pop open most easily.
In terms of other info you may need if suggesting a cup: Cervix very high, I am quite active and am average height and weight. I also have really tight vaginal muscles from all that yoga and pilates which makes it harder...
Thanks in advance for sharing your useful info.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on September 24th, 2013 02:34 pm (UTC)
I don't know if I buy the "muscles strengthening with use" thing. I have heard members complaining about how Melunas tend to soften up once inside you, though...it's the TPE material, not your muscles.

Off the top of my head some of the stiffest cups out there are the latex Keeper (which is nice and long as well) and Meluna Sport. There's a more detailed stiffness rating chart here, though: http://menstrualcupinfo.wordpress.com/cup-stiffness-comparison-chart/

Another thing to keep in mind is that more complicated folds will pop open more easily. Here's a page with a bunch of different folds: http://menstrualcupforteens.wordpress.com/folds-and-insertion/
ionracasionracas on September 24th, 2013 06:58 pm (UTC)
mooncup uk
juliiie87juliiie87 on September 24th, 2013 07:57 pm (UTC)
Yes to "it's the TPE material, not your muscles" and "keep in mind (...) that more complicated folds will pop open more easily" !
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nt6L-POE-b0 Origami, labia and half diamond inserted facing down/back are foolproof for me.

Firm cups include Keeper and Keeper Mooncup, classic Yuuki, Large Lunette and to some extent Mooncup UK has a firm, poppy rim. they differ by capacity mostly (the Mooncup family is rather low capacity), shape and size, but all (but maybe the MCUK?) have a fairly long stem. I havent felt any really firm cup, but I was impressed at how springy the rim of the small Fleurcup is. Also re: tightness : it's a function of your pelvic floor muscles, yes, but you should be able to relax them some for insertion and removal. The key is to allow air to reach the top of the rim/the holes so the cup can "suck on it" and inflate. I would stay away from Meluna is you can avoid it, TPE is known to be less springy than silicone.
Good luck !
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on September 24th, 2013 08:35 pm (UTC)
Using what you know and like about your MeLuna, use the size charts over at the Community FAQ to pick out some cups that you think will fit you. Since you say your cervix is quite high, some long-bodied cups would probably suit you best.

Enlarging the anti-suction holes around the rim often helps get a cup to pop open and to break the seal for removal. The holes on the cup with the largest holes are 2mm.

As for being "small, tight or strong," those are functions of your pelvic floor (PC) muscles. Cups sit above them. No matter how strong they are, you just need to relax them for insertion and removal. Then you can go back to holding them as tightly as you normally do. Analogy: Even the strongest body builder in the world can hold a little birdie in his hand without squishing it.
Luceafaraluceafara on September 27th, 2013 04:31 am (UTC)
Which Meluna did you use?
The classic ones pop open easily, and they also make them in "sport", which I have not felt, but since they are harder than the classic, they must be extremely hard.

I second juliiie87's Fleurcup S comment: I don't personally find it very hard, but it pops open perfectly.

Edited at 2013-09-27 04:32 am (UTC)
elisamba on September 30th, 2013 06:40 pm (UTC)
"Poppy" cups are great to avoid having to "fiddle around" to get the cup to open. I second that the small Fleurcup is springy while staying medium-soft, but if your cervix is very high, you might find it a bit short. I have no problems with the large Fleurcup either, and it is quite soft. One caveat is to be careful that it isn't only the rim that is firm/poppable, because then it might be hard to fold down when removing.