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21 October 2013 @ 12:15 am
I have tried a Jasmine (Diva knockoff?), small Lunette, large Fleur, and Cuplee.

The Jasmine is too long for my short days, and I can't flip the bugger out to shorten it. It doesn't retain its shape.

Small Lunette fills too easy; holes clog.

Large fleur is too round in the body, I can always feel it.

Cuplee has the best shape and comfort level, but no matter what fold I try, what I do differently... I can't get it to open and/or sit correctly. I'll think I have it in, and I leak. I have tried every fold possible, I even just spent 20 minutes trying to come up with new ways to fold it...double punchdown... double half s fold thingy... nothing works. When I get it inside, it refuses to unfold. I do the cold water trick, doesn't do anything, it still won't unfold. The only way I can get it to unfold is if I practically pull the whole thing out to get enough air into it at the bottom, and by then it's entirely open but I can't push it back in fully... I have to squish it again to try to get it back up, and obviously that doesn't work. I bought a cup so I wouldn't have to deal with this crap. It's been a year now and I'm just angry. Nothing works.

I think I'm too squeamish to try sponges and I really don't trust pads... cloth or disposable, I always leak. I honestly feel like at this point my 'best' option is to find enough birth control to make it so I have no AF. And I hate drugs, especially hormone drugs.

Would a firmer cup be easier to unfold? Do I need to try something firmer, like the Ruby cup, or Femmecup? Should I avoid soft Melunas since I have issues with folds?

Has anyone come up with their own folds?

elisamba on October 21st, 2013 04:50 am (UTC)
A *springier* cup is easier to unfold. There are firm cups that don't pop open easily, unfortunately! (Double negative, I'd say). And others are soft and springy, like the Organicup A (haven't seen the new revised B). The two cups you mention are springy, and yes, soft Meluna is probably not a good idea if Cuplee was a problem. What you want to look out for with a soft, springy cup, though, is that you can still collapse the rim for removal, otherwise ouch!
mood_swinger23 on October 22nd, 2013 03:10 pm (UTC)
On the hunt for a springier cup I go...

I am leaning towards Femmecup, small Fleur, or maybe a Ruby (but I'm not sure how springy those truly are). I'll look at the Organicup as well... annnd that one is out for me. Can't spend upwards of $60 on a cup. Ouch.

Edited at 2013-10-22 03:11 pm (UTC)
nemesis27nemesis27 on October 21st, 2013 07:21 am (UTC)
firm cup
maybe with a firm cup like fleur cup. I don´t like the fleur because her firmness, but maybe it works for you.

did you try the C-fold? I use this fold everytime.

I write about folds in my blog last week.

mood_swinger23 on October 22nd, 2013 03:05 pm (UTC)
Re: firm cup
Yes, I have tried the C-fold with every cup I've tried. I've tried every fold with my Cuplee and it doesn't work.
tobilei on October 21st, 2013 08:20 am (UTC)
I think you probably just haven't been lucky enough to find the right cup for you. Does the firmness of the Fleurcup bother you? If not I'd say a shorter, pointier (I know Diva, Yuuki, MiaCup and I think Ladycup are less rounded) firmer cup is what you're after (you'd have to check the menstrualcupinfo blog for the size charts, I have a high cervix so only mostly know about long cups).

I have 2 Meluna softs and they to me are like your CupLee. I've owned them for about 8 months and have managed to get 1 of them open a grand total of once. I've stuck it in cold water, the freezer (briefly), jiggled and wiggled. NOTHING works. I've just relented and purchased a small firm Yuuki and large soft Yuuki (they are longer cups though).
mood_swinger23 on October 22nd, 2013 03:08 pm (UTC)
The firmness I don't believe is the issue with the Fleur, it's the overall size. I feel like the bubbly shape allows me to feel when it's in, all the time. I am tempted to try a smaller, more narrow one, because the Fleur is a bit easier to pop open.

I actually need a decently long cup because I have a high cervix (save for my first day where my Jasmine will not work for me). I don't want to get anything too firm because I'm afraid it will irritate my bladder. My Jasmine/Diva, assuming they are the same squishiness/softness though one is a knockoff, is a 4, and I'd like to find something under that but with still a bit of capacity. That leads me to maybe a Femmecup, small Fleur, mia (though I don't care much for the fuschia color), or maybe a Ruby?
Gluppit the prawling strangles, thereelettaria on October 21st, 2013 10:15 am (UTC)
No idea about the cups, but I do have a tip about the heavy periods. You could try taking Omega 3 supplements. The ones that actually provide something, like fish oil or algae oil, and not flaxseed oil. I have heavier periods due to having an IUD, and algae oil (I'm vegan) has pretty much returned them to how they were before the IUD. It's not cheap (well, it'd be a lot cheaper with fish oil), you need to be taking a reasonable amount of the stuff, but it's a very useful supplement in many other ways.
nemesis27nemesis27 on October 21st, 2013 03:22 pm (UTC)
omega 3??
really?? omega 3 can help with heavy period?? I´m going to buy right now!!
I have a very heavy period, I get you tip! thanks.