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25 October 2013 @ 10:50 am
Hey, folks! I used to be a poster when I had a different account, and this place is still the best there is for info. So, if you don't mind, I'd like to pick your brain a bit...

I've been using cups for 9 years -- always a small size Diva Cup. I'm 24 and nulliparous.

I am pretty confident I know how to work a cup, but I've always had an issue with the Diva Cup.

On the first day or two of my cycle, my cervix is low and the back of my vagina seems to be tented out. What this means is that no matter what I do, I cannot get an actual seal. The best I can do is push the cup around my cervix, but because of the angle of the walls, it won't grip very well, and obviously I have a lot less capacity with my cervix in the cup.

So, days 1 and 2 are always a bit leak-prone. After that, I have no issues and get a good seal.

I would just flip it inside out, but the thing is, I need that capacity. I have fairly heavy periods.

Also, it is always a little more difficult to pee with my cup in. And I'm wondering if there are any other cups where this would be less of an issue.

So now, I'm in the market for a new cup.

Basically, I need a shorter cup that still has good capacity and hopefully will press on my urethra a bit less.

I've been looking at the Sckoon and Fleur. The Fleur seems to be the solution to a lot of women with "problem child" vaginas, but the Sckoon is appealing because it seems like it would be easier to clean with the smooth edges and the lack of a hollow stem.

I don't really need a stem, but still, I tend to leave a little bit and trying to clean out the Diva stem is damn near impossible.

What is the capacity like on the Sckoon compared to a small Diva? Which Fleur -- small or large -- might be more up my alley? Anyone tried all three? Are there any other cups you'd recommend?

I'm also really curious about this new Victoria's Love cup I see. Has anyone actually tried this?

Thanks!

ETA: In the hopes of solving the issue of pressure on my urethra, I went with the small SckoonCup. It just got here today, and I got the Wellness one -- which is bright cherry red! Very cool.

It is a lot shorter than my Diva, and slightly less wide as well. At first I was kind of worried, because it looks like it couldn't have more than half the capacity of the Diva. But because the holes are so high, it actually isn't that bad. Maybe 2 or 3 ml difference. On my heavy days, I'd say I'll lose maybe an hour of wearing time before emptying. But of course, if it doesn't leak on my heavy days, as the Diva tends to, then perhaps I'll get more wear time out of it rather than less.

I will update when I've used it and let you know how it goes. Thanks, guys!
 
nemesis27nemesis27 on October 25th, 2013 04:45 pm (UTC)
maybe a soft cup work for you
Hello,
I have the fleur, and the cup press on my urethra always,it makes difficult when I pee, so I don´t recommend you the fleur cup if you have this problem with the diva small, maybe the fleur will not a good idea..


The more comfortable cup I´ve ever use is the iris cup, it´s pretty soft.
Now I have a femmecup that it´s comfortable also because is very soft.


http://cupsss.blogspot.com.es/
@nemesis_cup
elisamba on October 25th, 2013 05:28 pm (UTC)
Re: maybe a soft cup work for you
What year did you get your Fleurcup? They changed in 2011 and are much softer now.

I find my large Fleur softer than my small Fleur, and it is one of my two goldilocks cups. Its stem is flat but ridged, I find it a little uncomfortable sometimes and am getting up my nerve to trim it (only been using cups for three months, so a little nervous to do that!) But the capacity is very good and the length is medium. I don't know about the Sckoon. BTW Fleurcup is on special right now, I don't remember the code but you could look it up.
nemesis27nemesis27 on October 28th, 2013 08:49 am (UTC)
Re: maybe a soft cup work for you
really?? I get my fleur in 2010... I didn´t know the change.
thanks for the info.

http://cupsss.blogspot.com.es/
@nemesis_cup
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on October 25th, 2013 07:50 pm (UTC)
Well, the good news is that nearly all of the other brands of cups are shorter than your Diva. There are several size and capacity comparison charts at the Community FAQ. And links to side by side photos too -- so you can compare the shapes of those you think might fit you better.

BTW, many agree that flipping a Diva inside out doesn't clobber all that much capacity so that's a way to go in the short term.
lilin_unite on October 26th, 2013 08:28 am (UTC)
Thanks so much. Yeah, I'm hoping a shorter cup will mean I can get a better seal on heavy days. If I'm not mistaken, vaginas are just generally wider and and more angled at the very back, and perhaps that's my issue -- the Diva has to go all the way back to fit at all, and there's just nothing to grab onto effectively. And weirdly, it almost seems too wide if I try to wear it any lower, so that doesn't really work either.
trejoytrejoy on October 26th, 2013 04:55 am (UTC)
I've had all three. The Diva gave me headaches, the suction was so strong. The Fleur was too stiff, didn't like the texture of the cup nor the stem! The Sckoon is very flexible and has never leaked for me and the stem is so thin I never feel it. So, yeah, I'm partial to the Sckoon over the other two.
lilin_unite on October 26th, 2013 08:26 am (UTC)
Think this might solve my bladder problem? The more I look at the shape of that thing, the more I like it.
trejoytrejoy on October 27th, 2013 01:33 am (UTC)
Yes, I do think it would help with bladder issues. I've been there with both the Lunette and the Fleur! Haven't had a problem with Sckoon.
lilin_unite on October 27th, 2013 03:38 am (UTC)
Man, back when I first went cup shopping, there was nothing but the Diva, Lunette, MoonCup UK, and the Keeper, and getting the Lunette or MoonCop in the US was quite difficult. Now there's all these choices, and while I have always loved my Diva way more than I ever liked tampons, I realize I've been using "not the right cup for me" for a very long time. But back then, there weren't really any soft options, so it was senseless to complain about it.

Horrah for market variety!