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25 November 2013 @ 10:40 pm
Hello! I've never used a cup before and I was hoping for a little advice on what cup to get.the two I'm trying to decide between are the Sckoon cup or the Lunette. I'm 25 and have never had children but ever since I got the copper iud put in my cycle is extremely heavy and I get very strong cramps. Because of the heaviness of my cycle I'm inclined to get a larger cup even though I haven't given vaginal birth but because of the severity of my cramps I'm worried a firm cup will increase my cramps. Does anyone here use a large cup if you're under 30/childless and does anyone feel thir cramps increased by the cups? Also if you've used either of these cups id love to hear your opinion on which to get
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on November 26th, 2013 01:44 pm (UTC)
Have you compared their dimensions? Or are you going simply by their sales hype?

There are over 30 brands of cups to choose from nowadays -- and they all vary greatly in size. Use the guidelines and size/capacity charts at http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ or at any of the others at the Community FAQ to figure out which cups you think might fit/suit you best and then use capacity, shape and other factors to narrow your choices from there. You don't have to be precise... just get into the right length and width categories.
cassfuentes on November 26th, 2013 03:55 pm (UTC)
I have looked at a ton of charts and measurements and comparisons but since I've never used a cup I have no idea what dimensions will work for me. I choose these two because both have a little shorter length, both have great reviews and both are available to me with free two day shipping and my cycle is about to start. Now that I've narrowed it down to these two I'm trying to figure out if anyone who hadn't given birth and is under 30 has worn their large sizes comfortably because I do have a very heavy flow and need a cup with a large capacity.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on November 26th, 2013 04:50 pm (UTC)
Use the "how easily can you reach your cervix" guideline for length. I assume that you are comfortable with insertion, so a "large" wider cup should be no problem. Since the large Sckoon and the large Lunette claim to have the "standard" 30ml capacity, either would work for you.

FYI, I have a large Lunette and LOVE it but it's a fairly stiff-bodied cup. I think the stiffness helps it pop easily and seal securely but sometimes on my sensitive BLECH days, it feels like I've got a bowling ball up there. On those days, I wonder if a softer cup wouldn't feel so obvious.

There are several other cups in the same size ranges. Compare their stiffness and also their shapes. The Sckoon has a blunt rounded bottom. The Lunette is a little more pointy. For comparison, the large Fleurcup has the same dimensions as the large Lunette, is a little squishier, has a blunt base and a higher capacity. Compare shapes as well as sizes and go with your gut as to which you think you'd like best of those that you think will fit.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on November 26th, 2013 04:53 pm (UTC)
As for cramps, an old wives tale is to drink extra water before and during your period. The extra hydration will thin out your flow, making it easier to expel and therefore your body doesn't have to work so hard (cramp) to get it out.
cassfuentes on November 26th, 2013 05:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks! My cervix does sit a bit low and pretty much every day is a BLECH day for me anymore. I stopped using tampons entirely when I had the IUD put in because they were just too uncomfortable. I'm beginning to consider getting the large Sckoon for my heavy days and the small Lunette for my lighter days but having two cups seems a little silly to me if one can do the job. I think I'm leaning towards the large Sckoon for the sake of comfort and capacity.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on November 26th, 2013 06:03 pm (UTC)
Start with ONE. Then, if you want another cup down the line, you'll have a better idea of the size and features that you'll want.
neetzscheneetzsche on November 26th, 2013 07:10 pm (UTC)
After I got my IUD, the firmess or suction on the large lunette was too much for me. Cuplee is softer and doesn't exacerbate my cramps. I think you'd like the sckoon better because I've heard it's fairly soft.

I'm childless and under 30 and I've worn "large" cups. I prefer them because they have larger capacity and are usually longer. Not much of a difference in comfort that I've noticed.
elisamba on November 26th, 2013 07:13 pm (UTC)
Im over 30 but a virgin, and I only use large cups. I need the length. If your cervix is about two joints in, I recommend the large Fleurcup. But if it is hard to reach even on your period (cervix is lower then) then a longer cup might be better, like a Yuuki or Gaiacup. Ive tried the Gaia and it is soft but springy.
justice_02justice_02 on November 26th, 2013 11:20 pm (UTC)
Hi. I have used the large Lunette, it was too firm for my taste. I also used a small Lunette, it leaked, I definitely need a large. The small Lunette is softer than the large though. I have used the large Sckoon cup as well. I wound up selling it on MC sales because it wasn't the easiest cup for me to get to pop open. I also did not like how the bottom of the cup was kind of squishy. If you are trying to push it up a bit further once it's inside then the bottome collapses in on itself. Since I take my cup out each time I go to the bathroom, I need one that pops open easily that I can get in and out quickly. It's just easier for me to urinate when I remove it. If I had to pick one I liked better out of the two, it would be the Sckoon cup. One of my favorite cups that I currently use is the large Si-Bell. It's the softest cup out there that I know of and it's always popped open very easily for me. It also has a very unique stem if you need a stem. I usually cut mine all the way off, but I haven't cut this one as it doesn't seem to irritate me as some other stems do. I also recently bought a Natural Mamma off of ebay. It has high capacity but it is a rather long cup, best for people with medium to higher cervixes. I will probably wind up cutting the stem off of it since it irritates me a bit, but it is flexible. I just think the ridges on the stem bother me. It also is very inexpensive. It was only twenty dollars including shipping! The pouch it comes in is also very unique. It is a zippered pouch and my pattern on the pouch was strawberries. I think it is a random selection. I've also tried the large Cuplee and think it's great as well. Very soft and high capacity. No problems with opening up either. I've tried a lot of cups and have been a cup user since 2003, so feel free to ask me any other questions you may have! Good luck to you and what you decide.
justice_02justice_02 on November 26th, 2013 11:26 pm (UTC)
Here is a chart I really like that shows all the different cups. I find it very user-friendly.

http://menstrualcup.co/brands/compare-menstrual-cup-table.html

kitsunenomizukitsunenomizu on November 27th, 2013 02:49 pm (UTC)
I started using cups when I was 22 and am now 26. I've never been pregnant but I always use large size cups for length and flow. I can't speak for the Sckooncup but my goldilocks cup is a large Lunette, and I've found that firm cups are more comfortable for me than softer. I have no idea why that even is, and my cramps remain the same. That said, I wish you luck in your cup search, I hope whichever you choose works for you. Sorry I can't help with the Sckooncup.
juliiie87juliiie87 on November 27th, 2013 10:47 pm (UTC)
I would pick the large Sckoon because it's softer. The large Fleurcup would be medium soft, also worth considering but maybe more obvious feeling, I know it's a bit too obvious (firm/big) for me. I love my large Cuplee, I'm also under 30 and childless.
faranth22faranth22 on November 27th, 2013 10:51 pm (UTC)
Do not exclude a "large" cup just because you are under 30 and/or have never given birth. Many people, including myself, use large cups depsite not falling into those categories. I also have a heavy cycle and my cervix sits low. I have a small Lunette (bought it before I realized I needed a cup more capacity) and large Sckoon. I have also had a large Fleur in the past. The Sckoon is by far the squishiest of the three. Some people have difficulty getting soft cups to open, however this has never been a problem for me. The other difference I found was the holes. The Lunette's are wider. The Sckoon's are angled and narrower. I don't have a problem with them but I can imagine some people might have difficulty getting the cup to open because of it. I don't know if you are considering the Fleur or not (it is similar to the Sckoon) but the one thing I never liked about it was the grip rings/ridges. They stuck out and bothered me. The Sckoon's are much less pronounced. I don't really need the grip rings/ridges, but if you do the Sckoon's appear more aesthetic than useful.
m03m on November 28th, 2013 09:43 pm (UTC)
The Fleurcup's grip rings bothered me, too. So I removed them, using nail clippers first and sandpaper after that. It went really well.
I could have gotten pretty much the same result by flipping the cup inside out though... the Fleur stays the same shape and capacity when it's inside out.
faranth22faranth22 on November 29th, 2013 10:54 pm (UTC)
Originally, I had been turning it inside-out, which worked fine. Then one day I decided to take a nail clippers to them and file them down. It's not a problem anymore though, my boyfriend's dog ate it. :/ I had been eyeing the Sckoon anyway ever since it came out just because of those grip rings.
lilin_unite on December 6th, 2013 07:42 pm (UTC)
I haven't used the Lunette, but I have used the Sckoon and the Diva cup, both in small size, but their small sizes are very different. The small Diva is slightly wider, much longer, and the body is a bit wider. It's also firmer than the Sckoon.

A Lunette is not as long as a Diva, but as I understand, it's stiffer than a Sckoon. And the large of either one is actually not all that far off from the small Diva (a bit wider and not quite as long though).

The Diva definitely made my cramps stronger for the first 30 minutes or so after insertion, on days 1 and 2.

What I've experienced with the Sckoon is that I feel a little more taut, for lack of a better word, but it doesn't actually hurt more.

So I would say stiffness very likely does make a difference, and size probably makes a difference as well.

I'm a lot like you, minus the IUD. 24, no kids, heavy, heavy period, and my cervix is also low during the first couple days.

And you know what? I was worried when I got the Sckoon that I'd miss the capacity of the Diva. But I don't miss it as much as I thought I would.

I find a softer, smaller cup to be a *lot* more comfortable. Also, my low cervix had a tendency to dislodge the longer/stiffer Diva, so even though the Sckoon doesn't hold as much strictly by the numbers, it stays in place better, so I actually get the full capacity of it rather than having it leak halfway full.

When you have both a heavy period and a painful one, I think it's important to think not just about capacity, but also about your comfort.

For me... I'm happy to trade that extra 2ml for a softer and more comfortable cup.

Also, just a suggestion. I have no idea how or why this works, but I have found the old remedy of taking a tablespoon of molasses every day has been helping my cramps. It's got to be organic (look for Blackstrap). Like I said, I have no clue how this supposedly works, but it's made a difference for me.