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megankgr
So, I'm pretty new to cups and I'm thinking that either the FemmyCycle or the medium soft Meluna might be my goldielocks cup. I've already posted on MC-Sales but I have a couple questions/concerns about these two cups

question 1: The ring option for the stem on the melunas looks like it would make removal a bit easier(I have a hard time gripping the tab stem on my green donna), but it looks like it might be a little irritating too. Does anybody have experience with the ring stem on the meluna?

question 2: I've been reading reports about how the femmycycle is completely different from other cups when it comes to suction. Does it have any suction? is it strong? do I need to break any seal when I remove it? I have an IUD so I'm super cautious with removal, but does anyone have experience using the femmycycle with an IUD? my strings are pretty long, but I usually just make sure they're tucked up behind my cervix before inserting my cup, and that I break the seal before removal and I haven't had an issue with it yet(knock on wood).

Any and all shared experiences are welcome and appreciated!
Thanks!
 
 
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calandra_ljcalandra_lj on December 26th, 2013 09:22 pm (UTC)
I have a Meluna with a ring stem, and I don't find it irritating at all; in fact I don't even notice it's there. It looks surprisingly big (to me at least(, but it's narrower and smaller than the rim, so it doesn't actually touch anything.
It does indeed make removal easier. Less chance of slipping when you (general you) can just hook your finger into the ring. ^^
nocebo_domingonocebo_domingo on December 26th, 2013 10:43 pm (UTC)
I can vouch for the ring stem. It's very comfortable.
megankgrmegankgr on December 26th, 2013 10:51 pm (UTC)
thanks for the response calandra_lj and nocebo_domingo ! I was concerned because the tab on my green donna can be irritating on certain days, but I think thats mostly because it has (useless) grip lines on it. I'm definitely leaning toward the meluna, as I'm concerned that the femmycycle might be way too likely to come in contact with my IUD strings. Now I'm just trying to find the most affordable place to buy one that ships to the US. If anybody knows any coupon codes help a fellow cupper out!

Edited at 2013-12-26 10:52 pm (UTC)
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on December 27th, 2013 04:03 am (UTC)
Have you compared the dimensions of your Green Donna to either of the cups that you're looking at? How about their shapes? If you haven't, there are several size and capacity charts over at the Community FAQ. They will also link you to side by side photos, stiffness comparisons, etc. Use what you like/don't about its size and shape and capacity and stiffness to pick your next cup.

The design of the Femmycycle is different in that the body is wider than the rim. It's more circular than other cups that are bell shaped or conical. It also has a very different rim.

Another consideration is that the MeLuna is made of TPE instead of silicone. That doesn't make it better or worse -- but it has slightly different instructions for care.
megankgrmegankgr on December 27th, 2013 04:28 am (UTC)
I chose these 2 cups because of their size and softness. They are slightly larger than my green donna according to this chart http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ so I'll get a bit more of the capacity that I'm looking for. I hadn't thought about the material of the MeLuna, but thats not much of a concern for me.
Thanks for the info on the femmycycle! I'm leaning more toward the MeLuna now though, just because I don't feel that I want to take on the learning curve of the femmycycle yey
juliiie87juliiie87 on December 27th, 2013 09:58 pm (UTC)
Hopping on the thread just to ask : could someone with mad computer skills perhaps help the devoted administrator of the sizecharts.livejournal.com page fix the truncating issues ? I am viewing it on a normal computer, but anything past the 47 mm column is missing... :/

I keep using it and refering newbies to it, it's such a fantastic ressource btw. Just today I wrote it down for the lady at the fabric store, who made her own cloth pads. Ah, conversion fun. ;)
sizecharts: SizeChartssizecharts on December 28th, 2013 03:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks for letting me know. I'll try a few things today and send out a request for help. The chart should be "variable width" so I don't know why it doesn't "squish" instead of getting truncated.

Edited to add:
I've put instructions on how to zoom in and zoom out at the charts. Hopefully, that will work.
"Ctrl -" to zoom out, "Ctrl +" to zoom in.


Edited at 2013-12-28 03:52 pm (UTC)
elisamba on December 27th, 2013 05:46 am (UTC)
The Meluna ring stem is teeny - I could not hook a finger in it, just pinch my fingertips into the middle. Also FWIW there have been reports of it ripping, it's not designed for tugging like the Femmycycle.
megankgrmegankgr on December 27th, 2013 11:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I figured I wouldn't be able to hook a finger in there but pinching my fingers in the center of the ring would be alot easier than the crazy slippery tab on my green donna (its a major process to get a decent grip on it). I'm assuming/hoping that the ripping happens when people try to hook a finger through it like you can with the femmycycle
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on December 29th, 2013 07:47 pm (UTC)
Because of your IUD I might recommend the FemmyCycle because it doesn't actually form a suction seal. Basically the bottom of it stays kind of folded up but as long as the top of it is open around your cervix, you shouldn't leak (took a few cycles to figure out how to "sweep" around the cervix and make sure the top was opened around). And removal is WAY easier with the Femmycycle, particularly because my cervix is too high for Melunas (took hours to remove the two I tried, not doing that again)
megankgrmegankgr on December 30th, 2013 04:36 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for your input! I originally thought the same thing but when I saw this review ( http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/3066660.html ) and some of the comments on it I was terrified. As if having a cup firmly suctioned to your cervix isn't scary enough, I imagine if this were to happen to me I could end up yanking my paragard right out (or at least painfully dislodging it) I just purchased a MeLuna from someone in the mc_sales community and I'm going to see how that works for me for now. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the whole concept of the femmycycle but until someone comes up with a solution to the cervix-grabbing issue I'm way too nervous to even try it with my copper buddy in place
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on January 4th, 2014 03:21 am (UTC)
Yikes! Yeah, to be safe, you probably want to go with something either considerably wider or (maybe) considerably narrower than your cervix so it won't sucker on (my Lily does that sometimes but no copper buddy here, and my cervix is very high, so I never had to worry about that)
megankgrmegankgr on January 5th, 2014 02:25 am (UTC)
yeah, I just started my new cycle and my cervix is pretty low (middle knuckle deep), which just confirms that the femmycycle is not for me (I'm sure its fabulous for higher-cervixed peoples). I'm really excited for the arrival of my large soft meluna! so stoked to not have to empty every 3 hours on heavy days!
megankgrmegankgr on January 7th, 2014 03:58 am (UTC)
aking53aking53 on January 10th, 2014 05:36 am (UTC)
As far as it being painfully suctioned out, I had my paragard removed by my OB and didn't feel it at all. Insertion was one of the most painful things I've ever been through but the removal was a breeze. So as far as pain goes, I wouldn't worry about it. However, since it might not hurt, then you might not notice until checking it again!
I'm currently pregnant with #3 but look forward to trying the femmycup!