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08 January 2014 @ 03:04 pm
Today I successfully was able to insert and use my Keeper Cup! I only get my periods once every 3 months and I purchased my Keeper about 3 months ago for that cycle. I had some difficulty then and ended up not using it. This time around getting it in was a breeze. Getting it out was took a little more time but still simple and easy enough. I have noticed that the stem is long and can be uncomfortable which is an easy fix but I feel that it is just uncomfortable in general. I know it is one of the stiffest if not the stiffest cup out there but I can feel it...a lot. It is just a constant pressure. It doesn't hurt but I wouldn't say I enjoy it by any means. After looking and reading through here some more I see that people often suggest a softer cup and the one that keeps coming up is the Lunette. Does anyone have pros/cons, suggestions, etc about this cup.
I don't mind the size and/or length of the keeper it just seems to be too firm. And since I am a HUGE hypochondriac I fear getting a latex allergy. Silly, I know.
Anyways, I know a lot of you will say give it a few days, let your body adjust. But honestly it's so uncomfortable I really don't/can't. I'm sitting at work just waiting to be able to get home and get this thing out!(I didn't bring any back up [ie pads, tampon] stupid me!) Any suggestions, words of wisdom, help is greatly appreciated!

Thanks!
Maggie
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on January 8th, 2014 09:24 pm (UTC)
If you like the size, shape, capacity, etc of your Keeper then look into the US Moon Cup. It is IDENTICAL (made by the same company) but it is made out of softer silicone instead of latex like the Keeper. Both are long but narrow, with fairly low capacities.

The large Lunette is one of the stiffest silicone cups, but not nearly as stiff as the Keeper and full-bodied. There are size and capacity charts at the Community FAQ to compare all of the different brands, and follow links to stiffness comparisons too. Also use side by side photos to compare the shapes of the cups (flared rim or not, narrow bodied or full, pointy or blunt, etc.)
mhay06 on January 8th, 2014 09:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for the quick reply! I'm trying to avoid going back to the keeper/moon cup company. I didn't have a very nice customer service experience.
I'll take a look at the comparisons, I've just discovered the sckoon as well which looks interesting!
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on January 8th, 2014 09:34 pm (UTC)
There are now over 30 (!!!) brands plus knock-offs to choose from. The Sckoon is a relatively short cup so if you had a hard time reaching the base of your Keeper, keep its body length in mind for removal purposes.

Use what you know, like and don't about your Keeper to pick your next cup(s.)
teacupcake89 on January 8th, 2014 09:37 pm (UTC)
when you've worn the cup for a period and know how high it likes to sit, trim the stem a little bit at a time so it's not so uncomfortable but you can still reach it for removal.

next: compare the length of this trimmed cup with other cups i.e. the small lunette is medium stiffness and has a long tab stem or the small sckooncup or si-bell are nice and soft and have long thin bendy stems.

comparison photos here: http://menstrualcups.friendhood.net/f52-moderator-s-photo-library and here: http://www.femininewear.co.uk/comparison-photos-49-w.asp
mhay06 on January 8th, 2014 11:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the links! They are super helpful. One additional question. Is a bloated crampy feeling normal? And will a soft cup help with that?

Thanks!
teacupcake89 on January 9th, 2014 09:37 am (UTC)
a softer cup shouldn't cause cramps when in the right place and once you've got used to it (3-6 periods) I doubt the cup is causing any bloating though to be honest.

(meant to add in my comment above that the keeper has a long stem which is why I suggested comparing photos (unless you've trimmed it all off!), as the size charts here: http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ show cup length without the stem.