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11 February 2014 @ 04:16 pm

I've been lurking and reading around here for a few weeks. Finally took the plunge and bought my first cup: Moon Cup by Keeper.

After two days, I feel I can confidently say that it is NOT working for me. It's uncomfortable-- I had to trim the stem almost completely because it was agitating me so badly, but then it was very difficult to reach and remove. Also, based on what I've read on here, I think it may be too firm for me (definitely feeling the pressing-on-the-bladder issue). Between the constant pressure and irritation, I think I should investigate other cups.

I have been looking at Si-Bell, because it's softer and comparable in size, but it makes me nervous because it does seem wider, and I think narrow is the way to go for me. Does the softness help with the girth? I also looked at the Lily Cup, but it seems unpopular, though I don't know why. Can anyone elaborate on that for me?

Anyone had similar problems with the Moon Cup, and have recommendations? I've seen a lot of women on here go from Moon Cup to Lunette, but the dimensions seem so much larger, and as I've said, that seems like the wrong direction to go.

I really want to find my "Goldilocks" cup; the idea of the cup is appealing to me. BUT, I can't spend hundreds of dollars on this. So... advice, please?
Luceafaraluceafara on February 12th, 2014 12:31 am (UTC)
Welcome to cups.
The Si-bell is super soft and I can't imagine you would feel it even with a sensitive bladder. The same goes for the old style Natu, which looks exactly the same - they recently changed their design, and I am not sure if the new Natus are equally soft).
I have all small cups, being equally interested in a narrow girth, and, in my case, short length, and don't feel the Si-bell when I wear it.

I think the Lunette is simply more popular - at least in the US - because it is one of the easiest to find for sale, while cups like the Si-bell and Natu just take a bit more effort to come by (read, they can only be purchased from one or two sites , unless you check Italian/Spanish/French resellers or the official site, which does not ship to the US (at least they didn't when I bought mine).

There is one user here with a Lily and a Si-bell, so I'm hoping she will post here as well.

Edited at 2014-02-12 12:33 am (UTC)
ll63 on February 12th, 2014 06:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the quick reply! That makes sense, and it's reassuring to hear that the Si-bell doesn't bother you and you had similar concerns.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on February 12th, 2014 12:51 am (UTC)
Check out the size and capacity charts over at the Community FAQ.

You say the 54mm US Moon Cup is hard to reach so switching to the shorter 47mm SiBell would put it all the more out of reach. Same with the 47mm Lunette.

Do you think you might be better off with a (57mm) small Diva?

As for the Lily, it has a unique shape because the stem is actually part of the shape of the cup. Untrimmed, the combined cup/stem length is 77 or 82mm.

What is probably fighting you most of all is the thick flared rim of your Moon Cup. The WIDTH isn't the issue, the SHAPE is. So compare the shapes of the other cups that you're interested in to see that they don't have flared rims like your Moon Cup does.
ll63 on February 12th, 2014 06:39 pm (UTC)
I've checked out the charts at length. The MC is only hard to reach after I cut the stem almost completely. It was totally fine with the stem, but the stem agitated my skin to no end, causing extreme discomfort.

Think if I could find a similar size with a comfortable stem, I could make that work. The Diva looks too huge for me.

Thanks for your advice!
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on February 12th, 2014 02:12 am (UTC)
I'm the one with both the Lily and Si-Bell :) I think the Si-Bell would actually be a great option for you (Lily might be too long if you didn't like the Mooncup stem). Although the Si-Bell has a long stem, it's so thin and flexible that you can cut it easily and you can't even feel it while it's there. The cup itself is also so soft that it's easy to pull down with the stem so you can reach and pinch the base for removal, and it doesn't even create suction for me due to the softness, so I'm not fighting to break the suction...just pull and then pinch the base and I'm good. The Lily can create suction because it doesn't have airholes, so it takes a little while to break that, but it can be handy when you know you will probably overfill your cup before you have a chance to change it...my Si-Bell just leaks when it's overfull, but if the Lily has an airtight seal the extra just kind of backs up (gross but less messy)
ll63 on February 12th, 2014 06:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! This sounds exactly like what I'm looking for. Also, thank you for the details on the Lily-- everything you said is extremely helpful.
Saygasayga on February 12th, 2014 08:01 pm (UTC)
MeLuna also has a soft cup, which is very soft. They also have several lengths and widths, which you can get in any firmness. It can be harder to make sure it's open, the softer the cup is, but you'll get the hang of it. Whatever the length of your current cup it (not including the stem; I think measurements usually DON"T include the stem, or they will say what they're measuring), get one a few millimeters shorter. If you don't have super-heavy periods, then capacity shouldn't be too big a deal and you could go narrower too, but simply getting a softer, shorter cup may be your answer. I love my MeLuna cups.
ll63 on February 12th, 2014 08:09 pm (UTC)
I was eying MeLuna for those exact reasons, but they are not available in the US right now. If Si-Bell doesn't work, or if I want to get myself a few options, AND the MeLunas become available in the US again, I would absolutely consider it.
Saygasayga on February 12th, 2014 10:46 pm (UTC)
It isn't available? Hmm. When I ordered my first one, I ordered from a website all in German (I think!) and the confirmation email was all in German and I was like, "I HOPE I ordered something..." Haha. Well, it came just fine, and by the time I was ready to order the second time, they had an English website too. It ships from overseas, but you still should be able to order one in Euros and have it shipped to the US. http://www.meluna.org/en_GB They just don't have US distributors yet. But, it sounds like you have decided on another option so I really hope that one works out. :)
Luceafaraluceafara on February 13th, 2014 12:15 am (UTC)
Their website is: http://www.meluna.org
There is a miniscule Union Jack on the right of that page. If you click it, the page is all in English. The US/Canadian site can't sell any Melunas to US customers at the moment, but buying directly from Germany is cheaper anyway.

The prices you see on there include 19% sales tax. If you live outside the EU, the sales tax gets deducted from the price during check-out, once you enter your shipping address, and shipping is around EURO 5, even if you grab a few cups. I just placed another order a week ago.

I have to say, though, that if I were just starting off, and were looking for a soft cup, I'd find the Si-bell easier to use. The soft Melunas can be a tad more difficult to open than the Si-bell. Not a biggie, but worth noting.

However, what Meluna has over other brands is the sheer amount of sizes, colors and shapes. No other company has that many variations of cups, so for the price of one Si-bell, you can try two or three different Melunas. For folks with a short cervix, Meluna has great options.

The Si-bell is more likely to fit many different cervix heights. But it's also more expensive. Tough decision....

Edited at 2014-02-13 12:19 am (UTC)