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queenguin
09 March 2014 @ 10:37 am
Hello fellow cuppers.

I'm brand new to the world of cups. I discovered them while trying to find ways to manage my period when I go hiking next year.

Looking at all the charts I believe I have narrowed my choice down to either a large Fleurcup, Large Yuuki Soft or Large Sckoon. I will probably buy a smaller cup as well in the future, most likely a Lunette. I have looked through most of the relevant tags here and read so many different posts and faqs - I'm pretty sure I have a decent idea of my needs and possible issues.

As I live in Australia, it is very difficult (nearly impossible) find any cups in store, locally, so I have never been able to even hold a cup. I'm rather curious how each of these compare to each other practically. As I said, I've read all the charts but I was after some personal experience from those who have used more than one of these. They are all different shapes and slightly different sizes, with different stem lengths and I was wondering if any of these differences had a huge impact on whether a cup worked for you - what made you chose one over the other?

While at the moment money is not a huge issue, I would rather not have to buy all three at once. I know I can get the fleurs cheap now, feminine wear have a 10% off sale, and I can get all the Yuuki's pretty cheaply with free postage from ebay (that's if they're genuine - I've seen no feedback to say they're not; and the seller name is 'yuukicup' [maybe just another play to make the fraudulent seem genuine]). Unless anyone knows of another store that can do even better prices and still ship to Australia at a decent price. Amazon seem to have some excellent deals sometimes but usually some ridiculous postage cost attached.

Just a bit of personal information, I'm 23, a virgin (although my hymen seems a bit stretched from sport, hiking and tampon use), my cervix seems to sit at 8-9cms during ovulation and anywhere between 4 and 7 cms during my heaviest days. My middle finger is just on 7cms long, and I can just reach my cervix while bearing down a little, and taking into account how much of my finger won't fit in because of the angle 4-7 seems a pretty accurate estimate and makes it very much easier to chose a cup.
I consider my flow pretty heavy during the first 72 hours, I can fill a regular tampon (up to 11g) in four hours, and a super tampon (14g) in 6-7 hours. The next two to three days are moderate bleeding (I change a regualar tampon every 5 hours and it is not quite full, maybe another hour of use in it) fading into very light, to spotting and residual. Any advice is appreciated.

Thanks for sharing and for any advice; maybe there's something out there I had not considered.

Guin
 
 
Current Location: Australia, Melbourne
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on March 9th, 2014 12:22 am (UTC)
The three that you have chosen have similar rim widths but their lengths vary greatly.

Sckoon = short at 50mm
Fleur = medium at 52mm
Yuuki = long at 55mm

A cup will "work" for whoever it fits best. So just because it fits someone who sings its praises doesn't mean it will work for you. Analogy: Just because you think size-7 narrow shoes are perfect doesn't mean I'll be able to fit my 8-1/2 wide paddles into them.

Go with your gut as to which you think will fit/suit you best, knowing what you do about their dimensions and how they compare to other cups. Just buy ONE of them at first and get through the learning curve with it. Then if you want another, you'll have a better idea of length, width, shape and other features based on the one that you have.
Luceafaraluceafara on March 9th, 2014 06:42 am (UTC)
Not sure what femininewear charges, but fleurcup.com has a sale that ends today (March 9): You can get a cup for EURO 10 (5 less than usually) plus EURO 5 for worldwide shipping.

I can't comment on the cups of your choice, because I only have the small Fleur and small Sckoon, which I both love, and I have never held a Yuuki.

Edited at 2014-03-09 06:43 am (UTC)
elisamba on March 9th, 2014 08:17 am (UTC)
From what you said it sounds like you have a medium height cervix. The Fleur would probably be good. It is one of my favourites because it opens easily while still being soft. Plus it has a solid stem, maybe easier to clean while hiking.

This site has free international shipping for several brands, including Yuuki. http://shop.menstrualcup.co/products/Yuuki.html
m03m on March 9th, 2014 08:30 am (UTC)
I'm not sure whether this will actually help, but here it is:
there is a good chance that either of these cups will work for you.
bklynmom on March 9th, 2014 05:46 pm (UTC)
I have both the large sckoon and the large fleur and like them both. In comparing them, I'd say the sckoon is softer which is a pro and con. Con because it takes a bit more fiddling to open it ( not hard to do just a bit longer) and pro because its more comfortable on removal and insertion. The fleur on the other hand opens easier and is easier for me to get in the right place but insertion and removal makes me a bit sore after a few days (that may differ for you and some people file off the grip rings to prevent this). Also, capacity is slightly less with the sckoon, but only about 5 ml or so. I don't think that would matter much. both have solid stems and I agree about cleaning them on a hiking trip.
By the way, I don't think your flow is that heavy and you'll probably be good with either as they hold so much more than a super tampon.
If money matters, the fleur is usually a better price and it's not clear how long a sckoon will last as they are so new.
Good luck!
lacrymaslave on March 10th, 2014 12:01 pm (UTC)
I live in Australia as well and have a large sckoon cup in yellow that I've never used (because I bought another colour at the same time). If you're not freaked out by minimally preloved ones, I also have a meluna starter pack with clear classic, in M and L with ball stem, I've tried the M in a dry run but not the L. I also have a small pink si-bell that I've tried in a dry run.

If you're interested in buying any of those, let me know.
missmojorisin71missmojorisin71 on March 10th, 2014 11:36 pm (UTC)
What everyone has said is true! I can tell you how much I love my SckoonCups (I own both sizes), but not every cup will fit right for everyone. One thing I didn't like about the Fleurcup is the stem (yes, you can cut it, however I need a stem towards the end of my period)!

Also, I have found that I really like a bell shaped cup. I used to have a Divacup and the shape of it made me feel like it was always on the verge of falling out. Have you read the reviews of each cups?
sunnybeebop on March 11th, 2014 01:04 am (UTC)
I have both size Sckoons as well.. and a diva. I find there are pros and cons to each shape. I find the Sckoon cups more comfortable to wear, never feel them. The Diva I can sometimes feel if I move a certain way or when lying down. But because the Diva is longer and more pointy? - I find it makes insertion and removal easier, less reaching, easier to swirl a finger around and make sure the cup is open properly as well!

I do think the Diva may be borderline too long for me though as I can fill the Sckoons to a higher capacity without leaking. The Diva will leak about 1/2 full a lot of the time. grr...

I do really like the large Sckoon though, no complaints.
elisamba on March 11th, 2014 03:36 am (UTC)
PS just wanted to make sure you knew about the Australian Juju cup.
pineapplewhippineapplewhip on March 22nd, 2014 03:47 am (UTC)
Hey QueenGuin
Welcome to the happy world o cups. My favorites are large Fleurcup, small Lunette. I bleed very heavily, so for three of my seven days, the Fleurcup is awesome. If you are starting with a large size cup it might seem less intuitive than if you start with a small, but agreed on a camping trip, you will want capacity. On my heaviest days I fill a lg Fleurcup every 12 hours (I have to take iron prenatals to combat that flow) so Fleurs are awesome. I found a french website where you can get all the colors still, but the price is higher. If anyone wants to see, let me know, I will check my history and post it. :) D- Happy cups, Bridgette
Welcome to a lifechanging product. My fav is I can sleep with no mess, ever! Woo hoo.
lial555lial555 on April 11th, 2014 01:51 am (UTC)
I'm an Aussie too and when I received my Fluer cup 9 months ago it was the first one I'd ever held. I have found the Fluer cup very uncomfortable unless it is pushed up really high. The stem is way too long and I had to trim it back to the very last notch. Even then I can still feel it but I am reluctant to cut the last bit off as they get a bit slippery when you remove them and I don't want to drop it into the loo. Also, I have found the ridges on the bottom are really sharp. It's good grip for removal but very uncomfortable to wear. I am now thinking of getting a MeLuna instead.

Good luck!