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indigomoon
17 March 2014 @ 09:38 pm
I've been using a large Meluna cup for the past 4 years, but it has always been hard to get it to open inside me. I don't want to spend forever in the bathroom trying to get it to unfold, so I think I should try a different size. Would it be better to go a size down or to try the harder/stiffer cup? I am worried about that being uncomfortable though.
Background: I am 32 and have never given birth. I've been told I have strong vaginal muscles, but I don't do kegels or anything.
Also: does anyone have a coupon code for Meluna?
 
fluffmyflamingofluffmyflamingo on March 18th, 2014 07:32 am (UTC)
I had the same trouble with melunas and like you thought maybe the sport would be better, it wasn't, I wouldn't recommend this course of action sadly! It was no more uncomfortable but also no easier to open! Bizarrely I went softer with my next attempt and tried a si-bell and for me it opens everytime pretty effortlessly, insert, insert finger to create air channel - hey presto, I can actually feel it inflate and move up on it's own! Of course you don't mention how high your cervix is? If it's not high like mine this may not be the best cup for you but certainly I don't think a stiffer meluna would make any difference I'm afraid going by my experience anyhoo!
fluffmyflamingofluffmyflamingo on March 18th, 2014 07:34 am (UTC)
Forgot to mention I am 33 and have never given birth!
m03m on March 18th, 2014 09:41 am (UTC)
TPE is less springy than silicone. I think that pretty much any silicone cup has a good chance of being easier to open, even if it's not stiffer as such.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on March 18th, 2014 12:01 pm (UTC)
Does it have to be a MeLuna? There are size charts over at the Community FAQ to compare the one you have to other brands. Maybe something else will tickle your fancy this time? If you like the way it fits, then don't change dimensions too much.
Luceafaraluceafara on March 18th, 2014 02:03 pm (UTC)
You did not mention which kind of Meluna you have. I find the classic easier to open than the soft, but agree with fluffmyflamingo that something like a Si-bell opens more easily despite its softness. That cup is very close in shape to the Meluna, so if the shape is good for you, it may be a fit, and it fits low and high cervix folks. Another similarly shaped one is the Fleurcup. The Fleurcup is not quite as soft as the Si-bell, and thus may be better suited for you if you have strong vaginal muscles.

If, however you want to stick with Meluna, I don't have a code, but if you live outside the EU and order from meluna.org, you save 19% (the sales tax, that's usually included in the price).

Also, some people have tried to enlarge the holes or add two more holes to their Melunas before giving up on them. Not sure how they made out, but worth a shot.

Edited at 2014-03-18 02:06 pm (UTC)
Nanci Karvonen WillitsNanci Karvonen Willits on March 19th, 2014 05:51 pm (UTC)
I too struggled with the Meluna...loved the capacity of the XL, but once I had worn it and it was all warmed up with my body heat, getting it to pop open again was nearly impossible. Cold water helped, but unless I was at home or work it wasn't always a possibility. I posted a similar question here about my struggles with Meluna, and was directed to Fleurcups. They turned out to be my goldilocks cup. I've found it to be comfortable, easy to open and the large had very similar capacity to the XL Meluna. And oddly enough, my "residual slobber" now seems non existent, something else that annoyed me with other cups. It's almost like it squeegees up what's dripped, weird I know, but I don't even need a liner anymore so I'll take it!