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Hi, this is my first post. I thought it might be useful for anyone with a heavy flow or anyone who has been having leaking problems.

I've been using menstrual cups for 6 months and have had a few struggles. I was determined to find the right cup for me! I think my search is over and turns out it's the cheapest one I've bought - the Fleurcup!

As I'm in the UK I got a mooncup uk size A to start off with (I've just turned 31, no kids). At the time, I didn't know there were so many other cups available here in the UK. I persevered with this one but it kept leaking no matter what I did. To be fair the leaks weren't huge apart from when I used the smaller cups but I thought what's the point of wearing a cup if they leak. Especially when they're in properly apparently they shouldn't leak. If anyone asks I checked that I had all the cups inserted correctly when trying them out.

I have a very heavy flow and although most cups say they can cope with this, they didn't for me. Even if the cup wasn't full, the holes were getting blocked up quickly causing leaks (this is my guess). I often get really thick clots and the mooncup just couldn't handle that. I spent a long time researching whether I was doing something wrong or working out if cups just weren't meant for my type of period. I refused to back to tampons and pads are just yak to me.

I've gone through mooncup UK sizes A and B, Lunette 1 and 2 and I now have a Large Fleurcup.

This is my first cycle using the fleurcup and I love it! Yeah it's bigger than the others but it's actually the most comfortable out of the ones I own. I can't feel it at all. The large lunette was the best shape, it popped open so easy but it was just too stiff I got the worst pains from it pushing against me. I realised that I need a large capacity cup with the holes at the top, easy to pop open and softer than the large lunette.

On my heaviest day I could sometimes soak through a superplus tampon in an hour, usually it would be 3-4 hours.

My period likes to come and go as it pleases after the first couple of days so planning which tampon absorbency to use was a nightmare.

The capacity of the fleurcup means I can relax and not need to change as often. No leaks!!! I think the width of the cup is the key and my cervix can't escape down the side or anything. It has really good suction too.

The other cups I have are probably fine for the last few days of my period (excl large lunette due to the ouch factor) so hopefully all that money I spent experimenting hasn't gone down the drain.

If anyone would like me to review the other cups in comparison to the fleurcup let me know.

Sorry this post is so long!!
 
Kathlynekathlyne on March 22nd, 2014 04:05 pm (UTC)
It also took me a few cups to find the large Fleurcup--my goldilocks cup. The money you spent on the other cups isn't down the drain if they helped you figure out what you wanted in a new cup and led you to your goldilocks cup. Also, if you don't think you'll be using them again you can sell them on mc_sales like I did. I used the money to buy a back up Fleurcup.
Luceafaraluceafara on March 22nd, 2014 04:20 pm (UTC)
Great post - thanks for sharing your experience, and congrats to finding your perfect cup.
I know that there are no "one brand fits all" cups, but I do think the Fleurcup and Si-bell/Natu seem to fit most. I love my Fleurcup and now own three - every time there is a sale, I check out their site again, and sometimes I end up with yet another one.

It could be that your cervix takes up so much space in your cups that it makes them overflow, even when they don't look full when you take them out. This is where the Fleur helps, because it has a bell shaped bottom. I suggest the Fleur a lot because it is the cheapest name brand cup, along with Meluna, to start with.

Are you using the stem, or did you cut it off? I am asking because Fleurcup is perfect for short cervixed folks like myself, but I think it also fits most othe people, unless they have a very high cervix. If you left the stem on, how far in do you have to reach to touch the bottom of the stem? This is none of my business, really, but I am curious, because I can touch the bottom of my SMALL Fleucups with not even a full knuckle in.

Edited at 2014-03-22 04:22 pm (UTC)
littlemiss80slittlemiss80s on March 22nd, 2014 10:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks for suggesting mc_sales. Wasn't sure how weirded out people would be getting a used cup -no matter How sanitised.

@luceafara I think I have a pretty high cervix, even during my period. So I usually have to push the cup down a little before I can squeeze the base. I've left the stem on In full because the flat stem doesn't bother me.
Luceafaraluceafara on March 23rd, 2014 02:47 am (UTC)
This indeed makes the cup very much a "one cup fits most" :)

Many people don't seem to care if cups are previously used, so you'll probably be able to sell them quickly.
pineapplewhippineapplewhip on March 28th, 2014 06:22 am (UTC)
Serious Health Concerns w/ Reselling used cups! TO ALL
Hello dear cuppers,
I am a cup obsessive chick. I will think "Oh, I finally have the Goldilocks cup, and I am good! I won't be buying more cups. . . ." Yeah Sure, a few months go bye and damn I want a particular new brand cup. No, I NEED it, lol. I watch YouTube, go to the web site, plan my better future with that cup. . . but wait I tell myself these are adding up, and I have enough, and I can totally see how a person might think a used cup is OK, after all, you NEED that cup. And yes I really feel that way, ;) But Y'all if that cup is not new in the box, and you buy it, if someone tried it on a dry run, it is not worth playing russian roulette with your health! Maybe some of you haven't fought for your life due to an illness, but I have! I DIED from Pneumonia at 17 had a near death experience, the whole shabang, that was hell on earth (not the Heaven part) but illness. I JUST tested negative after 25 plus untreated years, and 6 treated years from Lyme Disease (They thought you only could get it from a Tick bite, it is now called "The new AIDS" people can give and get it kissing or by sex. The pain is worse than I can tell you. It will kill you if you aren't treated, most never know they have it . . . it is made up by the same thing Syphilis is, it is called Spirochetes and it will kill you if left untreated, like AIDS, and remember that IS still around! These illnesses do not die with boiling water, pacifier tablets (milton) or Bleach. My goodness please, you wouldn't have unprotected sex with someone you don't know, I hope, If you did, don't again, if you are ok Thank GOD (someone everyone likes to forget, yes we have a divine creator) but geeze, please look at these used cups like a sexual partner, it really does come down to a very similar thing. Not mentioning that fact that it would gross me out if a cup had been in another person's privates, but if that's not yucky to you, please protect your health and lust after the new cup you want, but save up for a BRAND NEW ONE! Ok Off my soap box here, but please. . . your health is like money you don't know you don't have it until it is all gone.
REALLY LOVE YOURSELF! Ok - :) Peace and Love and Health
PS- I make pop music and films and no one is more punk that I. I spent my teens on Haight Ashbury, I'm FAR from a prude. xo

Edited at 2014-09-18 05:48 am (UTC)
pinkydoodler on March 23rd, 2014 11:13 am (UTC)
Do you mind if I ask if the stem on the fleurcup a stiff one or soft one? Also, do you find the grips make it hard to fold at the base?

I'm shopping around for a large cup and while I'm leaning towards a large Si-Bell I also noticed Fleurcup is having a sale and it looks mighty tempting. The shape looks right, but the only things that make me worry are that the stem and the grips the Fleurcup has on the bottom. I find I need the stem for removal and because of a small opening, I also need to be able to fold the cup into a compact form before I can remove it comfortably.
littlemiss80slittlemiss80s on March 23rd, 2014 04:34 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't say the stem is stiff but it's not super soft. As it's got a flat stem I find it doesn't poke me like other cups where I have had to trim the stem. I haven't even noticed the stem when inserted. I personally haven't had any issues folding , inserting or removing. However all people are different. For example I've seen comments on here that say the mooncup uk is stiff and painful to remove but I haven't had the same problems. I usually use the c fold. When I first got my moon cup the thick rim made it quite difficult to insert. The fleurcup has a thinner, more flared and flexible rim. Hope that's helped a little.
trejoytrejoy on March 22nd, 2014 05:32 pm (UTC)
There don't seem to be that many of us that have the dual trouble of stiffness and width, but I did. I need a soft cup that is wide but not too long (lg Iris and lg Sckoon are my goldilocks combo) otherwise they are uncomfortable and/or leak.

Congrats on finding your Fleur! Like kathlyne said, you might recoup some of your cost for the other cups on mc_sales.
okwaho_okaraokwaho_okara on March 23rd, 2014 04:46 pm (UTC)
I too use Fleurcup :)

For two years now :)</p>

A few months ago I bought a backup set of a small and large. (I currently use a small and large).

Congrats on finding your perfect cup :)