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KaleidoscopeEyd
30 March 2014 @ 06:44 pm
I have been randomly coming here and reading up on menstrual cups for some time now (almost a year, maybe). I've been unemployed and unable to purchase the one cup I decided I really want (a MeLuna mini) but today, after reading some new posts, I couldn't wait anymore. Unfortunately for me, MeLuna can't ship to the United States right now. Since I really REALLY want a MeLuna, but I'm really REALLY impatient and excited to learn some cup basics first hand... I ended up going online and buying a cup that is much cheaper than, but similar in design to, the regular MeLunas.

It won't be here for 3-5 weeks, but I'm wondering if anyone has any tips or pointers for getting started and getting used to things. Feel free to give any advice you can think of.
Specifically I'm wondering....

If I've had issues with being able to feel tampons even when properly inserted, will it likely be the same with a cup?
How many of you have had strong vasovagal responses when inserting cups? I tried an instead softcup ONCE and it was a horrible, painful and frightening experience. I felt extreme pain and very nearly fainted immediately after insertion. Someone said I probably hit my cervix with it. Anyone have these issues with reusable cups?

One of my biggest fears, like everyone, is not being able to get a cup out once I get it in. I know it can't migrate anywhere; that there is literally nowhere for it to go. I'm more concerned that I won't be able to reach it, it will be slippery or that it will be painful. Of course the ultimate fear of having to go to a doctor to get it removed. I couldn't even imagine the embarrassment. Has anyone ever had so much trouble with removal as to actually have asked someone else for help?
What about attaching some kind of tamponesque string? Has anyone tried that? Was it successful? Comfortable?
Perhaps I should also mention that I am on NuvaRing. Sometimes the NuvaRing slides just slightly out of my vagina and I find it to be extremely irritating. I get the idea that this is how a stem will feel, but I think I'll need a stem for removal... Hmmm...

Any and all information is welcome and appreciated.
Thanks to all for this whole community. It's definitely made me feel more comfortable with the idea of cups. Everyone here seems so understanding and friendly =)

edit: typo.


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I made a couple of cute pouches, too. There is another, different shaped, dinosaur pouch and one that I knitthat is  white  and a dark red color. I just changed my birth control last night (I use NuvaRing, sometimes continuously) so I will be doing a few dry runs from now until my next period.
 
KaleidoscopeEydkaleidoscopeeyd on March 31st, 2014 03:42 am (UTC)
http://www.ebay.com/itm/100-Medical-silicone-soft-Menstrual-Period-Cup-Size-Small-or-Large-3-colors-/121288866202?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&var=&hash=item1c3d61399a

That is a link to the cup I bought today. Does anyone else have one or know anything about them? I only intend to use it for learning until I can get a MeLuna.
perigrineperigrine on March 31st, 2014 10:45 am (UTC)
This one works perfectly fine. I found it fairly soft - or at least my pink one is. Definitely a good beginner cup.
KaleidoscopeEydkaleidoscopeeyd on March 31st, 2014 02:53 pm (UTC)
Phew! I'm glad someone else has one, After I bought it I started feeling a little worried because I stumbled upon a thread about knockoff and illegal copies. I got the pink one too =P
Did you notice if it had any sort of smell to it? One other thing I read is that some cheaper cups have a "chemical" or "overly rubbery" smell to them. I think that would just make me nervous about using it.
perigrine: cupsperigrine on March 31st, 2014 08:31 pm (UTC)
Mine doesn't smell odd, not even new out of the box. It smells the same as my Yuuki cup. That's not to say they haven't changed the manufacturing process in the last couple of years though.

Edited at 2014-03-31 09:27 pm (UTC)
KaleidoscopeEydkaleidoscopeeyd on April 2nd, 2014 11:38 pm (UTC)
I was wondering, do you know the measurements of this cup?
perigrine: cupsperigrine on April 3rd, 2014 12:06 am (UTC)
Measurements
75mm long
35mm internal diameter
45mm external diameter
17mm stem
7mls to the first line
15mls to the second
20mls to the edge of the bumpy rim
25mls to the holes

all to be taken with 1mm/ml either side.

Its in my display pic relative to the Jasmine cup (blueish) and the Yuuki (clear) if thats helpful. :)

Edited at 2014-04-03 12:07 am (UTC)
KaleidoscopeEydkaleidoscopeeyd on April 3rd, 2014 10:42 am (UTC)
Re: Measurements
Oh, excellent. Thanks a bunch!
Luceafaraluceafara on March 31st, 2014 06:09 am (UTC)
Meluna does ship to the US. Here is the link:
http://www.meluna.org/epages/63898218.sf/en_GB/?ObjectPath=/Shops/63898218/Categories/MeLuna_Produkte/Monatshygiene/MeLuna_menstrual_cups/MeLuna_Groessen

The prices you see on their site include the German sales tax (19%), which automatically gets deducted from the purchase price when you check out and enter a non EU shipping address. Shipping is only about EURO 5, even if you buy a whole bunch of them.

The most important thing is to know how high your cervix is. The cup should sit around your cervix, so it will naturally wander up there (unlike tampons, which are supposed to sit much lower). When picking a cup, you need to make sure that you can reach the base of it, so checking out the size charts is imperative. I am guessing you did that, since you picked a mini, but thought I'd mention it anyway.

There are poeple who can feel their cups, but it seems that the majority of us do not.

I would recommend browsing this journal, the FAQs and the "First time use tags" for your other questions.

ETA: I bought this same cup in S as my second cup when I started with them, but have never used it. Will put it up for sale at some point on mc_sales.


Edited at 2014-03-31 06:19 am (UTC)
KaleidoscopeEydkaleidoscopeeyd on March 31st, 2014 03:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Once my taxes come in I'm going to have a bit of a shopping spree =P
m03m on April 2nd, 2014 08:33 am (UTC)
Give the one you bought a chance before you buy more cups... if it works fine for you, and it very well might, why buy more?
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KaleidoscopeEydkaleidoscopeeyd on March 31st, 2014 03:08 pm (UTC)
Is the difference in capacity really very noticeable? My flow is pretty light just about all of the time. When I change a regular tampon at the 8 hour mark there is always still a section of tampon that is clean. The only reason I might want a higher capacity cup would be for sleeping... Just in case. I hate those huge overnight pads but I leak like crazy out of anything else. Usually overnight my flow is a thinner consistency, or seems to be with the way it goes everywhere.

As far as my cervix, I think I have determined that it is only ever 4.5-5cm from the outside of my vagina/vulva. The MeLuna Minis seem to be the only ones short enough that it wouldn't bother me, I use NuvaRing and when that slips out, even just a tiny bit, it is so annoying to me. If I don't fix it reasonably quickly it even starts to get itchy/irritated.

Edit: I first learned about cups when I was looking for light tampons or an alternative and had a rather nasty experience with an instead softcup. Vasovagal response. No fun.

Edited at 2014-03-31 03:14 pm (UTC)
m03m on April 3rd, 2014 06:14 pm (UTC)
Cupa don't have to be shorter than the distance from the cervix to the vaginal entrance though. They can sit around the cervix, so they need less length than you think! This is especially true for wider cups.