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lune_y
03 April 2014 @ 09:38 pm
hello

a little bit about me - i am 20, never had children, not a virgin, always only have a light to medium flow and i have a lunette size 2 (my first cup.)
when i first got the lunette i noticed immediately i had to trim the stem completely off. even with it off, for my first cycle with it i also had to flip it inside out because the base would sit right at my entrance.
i'm on my second cycle now and am trying it again flipped right way out and it seems okay as long as i wriggle it right up, but i'm on the lookout for another better fitting cup.

i have a few questions for anyone who might want to weigh in and help me :)
i first looked at the meluna classic medium (i think?) the 45x45 one (since thats the same diameter as the lunette) but much shorter. i'm only apprehensive because the meluna is not made of silicone and im concerned about the material and the colours having some sort of effect - does anyone have any information on this?

second question - does anyone know of any cups that have similar dimensions (45 diameter and short roughly) that are silicone? im only thinking the 45 diameter because it seems to be working, and i wonder if a skinnier one would leak or something? i have no problems with removal so im not sure if skinnier would be a problem or not. i was looking at the juju for size but again i am unsure because..

question three - what about the squishiness?? i understand the lunette is quite firm and it works nicely for me and i have had no leaks whatsoever, so i'm worried if i were to buy another one (such as the juju) how the softness would affect any leaking; i'm semi-active and spend all of my working time on my feet walking around.

so many questions! i want to invest wisely since i certainly am not rolling in cash at the moment. :)
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on April 3rd, 2014 11:31 am (UTC)
There are size charts at http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ and at the Community FAQ. Also use photos to consider the shape. The Lunette has a fairly pointy base. Maybe a blunt-based cup would fit you better without having to change dimensions much?
lune_ylune_y on April 4th, 2014 06:28 am (UTC)
that link is great! thank you :)
in regards to the dimensions, i figure if the cup i have is around 45 diameter, i would just need something shorter. my cervix is quite low so im not sure if a larger bottomed but same length cup would work?
the lybera cup on that chart looks good but its only available in italy as far as i can tell.
thank you :)
Luceafaraluceafara on April 4th, 2014 02:03 am (UTC)
I also have a very low cervix, so I have a bunch of short cups - no Lunette, though.

The 45x45 is actually the Meluna Mini M. The minis are made to be shorter.
I recently discovered an Italian made silicone cup that has the same dimensions, is quite affordable, and even has a bit more capacity: Eco-cup size 2. They also sell a size 1, which comes very close to the meluna mini S. I love the Eco-cups' silicone and the super smooth surface, plus the springyness that aids them to spring back into shape post insertion, and the 4 airholes.
They are a bit softer than the soft Meluna Mini M.

To see them side by side, scroll down in this entry:
http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/3246071.html

There are other short cups, but the Eco-cup 2 is the only one that matches that particular shape (same width as length). There is also the small Sckoon, which is a very small silicone cup. The post i linked to above has a ton of pictures of all short cups, most of the, small size.

In regards to TPE: Germany has extremely strict consumer protection laws, so nothing would hit the market without it being proven safe. Alas, I personally prefer the feel of silicone to soft TPE, as long as it's not Made in China silicone, that is.
The classic style Melunas are firmer and feel better to the touch IMO.

Edited at 2014-04-04 02:13 am (UTC)
lune_ylune_y on April 4th, 2014 06:35 am (UTC)
thank you :)

yeah the idea of a sticky cup like the meluna makes me feel kind of icky.

so is the eco cup extremely soft then? i dont have any other comparisons but the lunette 2 seems quite firm, pops open super easy and sometimes quite forcefully. i wonder how a squishy one would go..

i'm tossing up between the eco cup and the juju now, the juju is so expensive though!

edit: im wondering about the small ladycup after looking through a few things, do you think there's much difference between a 40mm and 45mm diameter?

Edited at 2014-04-04 06:51 am (UTC)
Luceafaraluceafara on April 4th, 2014 12:51 pm (UTC)
I can tell you only that my small Melunas with the 2 mm smaller diameter sometimes start to bother me after wearing them for 12+ hours (I wear my cups for 24 hours each), because the rim sits on my cervix (I think), so it can make a difference, but does not have to.

No, if you want to go for suuuuper soft, you' should check out the Si-bell or Natu - softest short cups there are, which, nevertheless, pop open easily because of their design. I love them both. The Eco-cups are very, very soft, though. Open easily.

I don't own the Juju, so don't know how it would compare.

ETA: the soft Melunas don't feel icky at all. But, when you press them, you do see your fingerprints on them. They are a great brand because they offer three different firmnesses, 4 types of stems, 6 sizes, and a bazillion colors, plus are very cheap. They'll start selling two additional mini sizes soon, too, so I love them for all of that and try to support them. Just wish they also offered a silicone alternative, even if it would be more expensive, i'd pay for it.

Edited at 2014-04-04 12:55 pm (UTC)