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09 April 2014 @ 09:52 pm
Hey everyone! I'm finally starting to get the hang of insertion/removal and I'm marvelling at how comfortable my cup is once it's inserted -- I'm fully on the cup bandwagon now!

However, I'm finding my small MeLuna Mini to be too small, in terms of length and capacity, and I'm looking to buy a larger cup. I'd like it to be as soft as the soft MeLuna Mini because I have a tendency to tug the cup out without folding during removal (I can't seem to break the seal, even when I pinch the bottom?) and I imagine doing that with a stiffer cup would be more painful. And I'd like to stick with a narrower cup for the same reason.

Based on the above criteria, do you guys have any recommendations? I've looked through size charts, and I'm thinking of the medium or large MeLuna, the small Fleurcup, the small Si-Bell, the soft Yuuki, or the Natural Mamma. Does the shape of the cup affect comfort when wearing the cup and removal of the cup? E.g. is it easier to break the seal of cups with round (vs. cone-shaped) bases?

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offdayoffoffdayoff on April 10th, 2014 04:34 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for your input! Going by the video, the regular soft MeLuna seems to be softer around the rim, which might make removal easier. I'm slightly worried about the manual unfolding, though! With my current mini MeLuna, I just let it go when it's inserted far enough and I can't feel it pop open at all. Do you prefer your Si-Bell over your regular soft MeLuna?
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Lilianenurselily on April 13th, 2014 09:31 pm (UTC)
Meluna soft
I have a medium meluna soft and have a hard time with it. I can open it only sometimes. ( cold water punch down and lying down) I've been having leaks. I'm not athletic so I don't think my muscles are crushing it. Can you help me?
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Lilianenurselily on April 14th, 2014 04:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Meluna soft
Do you find the suction is almost non existent with the medium soft meluna. Like you can pull on the ring and the cup just slides down
elisamba on April 10th, 2014 06:19 am (UTC)
I agree that the small Fleur is actually medium soft. Of the cups you list, Si-Bell is the softest, from what I have read. From personal experience, I can also recommend the small Organicup, soft yet springy. A good push while pulling the stem on a sharp angle releases the suction for me, then it folds up for removal. Groupon has fairly regular specials with the Organicup at half price.

In my experience, cone-shaped bases unfold better, with the exception of the large Fleurcup, which is no-fail despite being bell-shaped. The number of holes may also play a role - six on the Gaia, and that one is also no-fail for me despite being soft and long.

Edited at 2014-04-10 06:30 am (UTC)
offdayoffoffdayoff on April 12th, 2014 10:22 pm (UTC)
I haven't heard of the Organicup or the Gaia cup before -- I'll have to check them out! Thanks for the recommendations!
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on April 10th, 2014 03:59 pm (UTC)
as for removal, pinch it as high as you can. my cervix is in the way, so i pinch the middle/lower part of the cup.
offdayoffoffdayoff on April 12th, 2014 10:24 pm (UTC)
Maybe it's because the MeLuna mini is so small, but by the time I can reach the rim (and I have to tug the cup down by the stem before I can even reach the base of the cup), the cup is pretty much ready to pop out by itself!
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on April 13th, 2014 03:10 am (UTC)
i use mini melunas too, both small and medium. in fact i have the small inside right now :D and i use them inside out because a bit shorter is always good.
it's all about the technique. don't stop working on it and you'll learn :) you've probably seen the many videos on youtube, by melissa and others, but have you watched them again after getting some experience? you look at them differently when you already have a cup :)
offdayoffoffdayoff on April 14th, 2014 10:37 pm (UTC)
I haven't watched the videos again -- thanks for the tip! I've only just gotten the hang of inserting the cup, so working on removal with minimal discomfort/mess is next!

You mentioned the newer Fleurcups in another comment -- have you tried it? If so, did you find the softness to be comparable to your mini MeLunas? :)
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on April 15th, 2014 05:48 pm (UTC)
no, i don't like french products, LOL. but others have said it's pretty soft now. Melissa guessed before she even knew about the change from some questions about popping open. but i've heard it pops open easier than some other soft cups because of the rim and maybe unusual holes.
Luceafaraluceafara on April 11th, 2014 06:04 pm (UTC)
Out of the cups you have listed, I'd probably recommend the small Si-bell (or small Natu). Its super soft, very easy to break suction, and probably can be pulled out without folding.
It's the softest of the ones you listed.
offdayoffoffdayoff on April 12th, 2014 10:27 pm (UTC)
I was originally leaning towards the soft medium MeLuna, but there seems to be a lot of praise for the Si-bell in the comments here, so I'm starting to change my mind! Thanks for the rec!
xquizite_insomxquizite_insom on April 12th, 2014 12:26 am (UTC)
Agreeing that Meluna Mini soft, Si Bell and Natu are the softest cups so far. Natu softer than Si Bell. The small Yuuki soft is really not that soft at all. I have a hard time telling the small soft and small classic apart if not for the soft having larger holes.

Edited to add:
The small Fleurcup is only slightly softer than Yuuki.

Edited at 2014-04-12 12:40 am (UTC)
offdayoffoffdayoff on April 12th, 2014 10:26 pm (UTC)
It looks like I should avoid the Yuuki and the Fleurcup! Thanks for the head's up! I'm now debating between the medium MeLuna and small Si-bell.
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on April 13th, 2014 03:04 am (UTC)
have you seen this stiffness comparison? http://menstrualcupinfo.wordpress.com/cup-stiffness-comparison-chart/
the fleurcup used to be very stiff, now it's quite soft.
the yuuki was very soft at first (at least the large), then they made it stiff, now they sell both versions i think.