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I'm new to menstrual cups, I just got my first one (Meluna Medium Classic) and waiting for my next period to properly try it out. I couldn't help myself and did a few dry runs, but the results were "inconclusive" so far. Inserting it was ok, opening was difficult (only worked with 7 fold, and I literally had to push that folded part up to open it, otherwise it'd stay in the same position. I found Meluna material not "springy" at all, it seems to hold the shape it's been folded in very well), removing was kinda ok, but I'm not sure it ever formed a seal. I'm holding my judgement on whether I got the right cup, until I get to try it for real. But since I apparently used all the wrong criteria when choosing one (only found this community after the purchase), I'm reasonably doubtful. But will find out soon.

What I'd really like to know though, is it true what I read in comments here that a menstrual cup is not supposed to form seal with the walls of the vagina (like they show on diagrams and explain in instructions), but the cervix instead? I'm really puzzled about that. For starters, based on what it feels like, my cervix could easily work its way INTO the cup, given an opportunity. Sometimes it feels flatter and wider, other times it's firmer, narrower and longer. And somehow neither the idea of the rim of the cup forming seal with my cervix inside of it or sitting right on it is appealing to me... Not to mention, the thought of the the cup creating suction directly with the cervix or having to break the seal off the cervix... I feel like I'd be more relaxed about that idea if the rim of the cup was seamless and it was VERY soft (which is not the case with the one I got, on both fronts).

Not to mention, I feel a bit cheated and misinformed. If the whole cervix touching the cup and forming a seal with it thing is true, then why the companies that make them, don't make it clear? They're producing them, for pete's sake, how come they don't know what happens when you put it in?
 
3v1L sh33p3v1lsh33pz on May 5th, 2014 11:05 am (UTC)
It's different for everyone, and what works for some, doesn't for others. It works better for some up close to the cervix. For me, that is uncomfortable, and it works better lower like in the picture that came with my cup. As long as the cervix is fully above the cup, there's a seal, and it feels comfortable, you should be good.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on May 5th, 2014 02:02 pm (UTC)
"Not to mention, I feel a bit cheated and misinformed. If the whole cervix touching the cup and forming a seal with it thing is true, then why the companies that make them, don't make it clear? They're producing them, for pete's sake, how come they don't know what happens when you put it in?"

I feel the same way! Why oh why does EVERY cup maker perpetuate the same misinformation???

Though some will insist that their cups stay low, for most of us, ANY cup will eventually settle (O) around the cervix. The height of the base of the cup will be relative to the length of the cup and the length of the vagina. There will NOT be a cup-length or more between the rim and the cervix. And if you happen to have what we call a "dangly" cervix, yes, it will hang into the cup and take up room where flow is supposed to go.

As for suction... http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/2091967.html

Because the MeLunas usually only have two small anti-suction holes around the rim, getting them to pop open and to break the seal for removal can be a little tricky. It adds a couple of insertions/removals to the learning curve -- no big deal. If you still struggle, adding or enlarging the holes might be helpful.

In the mean time, get through the dreaded learning curve with the MeLuna that you already have. Then use what you know, like and don't about it to decide whether or not you'd like a different or additional cup. There are comparative size charts at http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ and others at the Community FAQ to help you figure out what cup you might want next. mc_sales is a good place to buy, sell or trade gently used cups that didn't fit as well as hoped.