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So, we're having issues with ants this summer. A couple weeks ago, rotten red ants invaded the bathroom, got in the cabinet and toiletry case my Diva was in, and ate my Diva. Luckily my Fleurcup was in use and was spared, and my Diva was rarely used. Sad, though, as it was my first cup years ago, and my intro to cups. :(
Anyway, I need a replacement. I got the large Fleurcup in hopes of helping with the horrible first day cramping I was experiencing (directly related to the cup, since almost as soon as I take it out they stop). However, I'm still having the same issue, so have resorted to organic tampons on day one. I'd really like to not use those, so I'm thinking maybe a softer cup will help? Or maybe a wider cup, since it feels like it's squeezing my cervix, thus the cramping. I need a large capacity, since day one and two are my heaviest. I empty my Fleurcup about every four hours those days, and it's full or close to full every time. I also can't afford to spend a lot, which is why I went with the Fleurcup last time. Advice? Options? I don't really know where to start, since I was just going to continue with what I'm doing for awhile, but I'd like to have a backup cup. Huge bonus points if I can quit tampons and use cups 100%!
Thanks in advance!
 
xquizite_insomxquizite_insom on July 31st, 2014 04:18 am (UTC)
Large Yuuki Soft is reasonably priced They often sell on ebay for $21.90 free shipping or you can try the XL Meluna Soft they sell it on Meluna's website for about $18 USD but shipping is extra. Those are the two most reasonably priced softer cups off the top of my head. There are others such as Si Bell, Luv Ur Body, Natu, but those are priced at $30 or more with shipping.

a_z22 on August 1st, 2014 04:15 am (UTC)
thanks for the ebay tip! i'll check that out. any idea if the si bell or natu are significantly softer than the yuuki? I bought the fleurcup hoping the width would be enough, but I think now I want something pretty soft to see if that helps.
xquizite_insomxquizite_insom on August 5th, 2014 11:39 pm (UTC)
The Large Yuuki soft is a bit bigger than the Fleurcup, Si Bell and Natu.
The Si Bell is softer than the soft Yuuki and the Fleurcup. The Natu is a tad softer than Si Bell. The difference is noticable. If cost is not an option I would say Si Bell.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on July 31st, 2014 12:37 pm (UTC)
Use what you know, like and don't about the cups you've had to compare their sizes and capacities using the charts at http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ to pick ones that you think will fit/suit you. Then use shape, squishiness and other features to narrow them down to your final choice.
a_z22 on August 1st, 2014 04:19 am (UTC)
the size chart is great, but is there a softness chart? the one attached to the size chart is old, and doesn't seem to answer my questions. I've liked both my cups, small diva and large fleurcup, other than the cramping issues. used my diva for almost 5 years before encountering monthly cramping on day 1, switched to fleurcup and didn't see any difference.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on August 1st, 2014 11:10 am (UTC)
If there is a newer or more comprehensive one, I don't know about it. :o(
dhrachthdhrachth on July 31st, 2014 11:11 pm (UTC)
From my personal experience, a squishier cup really helps with cramps. So any of the softer models may do the trick.
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on August 1st, 2014 03:38 am (UTC)
omg. i have trouble understanding what the ants did exactly :O
as for a new cup, an XL meluna soft could be a decent option too if your diva wasn't too long. i've heard good things about the newer cups like si-bell too.
a_z22 on August 1st, 2014 04:24 am (UTC)
the ants ate down all the ridges and part of the stem, made the holes bigger, and started breaking down the silicone inside and out - it looks like it's coated in powder. I never would have believed ants would eat something like that if I hadn't seen it myself. :)
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on August 1st, 2014 04:32 pm (UTC)
I'd highly recommend the large Si-Bell (rocking mine right now!)--its a nearly identically-shaped, softer Fleur. I know it's a little pricier but it's totally worth it for me! (Also, if you decide on a different cup, Si-Bells have good resale value)
mshanai on August 2nd, 2014 09:58 pm (UTC)
Okay, the ant thing is freaky. Didn't know that could happen. So I learned something today :)

I had a Diva until recently, and I just picked up a couple of Yuukis--two for one, and I got the "classic" version and the soft one. The soft Yuuki seems to me softer than the Diva, although I do not have the Diva anymore so I can't compare them side by side. But I'm fairly sure it's squishier. I am glad I have it because I too suffer from cramps sometimes (usually at night) and I am hoping replacing the cup helps.

[By the way, the hard old style Yuuki, ouch. It's fine going in, but removing it is painful--it seems to want to suck your entire uterus out with it.]
a_z22 on August 6th, 2014 02:37 am (UTC)
No kidding. These red ants are crazy. They also ate half a bar of soap. It had oatmeal in it, but still. Thank goodness for diatomaceous earth, it's the only non-chemical thing that's keeping them out of the house. We've never had red ants before, only black ants here and there. Nothing like what we've seen this year.

Hope your Yuuki is successful in helping with cramps, they're no fun. I never had cramps before using my Diva, or for the first four or so years with my Diva, then all of a sudden I started getting them every month, but only on day 1. :/
mshanai on August 6th, 2014 12:46 pm (UTC)
I had an oatmeal soap bar, and I once found a giant mama cockroach in the soap dish. She decided to make her family home there. I am pretty sure I saw some eggs. Super gross, freaked me out. (I live in NYC so cockroaches sometimes make a visit from the neighbors' bathrooms through the pipes.) No more oatmeal anything in the bathroom.

Back to cups: I tried the soft Yuuki on day 1 of my period, which I decided to make a cloth pad experiment. (Still not over whatever infection is plaguing me, unfortunately.) As soon as I put the cup in, I started cramping. I took it out a couple of hours later, and the cramps stopped. It sucks, but now I am certain the cup is causing me cramps. Odd that I didn't get cramps when I started using a cup; I think they only got bad a year or two ago. I plan to ask my OB/Gyn about it--could be a function of getting older.

Anyway, I will still use cups, they are too convenient to make cramps a deal-breaker. Especially since I can just nip them in the bud with ibuprofen for the first couple of days of bleeding. After that, the cramps are not an issue at all.

Edited at 2014-08-06 12:48 pm (UTC)
a_z22 on August 11th, 2014 03:54 am (UTC)
Darn. Sorry it didn't help. I just ordered a Yuuki soft from ebay because it was quite a bit cheaper than a Si-Bell. Now I'm wondering if I should have just sucked it up and spent the extra money. The Si-Bell is just so expensive! Hopefully the Yuuki will work for me, if not I guess I'll be saving up for a Si-Bell.
mshanai on August 11th, 2014 01:50 pm (UTC)
Keep the Yuuki around even if you decide to get a second, softer cup--there are benefits to having a stiffer cup. You might use it when you do something athletic, especially on lighter, less crampy days.