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02 September 2014 @ 12:34 pm
Hey all!

I'm a 27 y/o non-virgin from the US with no children in need of some suggestions for a secondary, small cup for lighter flow days. I am pretty experienced with menstrual cups - I started using them about 4 1/2 years ago, used them continuously for 2 years, and then took a two-year break while I had a hormonal IUD (no periods). Now that my IUD has been removed my periods are back to normal and I'm back to the same issue I had right before I got my IUD - I don't have a cup I love for days with a lighter flow. I own a large Fleurcup, a large Ladycup, and a medium MeLuna and I have varying issues with all three.

1.) Fleurcup: Bought it because of its holding capacity (a few days of my periods can be really, really heavy) and its relative shortness since I have a lowish cervix when I am on my period. I cut the stem off completely and it fits great with a little leakage on really heavy days (usually at night). Its a bit hard for me to get it to pop open, but its not impossible.

2.) Lady cup: I actually really like my Ladycup. It pops open easily for me and is very comfortable. I do not have any leaking with my Ladycup unless it is full. The only issues I have are that a.) it doesn't hold as much as I'd like it to on heavy days (but its too big for lighter days IMO), and b.) I can NOT get the leftover stem smooth enough to be comfortable. I almost always end up with some sort of chaffing if I use it for longer than a day or two.

3.) medium-sized MeLuna classic (newish - less than 1 year old): I -hate- this cup. It never opens on the first try and I have to spend at least 2-5 minutes getting it in properly. Even if I know it is properly sealed, it always leaks on me. If it weren't my only small cup I think I would actually find scissors and find great satisfaction from cutting it up. I bought it because I liked the fact that I could order it without a stem.

That's all the information I can think of to provide. Does anyone have suggestions for a different cup? Thanks!
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on September 2nd, 2014 06:40 pm (UTC)
What if you enlarged the anti-suction holes around the rim of your MeLuna? They help with popping open. In fact, it probably only has two holes while most cups have 4. A couple even have 6.

If you'd still like something different, there are several versions of size charts at the Community FAQ. Use what you know, like and don't about the cups you have to pick out a range of dimensions that you think you'd like better and then look at the features of the cups within those ranges. Shape, capacity, stiffness, etc. Number/size of holes can usually be modified later.
resver on September 2nd, 2014 11:43 pm (UTC)
I actually have enlarged the current holes, I forgot to mention that. I wondered if adding holes would help at all. Thanks for the tip!
Gluppit the prawling strangles, thereelettaria on September 3rd, 2014 03:09 pm (UTC)
How did you enlarge them?

I had the same problem with my Melunas. I bought a 2mm mini hole punch, enlarged the holes, and added two more holes. Problem solved.
Kathlynekathlyne on September 2nd, 2014 08:42 pm (UTC)
Maybe a small fleur or a small lady cup would work for you since you like the larges.

To get the stem smooth use a cuticle removing tool or nail clippers to remove the part that is bothering you, then file it down with some sand paper (that worked better for me than a nail file).

A cup isn't too big for light days unless it bothers you. My large fleur gives me the capacity I need for my heavy days, and I can wear it on my light days, but sometimes I wear the large lunette on my lighter days just to change it up.
resver on September 2nd, 2014 11:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your advice! I'll maybe try just using the fleurcup through the whole cycle and see if it bothers me. I've never been able to get my Lady filed down as smooth as I feel is comfortable - I've tried everything. I've heard turning it inside out would help a lot, so I'll maybe try that too. Thanks again!
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on September 3rd, 2014 09:26 pm (UTC)
It might be that the OP is "tighter" on light days and has more difficulty popping open the large cups. I stopped using my Femmycycle on lighter days for this reason...I am a lot more relaxed on the first couple of days. I do agree that the small Fleur or Si-Bell would be a nice option though (and the Si-Bell is so soft that even a leftover stem nub would be unlikely to bother you)