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25 September 2014 @ 11:29 pm
Hi everyone,

I (31, no kids) am fairly new to this community. I bought a Mooncup UK six months ago and "we" got along right away (no troubles inserting or removing, no leakage)! I was so happy to have discovered a more comfortable, affordable and sustainable (not necessarily in that order) solution to my period. Recently, I decided to get another cup and bought a MeLuna Classic Medium, ball stem (similar size as the Mooncup UK). I used it on a couple of dry runs, but it has been no success so far. I had a lot of trouble popping it open, and when it did pop open, it was either too low (and I could feel it sticking out), or too high (and it hugged my cervix so tight that I had a hard time removing it)... Does anyone has any advice on this? Or should I just accept that the MeLuna is not my "goldilocks" cup and try a different brand (if yes, which one)? Thanks!
calandra_ljcalandra_lj on September 25th, 2014 09:55 pm (UTC)
MeLunas are notoriously hard to pop open, since they only have two rather small air holes. Maybe enlarging the holes or adding a third one might help.
trejoytrejoy on September 25th, 2014 10:58 pm (UTC)
Dry runs are generally more difficult. I would give the cup a try when your flow has begun.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on September 25th, 2014 11:25 pm (UTC)
I agree with the other comments. And if it still doesn't fit you as well as you'd like, using what you know, like and don't about the cups you have, compare their dimensions and capacities using the size charts at http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ or others found at the Community FAQ to pick your next cup. Eliminate the ones that you don't think will fit and then use shape and other features to pick from those that remain.
jenn4a on September 26th, 2014 06:57 am (UTC)
Hey! :) was it you who mentioned in a comment that when the cup hugs the cervix that it usually means that the cup is too narrow, or about the same size as the cervix?
I remember reading a couple comments mentioning that.

Oh and to OP, which fold are you trying?
With my meluna I've only had success with the punch down fold; the seven fold won't open up all the way, and I can't insert when trying the C fold and S fold.

Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on September 26th, 2014 11:22 am (UTC)
When it comes to cervix sizes, compare menstrual cups to cervical caps. Contraceptive cervical caps are designed to fit snugly around a cervix. Using Femcap as an example, they list theirs as 22, 26, and 30mm. If those are inside diameter measurements, even the narrowest menstrual cup should come close to fitting around the widest cervix. So theoretically just about any cup, even the narrowest ones, should fit around a cervix. As a menstrual cup, it probably wouldn't be an effective fit but it shouldn't be an uncomfortably tight one. And someone who would qualify for the largest cervical cap would probably not pick such a narrow menstrual cup for themselves.

Edited for wording.
Pre-coffee. I hope this makes sense.

Edited at 2014-09-26 11:35 am (UTC)
jenn4a on September 26th, 2014 11:58 am (UTC)
Ahhhh, gotcha well kind of :)
Never thought about it, and I didn't know anything about cervical caps.

You've got me curious, so does that mean when someone feels a cup around their cervix, does that mean the cup is snug around the tissue surrounding the cervix as well? I'm trying to think of how to word it (tired brain) but that phrase "droopy cervix" where the cervix lowers into the cup but the cup feels more snug.

Or could it also be that there isn't enough air between the cervix and the cup, which causes the cup to pull/hicky onto the cervix and the surrounding tissue.

From my personal experience I've also had the pulling sensation on my cervix a couples times with my fleurcup S. It was when I couldn't insert it the first try and when I went to try a second and third time, the air holes stopped letting air through. If I messed up when trying to insert it, I would have go run it under the faucet again before trying to insert again. :/
Luckily I figured it out quickly, otherwise I would have thought there was just something wrong with the cup. Lol

Sorry if I didn't make sense, my tired brain is unpredictable sometimes... ;p
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on September 26th, 2014 12:16 pm (UTC)
If you can feel it, it's possible that the cup is just sitting at an awkward angle. Or that it wasn't open fully so that there was still some suction.

Have you read my Answers to Common Questions at http://kuradi8.livejournal.com/ yet? Also follow the link at the paragraph about suction.
jenn4a on September 26th, 2014 12:38 pm (UTC)
Yep I checked them out when I first joined or a little before :)
I just think too deeply into things; I probably need more sleep too. lol

Thanks! I may go check it out again when I'm fully awake.
Your answers are very helpful/insightful and appreciated by me :)

..::bella vita::..por_que_no on September 26th, 2014 11:12 pm (UTC)
This was definitely happening to me with the Lily...I wonder if it was that inner lip grabbing my cervix, then (it's probably about 30mm in diameter since the full cup is 40mm diameter). When I got that suckering feeling I felt around and my cervix was definitely just fitting inside the cup--could feel the sides of my cervix just inside it.
m03m on September 26th, 2014 01:08 pm (UTC)
Is there any specific reason why you don't just keep using the Mooncup? That might help with finding yet another cup to try, if that's what you want to do.
blauwemaan on September 26th, 2014 02:50 pm (UTC)
I bought an extra cup for back up. Out of curiosity I decided to try a different brand. Perhaps I should have stuck with the Mooncup. But I'll give the MeLuna another try when my period arrives, and I'll try new folding techniques (so far, I used the C-fold and 7-fold). Thanks for all the advice! I appreciate it!