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So my paraguard IUD makes my periods hell. I soak through a super plus tampon within an hour. I tried the femmy cycle (regular size) and it gave me horrible cramps and was generally very uncomfortable to insert and remove. I feel like it suctioned onto my cervix and also put a lot of pressure on it. I was considering the teen version, but I read that that's not for heavy flows. What other cups can I try? I really like the no-spill aspect of the femmycycle, but I'm willing to try another brand if that means I don't have to run to the bathroom every hour...
blauwemaan on October 1st, 2014 08:26 am (UTC)
Well, you could perhaps try a large capacity cup such as the Divacup or Fleurcup (although I am no 'hands-on' expert on either of those cups, but there are plenty of others here who could inform you better on cups than I can). Out of curiosity - if you don't mind me asking - if the paraguard IUD intensifies your period so much, why don't you try, for example, a Mirena (which will most likely reduce your period or even make it go away altogether)?
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on October 1st, 2014 01:05 pm (UTC)
Agreed--unless your body does not tolerate hormones you will probably be MUCH happier and less anemic with the Mirena or Skyla. (If the issue is that you haven't had kids--many of my friends wear the Mirena and are kid-less, and the Skyla is created for those who haven't had kids)

Some good high-capacity cups (depending on your cervix height) include the Ruby, large Yuuki, and LuvUrBody. I believe both the large Fleur and Si-Bell hold 30ml (I have the Si-Bell) but the others I mentioned hold more than that.
fullof_nargles on October 1st, 2014 07:08 pm (UTC)
My body doesn't tolerate hormones well at all (I tried 4 different BC pills and felt horrible on them), so my doctor was hesitant to put the Mirena. I've had the paragard for 2 years now, and I've gotten used to it, but I waste too much money on tampons/pads (also the environment).

My issue with the femmycycle is that it was also too wide for my to insert no matter which fold I tried (I think my opening is too narrow) and that it put a lot of pressure inside as well. Should I start with a regular cup before trying a high-capacity?
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on October 2nd, 2014 02:15 am (UTC)
I think you'll be fine with most of the high-capacity cups--the FC is so different in design that the fact that you had trouble with it has no bearing on your ability to use other cups. The FC did take me awhile to get used to, and I always had to use a lot of lube with it (glossy silicone sticks to my skin so I can't insert it without a lot of coconut oil, so maybe that was part of your issue as well), but I am quite narrow and eventually got the hang of it. On the upside, every other cup will seem easier to use after that! (I have to say that generally I liked the FC after I got the hang of it, but the stick-to-my-skin situation meant that I'd never be able to empty and reinsert outside of the shower, which became a problem a couple of times on my cruise ship contracts)
fullof_nargles on October 1st, 2014 06:58 pm (UTC)
I tried 4 different birth control pills and hormones made me feel CRAZY. I also had a lot of undesirable physical side effects as well. My doctor said that I could try the Mirena since it's different hormone and lower dose, but she would advise against it since I had such trouble with pills. I've had the paraguard for 2 years now and I've gotten used to my periods, but I wanna stop wasting so much money buying tampons and pads (also the environment). I guess I could give the fleurcup a try. The divacup kind of scares me cuz it's so long. Thanks!
Kaikuradi8 on October 1st, 2014 12:51 pm (UTC)
There are size and capacity charts at the Community FAQ. There are others at http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ along with a set of sizing guidelines. If you go to the size charts link, also check out the link to the Answers to Common Questions. Skim through that to see if anything jumps out at you.
rinaye on October 2nd, 2014 12:47 am (UTC)
I had issues with the femmycycle cup for low cervix suctioning onto my cervix for dear life. I did contact the company and complained. Someone reccomended that I poke holes in the rim to aid in the release of suction. I put four holes around the rim and I'm doing a dry run tonight and tomorrow. The femmycycle is wide but not much wider than other cups o capacity. I think it's about 38mm wide and 58mm from top to ring. I did wear it for my last cycle and it was a learning curve. I don't have children and have never given birth so I have average pelvic floor muscles I think. My cervix is low during the first 3-4 days of period. I'm going to try the meluna classic small and large. The small will work on days one to two when my cervix is at its lowest. Then I could use either the MeLuna large or femmycycle low cervix for my heavy days.
femininewearfemininewear on October 3rd, 2014 05:28 am (UTC)
I have heard a lot of reports of this happening with the Femmycycle, I think it must be because it has no holes
REGEEregee0304 on October 3rd, 2014 12:45 pm (UTC)
Hi! I have had a copper T IUD in place for about 15 years (2 different ones). I've used the FEMMYCYCLE also, with difficulty inserting. My cervix is low or dangly from what I can tell. My regular cups are the large Fleurcup on heavy days
& large Ladycup on lighter days. I get leaking/overflow on my heavy days with Fleurcup within an hour sometimes, which is why I tried the FEMMYCYCLE. I have also tried large Diva, NaturalMamma, & am now researching to try another😕 Good luck!
xyzpdq84 on October 4th, 2014 07:01 am (UTC)
I have been having extremely heavy periods, so much so that I soaked a Super tampon in an hour easily. Plus I'm now allergic (or always was) to bleached paper products like toilet paper and paper towels and ended up with a severe allergy reaction (raw, bleeding, seeping) area down there due to having to fold an "overnight" incontinence pad in half lengthwise so that I could fit it in my crevice down there from my front through my backside so that no leakage occurred and the blood would be contained. Well that spurred that awful infection and allergy issue thanks to the bleached paper products it is made of. I then realized I had to use a wash rag and do the same thing with it and I did that for a couple of days until my new order of Super Seventh Generation Tampons came in as I know I can handle those without issue.

Well, the infection persisted until after my period ended 7 days later, for another week or so. But in that time I decided I had to try something. I knew the pad caused the infection problem so I figured I'd switch to cloth TP ("family cloth") and wow did that clear me up!! Anyway...

Soon after I realized the paper products were to blame for my awful infection, I went online, researched menstrual cups hard-core, knew my cervix was a bit low compared to average and needed pure medical-grade silicone so I chose the Lunette Model 2 clear cup. It arrived but was apparently USED! Has a strong odor of tea tree oil, to which I am allergic. I then a day later purchased online the same cup from another source and it arrived and the rest is history.

My period started last night but was very, very light until I woke up and had soaked my undies, shorts and luckily I knew immediately before I sat up in bed that it was NOT good to do so. I got some SG baby wipes and folded them up and put them there and then carefully shimmied off of my bed. Cleaned up and put the cup in.

I had to remove and reposition it not long after I put it in due to severe cramping. The Punch down fold caused the cramping it seemed. I switched to the c-fold and it eventually stopped the cramping. The suction was greater with the punch down method I think.

Anyway, in 4 hours I removed it and looked at the level of fluid. I was at 12.5ml. 4 hours later was at 8.5-ish ml. This period may be less heavy than last time, but I estimate that if you are bleeding through a super plus tampon in one hour You will likely have to remove and dump the liquid in 2 hours, but I am no expert in menstrual flow as this was my first day using a cup.

Sorry for the long-winded response, but I hope you were able to glean some information from it.

I love my Lunette Model 2. The stem is a bit long for me and I don't use it to remove it as the suction just won't allow it. I pinch it at the base and while it doesn't seem like it will release, I wobble it side to side to help remove it. I have yet to spill any of the contents. But I may be lucky so far.

In my opinion from watching reviews of many cups the softness of the Lunette Model 2 is probably pretty firm (comparing to how they look like they feel in the videos and how I see it when I fold it myself). I did notice it inside earlier today when I first inserted it but I don't notice it much now. Though the stem is a bit irritating so I will probably cut a little off next period if I still notice it.

I'm 30 years old, not a virgin but not sexually active, haven't been for 5 years.
tjstjstjstjstjstjs on March 7th, 2016 12:49 pm (UTC)
"so I chose the Lunette Model 2 clear cup. It arrived but was apparently USED! Has a strong odor of tea tree oil"
Lunette sent you a used cup?? :o
xyzpdq84 on March 7th, 2016 02:22 pm (UTC)
No, the seller on Amazon sent the apparently used cup. Not Lunette themselves.
fluffmyflamingofluffmyflamingo on October 6th, 2014 06:48 am (UTC)
If you've a high cervix I 100% recommend the large si-bell. I have a pretty heavy flow (cup full to the brim twice a day 2 days of period) but am able to wear my si-bell for the full 12 hours without emptying, I never feel it and it never leaks :-)