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strawberrymussi
02 October 2014 @ 11:08 am
Hey!

I'm still new to using menstrual cups, since I just started about 5 months ago, but I can't seem to find a good fit. I'm not a virgin, I never had any kids, I have strong pelvic muscles, a low cervix and a moderate to heavy flow.
I've already tried the Divacup, the small Meluna and the small Fleurcup. I simply couldn't use the Divacup, it was too long and uncomfortable for me (even cutting all the stem off). I cut the stem off of my small Meluna as well, and even though it is just right there to reach it, I can't feel it in, so it's ok. The trouble is that my flow is very heavy on shark days, I have to empty my Meluna every 4 to 6 hours or so (and it's never full when it starts leaking, so I think my cervix sits inside the cup, because I am getting a good seal) and I really need one that holds longer than that, because I don't like emptying it in public restrooms. I decided to try the Fleurcup because it is also a short cup, but it is wider, so I thought it would hold better, but it is so soft that it is hard to get it to open and it also leaks everytime I exercise.
I'm getting really frustrated, because most cups are much longer than I find comfortable and I really don't want to go back to tampons. Does anybody have a good suggestion?

Thank you very much
 
Kathlynekathlyne on October 2nd, 2014 04:08 pm (UTC)
Take a look at the Size Charts and FAQ to compare your cups to others that might suit you.

More rounded, bell shaped cups like the Fleur are allow more capacity than pointy cups if your cervix takes up room in the cup.

And I feel I have to say--heavy is all relative. I'd love to get 4-6 hours rather than my 1-1.5 hours on my heavy days. Not everyone can find a 12-hour cup. Practice makes perfect when changing, and I can do it quickly now, even in a public restroom.
strawberrymussistrawberrymussi on October 2nd, 2014 05:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you for that chart link! I think I'm going to try the Lunette, it seems similar to the Fleurcup, but a bit stiffer, so maybe it won't leak as much.

My trouble with public restrooms is that I simply cannot put my cup in if I'm not sitting down (and I try nearly everyday on my period), my pelvic muscles tighten too much. So I usually just put on a pad to catch the spillage and wait till I get home to empty it.

And I don't mean to be rude or anything, but did you get your flow checked? If you bleed that much there might be something causing it.
Kathlynekathlyne on October 2nd, 2014 06:41 pm (UTC)
The lunette is pointy like the diva. You might want to consider the large for more capacity. The large lunette is still shorter (52mm) than the small diva (57mm).

One day of raging river or silent flooding is normal for me. The next day is significantly better and then after that it's no bother. The flooding sucks, but I'm not anemic, and I'm not going to get on hormones. It just means I have to watch the clock or I'll be hand washing laundry.

So you need to sit down on the floor or on the toilet to insert the cup? If it's the floor, then I understand. You can't really sit on the floor of a stall. If it's the toilet, then well, I could go on forever. I just want to say that hovering is bad for you. When you hover over a toilet you can't fully relax (as you stated), so you don't fully empty your bladder. This can lead to a urinary tract infection. And there isn't really anything you can catch from from a toilet seat unless you have open wounds or are immunocomprimised. If you wash your hands before and after a cup change you should be fine.
strawberrymussistrawberrymussi on October 2nd, 2014 09:40 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but the small diva is so long for me that it protrudes out of my vagina =/ If I try to put it in further, it just goes right past my cervix, so my cup needs to be considerably shorter, and I'm not sure 5mm is gonna cut it. Even the small meluna without the stem is just about half an inch in. Do you know of any other bell-shaped cups like the Fleur?

It must suck on that heavy day. I'm glad you're healthy.

I need to sit on the toilet and it is usually fine on most public restrooms, but there are a few places that I work in that don't have lids on the toilet seats, so on those I have to hover, even though I know it's bad.
Sarcasticia Nitpickerson: howl sophietisiphone on October 2nd, 2014 06:23 pm (UTC)
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Hi strawberrymussi! Could I ask you to edit your post to remove the gendered language? We explain why we ask this here. Thanks!
strawberrymussistrawberrymussi on October 2nd, 2014 06:26 pm (UTC)
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Done!
Sorry I made that mistake.
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on October 2nd, 2014 06:27 pm (UTC)
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Thank you!
Kaikuradi8 on October 3rd, 2014 12:01 pm (UTC)
If you still have your Diva, try flipping it inside out to shorten it.
strawberrymussistrawberrymussi on October 4th, 2014 08:30 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I tried that, but I couldn't get a good seal that way.
l2ys_kw on October 4th, 2014 02:01 am (UTC)
I couldn't use the Diva either - it protruded and was uncomfortable. I really like my Lunettes and have both the Model 1&2. I can use both of them no problem although they do sit right at the entrance of my vagina most of the time. They are not uncomfortable and I don't feel them. Since the Model 2 is wider it can sit a bit higher as it goes around the cervix instead of under it. Be warned, the Model 2 is significantly firmer... since I like firm cups due to strong pelvic floor muscles it's no problem but if you have a sensitive bladder it probably wouldn't be your cup of tea. They are pointier cups so won't have as high a capacity as a more bell shaped cup. I recently got a Sckoon and although I only took it for a "dry run" I like it so far... it is higher capacity but shorter than the same size Lunette.
strawberrymussistrawberrymussi on October 4th, 2014 08:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks a lot for your input, it's nice to hear from someone with a low cervix as well =]
Do you think the Sckoon is too soft? I thought about getting one, but from what I hear it's one of the softest cups. As I work out a lot and my cups tend to leak during it, I prefer firmer cups. What size did you get?
Luceafaraluceafara on October 17th, 2014 05:29 pm (UTC)
Ciao, low cervix user here as well, but with light flow.

Check out the Rubycup and the large Ecocup. I posted comparison pics at the below link, and if you scroll down, on the page, you'll see a bunch of pics with capacity comparisons.

I would consider adding those two to your shortlist.
http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/3246071.html

Edited at 2014-10-17 05:30 pm (UTC)
strawberrymussistrawberrymussi on October 24th, 2014 02:16 am (UTC)
Thanks a lot!!