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18 October 2014 @ 02:20 pm
Hello all,

My brand-new, new low cervix Femmycycle arrived just before my last cycle, and since I haven't seen much about it here, I thought I'd give a brief review.

What I'd heard about the "regular" variety was true of the low cervix as well - it does not unfold fully once inserted. However, there is definitely more to it than folding it up, pushing it in, and hoping for the best. I inserted using a c-fold facing down (there's a notch in the rim of the cup that helps it fold), then inserted one finger against my vaginal wall, underneath the crease of the c-fold. Pushing the wall out and holding it a bit, there was a definite (noisy) sucking sound and air did fill the cup, though it did not fully expand. I felt around the rim as I do with my other cups, and it seemed to be sitting pretty well around my cervix.

One thing I found curious, is that it definitely "migrated" during use. I have a very low, dangly cervix, and I can feel the bottom of a large Fleurcup constantly during use (not the stem - the body). With the Femmycycle, I felt the bottom very, very low after I inserted it, and I thought "this is never going to work." However...the cup is soooooo soft that it wasn't uncomfortable at all, so I left it and figured I'd give it a fair shake before removing it. I checked a bit later, and it definitely moved up, either by suction making it settle fully around my cervix, or my cervix moving because of the slight pressure, or for some other reason I haven't yet thought of. This happened every time I inserted during this cycle, so don't be deterred if it feels REALLY low at first.

I wore the cup overnight and during the day, and I'm pleased to say it never once leaked. I didn't feel it at all during use, but I did get my usual "slow stream" when I used the restroom, as is usual for me when wearing a cup. Each time I removed it, there was a fairly loud (awkward in public restrooms) "whoosh" and "pop" sound as the cup filled with air and popped open that last bit. Most times, the spout part that folds into the cup popped up when I pulled it out, which made it easy to dump.

All-in-all, I'm happy with it so far. I don't yet trust it as completely as I do my other cups - there's something about hearing that soft "plunk" of a cup popping open and being able to feel it fully unfolded that sets my mind at ease. That being said, it worked well enough this cycle for me to keep testing it, and the capacity is great for a low-cervix cup.

I'm going to attempt to post pictures for size comparison. The purple is a large LadyCup and the red is a large Fleurcup. I'm so sorry - I'm not sure how to get the "cut" to work.

2014-10-18 13.49.40 2014-10-18 13.47.34

Edit to add dimensions: I measure 39 mm across the top, outer edge of the rim to the other outer edge. It's almost spherical, so across the center point I measure about 50 mm. Length from the rim to the stem is 52 mm, and the length from the rim to the end of the cup body is 45 mm. The top rim is very thick, where the funnel part folds in, so the internal measurements across the top rim, inner edge to inner edge, is 35 mm. I'm figuring out how to get a volume measurement, since none of my cups have volume lines.
strawberrymussistrawberrymussi on October 18th, 2014 07:06 pm (UTC)
Can you tell approximately how many mls you can get with it?
I also have a low cervix and I'm looking for a higher capacity cup.
elle2013elle2013 on October 19th, 2014 11:25 pm (UTC)
Hmm. I don't have any cups that have volume measurements, and I didn't ever let this one get as full as it could have. I'm going to guess that it's somewhere between the large LadyCup and Fleur. I'll try it again next month and leave it in till it's truly full and try to compare.
strawberrymussistrawberrymussi on October 21st, 2014 03:53 pm (UTC)

Was removal easy? It looks like it would hurt a little and be hard to fold
elle2013elle2013 on October 23rd, 2014 01:55 am (UTC)
This cup definitely has a lot more suction that my other cups. To be candid, I've read so many comments here about cups hurting or being uncomfortable during removal, and I never quite "got it" before. Until I used this one, I never bothered to try to break suction or ease a cup down slowly; this one made me rethink all that.
REGEEregee0304 on October 19th, 2014 02:40 am (UTC)
Thanks! I have the original and it works great, when I can get it in properly! With my low/dangly cervix it seems not to sit correctly MOST times I get it in... I've been thinking of trying the new lc version.
elle2013elle2013 on October 19th, 2014 11:31 pm (UTC)
Having used this one, I'm very glad I never spent money on the regular version. With low/dangly, it never would have worked!
rinaye on October 21st, 2014 03:03 pm (UTC)
Low cervix femmycycle
Hello! I too have had good results with the low cervix femmycycle. The only complaint I have is the suctioning. The cup will rest and open around my cervix BUT for some reason it pulls on my cervix. To the point that my cervix is stretched to the opening of my vagina. If I put my finger at the opening I can definitely feel my cervix there. After my cycle is over my cervix does migrate back to its original position. I even put holes around the rim to help but it doesn't work. I will say that my cycles have been shorter. From 7 days to 4 days. I also use reusable menstrual pads. I have the teen femmycycle as well. It's a lot smaller and I use it on the last day of my cycle, by then my cervix has migrated up.
elle2013elle2013 on October 23rd, 2014 02:14 am (UTC)
Re: Low cervix femmycycle
I'm beginning to think that super strong suction is the reason it works without fully opening like other cups do. I haven't had quite the same effect you did, but I got enough suction that I had to deliberately break it instead of just yanking the cup out.
Luceafaraluceafara on October 24th, 2014 03:51 am (UTC)
Thanks for the great review and pics. It would be much too wide for me, but I am glad there are more and more low cervix cups out there.
Pin Kunthinee KarunratanakulPin Kunthinee Karunratanakul on November 9th, 2014 02:26 am (UTC)
Seem like you don't have any problems removing the cup.

I just tried the femmycycle cup for low cervix this month for a couple day.
I have problem removal. I feel that the cup pull on my cervix and it hurt me a bit.
Is that normal? Or should I try to break the seal before the removal?

But I think it's impossible to break the seal before removal, since I can't grip on any part of the cup except the hook at the bottom.
elle2013elle2013 on November 20th, 2014 01:44 am (UTC)
The femmycycle definitely has the strongest removal suction of all my cups. I'd say it hurts a bit sometimes, yes, but...not so much that I don't just pull it out. The strangest thing for me is still the suction - the noises...are not public restroom appropriate!
splarp on June 4th, 2015 06:04 am (UTC)
Major pain with FemmyCycle
I just finished using the FemmyCycle low-cervix cup for the second cycle. Last month I spent most of an entire day on lying on the couch due to the cramping I felt (which is not normal for me). Today using it I got to the point of actually having painful spasms that made me jerk and cry out. I went to remove it immediately and found that I simply couldn't get it out without excruciating pain (I gave birth vaginally 14 months ago, so I'm familiar with this level of pain). While removing the cup, I was bearing down, pulling on the ring, and squeezing the cup to release the suction. None of it seemed to work. I could feel that the cup had popped into the "open" position and that my cervix was firmly lodged inside the small cup opening. I was desperate to get my cervix free, but it was so tightly in there and I had already pinched the cup as much as I could to try to push my cervix out. Finally I think it was a combination of tilting, pulling, and trying to break the seal on my cervix that finally did the trick. As soon as it came out I felt relief from the pain and an hour later the pains were almost gone. Both last month and this month, ibuprofen did nothing to alleviate my cramping while using the FemmyCycle which is very strange because ibuprofen ALWAYS makes my cramps much better. I can't believe I'm the only one to experience such pain with this cup. I'm pretty sure I had it inserted properly. I even tried making sure it was mostly open (even though instructions say it doesn't need to be) in an effort to avoid getting my cervix trapped again. Many years ago I regularly used the Mooncup successfully and never had this kind of pain. The only issue with it was that it was too long for my low cervix so the tip of the cup irritated me even though I cut off the stem.