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14 December 2014 @ 12:19 am
Hello everyone! I've been lurking and reading plenty of posts here for a couple months, after contemplating the switch to a cup, after using tampons for years and years. I finally bit the bullet about a week ago and bought my first cup (DivaCup size 1, if I am remembering correctly. It was the pink box either way... 25 years old, reasonably active, but no children) but didn't have a chance to try it until today. I feel bad saying it, because I've seen so many first time users report problems with having the cup open up, or its poking them, or there are cramps involved, but so far no problems to report besides some minor leaking, that I think is more due to flow being caught between the cup and inner wall during insertion. The most recent cup adventure, as I've been calling my trips to the bathroom, resulted in my hitting my cervix during insertion which resulted in some awful cramps for a few minutes, but that went away. However, I have yet to sleep through the night with it, so perhaps there will be something new and exciting to report tomorrow (and so far the experience has been exciting, and learning about my own body is quite fun, actually... thats what I get for wanting to learn as much as I cam before actually using the cup).

Now, what I'm really curious about, is what reasoning do you all have for owning multiple cups? What benefit is there besides keeping a spare one in your bag just in case? I'm short on money, so unless I absolutely need to, I see no reason to own more than one, until Im in a better spot to spend the money. Also, why own different brands? Does one cup just sometimes fit incorrectly your period goes on, necessitating the switch to a different size, shape and firmness?
 
dhrachthdhrachth on December 14th, 2014 06:31 am (UTC)
My reason for owning multiple cups is I was searching for just the right one.

I started with a small Lunette and didn't have any major problems with it--I certainly would have used it if I couldn't afford a second cup. But, the shape and firmness made it a slightly painful to pull out--just for a minute or so, so it was tolerable but still irritating.

So then, after doing some research, I picked up a small Sckoon. That cup solved my removal problem, but it's quite small. On my heaviest day I had to empty it more than I would have liked.

Finally, I got a large Sckoon and it works perfectly for me. I can get it in no problem, don't feel it at all, go 10-12 hours between changes without leaks, and have no problem taking it out. If I'd gotten that one first I probably wouldn't have bought a second one.

Basically, if the cup you have works great, then there's no reason to try another model. But, even if it works, if there's any kind of annoying thing wrong with it a different model may be worth a try if you can afford it. And most people don't hit perfect first try.
selofain: Yuukiselofain on December 14th, 2014 09:12 am (UTC)
I admit, my biggest reason is that I saw a cup and went "Pretty! I must have it!" My other reason is that, despite the my handful of cups, none of them are absolutely perfect and all have some flaws that keep me looking at other cups. Surface texture, rim stiffness, lack of measuring lines... although I did get one cup specifically for my light days because I could feel the grip lines on my first cup, but it was pretty specious reasoning. I just really wanted a Meluna.

I'm a lot dryer towards the end of my period, so cups with grip rings are- not quite comfortable, but noticeable. Also, I don't have a lot of room down there, width-wise, so if I don't need to use a larger cup for capacity, then I won't.

And somewhere along the way, the stiffness of my small Lunette started bothering me, so I grabbed a Si-bell, but that one is just a bit too soft in body. So... (and my reasons keep going.)

If I couldn't afford another one, I could have easily continued using just the first cup I bought, though I would have had to replace that sooner rather than later since it developed cracks in its holes after about a year. And I wouldn't have bought the same cup, since there were little, inconsequential things I wasn't too fond of, but I have those in all my cups.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on December 14th, 2014 03:53 pm (UTC)
It started with trial and error, and then I kept all but one (that just didn't fit/suit me) because they serve different purposes. Heavy days, light days, a little spotting, emergency back-up (or Show and Tell) in my purse.
titaniumtrinitytitaniumtrinity on December 14th, 2014 08:32 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! And yes, the one with the pink label is size one, it also should have a number stamped under the rim. I think the main reason to have more then one is if your shape and capacity needs change throughout the cycle. If you're lucky and this one works for you all week, I don't think there's much benefit to having a spare. In order to combat the minor leakage, I've found it's helpful to insert one finger next to the cup and sweep around it once to remove some of the residual. This doubles as a way to make sure the cup is open all the way.
trejoytrejoy on December 14th, 2014 10:58 pm (UTC)
My reason for having bought so many cups (all but six have found new owners) was looking for the proper fit, firmness and comfort level.

A few years back I did own only one cup for quite a while due to finances. While it worked, it wasn't an optimal experience since the cup was a bit too long and narrow and I had to constantly wear backup liners.

Once I had the income to do so, I searched for "goldilocks" and discovered the best cup dimensions and softness for me through trial and error. I have three or four cups that work wonderfully and fit perfectly (no liners needed and no shifting, leaks or bladder pressure!) As another poster said, I use different cups on different days.

But I am also now a cup addict, so I own more than I need because I like them. ;D
mamused on December 15th, 2014 12:10 am (UTC)
Thanks for the input ladies! Ive actually had a look at some sizing charts and checked out Sckoon and Yuuki cups. I really would love a larger capacity for my first couple of days, but my Diva Cup is wonderful so far, and a pleasant experience over all. Even overnight was decent. There was some overflow when I got up in the morning, but I was wearing a liner so not too much of a mess.

Im starting to think that the sizing, and 'for women who have given birth or are over 30' criteria is a bit of a BS kind of thing, cause Im seeing a lot of younger women choosing wider cups and that works just fine. I am assuming that is just one of those every body is different situations. Still, if I do get a wider cup, and I have trouble getting it to open up fully (I have that problem still, but reinserting fixes it because I rushed myself before) Ive seen that expanding the little holes at the rim was the number one way to help that problem. Where does one requite a punch small enough for that though? I cant imagine you want to make the holes larger than maybe a few millimeters wide.
titaniumtrinitytitaniumtrinity on December 15th, 2014 06:34 am (UTC)
I bought this 2mm punch off of amazon because it was cheap. It didn't work perfectly because the actual punch part is blunt, so the holes ended up kind of chewed up. But it works opens easily, and now I can actually break the seal without pulling on my cervix to get it out. I was afraid the jagged holes would be hard to clean too, but it's been fine so far. There's probably a better tool to use, but I'm not sure what.
titaniumtrinitytitaniumtrinity on December 15th, 2014 06:37 am (UTC)
Here's the link:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008SBWF0Q/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Again, probably not the best tool

Edited at 2014-12-15 06:38 am (UTC)
sweetrumbellesweetrumbelle on December 15th, 2014 07:00 am (UTC)
I'm looking for a really good cup.

I initially bought 4 cups, small/large Sckoon and Small/Large Lunette.

Sckoon small rides up out of reach since I have a high cervix.

Large Sckoon is too squishy to insert, takes fiddling.

Leaking problems with both Lunettes!

Now I have tried a Large Yuuki and it was great! No leaks with first use.

I have 3 other new cups to try.

trejoytrejoy on December 16th, 2014 12:04 am (UTC)
Have you tried running the large Sckoon under cold water prior to insertion? The Sckoon and MeLuna soft were both difficult to open until I began using the cold water trick.
mamused on December 16th, 2014 02:59 am (UTC)
Its funny that you mention using cold water to help with that. Now, I don't have another cup to compare against, but I think my Diva is quite soft, which makes it nice and comfy for removal as well as while its in. However, it's a pain to put in without running it under cold water. That might also explain why I had trouble inserting in the shower, but I also don't have a lot of room in my shower... -shrugs- No matter.
sweetrumbellesweetrumbelle on December 18th, 2014 09:15 pm (UTC)
That's a good trick that I've recently heard. I will try using it again in the future along with some new folds.

But, this is not really an option when I'm at work :(

Still, perhaps I will use it when I know for sure I'll be home.
sammi_j1234 on December 31st, 2014 01:21 am (UTC)
To be honest I find two cups to be good enough for me! I keep one in my school bag or purse (my bigger fleurcup, because I can use it for both heavy and light days!) and my other one, lunette, either also in my bag or at home depending on what I'm doing.

For example when I'm at the barn riding I'll have had my fleurcup in overnight and I'll change it and the reinsert, and leave it in until a) it leaks or b) I ride. Then when I'm actually going to ride I'll put my lunette in, I can use my lunette for riding no problem as long as I change it if I'm riding for a long time. However my fleurcup leaks when I ride (I'm assuming because I have strong muscles and the larger cup gets a little squished because I am younger) hence why I only use it when doing chores, or basically anything but riding!

I also use my fleurcup for swimming because my lunette lets water in. I also use my lunette for light days, and before and after my period and for spotting!

So many uses.. :P