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15 December 2014 @ 12:37 pm
Hi Everyone,
I am new to menstrual cups and am trying to decide which one to order. I am a virgin with a light to moderate flow and a low-average cervix. I am currently trying to decide between the small Lunette and the small Si-Bell but I am open to suggestions. The Lunette seems to work well for a lot of women and, therefore, seems like a good place to start but I am pretty sensitive and would like to minimize the likelihood that I will notice a cup while using it. I know that softer cups are often more comfortable for many women but that they can be more difficult to get open (and, thus, may not be ideal for a first-time user). From what I've read, it seems though that the Si-Bell is maybe a little easier to get open than some other soft cups. Is this true? Between the Si-Bell and the Lunette, which would you recommend? Is there another cup that you think I should be considering?
Thank you all for reading!
 
yayforcupsyayforcups on December 15th, 2014 07:15 pm (UTC)
Have you seen the sckoon? Some have mentioned about differences in the squishiness between models, but nothing can beat the less prominent rim when it comes to removal! With other cups i have to do a fold to get the cup out, that hasnt been the case with this one. Speaking for me, my sister and sister in law, we dont feel it, or have any problems weeing/going to the bathroom with it in. It ticks your boxes of virgin, low cervix, light to medium flow, worth a look :) (teresa from feminine wear does a video)
yeb90 on December 15th, 2014 07:22 pm (UTC)
I'm a bit hesitant because they seem to have poor quality control. Am I wrong about that?
titaniumtrinitytitaniumtrinity on December 15th, 2014 09:22 pm (UTC)
I wanted a sckoon for a while because they're just so darn pretty, but yeah I've heard weird things about them being inconsistent. And also everyone seems to agree that the stem is very stretchy, which seems like it would make removal very difficult!
trejoytrejoy on December 15th, 2014 11:56 pm (UTC)
Most of the Sckoon quality control discussion is about the differing or varying firmness between cups, not about the cups being defective. I've owned three Sckoons and one was noticeably softer than the other two. But the "firmer" ones were still softer than, say, a Lunette or Fleur cup.

The Sckoon is a good cup and opens pretty easily if you run it under cold water prior to insertion, though the Si-bell may be slightly easier for a first time user. If someone is concerned about sensitivity to firmness, the Si-bell is probably better than the Lunette.



Here's a photo with the small red sckoon and the small pink si-bell on either side of the large pink iris.


Edited at 2014-12-15 11:59 pm (UTC)
blauwemaan on December 15th, 2014 09:00 pm (UTC)
I would not recommend a Sckoon to a first time user. I am fairly new to cups but do not considered myself a newbie anymore. After using the Sckoon for a couple of cycles I still have a lot of trouble getting it to pop open. I never had this issue with my MCUK.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on December 15th, 2014 07:59 pm (UTC)
I'm a bit biased but the Si-Bell is basically my Goldilocks. No problems popping open the Small (Large can get fiddly, only because I'm childless). I highly recommend it for all virgins and cup newbies who aren't heavily athletic. My own cervix is so high that the long stem made the Si-Bell one of my few choices, but many low cervix users have loved it too...the stem is very thin and comfy, so it's super easy to cut.

I've never used the Lunette but the unique shape of the Small is sometimes irritating for certain users.
m03m on December 15th, 2014 08:13 pm (UTC)
There is a good chance you'll do fine with either. Keep in mind that most cups work for most users.
yayforcupsyayforcups on December 15th, 2014 08:35 pm (UTC)
I find softness is very subjective. In general the small sounds slightly firmer than the large, but thats not ouchy firm like mcuk rim, as for quality control, I've only seen one comment from someone who actually has two sckoons of the same size but theyre different colours, which I don't know why that would effect but they say it does. The photos comparing it to the SiBell says its firmer but I noticed on some photos they're squishing different parts of the cup, which is odd. As for the bag, mine came without the ends tied but I never noticed it was a problem, it looked like the style. Maybe theyve responded to complaints and started tying knots in them but its a small point. There was a review from a teenage girl that did alot of damage to sckoons rep because she had a bad experience with how it was delivered, so she started ripping it to pieces, but then she did an updated version changing her opinion abit, tho on a cup line up video she almost glides over it without mentioning any of its great features or even how it compares, so a bit biased. I dont think the company is perfect but the cup has gone thru a lengthy well thought design process so it cant be bad.

I think the other cups you've looked into are very interesting too, I wish I had a SiBell to compare, the smooth bottom of that cup might be nice for you. And the lines up the side are said to assist with popping the cup open and it is nicely aligned to do the C-fold. I like the punch down with the sckoon as it goes teeny tiny but you will experiment with different folds to suit you.

Sorry Ive rambled, i felt i had alot to say. Just remember its never one size fits all so when you get a cup, there will always be a learning curve, stick with it then you will see if you have the perfect one for you or you may want toexperiment like so many of us cup people :)
yeb90 on December 16th, 2014 05:24 am (UTC)
Good reminder m03m. I do tend to overanalyze my options when making a decision. I'm just trying to maximize my chances of success, even if I don't find the perfect fit the first time around.

It sounds to me like, all else aside, the Si-Bell is probably somewhat easier for a first-time cup user than the Sckoon. Really, because I've never used a cup, I don't know how likely I am to feel it if it's a firmer one but if I do feel it, i't likely to bother me and deter me from using it. I think then, if nobody says that the Si-Bell is likely to be very hard for a beginner to get open, then that's what I'm leaning towards.

Update: I went ahead and ordered a small Si-Bell last night from Feminine Wear Last night. Thank you all for your input!

Edited at 2014-12-16 03:43 pm (UTC)
pinkydoodler on December 16th, 2014 03:50 pm (UTC)
I think it's a good choice for a beginner.

The small Si-Bell was my first cup and by luck it and the large Si-Bell turned out to be my goldilocks. While it may not be the case for everyone, the Si-Bell's softness and long stem was very reassuring for me as beginner and made it a very positive first cup experience, especially when you're new and have this irrational fear that it's going to get lost inside you forever!

The large Si-Bell isn't as easy to pop as the small, but I find punchdown and 7 fold are pretty much infallible for me when it comes to the small Si-Bell.

Oh, and use lubricant. Putting a little bit of KY Jelly or coconut oil on you before inserting the cup makes all the difference in the world.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on December 16th, 2014 09:49 pm (UTC)
It sounds like you followed the guidelines and size charts to narrow down ones that you think will fit/suit you. Go with your gut from them. Be careful not to let other peoples' opinions sway you. Choose the one that you think will fit/suit YOU best, not one that fits someone else. Remember that it's for YOU, not them.
yeb90 on February 26th, 2015 03:22 am (UTC)
Update and a Question
Thank you everyone for the input. I have now used the Sibell for two and a half cycles (the half being five days of spotting in place of my normal flow). For the most part, it has worked out beautifully. In the past, I always used pads (cloth, beginning about six months ago). I have to say that it is so nice to feel clean during my period for a change and never to feel the gushes.

This cup leaked once after my first night wearing it when I got out of bed in the morning. Not sure if it was in wrong or overflowed, but my guess is that it wasn't in quite right because my flow is pretty light. I'm not even sure how full it was because I took it out and promptly and inadvertently dumped the contents onto the floor of the tub (thank god for foresight). Other than that first morning though, I haven't experienced anything even remotely resembling a leak.

Getting it fully open is a bit more of a challenge, but I'm getting there. Pressing in the side of the cup with my finger once it's in seems to do the trick for me.

One thing though that's really bothering me. When the cup is in I feel a constant and annoying pressure on my rectum. On occasion, I don't feel it at all, but I do for the most part and I'm not sure what I'm doing differently when I don't feel it. Has anyone had an experience like this? Might this be because of the bell shape of the cup? Might a straighter (is that the right way to describe it?) cup be better?