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I am new to this and it's not working for me and I really want it to. I've used instead's soft cup and love them but they leak and are expensive. I am 48 have had 2 children vaginally. As far as I can tell from what I have read here my cervix height is avg. (It might drop some during my cycle). Also, if it matters I have tilted uterus.

I got the Sckoon size 2 several months ago. Tried it once and it was very painful and didn't try it again till this month. I did some online research and it worked better this time. It was not painful, but was uncomfortable.

I feel like I am not getting it high enough, it starts opening before I get it in far enough. Once I had it farther in and I couldn't really feel it and it worked great. The other times it worked but was very uncomfortable. I feel like it is hanging too low and I can feel it. I have trouble getting it in enough before it starts to open then it's really hard to get open and I can feel it sitting there plus it is very irritating.

Am I just doing it wrong and need practice? or should I try a different cup?

My thoughts about a different cup are not latex that really irritates me. I am hesitant to get one that is too hard/firm. I also don't like how some of the rims look (they just look uncomfortable) The rim of the sckoon is part of the reason I choose it. I do wonder if the sckoon is too wide at the bottom and if it has too much going on down there with the pattern. The area at my opening gets easily irritated. I read on here that someone else had problems with the sckoon like that. I wondering if I need something more narrow at the bottom and smooth but also not too firm. Which cup would match that? Are there any other cups with rims similar to the sckoon? I am in the USA. I like the look of the Meluna with the ball handle.

thanks to anyone who has a suggestion.
 
yayforcupsyayforcups on January 20th, 2015 10:16 pm (UTC)
Hello! I have small and large sckoons, if you want it to slip further up or be easier to push up I recommend lubricant eg coconut oil, it slots into place better that way, more comfortable. Also have you tried different folds? The punch down fold, c-fold or 7 fold are some favourites. I use the punch down but always have to let air in mine by pulling down one side to make sure its fully inflated :) I imagine the grippy flowers can be clipped and filed down with a normal nail file if you find them irritating.

There are other cups with that kind of curved rim but I dont own them. Fleur and sibell? Fleur also has mega base grips judging by photos but sibell has none just 4 ridges.
trejoytrejoy on January 20th, 2015 10:54 pm (UTC)
I have replaced my lg Sckoon with the Ruby cup and lg Mia cup. (I also really like the Mooncup UK, but some people don't like the prominent rim.) V shaped cups tend to work better for me, and the Ruby is a nice in between, being a sort of rounded V. Flexibility and capacity are similar. Here are some comparison pics I took recently:

ruby sckoon mia
Ruby, lg Sckoon, lg Mia cup
mia ruby sckoon

Edited at 2015-01-20 10:56 pm (UTC)
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on January 21st, 2015 12:54 am (UTC)
I think the fact that you got it to work and fit well once is a good sign. There's definitely a learning curve that can take a couple cycles to get around, so I would give your Sckoon at least two cycles before you try another cup -- some issues are due to inexperience and will not be fixed by another cup. A water based lube (put it on you, not the cup) could help with insertion, and you might try another fold as well. I like the origami fold for my softer cups, and the 7 and punchdown folds keep their shape pretty well for insertion.

If you do decide to go with another cup, I really like the large Cuplee: quite soft, narrow base, good length if your cervix is medium to high. I think the Ruby is also a good bet.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on January 21st, 2015 04:00 am (UTC)
"I feel like it is hanging too low and I can feel it."

That indicates that you have a short vagina aka low cervix. As http://kuradi8.livejournal.com/ says, ANY cup will settle (O) around your cervix and the height of the base of the cup will be relative to the length of the cup and the length of your vagina. Since the Sckoon is a rather short, squat cup, getting another one would probably be longer and press against/through your pelvic floor.

You say that the petal grip rings are irritating you. Some have had good luck cutting and filing grip rings off other brands of cups. Would doing that help you?

Your Sckoon has a fairly blunt base. Other cups are more tapered -- "pointy." Would that appeal to you more?

You mentioned the MeLunas. They are the only cups made of TPE. And the Keeper is the only one made of Latex. Otherwise, all of the other cups are made of silicone.

Use the size and capacity charts to figure out what brands of cups you think would fit/suit you. And then compare photos of the contenders for shape.
djehutys_wisdom on January 22nd, 2015 03:55 pm (UTC)
sckoon
I, too, suspect that since you got it in once and it was comfortable, means you can do it again. It may be how you are folding the cup, and your physical position during insertion. Many people find it easiest to insert while standing with one foot up on the side of a tub (or the closed toilet lid), others prefer to squat or to sit on the toilet. You may need to try different positions.

Which fold are you using to insert your cup? The basic C-fold? While that does work, it is fairly common to find that fold to be painful. You may wish to check out YouTube for videos of how to fold your cup. There are many variations, and they really do work.

A lot of folks on here find the punch-down fold to be very effective, so give it a shot. It is good because it has a low profile and many people find that makes insertion less painful. For me it is the opposite, however: if I use that fold, my cup opens up far too low. Since that sounds like it is your issue, please don't be too discouraged if it does not work.

My favorite fold (although seemingly less popular on here) is the 7-fold, and having tried several others, I now use it exclusively. With the large Sckoon (which I use on heavy days), it's a bit tricky to keep together during insertion, but a little practice and sleight of hand (I actually rotate the cup a full 180 degrees during insertion before letting it unfold), it works quite well.

There are literally about a dozen ways to fold the cup to insert, so please don't give up!

..::bella vita::..por_que_no on January 22nd, 2015 07:27 pm (UTC)
Re: sckoon
Piggybacking on this comment--here is a guide to folds created by a 14-year-old: https://menstrualcupforteens.wordpress.com/folds-and-insertion/

The labial fold is my go-to, though it really only works on super soft cups. I've also used the half diamond fold and 7 folds. Punchdown can be tricky because around the bottom the cup will feel the same folded as it does popped open, so you won't be able to tell if it's popped open just by feeling and you may risk leaks.