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Mr. Whippel, his German cousin
24 February 2015 @ 09:03 pm
Hey, all.
As I was about to put in my Fleurcup, I noticed one of the ridges on the stem was peeling off (images below). I put it in and, so far in its use this month, the ridge hasn't fallen off completely. There was some out-of character cramping beginning upon insertion and, after taking out the cup later that day, continued for hours after removal. (This cramping might have been caused by my body's eternal hatred of me, 'cause you know how it is. ;D) I didn't use the cup for the rest of the week just to be safe.

What should I do about this? Has any of this stem trickery happened to you?

I'm guessing I could peel off that half-ridge and just file it down.

 photo cup1 1_zpss7jjz9ez.jpg

 photo cup1 2_zpsdjndtvyd.jpg

Thanks in advance!
yayforcupsyayforcups on February 25th, 2015 07:36 am (UTC)
Hold the phone! So are those grip rings glued on?? Eek! How long have you have ur fleur?
trejoytrejoy on February 25th, 2015 06:01 pm (UTC)
That grip may be the one the OP's fingernail has most often grabbed ~ it is reasonable that it would begin to separate after a while.
Mr. Whippel, his German cousinashes_to_roses on February 26th, 2015 12:14 am (UTC)
You're right; it's the ridge I grip most for removal. I can't believe I didn't figure that out. *facepalm*

This cup is pretty old, too. Maybe 4-5 years old (is that old in Cup Years?), but I didn't use it every month.
trejoytrejoy on February 26th, 2015 04:31 am (UTC)
If you look at ten years as the max (by some brands' standards at least) then five years might be middle aged?! =)

My oldest, usable cup is a large Iris I've owned for two years. But it has not been an "only child" like the soft MeLuna was. That MeLuna I've had for four years but, after two years exclusive use (plus boiling) it no longer worked for me. I've assumed it was the boiling that made it progressively so much softer that it just won't open?!
trejoy: double melunatrejoy on February 25th, 2015 05:56 pm (UTC)
How long have you used the cup? Just remember cups are like anything else that is heavily used, they will eventually wear out. Lifespan may depend on methods you use to clean and sanitize. I had a soft MeLuna that I boiled monthly for two years, the ball stem separated and the cup got so soft it didn't open any more.

If it were mine, I'd rip off the separated piece and continue to use the cup.

Edited at 2015-02-25 06:02 pm (UTC)
Mr. Whippel, his German cousinashes_to_roses on February 26th, 2015 12:15 am (UTC)
I boil mine at the end of every month. It's 4-5 years old, but I didn't use it every month.

I'll removed the torn piece and see how it goes. My poor stem!