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25 February 2015 @ 11:30 pm
Hi all,
First, thank you to everyone who helped me choose my first cup. I have used the Si-bell for 2 and a half cycles (the half being five days of weird spotting in place of my period the second month). For the most part, the cup is great and I am 100% happy I took this step.

There's just one thing that's really bothering me. When I have the cup in I feel almost constant rectal pressure. It's not painful, just really annoying. Has anyone had a similar experience? Might the pressure be due to the bell shape of the Si-bell and might a straighter cup be better for me (not sure how else to describe it, but maybe v-shaped)?
 
trejoytrejoy on February 26th, 2015 04:52 am (UTC)
I had too much pressure with most U shaped cups. I thought as long as I got the softest cups I shouldn't have trouble, but I had rectal and bladder pressure with the si-bell (and fleur). The Sckoon was the only U shape that didn't. I now use the Mia and MCUK, with the Iris as my third option. So, yeah, V shaped cups could be a better fit.
yeb90 on February 27th, 2015 03:38 am (UTC)
Hmmm...so it sounds like it really may be worth trying another brand. You like your Miacup? I considered it when first choosing a cup but I'm not thrilled about the relatively prominent rim. It's on the soft side, right? I think I want to stick with a softer cup, so I don't think I want to try the Moon Cup UK. Have you tried the Cuplee? It seems like it meets my criteria for a soft, V-shaped cup, without a prominent rim.

Edited at 2015-02-27 04:06 am (UTC)
trejoytrejoy on February 27th, 2015 06:01 am (UTC)
I adore the Mia. I was uncertain about the rim before I bought it, but it is soft enough that that is not a problem (and I cannot handle stiff cups). The Cuplee is definitely soft and I liked it, but it was too long for my low cervix, so I replaced it with an Iris cup which has very similar flexibility but shorter and wider!

foursome

Using the lg sckoon (green) as the constant:
upper left is the Ruby
upper right lg Iris
lower left lg Mia
lower right lg MCUK
yeb90 on February 28th, 2015 03:47 am (UTC)
Thank you so much!

Huh, I thought the MCUK was significantly stiffer than the Miacup but that doesn't appear to be the case from the photos. Are they comparable in stiffness as the photos make it seem?

It's interesting that the Cuplee was too long for you. From comparison photos I thought that the Cuplee and Mia were the same length. Do you have a very low cervix?

One more thing. Have you tried the Lunette (I would get small) and/or the Yuuki (I would get small, soft)? Do you think they're too U-shaped to solve the problem? I think even the soft the Yuuki may be stiffer than I'm looking for but I'm not sure.

Edited at 2015-02-28 03:48 am (UTC)
trejoytrejoy on February 28th, 2015 08:10 am (UTC)
The Mia is softer than the MCUK, but the MCUK is much more flexible than I had been led to believe! Here's a quick computer cam shot of the Mia and MCUK. You can see the Mia is a bit softer.

mcuk mia

The Lunette is not as soft as my cups, though the small is definitely better than the large! The soft Yuukis don't deserve the name "soft" IMO. The small and large (yes, I had both at one point) were as firm as, if not firmer than, the large Lunette.

The Cuplee is 2mm narrower and maybe 1mm longer than the Mia, which makes a difference for me. I think the Cuplee is a great cup, it just didn't sit right due to my cervix sometimes being ridiculously low. I have 45-46mm wide V Shaped cups now for this reason. Took tons of trial and error for me to find what worked and fit best!
yeb90 on February 28th, 2015 08:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the picture and for your patience in answering all of my questions! I so wish there were a way to compare them all in person before buying. I definitely thought that the small Lunette was softer than the MCUK. I'm glad I asked about it.

At this point, I'm thinking either the MiaCup or the Cuplee.
A couple of questions about the size and capacity of the Cuplee:

First, if it was too long, I'm assuming you tried the large. Is that right? Also, the size comparison chart on here says that the small has a 20 ml capacity to the holes while Feminine Wear's website says it has a 14.75 ml capacity to the holes. Do you know which is accurate? I was originally thinking that if I were to get the Cuplee I'd get the small because I am a virgin with a light to moderate flow, but if it only holds 14.75 ml I would consider the large if it's not too long for me.

For reference, I cut off around 2/3-3/4 of the small Si-Bell's stem and I can still occasionally feel it poking into the flesh covering my public bone (internally, of course), but I think that's because of the angle of my cervix more than the length of the cup/stem. I may end up cutting off the rest of the stem and don't think I'd ever have trouble reaching it if I did. Given that and what you know about the Si-Bell, do you think the large Cuplee would be too long? I think my cervix is moderately low and never, I believe, extremely low.
trejoytrejoy on February 28th, 2015 11:02 pm (UTC)
With the Femmecup as the constant, here is a comparison for the small Si-Bell and large Cuplee I had:
Si Cuplee

I later did trim the Cuplee stem (and the Si-bell's for that matter!), but just couldn't live with the shape and length.

Afa the Cuplee's capacity, coppetta mestruale lists the small Cuplee as 14.7ml and the large as 24.5ml to the holes. I never leaked with the Cuplee. I think, similarly to the Ladycup and the Iris, the holes simply help release suction ~ they didn't allow flow to run out (for me). The holes being closed off by my vaginal walls, I was able to go to the rim with all three of them.

Edited at 2015-02-28 11:03 pm (UTC)
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on March 1st, 2015 03:50 am (UTC)
Just wanted to chime in about the Cuplee -- the large is almost exactly the same size as the small Diva, but the body is a tiny bit shorter and the stem is a little longer. I have both the small Fleur (same shape as the Si-bell, but firmer) and the Cuplee and much prefer the Cuplee, which is more comfortable to wear and to take out. It is my favorite higher capacity cup. I have a pretty average cervix height; I don't generally have to trim stems, but they are never far in, either.
yeb90 on March 1st, 2015 04:50 am (UTC)
Thank you for your input. I think I want to give the the Cuplee a try. I'm just not sure what size. I don't have a heavy flow and never came close to filling the Si-Bell so if the Cuplee can be filled past the holes, I suppose there's little chance that the small won't have enough capacity for me.
mszizi on March 12th, 2015 06:32 pm (UTC)
Hi yeb90,

I have rectal pressure from y juju cup as well. As a result, I'm also considering of getting another cup too. I was considering between si-bell, meluna and cuplee. But, after reading your post about the si-bell cup also gave you rectal pressure, I'm a little unsure now... I thought meluna should be good too then I came across a blog that showed the ball stem fell off... If you did get the cuplee, could you let me know how it goes? Thanks!
yeb90 on March 13th, 2015 04:02 am (UTC)
Hi mszizi,

I ordered the CupLee but it has not yet arrived. I'll get back to you when I've had a chance to try it out.
mszizi on March 13th, 2015 05:35 am (UTC)
Thank you! I will look forward to your review! :)