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19 April 2015 @ 05:57 pm
Hello, I need some advice please. I would like to cut the no-spill lid off my FemmyCycle... why? Long story. If I cut it off and file the edges smooth, would the raw material be more porous and prone to collecting bacteria? I know that some women have trimmed the stems, some have even filed down the grip rings. I was wondering how safe that is. Thanks.
 
trejoytrejoy on April 19th, 2015 10:35 pm (UTC)
I doubt it is dangerous to do so, though my belief is that it could be uncomfortable no matter how much you file!? I haven't owned a femmycycle, but if I were to alter one I would simply trim that lip/lid back before cutting it off altogether.

Have you tried other cups? Someone might be willing to buy your Femmycycle if you list it: http://mc-sales.livejournal.com However, altered cups may not resell well.
yinyangyay on April 19th, 2015 11:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your input! My personal opinion is that if silicone is somehow damaged, if there is a tear or a crack, it loses its antibacterial properties... but I haven't been able to find anything online. I've read that some women have altered their cups in this way with no apparent harmful side effects so I thought I'd ask for advice.

I have tried one other brand, the MeLuna. I used a soft Meluna for a year or so and it was great until it started leaking no matter how I put it in. The material must have gotten too soft from all the boiling and the cup couldn't pop open anymore. I got a MeLuna Classic thinking I needed a firmer cup. But that didn't work either... I could never get it to pop open and make that seal no matter what tip and trick I tried. The FemmyCycle doesn't need to pop open completely so I decided to give it a try and it was great for a while... I loved the firm rim and the soft body, I loved the capacity, I could wear it for 12 hours straight on my heaviest days and sleep through the night like a baby. However, over time I started to feel it making a strong seal inside (how ironic!) and the suction felt quite uncomfortable and often painful. I realized that the lid was popping open inside me (I actually felt it with my finger) and was pulling on my insides like crazy. Otherwise I simply adore this cup and I wanna see what it would be like without the lid.

I think I'm gonna go ahead and cut that lid off and see how it goes. I will try and pay even more attention to cleaning and sanitizing it properly. I've also contacted the FemmyCycle people via their Facebook page, I'm waiting for their reply. I will get back to you guys on this, just in case someone has the same issue.

Thanks again x
trejoytrejoy on April 20th, 2015 07:15 am (UTC)
That totally happened to me with my soft MeLuna! It got too soft after monthly boiling and quit working entirely.

As far as the antibacterial properties of silicone being damaged (of which I have no knowledge), if that were true then trimming stems or punching larger/more airholes would be bad too, no?

I imagine the Femmycycle folk might have a cow over altering the cup. =)
yinyangyay on April 20th, 2015 12:44 pm (UTC)
As far as the antibacterial properties of silicone being damaged (of which I have no knowledge), if that were true then trimming stems or punching larger/more airholes would be bad too, no?
That is my main concern. But apparently women have been doing this for a long time and they claim it's safe.

I imagine the Femmycycle folk might have a cow over altering the cup. =)
They saw my Facebook message but haven't replied :D
I'm sure they have blacklisted me or something :D
selofainselofain on April 20th, 2015 12:15 am (UTC)
When silicone cures, it cures all the way through, so the insides are just as nonporous as the surface. It's perfectly safe to cut up your cup however you want; it won't change its properties any.
Kathlynekathlyne on April 20th, 2015 02:00 am (UTC)
I totally agree. The cup is made of the same stuff throughout. I cut the stem off my cup and then later cut off and filed down the grip rings just because I wanted to. I haven't had any problems.
yinyangyay on April 20th, 2015 12:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you all for your feedback!

I cut off the lid and filed down the sharp edges - actually it turned out quite smooth! Not as smooth as the surface though, that's why I'm worried it might not be as safe as before.

But I am happy to say - I love it! It suits me perfectly now, the rim makes it pop open creating just the right amount of vacuum, it stays in place, there is some spotting but no leaking, so it's great for the time being.

Thanks again everyone! xxx
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on April 20th, 2015 05:05 pm (UTC)
Interesting, keep us posted on how it works out long term! My first thought was that taking the inner rim out would make it more difficult for the top of the FC to open up around your cervix (that was the biggest trick for me when I used it...just trying to open it up around my cervix) since nothing is really pushing it open from the inside. At any rate I liked mine but glossy silicone is very sticky on my skin, and the FC requires some fiddling, so I sold it off and have been using my Si-Bell, which has the same capacity but is easier to deal with outside the shower.
tkamockingbird on April 21st, 2015 12:57 am (UTC)
I thought the FC was made where it didn't have to open all the way. Is that right?
yinyangyay on April 21st, 2015 10:55 am (UTC)
Right, but it never worked for me, I needed it to open more... after a while the protective lid started popping open as well, creating very uncomfortable suction.

Edited at 2015-04-21 11:12 am (UTC)
tkamockingbird on April 22nd, 2015 06:46 am (UTC)
The protective lip starting popping up inside of you!? Ouch!
jenna00 on May 20th, 2015 03:52 am (UTC)
Hey I'm glad this all worked out for you :)

I was wondering how difficult this was for you because I want to get a low cervix femmycyle but I don't want to have to open the no spill rim when I take it out (that would be more messy to me, to stick my finger in there :$).
yinyangyay on May 20th, 2015 11:19 am (UTC)
I can't be completely sure, but it felt like the rim was popping open inside, which created painful suction. It must have been the way I was inserting it - to prevent leakage I had to open it by pushing the fold with my finger, I guess the rim would also open inside as a result of that.

When taking it out, the rim would often come out open, but it wouldn't spill - messiness was never the issue - it really is mess free most of the time. My problem was that it wouldn't open up on its own as it gathered the content - it would leak a lot. If you follow their instructions it could work just fine for you.

And if it works, then it's the best. The biggest advantage for me was the capacity, then of course, the no spill design. Again, what it didn't do for me is open up naturally like they said it would.

Now that I cut the rim off it is so much better. If I get it to pop open enough, I don't have to worry about anything for the next 12 hours. It was always a bit too big for complete comfort but the amazing capacity is worth it. The mess isn't that bad even with no rim.
I hope this helps :)