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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.
 
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