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02 July 2015 @ 11:29 pm
Yo,
Anyone tried a Lena Cup? They're really pretty (for all that they're pink), made in California, FDA safe; here's the website: http://www.lenacup.com/
and the picture from the website:


Measurements (S/L) (according to website):
diameter: 40/45 mm
cup body: 46/50.7 mm
w/ stem: 71/70.5 mm
capacity: 25/30 mL

Sold on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/LENA-Menstrual-Cup-California-Alternative/dp/B00YNYH8F4/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top?&ie=UTF8
currently (7/2/2015) $24.95

And they look like they'd be great for the dangly cervix given wide bottom, but this is the only review I can find (apart from on Amazon, where there are currently 5 5star reviews)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUUC3_PWRlw

So I thought I'd stick all this here and see if anyone had tried them and could say if they were as nice as they look. It also apparently has a softer rim and harder body, which they say helps with insertion/removal?

UPDATE: I also sent them an email at help@lenacup.com as they recommend with sizing questions. (I gave a lot of the info people post here: approx. cervix height, physical activity, and regular flow) It was around 8 California time. I got a (blank) response immediately. Before the hour was up, I got another response, apologizing for the blank email, and recommmending a size.
"I just hit Send by mistake and sent you a blank email previously, apologies for this!
I am thrilled that you are considering buying a LENA cup and am here to help you make an informative decision. Thank you for providing all of the below details, this really helps me to asses your need and make a recommendation.
I am certain that you will do really well LENA Small - the cup is ideal for a young woman like yourself, especially since you are fit, have strong pelvic muscles and have a regular flow. The rim of the LENA cup is very gentle and allows for easy insertion and removal and you can use the C-fold with great success."
She also offered me a slight discount, and told me
"We are very happy that we can offer the LENA cups at a competitive price, we truly want price to not be an issue when women decide to switch to a menstrual cup. LENA is made in California and is FDA-registered so you can rest assured that you are getting the highest certified quality possible."

And even,
"If you choose LENA and, once you have your period, you think that you would have done better with LENA Large, please get in touch me with me again and I would happily resolve that issue for you."

I think this was very nice, especially given the lateness of the hour.

I do think they might reference "women" a bit too much on their site, but they have lots of tips, not just for cups, but also for bloating, cramps, diet, and excercise. I luckily don't suffer much from that sort of thing, but if any of you do, you might want to check out their site (under "inspiration" ?). Note: it is quite "crunchy"
 
selofain: Yuukiselofain on July 3rd, 2015 06:11 am (UTC)
"softer rim and harder body"

Ok, this cup has my attention. :)

It looks like a Fleurcup with a softer, more flexible stem. And continuous grip rings.

It's pink, which I'm not fond of, so I might pass on it. I'm also not fond of cups that flare outward in body. Lunette does this; it makes me paranoid.

But I really do like cups with rims softer than their body. Hm. Torn between this and the Ruby cup...
★  ★regulusarcturus on July 3rd, 2015 01:45 pm (UTC)
I'm definitely interested in this cup. If I wasn't broke right now, I'd probably be buying it. I currently have a Ruby Cup and Lily Cup original but I definitely think this one is going to be my third.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on July 3rd, 2015 04:49 pm (UTC)
Hmm, I can't quite tell by the pics, but is that stem ROUND rather than flat tabbed? If so, this might actually be my Goldilocks. You all might've seen on mc-sales how I busted yet ANOTHER Si-Bell stem because the stem is just a little too thin. I've also always wished for grip rings around the base of the Si-Bell. Flat tab stems do kind of bother me, though. I have a MamiCup on the way from Italy but through Amazon I could get this one in a couple days...
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on July 3rd, 2015 05:39 pm (UTC)
Update - got a very quick reply from someone named Emily there, and she clarified that the stem design is "rounded flat tab"--which means it could still be irritating if, like mine, your cervix is so far off to one side that the cup sits basically diagonally and the narrower side of the stem digs into your vaginal wall on the other side.

I actually suggested tweaking the design to make the stem completely rounded as a way of avoiding too much scrutiny from the Fleur people. If the stem is indeed flattish, Fleur might not be happy with how similar the two cups are.
samthebob on July 3rd, 2015 06:15 pm (UTC)
They are pretty similar, but the Fleur has broken grips and the Lena flares out more in the middle.

Here's a pic I found of similar Fleurs:

m03m on July 4th, 2015 05:14 pm (UTC)
That's a sweet looking cup and it might very well suit me. Except for the pink. Oh well, I have all that I need...
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on July 4th, 2015 11:10 pm (UTC)
Welp, after Emily gave me a 15% off code I bit and grabbed one on Amazon. I needed to buy another item anyway and combining the two gave me the free shipping. (I don't buy enough from there to make Prime worth it) By the time it shows up my period will be done but I can at least look it over until next month!
councilwomanope on July 5th, 2015 01:35 am (UTC)
Awesome you got 15% off! Please post actual cup pics once you receive it.

Edited at 2015-07-05 01:35 am (UTC)
samthebob on July 5th, 2015 02:59 am (UTC)
Same! Also, Emily was the one to respond to me. So... Um... Yeah. Just felt like throwing that out there.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on July 6th, 2015 12:29 am (UTC)
Ha, yeah, I figured a menstrual cup start-up wouldn't have quite enough employees to assign more than one person to customer service emailing ;)
fl0werfinder on July 6th, 2015 09:13 pm (UTC)
USA brand Lena
Thanks for the info on the Lena. I saw a video online with a review/comparison. Glad to see another USA brand in the mix!! Amazon already has several 5 star reviews but I can't say if they are all legit or not.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on July 11th, 2015 03:31 pm (UTC)
So, mine came in the mail just in time for my period to be done. lol. I know dry runs are stupid but I tried one anyway just because.

My impression--holy firmness batman, at least for me! I am not used to any sort of firmness or suction, being a Si-Bell and Rainbow user. (My iCare is a LITTLE firmer but not by much)

It went in fine but I needed to press my finger on it to let air in and get it to pop open completely. It felt fine when wearing, though I couldn't tell if it was giving me bladder pressure (possibly, but I had just peed, so hard to tell)

Removing was a little difficult due to having less slippery-ness in there (not actually being on my period)...and I am not used to dealing with suction since my cups are too soft to suction on at all! And there was a bit of bright red blood/fluid inside the cup when I removed it, so the suction might have made my cervix a little unhappy. This may not be an issue when I am actually bleeding though.

The length seems good and the stem, which I was worried about, didn't seem to be irritating, though I didn't wear it for any length of time or anything. The slightly thicker stem will probably be better able to handle my bad habit of digging my nail in to get a grip on the stem.

The large (the one I got) is listed as having a 35ml capacity, which is GREAT if that is actually the case, since I teach for long hours sometimes without breaks and often spend nights at my boyfriend's without easy access to my own shower to empty it in.

Basically I should probably reserve judgment for when I'm actually on my period and can bleed in it a bit, but it looks like a really high quality cup!