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Hi, I've been having trouble with my small classic meluna being flattened when inserted, even though the seal is formed. I've posted about this before, and the replies were very helpful. Trying to get air in results in a "pfft" sound which I assume means it was successful, although when I remove my finger it seems to flatten again (without any sound or feeling of air escaping). I suspect that my muscles might be crushing it. I am a teenager and run often, also occasionally use weights. My cervix seems to be taking up space inside the cup. The combination of these results in decreased capacity and the cup leaking when it's barely half full. It's frustrating and gets painful having to empty every three hours.

After reading through posts on the forum, I found out that a round bottomed cup is useful for people with dangly cervixes for capacity, and that the usual recommendation was a fleurcup. However, the cup is really soft, I don't think it would work for me. I've read through as many comparison charts as I could find, and will continue checking. I would like to try a silicone cup like the lunette, but I'm worried about it being softer than the classic meluna. Also been considering the medium sport meluna. I was wondering if there were any other recommendations?
 
trejoytrejoy on July 9th, 2015 05:25 am (UTC)
The new Lena cup comes to mind. Shaped like a fleur/sckoon cross, but apparently firmer. I think it's on sale via Amazon. There are a few youtubes floating around about them.
hotpinkbeacon on July 9th, 2015 07:54 am (UTC)
Ah I really love the shape of the lenacup, that's a great suggestion! I've watched some of the youtube videos that reviewed them thoroughly. Apparently the stiffness is similar to that of the rubycup, which is quite soft :/
yayforcupsyayforcups on July 9th, 2015 07:41 am (UTC)
The large lunette is very firm and the yukki cup has a firm version that could work well for you. Meluna also have a sports version which i understand to be firmer than the classic.
hotpinkbeacon on July 9th, 2015 07:58 am (UTC)
I've been considering the large lunette for those reasons. However, I'm concerned about the diameter - my current cup has a diameter of 38mm, while the large lunette has a diameter of 47mm. Is there a large risk of it not working for me, and will it compromise the capacity of the cup?
yayforcupsyayforcups on July 9th, 2015 09:14 am (UTC)
Tbh i dont see how the large lunette could NOT open for anyone, its a bit of a beast. Are you a very narrow person? As long as you relax it should be fine, especially after a learning curve of finding the right fold and positioning. I have a friend who is 19, physically active and a virgin, she has a large fleur which i think is a little wider or the same as lunette width and its her goldilocks cup. so just because you're a teen doesnt mean you cant go large. Usually people with an abundant flow are flexible enough for larges.
I mentioned the large yukki, as its half the price of a lunette but still would give you an idea of size as theyre v similar. If it doesnt fit you can save it for when you are older and more flexible.
Alternatively the small Luv-Ur Body cup is a great opener even tho it is medium stiffness, i dont know if its the shape or holes with canal (?) but its great, would have a similar capacity to lunette only its 43mm wide, plus rounded bottom and the swell would help with dangly cervix capacity displacement :)
Last point- silicone is more springy than TPE which is what melunas are made of so LUB medium firmness could prob hold open better than your meluna which 'molds to ur body' a bit more. Hope that helps.
hotpinkbeacon on July 9th, 2015 10:39 am (UTC)
Thanks! That's really helpful information. The yuuki and lub sound good as well, although I'm not a fan of the bumpy flowers on the lub. I think I might consider doing a trade. I haven't experienced significant pain associated with the cup (but then again the small meluna is pretty small in diameter, and when it's in it's usually flattened). I can fit a finger in while the cup is in, but when I push back against the walls there is a lot of resistance. I suspect I'm on the narrow side. I'm also worried that with the lunette/yuuki, I won't be able to fit a finger in when the cup is inserted. However initially I was sure that I had a low cervix and a light flow. But I have an average cervix height and a heavy flow. So I might be wrong about the width I can accommodate. I guess I'll just have to try.

Edited at 2015-07-09 11:01 am (UTC)
m03m on July 9th, 2015 09:04 am (UTC)
As far as I know it's not that easy to compare firmness across silicone and TPE cups, because even if silicone is softer than TPE, it can still be springier.
Kathlynekathlyne on July 9th, 2015 07:32 pm (UTC)
I had a yuuki a while back and it was super springy. I just wanted to note that I have no problems with the Large Fleur opening, and the Yuuki and lunette are not round bottomed, so they won't help with the dangly cervix.
hotpinkbeacon on July 11th, 2015 06:33 am (UTC)
I'm concerned about squishing the fleurcup, but it's nice to hear that it works for many people :) I'm not sure if my cervix taking up space in the cup is a dangly cervix problem, more of the cup forming a seal around my cervix and riding up (in addition to the cup being pretty flat). Sorry if my wording was bad. I was hoping that a firmer cup with a larger diameter would prevent it forming a seal around my cervix and instead seal with the vaginal walls, or at least a cup with more capacity would help. Do cups usually form a seal around the cervix or with the vaginal walls?
Kathlynekathlyne on July 11th, 2015 03:34 pm (UTC)
The cup is going to ride up, and sit around the cervix no matter what. Those drawings that show it sitting lower, wedged between the vaginal walls are just wrong. The drawings show it like a water bottle below a faucet, where in reality it is more like the end of the faucet is sticking into the water bottle. Some people's cervix take up more room than others. A rounder bottomed cup gives you more capacity if that's the case.

So, no, it isn't going to form a seal lower. No matter what, a cup is going to ride up and sit where it wants---around the cervix (hopefully, or it won't do its job).

I say give silicone a try. From what I hear it isn't as soft and doesn't mold to the body the same way TPE does. I like the Fleur because of its shape and capacity, and it is a decent price.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on July 9th, 2015 10:37 pm (UTC)
Shoot, are people saying the Lena is firm? I have one on the way from Amazon. I need them very soft. The Meluna Classic pretty much blocked off my urethra...
(I'm trying the Lena to try and get around my habit of destroying Si-Bell stems)