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Hi there,

I've been using a menstrual cup (Diva Model 1) for almost 10 years now (I'm 23, started when I was 14). When I first started using a menstrual cup, the only models I had heard of (and I did a lot of research) were the Diva Cup, Lunette, and Keeper. In the past few years my needs have changed (I went from a normal flow to an incredibly heavy flow--needing to change my diva cup every 2 hours for 3 days during my cycle). I found this group a while back and have tried a few different cups. I can explain why they don't work but I'm unsure of the "clinical reasons", like if the cup is too soft/too firm, etc. Can someone help so I can figure out what to try next?

FWIW: 23 years old, high cervix, very heavy flow, no children

Here's what I've tried:

Meluna XL, ball stem, US version: this one doesn't work at all...the cup never unfolds all of the way. It comes out warped--like a flat oval. I tried to add holes/enlarge holes and it didn't help.

Natural Mamma: I have a hard time opening this one. I tried a few folds, letting it open during insertion, trying to twist it...no dice. My diva just "pops" open by itself, so that could be a learning curve issue for me. But when you have to change as often I do, you don't want to spend 10-15 minutes getting your cup to pop open!

Luv Ur Body: I just got this one today, but I'm at the end of my cycle and decided to give it a go. So far it seems to work well--opened right up without struggle, easy to remove, good capacity. I'm going to have to trim the stem, as I do with all of my cups, because my cervix drops a little during my cycle. Otherwise, this one is working well.

I'd like to try another cup or two before just buying another Diva cup. What do I need? Softer/firmer?
 
m03m on July 19th, 2015 10:20 am (UTC)
Can you inform us about why you feel you need to try more cups, when the first impression of the LuvUrBody is that it seems to work well for you?
kkaiser104 on July 19th, 2015 03:15 pm (UTC)
It's not so much an "I need to try more" as it is "I want to try more". I'm very intrigued by the different brands/materials/firmness etc. offered now verses 10 years ago.

I also need to have a spare cup for work. In the past I've just had 2 Diva cups but those are both ready for retirement. I figure while I'm purchasing another cup, I might as well try out some more brands. I don't need as high volume of a cup for the last 3 or 4 days of my period, for example, so I could try out some that aren't as huge as the LUB.

I enjoy reading the reviews and seeing the comparison photos, but I don't understand why certain cups aren't working for me (like the Meluna). If I can figure that information out, I'll be able to determine if a cup might have a chance of working for me when I see reviews/pictures.
m03m on July 19th, 2015 03:46 pm (UTC)
Fair enough! Being intrigued is a very valid reason.

What is a 'spare cup for work'? One you keep at your workplace? I don't have that since I wear my cup in advance when I think I may need it later in the day. But my periods are pretty predictable, so there's that.

The Meluna might not work for you because TPE isn't as springy as silicone. Could that be a factor, you think?
kkaiser104 on July 19th, 2015 03:57 pm (UTC)
Yes, I keep a second cup at work. Usually I'm able to predict when my period will start (sore breasts, awful looking skin, etc.) but probably 1/4 cycles come earlier or later than expected. I learned the hard way when I was in high school to keep an extra cup with me (or at least accessible) at all times. Trying to use tampons for the first time in a school bathroom is not a good time!

I think the difference in material with the TPE is a valid argument, but why does it open some, just not all the way? I have to use the punchdown fold with the Meluna because it is massive and the rim is very firm, but I can always get it to open once it's inside, usually just by grabbing it at the base and rotating it. But I get leaks and when I do finally take it out, it seems warped. Right now it's sitting in my bathroom 3 days after I used it (and boiled it) and it's still not back to a normal circular shape--it's warped to an oval. Is that normal with Melunas? I really wanted to love that cup because of the capacity, but now that I've found the LUB I'll probably just stop trying to use it altogether. Is the Meluna too firm or do you think it's just a difference in material that is giving me trouble? The LUB doesn't seem much softer, if any.

I think the natural mamma doesn't work because it's too soft--does that seem right? I can't get it to open (or to stay open once I'm moving around).

m03m on July 19th, 2015 06:41 pm (UTC)
I think that yes, the TPE may be the problem here... but I'll be honest, I've never seen or felt a Meluna in real life. I've heard others say that their Melunas stay oval too, so that seems to be common, with this brand.

As for the NaturalMama, I haven't tried that one either, but if it won't open or stay open it may indeed be too soft for you.
hotpinkbeacon on July 20th, 2015 11:01 am (UTC)
I have a small meluna, and it does stay oval for a while after using it. Not sure what you mean exactly by not opening all the way, but perhaps try the diamond fold? I always have trouble with the punch down fold but the diamond fold helps :)