kkaiser104 (kkaiser104) wrote in menstrual_cups,

Looking for the words to describe what I need in a cup!

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?

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