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slimsmckracken
03 November 2015 @ 03:34 am
Hey there cup enthusiasts!
I am looking to join the ranks and was hoping for some recommendations on reliable cups/bands. I am shopping for something between 50 and 60 mm, preferrably more bell shaped, a large or decent capacity to handle my heavy flow, and on the slightly softer side (though I think I could handle a medium firmness). I was originally looking at a large Sckoon, but was kinda discouraged by the strechtiness of the stem and grips. The I was looking at the Lunette, but I've heard that's kind of firm sooo... I dunno. Any suggestions or tips you lovely folks might have would be absolutely appreciated! Thanks in advanced. :D
 
newconvert on November 3rd, 2015 01:06 pm (UTC)
I love my Super Jennie
I'll start with the disclaimer that what works well for one person might not be right for another.

That said, I love my Super Jennie, and I think it meets your requirements. It's one of the higher capacity cups, 52 mm long without the stem (I'm amazed at how comfortable the stem is -- I'd previously found stems annoying), and really comfortable and soft.

I've only used cups since June, so I'm far from experienced, but of the three cups I've tried, SJ is by far the best. At first, it was harder to use than the others for two reasons: one, it didn't open quite as easily; I had to turn the cup to get it to spring open -- that hasn't been a problem since the first day, so I'm not sure if it was the cup or me, but it's something to keep in mind (don't give up!). Second, it can be slippery, so I'd recommend inserting in the shower the first few times since the results are less disconcerting if it does slip out of your grip.

Cups are such an improvement over disposables -- I hope you find the right one for you!
slimsmckracken: pic#125554577slimsmckracken on November 3rd, 2015 11:45 pm (UTC)
RE: I love my Super Jennie
Oooh, I hadn't heard too much about the Super Jennie but after looking at it more its definately looking like a contender. Can I ask you how firm it is? I have a borderline sensitive bladder, and was thinking something mid range or softer would help me kind of ease into the transition.
newconvert on November 4th, 2015 01:06 am (UTC)
RE: I love my Super Jennie
It's definitely on the softer end of the spectrum -- I can only personally compare it to two other cups, but the reviews of it seem to be pretty consistent in remarking on how soft and comfortable it is.

Edited at 2015-11-04 02:05 am (UTC)
djehutys_wisdom on November 3rd, 2015 01:47 pm (UTC)
cup recommendations
I totally recommend both the Sckoon and the Lunette. Those are the cups I use, and I love them! I particularly like the fact that they are made in the USA and Finland, respectively, where I feel like manufacturing standards (and safety standards) are high.

I, too, have a fairly heavy flow. For my heaviest days I use my large Sckoon, which is nice and soft (which I find creates a better seal, but I have really strong pelvic floor muscles) and holds a very large amount. Getting it out is rather a challenge (although removal for me is always very tough with any cup), and yes that elastic-y stem can really zing ya! If you don't have a super high cervix, (I cannot even touch mine) it may be less of an issue.

On my "lighter" days (and light for me is still fairly heavy by most people's standards), I use a Lunette in the small size. Again, I find the softer material seals better for me (I also have the large, which is stiffer, but doesn't seal as well, and has a shorter stem making it much harder for me to remove), and the nice long stem is very helpful for removal. Now that I am a bit older and my flow has lightened up some, it's pretty much my go-to cup. I've also found it helps keep my pelvic floor nice and toned.

I've been reading on here a long time, and while the Lunettes are not perfect for everyone, it does seem to me that more people are relatively happy with Lunette cups than any other brand, especially starting out. I tend to think they are the ideal starter cup.
Kathlynekathlyne on November 3rd, 2015 03:09 pm (UTC)
I can't say what will work best for you, but I can say that the lunette is not bell shaped--and you have that in your list of requirements.

I use both the Super Jenny and the Large Fleurcup. I'm not sure why, but I prefer the Fleur. I use the Super Jenny on my heaviest day, then switch back to the Fleur. As another commenter mentioned, the stem on the SJ is amazingly non-irritating. I cut the stem off my Fleur and all my previous cups because they were slightly irritating and I didn't need them.

Go with your gut and choose the one that appeals to you, then go through the learning curve before deciding if you need another one or which other one you want.

Best of luck.
slimsmckracken: pic#125554577slimsmckracken on November 4th, 2015 12:01 am (UTC)
In all honesty, I could sacrifice the bell shape as long as the cup still has good capacity. I have a flow that seems to have a mind of its own and get ridiculously heavy out of the blue with no warning, so a bigger cup would really help me have a piece of mind and not have to run to the bathroom every couple of hours (which is one of the bigger reasons why I wanted to switch).

Is the fleurcup comfortable firmness wise? I've heard some good things about it, but its been kind of hard to find.
Kathlynekathlyne on November 4th, 2015 02:01 am (UTC)
I got more capacity out of the bell shaped cups because I have a dangly cervix. The fleur's firmness doesn't bother me at all, but I don't know if it will be right for you. I bought it straight off of their website. I think the fleur is reasonably priced and shipping isn't extreme either.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on November 5th, 2015 02:14 pm (UTC)
Have you seen the sizing guidelines yet? http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ There are other size charts at the Community FAQ if you don't like the one there.
slimsmckracken: pic#125554577slimsmckracken on November 5th, 2015 11:49 pm (UTC)
I had seen that chart, but noticed that it didn't really include a lot of the newer cups. I tried to check out the list that obsidian made, but I can't seem to get it to work on my tablet ( and my laptop is sadly of commission for the time being :( ). So I figured that I would try asking the community to see if anyone could help out. Everyone seems so friendly and patient that I didn't think it would hurt anything, but I could see how constant questions like mind could become tiresome. Sorry about that. :)
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on November 6th, 2015 12:46 am (UTC)
Actually, except for the Super Jennie and the Lena, the other newcomers have all been "generic" cups. Generic meaning that the same cup is sold under many different names and when one sells out, another just like it with a different name (and maybe a few new color choices) takes its place. Obsidian has a few really good posts http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/3466697.html with pictures of the 4-5 styles so that you can identify them no matter what they're called. A good general rule is that if the brand doesn't have its own dedicated website, the cup is probably a generic. Amazon and eBay are good places to get really good prices on the generics.

As for the Lunette, only the large is stiff. The small is squishy. The Fleur has the same dimensions but has a blunt versus pointy base. The Super Jennie seems to only come in large right now. This post http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/3473209.html compares the Super Jennie to the large Lunette and the large Fleur.


Edited at 2015-11-06 09:36 pm (UTC)
not_a_leaf on November 7th, 2015 10:08 pm (UTC)
The Super Jennie is now available in small, too.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on November 7th, 2015 10:47 pm (UTC)
WOO HOO! The small size is brand new. I was just there just a week or two ago and they only had the large.