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17 February 2016 @ 04:04 pm
Hey, all! I really like this group in LiveJournal--it's been helping me ever since I started to look into purchasing a menstrual cup. Two months ago, I purchased a Lena small and this is my second cycle with it. The first one didn't really happen as I only tried it on the last two days (negligible flow) because before that I was ill and didn't feel like dealing with the learning curve. This time around, I put it in on the very first day. Here's what's happening:

- Only twice have I been able to put it in without restricting my urine flow.
- It tends to give me rather annoying suction cramps and they don't always go away when I mess with the cup. Turning the cup inside out does not help, or so it seems.
- My cervix apparently descends drastically (3.5-3.8 cm) on the third and fourth days, making it impossible for me to use it comfortably -- I'd already noticed that in the last cycle, but hoped it was a fluke (I bought the cup after measuring cervix height on 1st day -- 5.2 cm).
So, my questions are:

1- Could the fact that I cannot seem to keep the cup in without it restricting my urine flow mean that I need a softer cup? When it's in right, I do not feel it so I know it's properly inserted. I also take care to keep the folded side pointed down when I'm inserting it so that the fold doesn't open towards the bladder and urethra. Supposedly a softer cup would help with the urine flow restriction, but I'm a bit narrow + tense, so not sure if a softer cup is a very good idea.

2- After two cycles with the cervix going down like that, it's a bit obvious that if I want to be a full time cup user during my periods (my goal!),then I'll need a shorter cup for those days.
I'm stuck between the MeLuna Shorty (M as S would be way too small, I think) and the Femmycycle for low cervix. Flow tends to be lighter from 3rd day on, so I'm leaning towards the MeLuna. Would MeLuna Shorty classic be slightly softer than the lena small? Or are they pretty much the same re. squishiness? Is there a big difference?

3- Does anyone have any recommendations re. the meluna x femmycycle debate?
Thanks a lot!
Current Mood: curiouscurious
dandylillies on February 18th, 2016 03:13 am (UTC)
i would stay away from femmycycle if you're narrow and tense...it's huge. if you do go for a softer cup, the effort you spend getting it open is a tradeoff and you'll have less pressure on your bladder. i think it's worth it, but it's such a personal choice.
mossmorton on February 18th, 2016 05:34 am (UTC)
Softer might help; even if you are 'tense' some soft cups like Si-bell/Caricup or Natu (which has less ridged stem grips) are more narrow and straight sided in their profile, so they could fit better.

My cervix drops sooo low when using a menstrual cup. It's like it conforms into the cup and becomes very elongated. I started taking a few hour break from the cup when I was home just to let it return to normal.

I've started using sea sponges as a cup alternative, especially at night. If I can be home on my first and second days, sometimes I won't even use the cup. If I've got to work, I can usually use a sponge by day 3. I find them more comfortable than a cup when it comes to bladder pressure. There is a bit of a learning curve to using them.
I picked them up from a health food store in the body care section as 'makeup sponges' and found some good ones at a big box craft store, though I went to several before I found a good pack & they had the craft store smell which took several washings and air drying for a few days to dissipate. Both JoAnn's and Michael's have 40% off a single item coupons on their websites.

Edited at 2016-02-18 05:35 am (UTC)
djehutys_wisdom on February 18th, 2016 01:40 pm (UTC)
Although I've never had restriction with urine flow, I too prefer softer cups. I get a better seal (with regard to leaking) with a softer cup than with a firmer cup.

You might try a SckoonCup in whichever size you please. I've only owned the large size, but I understand their small and large have the same firmness. It's much softer than either my small or large Lunettes.

That said, it does seem to me that small Lunettes, although they aren't a super soft cup, may be the best starter cup. It was my first cup and still my favorite. I've also noticed that whether or not it's people's favorite cup, it seems to work well for more people (especially beginners) than any other cup -- that is to say, very few people appear on here to get a Lunette and then decide it's not a good cup for them. The small Lunette is quite a bit softer than the large.
liz_rah on February 19th, 2016 05:07 pm (UTC)
Okay... so I get that I need a softer cup (thanks for the tip), but considering that I need a shorter one as well... can anyone here tell me if the meluna classic firmness is already softer than the lena? Or would a soft be a better option? I'm thinking of getting the shorty for those days.

I live in Brazil, so some things aren't that easy to come by, but I might be able to find the sea sponges. As for readily available cup brands, the easiest brands to get here are fleurcup, inciclo, meluna, luv ur body and mooncup, though I could probably get some of the others on Amazon.

Thanks to all who've commented so far!
djehutys_wisdom on February 23rd, 2016 01:36 pm (UTC)
The MeLuna Classic are a stiffer cup, as I understand it. They are made of thermoplastic elastomer rather than silicone. The small Lena is probably much softer than the MeLuna. MeLuna does make a "soft" option, though.

The Femmycycle is a rather large cup (although very soft), so with your low cervix, I am not sure if a femmycycle would fit you. How far in is your cervix on "low" days?
liz_rah on February 25th, 2016 11:51 pm (UTC)
about 3.5-3.8cm... more towards 3.8
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on February 25th, 2016 10:37 pm (UTC)
The Si-Bell is shaped very similarly to the Lena and is way softer. I couldn't even use the Lena due to the firmness, too-short length and the fact that it created so much suction that it made me bleed during a dry run. Femininewear.co.uk ships all over so you may have luck with them. Now I don't own a Fleur but that one is also the same shape and may be a bit softer than the Lena as well. I think the LUB will be too long for you but it's the right softness.
liz_rah on February 25th, 2016 11:52 pm (UTC)
okay... that's interesting--will look into that (si-bell). thanks!