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29 February 2016 @ 09:30 pm
I'm looking for a cup with no grip rings. I'm very sensitive to BV and it seems to only flare up on my period and all itchiness is isolated to the bottom of my vagina, where grip rings are. It's worse with cups I've tried that have more pronounced ridges, so I'm led to believe this encourages a nice clingy place for bacteria to flourish :/ boiling of course helps, but I would have to do it twice a day to ensure I can get through my period without a flare up.

All that to say: if you can think of cup brands with no grip rings whatsoever (or whatever design), I would greatly appreciate it! So far, I've come up with:
Lady cup
Lily cup

mossmorton on March 1st, 2016 05:14 am (UTC)
Sibell cup definitely has grip rings; I found them so be especially irritating because there were so many on a long stem.

Juju cup
Super Jennie
Natu - used to be just like the Si-bell but it is now a unique design with smooth grip nubs; I find them most comfortable
Keeper Moon cup
MeLuna has stem options

I cut most of the grip rings off an Organicup; just the rings not the stem. It worked really well but I had little scissors. It's now one of my favorites along with Natu.

What cups do you use now? Do you need the stem for removal?

If you don't mind me asking, how do you manage the BV?
I don't suffer from it but my sister had recurring uti/vag infection issues. I have done lots of research on it and it seems like diet can play a key role and many people found boric acid or borax solutions to be helpful. Sometimes the soap used was a infection instigator.
eatswithfork: pic#49861435eatswithfork on March 1st, 2016 01:31 pm (UTC)
I should clarify - grips on stems only are no problem since I cut off stems anyway :) just not on the cup itself. thanks for the recommendations!

I use boric acid capsules vaginay for a few days and then one day of a probiotic capsule vaginally.

Edited at 2016-03-01 04:40 pm (UTC)
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on March 3rd, 2016 03:36 am (UTC)
I second the soap issue. I made the mistake of using a completely innocent looking Johnson's baby liquid soap down there and soon after I had my first acquaintance with what I thought might have been BV. Stopped using it in that area and I've never had it since. Strong bases (like most soaps) throw off your pH and can let the wrong creepy crawlies flourish.
Karomomentaufnahme on March 1st, 2016 09:36 am (UTC)
If you don't need the stem for removal you could simply try to turn your cups inside out. That way the grip rings won't irritate you and you could still use the cup that fits you best.
eatswithforkeatswithfork on March 1st, 2016 01:38 pm (UTC)
Brilliant! Thank you!
elisamba on March 2nd, 2016 09:51 pm (UTC)
The Gaia has barely there grips, and turned inside out it is completely smooth yet grippy. The latex Keeper is also smooth yet grippy. Finally, there is a new French cup, Lunéale, with no grip rings and a specially-designed bottom to ease removal. But it is only sold in pharmacies in France. Who knows, if you or a friend were travelling sometime soon...