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25 April 2016 @ 10:17 pm
Hello everyone!

New member here, although I've been a lurker for quite a while.

I'm on a quest, as I've said, for my Goldlilocks cup. My first cup was a Lunette Model 1, and while it was a good cup to start with, I found it slightly painful to fold and remove. It also caused my pee stream to be severely weakened, to the point where I had to remove my cup if I wanted to pee properly (which was inconvenient in a public toilet). I then went on to get a Si-Belle Small, in the hopes of lessening my urinary incontinence and have a generally more comfortable time with inserting/removing. I must say the Si-Belle was a big jump in comfort, and I would have called it my Goldlilocks if not for its stem.

I have a low cervix, so I had to cut off both stems for the Lunette and the Si-Belle in order not to feel any discomfort. The Lunette was fine as it has amazing grip rings, but I had to leave the Si-Belle one with its last rung/grip on in order to remove it. It's still manageable, but it's there and I can occasionally feel it shifting around when I cross my legs etc. Do any of you lovely people know of a cup that is as soft as the Si-Belle, with its bell shape and less prominent rim, and yet has the amazing grip rings of a Lunette? That would probably be the perfect cup for me ...

Thanks! 
 
mossmorton on April 25th, 2016 04:18 pm (UTC)
The Natu! It's almost exactly like a Si-bell yet doesn't have the harsh grips on the stem, instead it has bubble nubs that are completely smooth. There are pictures here: http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/3516463.html

An older version of the Natu was an exact copy of the Si-bell, but they have since redesigned it, though it is definitely based off the Si-bell. The silicone is slicker and shinier than the peach finish of Si-bell, but I find that it glides more easily as a result. It doesn't have very prominent grips like the Lunette, but maybe with the different stem you could not cut off as much or the remaining bit wouldn't be as irritating. I found the Si-bell stem so bad I gave it to my sister (it's her favorite cup now).

I would also recommend checking out the Super Jennie- it is my new favorite. SJ has the most comfortable stem and cup base, I didn't have to trim it (I'm super sensitive to grip rings & stems) and is soft with a higher capacity than Si-bell/Natu: it lasted allll day for me & my job is pure physical labor. I have a lower cervix and the SJ was great with all that.
irisl98 on April 26th, 2016 01:19 am (UTC)
Hey mossmorton! Thanks for your reply. I've heard of the Natu as well, and after checking out your link, I'm a little worried for the quality of the cup. In your opinion, is it a cup that would last longer/be worth its price?

The Super Jennie is also one that I've had my eyes on, since it became recently available for me locally –– but actually, I don't really need its high capacity as I rarely, if ever, fill up half a Si-Belle. There's also the Sckoon cup, of course, which has the bell shape and grip rings ... What do you think about that?
mossmorton on April 26th, 2016 03:07 pm (UTC)
I think it is the same quality as other cups in it's price range; there is nothing that stood out to me as being cheaper or less well made than the other 7 cups I've had. What makes you worry about it's quality? I honestly think that how a cup is cared for has the greatest effect on it's lifespan: using harsh petroleum based soaps or mineral oil/petroleum jelly when wearing the cup, & even boiling I think does degrade the material more quickly over time.

You can get the Natu from https://www.ecco-verde.com/natu/menstrual-cup though US shipping is high, Free EU shipping
Also: http://www.menstrualcupshop.com/en/menstrual-cup/43-natu-menstrual-cup.html where I think I got mine from.
The natu website

I remember reading somewhere on the interwebs about a silicone's quality and it's translucency, implying that the frosted or milky white silicone is a lesser grade, though I wonder how the surface finish on a cup effects how one perceives it's color, being that a frosted finish will look more white. The Natu is very clear.

I am not a fan of the Sckoon cup & did not experience very good customer service when the cup I received had some quality issues. I found the grip pattern to be absolutely horrible & painful so I cut it off, but the cup's shape just doesn't work for me. I still have the cup & have posted it to sell on mc-sales: http://mc-sales.livejournal.com/294574.html
irisl98 on April 26th, 2016 03:47 pm (UTC)
Oh, I read your review and was anxious about your mention of the mould seams not being as finished as other cups ... As a general rule, I'm very careful about the cups I plan to buy as they are quite expensive in my local currency, plus I'm still a dependent on my parents' income.

Yeah, I've heard almost nothing but bad things about Sckoon's CS ... Their cups seem to have had mixed reviews –– but anyway, your comment just reaffirmed my decision not to step near Sckoon for the time being.

Thank you for the links! I will check them out after my cycle's finished :)
mossmorton on April 27th, 2016 02:00 am (UTC)
Honestly, the seams are not that much different than on my Organicup & even the rim of a Lunette I had. I wouldn't say it's any reason to avoid the cup if it's shape seems like a good match to what you want. It is a Si-bell like cup, so if you like that one but just don't like the stem, this is a great alternative.

Yeah, it's a shame about Sckoon. I think they do use good silicone & some people love the shape, but it seems they just don't have the best follow through. Surprising, because they have been making and selling cloth pads for a while... Maybe it's a separate/new part of the company.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on April 27th, 2016 05:34 pm (UTC)
The Natu looks like a great cup but I'll say the "slicker/shinier = easier gliding" is not true for everyone. The shiny silicone sticks to me to the point that I MUST use lube when inserting a shiny cup. The peachskin cups I can often insert just fine without lube (including the Si-Bell, which I used for a long time)
here_never on April 25th, 2016 04:36 pm (UTC)
I use a soft medium MeLuna which, IIRC has almost the same dimensions as the cups you mentioned. Not sure if it's the shape you want but it is definitely very soft and it has really good grip rings. It also has a stemless option so you don't have to cut anything off if ever.
irisl98 on April 26th, 2016 01:21 am (UTC)
Hey here_never, thank you for replying! MeLuna was actually the first cup I heard of, and considered trying, but ultimately I decided to go for silicone instead of TPE (for more reasons than one). I'd like to know if you tried a Sckoon cup before?
here_never on April 26th, 2016 03:59 am (UTC)
I haven't! But I do know that it's a bit shorter in the body than the other cups mentioned (so you might need to leave some of the stem if the stemless Lunette was the perfect length) and the grip rings are not as nice as the Lunette's or the MeLuna's, but they're still there at least. People seem to love the softness of it, but I've seen a few people complain about inconsistent quality, but some of those posts are from 2014 so maybe they've gotten better.