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29 August 2016 @ 09:15 pm
Hi all,

I've been having some cup trouble lately and am hoping you all could offer me some suggestions/advice.

I'm a 24 year-old who has never given birth. I've been using menstrual cups for several years. I've tried both the Lunette and the Keeper (small size on both).

The Lunette feels fairly comfortable once it's in, but I have a really hard time getting it to open. I think it's too soft. I'm very physically active, and my pelvic floor muscles are strong, and also perhaps tighter/narrower than average (though that's just conjecture). I've tried several different folds, and it still doesn't really open. I have to really reach in and twist it around, and even then sometimes it STILL doesn't open.

The Keeper is quite firm and opens very easily -- in fact, sometimes it pops open too soon. That's not a huge issue, as I can just slide it up into place. However, because it's so firm, it's VERY painful to remove. I have a hard time folding it down enough to remove it, and I basically end up having to pull it out fully opened, which is quite painful.

Both cups interfere with my urine stream. It's not a huge deal, but it is annoying and a little uncomfortable.

I have no idea whether my cervix is high, low, or normal -- how can you tell??

Lastly, two years ago I was diagnosed with endometriosis, which has been causing a lot of general pelvic pain. I've had a lot of anxiety lately concerning my pelvic and vaginal area, so using a cup has become emotionally challenging. I do want to continue using cups, because I hate both pads and tampons, but the less "involved" I have to be with cup insertion/removal, the better.

Can anyone suggest a cup that might be better for me -- firmer than the Lunette, but softer than the Keeper? With a softer rim, to help with the urination issue? One that pops open easily? And does anyone have any helpful tips for dealing with vagina anxiety?

Thanks so much! I love this community. :)
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on August 31st, 2016 01:46 am (UTC)
How about the Lena? Your cervix should be fairly high if both those cups (with stem, I assume) were not feeling like they were falling out. And the Lena is a different shape from both, which might give you better capacity (endo makes you bleed a lot right?) and pops open easily given that it's not a lot firmer than the Lunette.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on August 31st, 2016 12:00 pm (UTC)

If you haven't already, skim/read http://kuradi8.livejournal.com/

Compare your Lunette and your Keeper in terms of dimensions using any of the size charts. Which length do you like better? Compare others in between.

Also consider their shapes. Both are fairly tapered and pointy. Would you prefer a cup with a blunt base? The Keeper has a rather large flared rim. The Lunette does not. Which do you like better? Compare others in between.

Your Lunette is one of the softer cups. The Keeper is the stiffest. "Are there any in between?" Yeah, nearly all of them.

As for "tight," that's a function of your PC pelvic floor muscle. Relax it for insertion and removal. Then you can go back to holding it however tightly you want.

Interfering with your urine stream. That seems to be different for everyone. Does stiffness play a role? Maybe. Does cup shape play a role? Maybe. Are there other factors involved? Yeah, probably.

Anxiety about using cups and other internal products... well... if you don't like them, don't use them. You don't have to commit to ONE type of product. Mix and match at will, depending how you feel at that moment. No one will hold it against you if you don't feel like using your cup. ;o)