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I've been using my lunette for about 4 years, along with a ladycup, and the lunette looks a bit rubbish now. It's split at the holes right up to the rim, although not all the way through the material. (mostly just an issue with cleaning, but if it continues at this rate, it'll probably split open fairly soon) The ladycup looks brand new, even though I've had it for longer.
I'm not sure if the labia fold is what caused the damage, long term, as I can't use it on the ladycup (due to the thicker upper section) so it's not been victim to the same treatment as the lunette. Or is it a general fault with lunettes being a bit weaker?
The thing is that the lunette is a really good cup for me, and the labia fold is my favourite fold. But equally, 2-3 years of use doesn't seem fantastic in cup terms. So my thoughts are basically as follows:
- if the labia fold (or complex folds in general) are the problem, and it'd cause the same amount of damage in any other cup, then I'd probably just get another lunette and try to use a different fold
- if the lunette is weaker, and generally doesn't have the best lifespan, then I'd try and get a similar cup (looking at organicup and medium rubycup) and continue using the labia fold
- if 2-3 years of use is actually pretty good for a cup (I mean, has anyone ever actually had a cup last for 10 years, or is that just a marketing thing?) then I'd get another lunette, continue with labia fold

Really not very good at organising messages, so apologies if this isn't very clear.
Thank you! :)
elisamba on September 25th, 2016 01:18 pm (UTC)
That is an interesting question, because I use that fold with my Gaia and after only two years, it isn't opening as easily as it used to. Maybe this is too much "squashing". I use seven fold with my other cups so can't compare.
ididntdoit83ididntdoit83 on October 2nd, 2016 09:14 pm (UTC)
That's very interesting indeed... I never thought that different folds could cause differences in the material itself. Maybe simpler folds are the way to go.
selofain: Yuukiselofain on October 1st, 2016 10:21 am (UTC)
If the holes are constantly at the center of the crease, you're putting a lot more pressure into an area where tearing comes easiest. I suspect something similar happened with my yuuki, except I was using a C-fold and the holes weren't well punched and thus prone to tearing to begin with.

The labia fold is pretty complex and those work best with soft cups, which the Lunette isn't. That may have contributed to it.

If you haven't already, you can try contacting the manufacturer and include pictures of the tear. They might not do anything, since your cup is a couple years old, but it's always good to let them know of a potential problem.

The 10 year thing is probably based on ideal usage, which doesn't take into account real life. Kind of like how computer manufacturers claim so much battery life for their machine, but you get less when doing real work with it. In any case, you've lasted much longer than me with one cup. I don't think any of my cups have had more than a year's worth of usage, even if I've had some of them for years.
ididntdoit83ididntdoit83 on October 2nd, 2016 10:09 pm (UTC)
The thing about the holes sounds very likely. Maybe another fold, next time.

Not really related to the question, but.. is the lunette really not considered a soft cup? I remember the ladycup was considered to be one of the absolute softest cups at the time I got it, and the lunette is fairly similar. I'm a bit out of the loop, so I assume the new brands are softer than before?

It's reassuring to know that the 10 year figure isn't the expected norm... I felt like I had abused my poor cup or something.
selofain: Yuukiselofain on October 3rd, 2016 04:10 am (UTC)
The small Lunette is pretty middle of the road in terms of softness. A lot of newer cups these days tend towards super soft, so in comparison the small Lunette might even be considered firm.

I've never had a ladycup, but they have pretty firm rims, right? I don't know if that'll change the perception of the softness of the cup. You might have just gotten a Lunette from a batch that was softer than normal. My own Lunette is pretty flexible, but I wouldn't class it as soft like I would a Si-bell, for example.