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10 October 2016 @ 11:51 pm

After using my large Si-Bell cup for 2,5 years I tore off the stem under a hasty removal this summer. It still works, but not as easily, so I've decided to replace it. And that has me curious to find something that works even better for me:)

I want:
LARGE CAPACITY - I always overflow the Si-Bell the moment I get vertical on the first two mornings of my period, so I really want to check out if just a little more capacity would save me from those morning bathroom runs..
SOFT - The cup can't be too stiff either, since a sensitive bladder was one of the reasons I got the Si-Bell in the first place
QUALITY SILICONE - Something that looks and feels like good silicone, no rip off brands

The market seems to have exploded with menstrual cups since I last checked it, but after looking around, I'm considering a large Super Jennie. Can anyone with experience with it tell me if I'm on the right track?

In addition, I'm considering a second cup, for the normal to trickling days. Instead of trying to get opposite qualities in one cup, I think it could be better to settle for two, or what say you?

I want:
SMALL-MIDDLEISH CAPACITY - small diameter would be nice
MIDDLEISH FIRMNESS - I'm a bit less sensitive on the later days, and would like just a little bit more spring, so there's less fiddling to get the cup to open
LONGISH - I have a quite high cervix on the later days, and it would be nice to not have to rummage so far up there, so longer than 62mm for sure!

I know this describes half the cups on the market, but I'm mostly curious to hear your personal experiences with and preferences for some cups that fit the bill. The only other cup I've tried was a small Lunette, and I think that would work - I guess I'm just curious to try something new. And I'm really curious if there are many other cuppers out there who have resorted to using two different cups each period?

Sorry for my long post:) and thanks in advance for any replies!
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on October 11th, 2016 02:50 am (UTC)
I did the same thing to two Si-Bells (one situation involved petrolatum ointment--d'oh--and the other was just my nails digging in too hard). I have a SuperJennie for the heavy days now and it's great, other than the fact that I really need it a few mm longer. My Large is about 70mm with stem. The rim area is thicker/firmer than the rest of the cup, which makes some folds difficult and could bug your bladder a bit depending on where it'll sit. I don't feel the cup itself bothering my bladder (not like the Meluna did when I tried it), though I also have a fibroid that exerts pressure on it so maybe I can't tell so much.
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on October 11th, 2016 07:54 am (UTC)
yeah it seems fairly common, especially if your "best capacity" cup isn't 100% comfortable, or feels a bit too large on light days.

for your lighter days cup, consider the shape as well. a more pointy shape may be more comfortable (to some it's the opposite).
and when in doubt always go for soft over narrow, as stiffness is the main reason a cup can feel too wide.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on October 12th, 2016 11:45 am (UTC)
The Super Jennie seems to be a favorite of many when it comes to high capacity. If it calls to you, then go for it. Compare its dimensions to others at http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ or at any of the other size charts found online. This is a good comparison post: http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/3473209.html

Yes, I think that having a second light days cup is a great idea. That's what's in my user-pic. Lunette for heavy days, (really old yellow) MCUK for light.

Since you say you want something long for your light days cup, decide whether you want a long-bodied cup or a shorter-bodied one with a long stem for an overall long length. If you decide on a long bodied-one, then the small Diva might fit your needs. Plan ahead to enlarge the anti-suction holes on it. Theirs are notoriously teeny from the factory. And before PQN says it's too stiff, it rates a 4 on the stiffness scale... (with 10 being stiffest.)

[Edited for clarity.]

Edited at 2016-10-12 11:47 am (UTC)
elisamba on October 23rd, 2016 10:17 pm (UTC)
Large, soft, beautiful silicone: either size of Gaia.
Small, firmish, quality silicone: small Fleurcup or Organicup