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01 March 2017 @ 07:23 pm
Hello,

I'm late 30's, have had 2 vaginal births but exercise a lot. I have a few health issues that make me require a cup that opens without fiddling. I also tend to crush softer cups if I can actually get them open. I have a very high cervix, I often have to bear down to get my diva (cut stem) which is a problem also.

I currently use a small Diva cup. It is almost my goldilocks cup, I can open with minor fiddling most times but it does cause a bit of bladder pressure (and capacity is low for my 1 heavy day). Large Diva leaks and causes me major bladder pressure. Ideally I'd like something that opened just a tad more easily.

I've also used a Large Yuuki soft (major bladder pressure, crushed it)
MeLuna Medium and Small Soft (too soft, too small)
Icare (too soft)
Small Yuuki firm (was okay until I cut the stem, at least it opened easily, capacity was sad).

I have been tossing up whether a rounder shorter cup may cause less pressure. I've gone through all the charts until my head is spinning. Some of these are cheaper in the US. I'm paying international shipping

Current contenders are
Fleurcup (cheap so can try both sizes! Sounds like it will open easily, at least I will get a trial of a rounder bottomed cup)
Lunette S (more pricey, seems similar to fleur, might consider L)
MeLuna Sport L (unsure about TPE seeing as I could never get my others to open, but it's cheap)
Lena Cup (not so cheap but seems quite firm).

I'm happy to buy more than one but I've spent quite a lot in the past already.

Anyone own any of these and can tell me how firm (or too soft) they are for easy opening?

Thanks!
 
gepunktetrock on March 2nd, 2017 08:38 am (UTC)
I have used both Lena sizes and super Jennie. The super Jennie is very soft and more challenging to open. The Lena usually opens well and is much firmer. I sometimes have trouble opening, but trouble troubleshooting it is much easier. Also, the fold I use makes a big difference. I have had best luck with seven, origami, punch down, and modified labia for Lena. Labia works best for super Jennie for me. I can't get anything else to go in or open.

My large Lena is not painful for me, but I have heard for others it causes cramping. I on the other hand only experience pain with the small Lena. So, we are all unique, it's hard to say what might work. The Lena sometimes has sales for the large and small together. I follow red herring or crabby paddy and she has good updates on cup sales on her facebook page.

Good luck!
jess_amina on March 3rd, 2017 06:44 am (UTC)
Thank you for the advice! I think the Super Jennie would definitely be a problem for me with opening. I am very tempted by the Lena because it's on sale now (although it's an expensive gamble with overseas shipping). Easy opening combined with no major rim and I'm thinking even though it's firmer it's up there as one of my 2 top picks for now. Thanks too for the links! I'll look them up!

pebblerockerpebblerocker on March 3rd, 2017 01:49 am (UTC)
I've recently got a Fleurcup (large) and it opens easily for me despite its comparative softness. My old cup was a Mooncup (UK, small) and that popped open very, very easily due to its stiff rim; I'm trying other cups because I want something a little more comfortable. The Fleur has a good capacity too!

I also have a Meluna Classic and I find it very difficult to open. I don't know if it's too soft, or if it's because it's TPE and is happy to keep an oval shape, or because there are only two air holes, but I ended up poking around for ages trying to get it open.
jess_amina on March 3rd, 2017 06:47 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! That was helpful. The Fleur is definitely on my radar. Given how much cheaper it is than other brands I might give it a go first, see how I go and then revisit if I can't get it to work for me.

I might skip the MeLuna for now. I had similar problems with the soft versions (although I think one of what I had might have been a classic and I always wondered if it was the TPE, a number of people have said it's difficult to open).