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17 April 2017 @ 08:51 pm
Hey everyone,

I'm about to start my third cycle trying out my Lunette Cup which I got in the smaller size. For the most part, I can successfully (but slowly) insert and remove the cup and so far haven't had any leakage issues. During the last two cycles however, after the first couple of days of my period my vaginal opening became quite sore and I ceased using the cup for the remainder of my period. On removal I found that getting the rim out was quite painful and that sometimes it was hard to keep the cup slightly pressed in while removing. I was wondering whether getting a softer cup would possibly help this?

If you think that a softer cup would help, any recommendations would be very appreciated! A similar shape and size to the Lunette would be great.

Thank you!
 
disney330disney330 on April 17th, 2017 03:13 pm (UTC)
What is your method for removing it? I find it is more comfortable if you sort of squeeze it in an almost C-fold when you pull it out. That way you avoid irritation of the area near the urethra as well... I'm not sure of specific recommendations but I would say look for cups with less prominent rims, as opposed to their firmness? However, there's cups like Si-bell or Lena sensitive that are soft, with relatively gentle rims.
Not sure if it's helpful...
dan_gao on April 23rd, 2017 07:58 am (UTC)
I do try and do the c fold but I'm kind of tight and pretty sensitive down there and I can't really get enough fingers in there to do the c fold properly to remove it that way. Even as much as I can c fold it as rhe whole cup is mostly removed I still struggle to hold it in form and it pops back open as it comes out which is kind of painful. I will look into ones that have less prominent rims though, thank you!
newconvert on April 22nd, 2017 01:43 pm (UTC)
I had a similar experience with the MeLuna XL sport. I stuck with it a few cycles because I really wanted it to work, but it didn't improve. I switched to Super Jennie, which is actually larger but much softer, and have had no problems since. My two cents -- if you think you need a softer cup, you're probably right. SJ is, I believe, one of the softer cups out there and I'm a big fan, but I know others favor other soft cups. :)
dan_gao on April 23rd, 2017 08:04 am (UTC)
Thank you for your advice! It makes me feel better that I'm not the only one who experienced this. I might investigate getting a softer cup. Have you had any problems with leaking more with a softer cup? I have heard that happens for some people with softer cups rather than the more firm ones.
newconvert on April 23rd, 2017 10:59 pm (UTC)
It seems like there are two schools of thought on firmness and leaks. The first -- which is why I bought a firm cup -- is that firm cups resist crushing and therefore leaks. The second (to which I converted) is that soft cups may crush, but because they're soft, when they crush they're still moulded to your body and don't leak.

I don't know which is actually true, but in about a year and a half the only "leaks" were because I thought I could go just a little longer without emptying -- totally user error and not a leak at all. After my first month with SJ, I bought an extra so I'd never be caught without one.
dan_gao on April 24th, 2017 12:14 am (UTC)
I can see why both could make sense! I guess I'll just have to give it a try and see how I go but from what you've said I think I will be investing in a softer cup. I really want to like menstrual cups so hopefully I will get there!

Thank you for all your advice :)