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neko_witch0
26 July 2017 @ 02:27 pm
Hello. I've been having a bit of trouble with my cup and before I buy a new one, I'd like to have a second opinion. I don't have the funds to make a bad purchase.

Small summary of my cup experience:
In November 2016 i bought a MeLuna cup. I got a Classic M size with a ball stem, which I later trimmed off completely. Back then it worked perfectly both on dry runs and during my 6day (3d heavy, 3d low flow) period. I always wear a panty liner for my own comfort, but every pantyliner stayed clean for the entire period. Even during my sports activities (pilates, aerobics and body toning). It would get full to the holes on heavy days after 6h, but even then no excessive leaking.

Since I cannot afford my period ever month due to school and outdoor activities, it was only around April next year I got my next period. Im on the pill and have been for years already (to sooth the bleeding and make me able to function during my period). During this time I noticed I had trouble popping open the cup and it would leak slightly. I am certain I inserted it well and it worked perfectly earlier in November 2016. The cup was OK as long as i didn't have my period (i like to start wearing the cup early to get used to inserting it again), but the moment my flow starts and my vaginal walls get to deal with more moisture, it will rather turn around inside than pop open. The same exepericen I have now, july, as i retry to use it. I do feel like it's become even more prone to leaking.

I do love my MeLuna cup, but I'm starting to think I might need a firmer (MeLuna Sport) cup? My current cup DOES get a vacuum (i have to "break" it to take out the cup) but it does not seal properly. I can also feel air escape as the cup half-fills. I do always check the small holes and i make sure it's completely open and there are no bumps left in the cup once it's inserted and that the rim is around my cervix. It would make sense if i need a Sport cup, as i go to the gym about 3 times a week, but i am not that strong/muscly nor do i really train a lot for it. For me sports is more of a healthy routine and I only attend for fun.

I am in doubt though, as I don't want to spend my saved money on a wrong cup. My MeLuna M Classic was the first cup i ever bought and used, and it changed my life. Im a bit sad to notice it wont seal as well anymore! It was the first time in ever i was able to function normally my entire week, without a single moment my period got in the way.

Can I be sure it's got to do with the firmness of the cup and not the (rim)size? Do you think a M Sport cup could help me out? Does it matter that I trimmed the ball off (now it got no grip at all, as it was the only uncomfortable bit of the cup) as it does have a bit more space to move at the bottom now?

To help out i have included a small bio of me:
22 years old, no births, heavy flow but defenitely not as heavy as it used to be without the pill 3 days and 3 days medium/low flow and my cervix is located at average height even during period. I insert the cup rather high, so my cervix does sit slightly in the cup, but this was no problem before.
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on July 26th, 2017 01:16 pm (UTC)
Using this or any of the other (many) size and capacity charts found online, http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ compare your medium Meluna to other brands. You will see that it's not so "medium" after all and it doesn't have a very high capacity either.

I think you would benefit from a wider, higher capacity cup. Also compare shapes... pointy or blunt, narrow or bulbous, flared rim or not.

There are many knock-off brands on eBay. Some of them are as cheap as $2 if you're willing to wait a month for delivery from the Far East. Otherwise, there are slightly used cups on mc_sales. There are cups on Amazon as well, but compare prices before committing. Sometimes they're no bargain.
neko_witch0: pic#111979266neko_witch0 on July 27th, 2017 03:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the tips and suggestions! I'll make sure to use those as I find a new cup. More capacity also sounds very useful, indeed. I was not aware MeLuna differed so much from the average.

The length of the cup is perfect, but I'm sure I'll be better off with a wider rimmed cup. Thanks to the comparison, I'm sure I will be able to make a better decision than if I'd just gone and bought a firmer cup. Your input helped me a lot!

Edited at 2017-07-27 03:32 pm (UTC)
rebecca2525rebecca2525 on July 27th, 2017 09:02 am (UTC)
I find that the TPE the Meluna is made of is less springy than the silicone most other cups use. I have a classic Meluna and the large Lunette, and while their firmness is pretty similar, the Lunette is a lot more eager to plop back into its original shape, which makes it easier to open.
neko_witch0: pic#111979266neko_witch0 on July 27th, 2017 03:42 pm (UTC)
Oh, that is good to know! I decided to go for TPE because it's less allergy-triggering than silicone. I do not have a silicone allergy, but I do have sensetive skin so I wanted to start off safe. Now I am more used to the cup, I wouldn't mind a silicone type. I do find my cup to be a bit soft, even if I just push it around with my fingers, so maybe changing materials makes a good difference!

May I ask what size MeLuna you have, seeing it in comparison to your L Lunette cup? It does sound like the right solution for me as well, since I do not want to put pressure on my insides (especially when there's already cramps involved) but I do need that strength when it pops open.

Thank you very much for your help!!
rebecca2525rebecca2525 on July 28th, 2017 06:20 am (UTC)
I have the Meluna XL since I wanted a bigger cup than the Lunette.

On the other hand, the Meluna's firmness reacts much more noticeable to temperature. It gets softer when it warms up to your body temperature, which might make it more comfortable once inserted and easier to get out. Btw, have you tried rinsing it with very cold water before inserting?