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04 September 2017 @ 09:05 pm
To anyone who's still kicking around here,

I've lurked around this community and related resources off and on trying to find a definitive resource/answer to my question, so I'm sorry if this is a repeat, but I've been having trouble finding anything yet. I've been a cup user for several years now, with a Meluna as the first one I've tried (either small or medium, I forget which) which I've liked a lot, except for one problem: no matter how much I practice, try different folds, or run it under cold water, I overwhelmingly have problems getting it to reliably open up inside me. Even when the brim opens up, quite often the body remains caved in, so I'm not getting much volume at all. I can reach my cervix, though with some difficulty, so I assume I'm about an average depth; since this has been happening from the very beginning for years, I'm pretty sure it's neither the material softening with age, nor just pure inexperience.

I'm thinking it's about time to buy something new, and look for a cup that's considerably stiffer in both rim and body, since I'm not having trouble inserting it. Stiffness seems to be the single most difficult to find aspect of a cup in a review though, not to mention super subjective, and the one or two rating lists I found seem to be limited in the brands on there. What brands can you all recommend to me that spring open easily?
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on September 5th, 2017 10:41 pm (UTC)
How about a large Lunette? It has a stiffer body than most and large anti-suction holes. It is medium in length and has a tapered base. It also has a medium-high capacity so it doesn't feel "too big."

As for the Melunas that you have... they have small anti-suction holes and I think there are only 2 of them. Have you tried enlarging them? Adding more? That might help them pop more easily. Others say to fold at the holes, not between them.
Infy: 2 + 2 = fish!o0famous_amos0o on September 5th, 2017 11:22 pm (UTC)
From the research I've done so far, I've been considering a size 2 Lunette, size 1 Lena Cup, or size 1 Yuuki, but I wanted to get advice from people with a range of experiences, too.

As for the Meluna, it does only have two very small holes, but I don't actually own anything like a drill or leather puncher to enlarge them? The best I could do would be trying to stab a couple new holes through it with a paper clip or something, to be honest. I'll probably try doing that, if nothing else; this thing is like 5 years old by now, so even if I ruin it, I've still already gotten more than my money's worth.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on September 6th, 2017 12:59 pm (UTC)
If you are an eBay shopper, there are 2mm punches available for less than a dollar. Sort the results by price.
Infy: 2 + 2 = fish!o0famous_amos0o on September 6th, 2017 11:06 pm (UTC)
I'll look into that, thank you!
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on September 7th, 2017 12:39 am (UTC)
do you remember which stiffness your meluna is? also sounds like you might have seen this post? :) http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/2618390.html
Infy: 2 + 2 = fish!o0famous_amos0o on September 7th, 2017 06:54 am (UTC)
I have seen that post! I've tried most of the advice on it that I've been able to; trying to get it to open as soon as it's inside is hit or miss, and I've had the most success with the labia fold, but on the other hand cold water never seems to make a difference, and pushing on the wall and/or the side of the cup never seems to help, either. I went and found my receipt, it was a Soft Medium Meluna.
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on September 9th, 2017 12:58 pm (UTC)
hmm this works well with my soft melunas (but it does take maybe 20-30 seconds). to some extent i still have to unfold them manually though. also as the name implies it's really soft, i'd say you shouldn't necessarily switch to an extremely stiff cup. there are lots of options in between like the small lunette. the medium is not average or medium at all though, this just applies to meluna's sizing. compared to other cups it would've made more sense to have their sizes named XS, S, M, L.
Infy: 2 + 2 = fish!o0famous_amos0o on September 10th, 2017 03:21 am (UTC)
How do you think the small Lunette and Lena Cup compare, then? Those sound like the best options for me in terms of a middle ground stiffness, and I'm not too worried about volume; my flow usually isn't heavy enough to be an issue.
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on September 10th, 2017 01:36 pm (UTC)
hmm i thought the lena was much stiffer? but i'm not really up to date admittedly. another difference is the shape.
if you're 30 you may find that a narrower cup will start leaking eventually. some companies recommend the "large" size as early as 25.
rebecca2525rebecca2525 on September 17th, 2017 07:23 pm (UTC)
Late reply is late, but fwiw, the TPE of the Meluna is not as springy as the silicone most other cups use, meaning that Meluna cups are less willing to pop open than comparable silicone cups. I have a Meluna with classic stiffness and also the large Lunette, and while the firmness of both cups feels about the same if you compare them directly to each other, the Lunette pops open a lot easier.
pineapplewhip: pic#122407002pineapplewhip on October 16th, 2017 03:23 am (UTC)
Hey there, well one big change is Meluna is made of pacifier material and beyond there lies silicone. I love small lunette, as i don't know your flow i will just state favs (i have a heavy flow 3 dats, very, then normal ergo i have small aussi large cups) ok so: Lunette small, Fleurcup Large is a God send, The small one is ok too. So yay france. I love but it took some learning as they are softer, si belle, i always use si sbelle, both sizes, and large fleurcup. Always. The small lunette is great too. My favorites.