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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?
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.