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11 November 2017 @ 07:27 pm
Hey everyone!
Recently I've been researching and reading all about cups and how they work. And I have to say, they're freaking awesome! So I dug a little deeper to see which cups could work for me. I've narrowed it down to the Small Lunette and maybe the Small Lena or the Small Meluna since I'm a teen who's pretty active with a regular flow and medium cervix.
I decided to bite the bullet and ask my mom if she could buy me a cup and at first she was pretty skeptical, but she warmed up to the idea. And then she asked me why nobody I knew used cups, why hadn't she ever heard of them, if these "cups" were so great then why didn't anyone talk about them or spread the word. I've told her about how people just weren't informed, the initial cost is a bit of a shock and that some people just don't like the idea. And in all honesty, I have no idea what to do now since she just isn't convinced. Online, there are people raving about them and all these YT videos and blogs about how amazing and life changing they are, but she doesn't believe anything I show her.
I'm all in and excited by the idea of trying out a cup and possibly being able to forget about my period, but my mom refuses to buy me one until I find a friend or someone I know who has tried the cup (who is not from the internet) that has solid info about it. So I have no idea what to do. It would be very awkward and unlikely that anyone I know even knows what a menstrual cup is. But, I could buy a cup in my local superstore, but it's a Diva Cup which I already know is too big. I want to fully convince her, but I don't know how.
Alongside her other questions, she has also been pretty skeptical about the comfort and the ick factor no matter how many times I tell her about the people who have successfully used a cup.
I just noticed how long this is.. So if you're still reading, I would appreciate any advice.
Thanks!
 
eerlijkeeerlijke on November 12th, 2017 01:39 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry that your mom doesn't believe you and won't listen to you that this is the best way for you to manage your periods. When I was in my teens and wanted to try a menstrual cup, my mom was very happy to buy one for me, I think mostly because of the decreased environmental impact (she's a big environmentalist). I definitely think that the reason less people, especially younger people, use them is because of the lack of publicity. I heard about them on the internet and I had no idea about them before. I'm 20 now and I have a lot of friends that use them or have at least tried them.

I also started using a menstrual cup as a teen and I started with the diva cup (I'm on my second one now) because it's easily available. I have light flow and a low cervix and I find it fits now that I've cut the entire stem off. If that is the only option for you you can still try it. Another thing I can think of is if you have the money to buy the cup but no credit card/way to purchase things online, you can buy a pre-paid credit card and buy it online yourself. You can buy pre-paid credit cards at a lot of grocery stores and drug stores and places like that. You can also get a friend or maybe a friend's parent to buy it for.

I think it's still worth it to ask your friends is any of them use a cup, just in case they do. If you've found out about on the internet maybe someone else has too! And if not, maybe you can edicate them!
awesome_12345 on November 12th, 2017 04:33 pm (UTC)
Actually, I have considered buying a Diva Cup and I do have the money to buy it! I'm surprised it works for you considering the length, but I'll definitely keep my options open. The only reason I'm hesitant to buy it is because it seems pretty long and isn't a very good cup to start with, but maybe it'll work. I've already asked a couple of my friends so let's keep our fingers crossed that they have.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on November 12th, 2017 03:25 pm (UTC)
How about a small/large combo pack? One for you, one for your Mom.
https://lenacup.com/products/lena-2-pack

If you haven't already, skim/read http://kuradi8.livejournal.com/
awesome_12345 on November 12th, 2017 04:36 pm (UTC)
That's a good idea! I would definitely get my mom to try one out if she's open to the idea, but unfortunately she isn't. She wants living proof that someone she knows has tried the cup and has been successful. So I'll definitely consider getting her one if I can get her past her uncertainty :)
awesome_12345 on November 13th, 2017 01:35 am (UTC)
Good News!
So I asked a few friends about cups and turns out, one of them ACTUALLY uses them. She was really open and answered all of the questions I had about them. So after showing her texts to my mom, she's convinced! Just wondering what your opinions are on the best cup for a teen with a medium cervix, active (I swim, ski, run etc.) and is easy to use. Personally, I think the Small Lunette is great alongside the Small Lena. The Lunette is really in the middle, while the Lena is a bit firmer with a cute tulip shape. I'm a bit concerned about the firmer design of the Lena, but I'm open to both cups!
mossmorton on November 13th, 2017 04:11 pm (UTC)
Many of the youtube videos feel like ads for the product; maybe this is why your mom is suspicious? It's kind of a catch 22 if shes only willing to let you try a cup if you know someone who has tried one. Maybe have her look at Amy Nix videos on youtube. She is a plain spoken adult who talks about learning about reusable menstrual products as an adult; maybe your mom will fell more akin to Amy and hear what she is saying.

Is there a locally owned health food store near you? The reason Diva cups are so easy to find (I've seen them at Target) is because they have a distribution deal with a national distribution company. However, Lunette can also be found in small health food stores.

I would recommend a Lunette over a Lena just because it is more of a medium firmness rather than the medium-firm of Lena and too firm can cause bladder pressure and more cramps. I don't think you'll have any problem with getting the Lunette to pop open or wearing it while doing sports as it is not a soft cup.

On you search to find a perfect cup, check out the mc_sales lj (link in the sidebar) where you can buy pre-owned cups for less than retail. And it's always great to give a cup you don't like to a friend to get them started! Just soak it in hydrogen peroxide to disinfect it.
awesome_12345 on November 13th, 2017 11:13 pm (UTC)
Sounds good! I've showed her a couple videos and she's alright with the idea now, although still a bit unsure, she's willing to buy me a cup. I have actually seen Diva Cups in several stores so plan B is still going strong, but since I live in Canada it's the only cup available to me in stores. I've checked Lena's and Lunette's websites and right now Lena is having a sale for $25/ cup while Lunette is giving out a free box of wipes with the purchase of a cup. I think I'll go with the Lunette for now though. I was actually just thinking about pre-owned cups so I'll keep that in mind. Thanks for the advice!
awesome_12345 on November 14th, 2017 12:50 am (UTC)
Just ordered a Clear Lunette Model 1 and a box of free wipes with a discount code! Let's hope this cup works! Thanks everyone for your advice :)