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Just wrote this entire message, went to look up tags and lost the whole thing!  I'm new to this but suppose I'll get the hang of it eventually.

I've been lurking for a while and thanks to this amazing community am into my third cycle partially using the Mooncup (UK).  I started with the Diva but once was enough...was pretty awful.  The Mooncup was much easier.  Only problem is - my period is very heavy (superplus tampon every 3/4 hour) and I feel my body is just laughing at the puny little Mooncup waiting to collect the deluge...  It seems though that the Mooncup is easiest for the learning curve and that once I master (or mistress) it I should go for the Lunette.  Does that make any sense - or should I just stop time-wasting and get the Lunette straight away?

Another question:  Public loos around here are a bit iffy and I want to make sure I can insert standing up before I go out for any length of time.  I'm getting the hang of inserting sitting down - use the punchdown mainly, insert towards tailbone.  Also one member's suggestion of letting it open close to the entrance, gently pushing upwards and pulling down till I feel slight resistance, was extremely helpful.  But I'm stuck (scuse pun) on insertion standing up!  The tailbone thing doesn't work, it lands up half in, half out and totally uncomfortable!  Any suggestions welcome!

Thanks to all for forming this amazing community!
Obsidianpurple_obsidian on July 26th, 2007 10:09 am (UTC)
The Lunette only holds about 3mls more, but I prefer it.

When I started, I couldn't put it in sitting, I had to be lying down, but the more practice you have the easier it is.
Jennnakedfaery on July 26th, 2007 03:14 pm (UTC)

I love my big Lunette. It works really well on my heavy days. I always insert standing up when I put either of my cups in (I have a Mooncup UK and a Lunette), I just put one leg on the toilet seat (or one leg on the cistern if you don't want to put your foot on the seat - you could do that if you're flexible enough) and tilt my pelvis forward, and it pops in really easily. I'm not a huge fan of the punchdown fold, I don't think it opens very easily and the last thing I'd want to do is be stuck with my leg cocked fiddling with my fingers in my vagina, in a public toilet! I can't get the c fold into my vagina though, so I use the 7 fold or the origami fold.

The capacity of menstrual cups is much higher than tampons. I have very heavy flow for the first few days of my period, and I empty my cup much less often than I used to change tampons. Give your Mooncup UK a go for 3 months, that's reasonably the length of time you need to get insertion perfected. For the first couple of months, don't assume any leaks/overflow is to do with the cup being small, it can be to do with incorrect positioning. Always wear the cup as low as possible is my recommendation.

Also, you don't say if you know the cause of your heavy bleeding, but if you don't, I recommend you get your ass to a gyn. Menstrual flow that heavy is not usual, and is medically defined as haemorrhaging. it puts you at risk of many illnesses to do with decreased blood volume, and iron deficiency anaemia.
pink4444 on July 26th, 2007 04:02 pm (UTC)
thanks for the advice. the bleeding is from fibroids, and since I don't want to have everything taken out I put up with it for one day a month (usually not more when it's so heavy)! So far so good. But I also think that tampon use over many years has made it worse, the cups seem to be easing things slightly. I notice that others have also commented on this.
Jennnakedfaery on July 26th, 2007 03:15 pm (UTC)

Here is a link showing the different ways to fold a menstrual cup. The origami fold is near the bottom.
Melissa, starry-eyed soy-lovin' Expatriated Zulu: Divacupoddharmonic on July 28th, 2007 03:13 am (UTC)
Don't worry too much about the tags. Other community members can tag posts so if you don't tag your posts here, they will eventually get tagged.

I've been a heavy bleeder (full ob Super Plus in 60-90 minutes) and have found both of the cups I've used hold about twice as much as a super tampon.
pink4444 on July 28th, 2007 09:07 pm (UTC)
which cups do you use?
Melissa, starry-eyed soy-lovin' Expatriated Zulu: Divacupoddharmonic on July 30th, 2007 02:09 am (UTC)
I used a Keeper until I developed a latex allergy, then switched to a Divacup.