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26 November 2017 @ 10:20 pm
I've been using diva cup for about 2 years and i've never had an issue. Suddenly today (day 2 of my cycle) I'm having a lot of pain and tenderness deep in my abdomen. When I go to remove my cup the feeling of pain around my cervix is awful. I have to break the suction first then remove( I've never needed to do this before) I'm honestly a little worried. Anyone have any ideas as to what could be going on?
26 November 2017 @ 10:26 pm
Interesting revelation about the “blasted” diva cup and I see many new posts about the same concerns about getting it out so maybe this will help. I started off with the diva given it is the only one you can find in stores and discovered I have a freakishly long vagina. I had such issues getting it out! Thanks to this forum I discovered cups with much longer stems. I was using the yukki and the moon for about a year or two. Then I was curious and decided to try the diva again. So interestingly enough, the year or two of practice with the longer stems prepared me for the diva! After all that time I finally learned how to really use my vaginal muscles and now have very little trouble getting out the diva! I just reach up, work my muscles and the diva comes right down. Learning how to use my muscles has benefited other aspects of my life too ;)
 
 
23 November 2017 @ 10:47 pm
I have been reaserching a lot about menstrual cups and honestly I don’t mind using tampons and pads but a cup is more environmental and can stay in longer 👍. My mom is pretty understanding but I do not know how at all I would bring it up and what she would think of it! But I know she will be worried on how I am going to get it in (im 14). Christmas is coming up and I was thinking why not get her a cup as a gift and we can both try it out.I know it’s probally better to buy a menstruated cup for yourself but u think a diva cup would fit her because she has had 3 kids! I don’t know how awkward that would be (me to be buying and recommending products to her) because she is the mom. But excluding me, I think she herself could really benefit and she is always trying new things! Are menstruated cups really hard to adjust to compared t tampons and pads? And is giving my mom a mestrual cup a good idea? I would really appreciate any advice!👍😊
22 November 2017 @ 07:12 am
Hi everybody,
Just new to the community, I have ordered and still waiting to receive my cups.
I’m a flight attendant so there’s a chance I will be on a plane for all days of my period. I am a domestic flight attendant in Australia so my flights range from 1-5 hours, and I can do 2-4 a day.
I know for a fact air pressure affects a lot of places on your body. Has anybody had experience with a cup on the plane, any flight attendants out there with any advice or tips?!
Thankyou very much.
18 November 2017 @ 06:43 pm
Hi everyone

I recently started using a cup, and I really love it!

My problem: cervix moves a lot, it's very low the first 1-2 days of the cycle and then wanders extremely high up the following days, so I end up spending aroung 10 minutes retrieving my cup...

My cup: I use a small LadyCup, which I really like because it's small and it's firm enough to endure trainings. As stated above my cervix is very low on day 1 of the cycle, so I ended up trimming the stem off completely.

My question: I'm looking for a cup for my light days and here is where I need your opinion! I have considered following options:
- Buy a 2nd LadyCup and fit the stem for light days and high cervix
- Buy a NaturCup size I since it's considerably longer than a small LadyCup but it has the same diameter
- Buy a small Diva (small diameter, long body)
- Lily is a no go for me

What are your opinions? Do you have other suggestions?
 
18 November 2017 @ 12:40 pm
Hi everyone! I'm looking for advice for cleaning my cup between cycles. Will definitely venture into TMI, just to pre-warn you!

A bit of background, I've had my cups (Fleurcup, one of each size) for about 18 months and think they're great! At the moment I'm washing the cup with unscented intimate wash each day that I use it and then again once I'm finished, then using Milton liquid to sterilise (sometimes for up to 24hrs because I forget) and leaving it to dry before putting it away in a cloth pouch. My problem is a recent pap-smear found a slight infection. I took the antibiotics and tablets to help the good bacteria, everything was fine, then after my next period I think I'm noticing similar symptoms again! What's worse is we are trying to get pregnant, so I'm paying a lot more attention to what is going on down there, and an infection will make it a lot harder!

I'm going to reread everything on here about cleaning and sterilising but just wondering if anyone has any other tips!
Thanks in advance 😁
13 November 2017 @ 11:58 am
Just got my first menstrual cup- Lena cup. I’m using it today for the first day of my cycle... i seem to have gotten it in ok- tho I’m not 100% sure it’s open all the way. I’m walking around paranoid that it’s going to become uncomfortable or just fall out. Anyway, without getting my finger all the way around the cup,(i tried but wasn’t able to do it) how can i know for sure if it’s open all the way?

Thanks!
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!
31 October 2017 @ 09:45 pm
Hi, So I successfully inserted the cup, and I gotta say, I think the removal of it was a bit scary. Some of that might have been that because it was my first time that I didn't leave it in long enough, (only about 2 hours) and when I went to remove it, it had moved farther in. I could just reach the stem, and it took a bit of work to get it out. I was wondering if that was normal, because it wasn't full, or do I need a different size? I'm going to keep trying with this one, when my next period starts, but I kind of freaked myself out with it this time, and I didn't try it again.
 
 
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29 October 2017 @ 02:53 pm
Hi,
I bought a diva cup size 1 back in july. I'm over 30 but never had kids. It took me until my 3rd period with the cup to actually get it inserted. Believe me it was surprise. The thing is. I noticed that it was uncomfortable. There was pressure, and it caused my cramps to become worse. Usually I get cramps before my period, (well I should say every other month I get them before my period, and the other months I get back aches). The thing is I can't keep the diva cup in for more than 20 minutes due to the discomfort. I got this so that when I go on vacation in March (yes I planned that far ahead) That I won't need to worry to much about needing to bring pads or tampons, I"m not sure if its that I have a low or crooked cervix or what. I need some advice.
 
Hi~! I think I read somewhere that while a menstrual cup could be used up to 10years, about 2years later using it, the silicone material could become a place that might brings up fungi problems more easily than before.

1.
However, many of long-term menstrual cup users said they have been using their cups more than 5years, so I wonder how many years should I use a cup before buying another cup? (just assuming it gets taken care of well.)

I'd like to experience as many brands as possible but it's a quite pricey thing to do, right?
Since I like what I am using now(Fleur), because of both its reasonable price and useability, I'm considering buying more of the same cup.
Do you think if I buy a few more new cups in advance (but not using them until I need to change the one I am already using), would their quality become somewhat naturally deteriorated, even though I would't use them for a few years?

2.
Many brands offer their pouch for storage. But I also read that it's better to put the cup, after finishing each cycle, in an enclosed container than a cotton pouch where is air-permeable. (Of course the cup should be completely sterilized and dried.) Which way do you guys store your cups after finishing a cycle??

I am sorry there's no link to confirm where this words came from. I just randomly read things related to menstrual cup on the internet and got these questions in my head..
Hello! I mostly used a MeLuna M Classic before, but it was absolute length for my anatomy and I have been wanting a bigger capacity cup + a wider/stronger one to give me more confidence during sports. Trouble is that with most cups, capacity comes with length! Which was no option for me. So after a lot of research, tips from this livejournal and saving up I got myself a FemmyCycle Low Cervix.

Before I bought it, I already read some reviews saying the cups caused more cramps, were hard to remove, the suction was too strong etc. For me, the MeLuna cup was never strong enough to really vacuum itself, so this was all new to me.

Now I have been trying it out over the past week and I've found a few knacks to it, which I did not find online or in the folder, which I would like to share for anyone who shares my low-cervix-heavy-flow issues with finding a cup or otherwise is attracted to the FemmyCycle design. I must add i also got rather strong pelvix floor muscles, but defenitely not super strong!!, for this might cause the suction to be a bit worse on me (if i relax my muscles, it feels like it sucks less, when sucking "wrong").
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18 October 2017 @ 09:02 am
So I'm sure this has been asked before but I haven't had sex in more then a year and a half. I am married so using the diva cup and if by some miracle he decides to have sex again will he notice I'm not as tight as i should be? Weird question i know.
15 October 2017 @ 08:29 pm
I totally want to try a cup with a valve. I see vicoria's love, hers goes the spelling, awai? The "others" lol any thoughts with a heavy flow? Are they all made in China? I know some nice things are made in china but dude this is going in a special place! I would love your input. Xx
08 October 2017 @ 05:12 pm
I'd like to give a quick review of MeLuna cups after going through 2 of them. I like them because they are the only cups where you can choose a ring stem, which makes it a lot easier to grasp. But after 4 years, my first cup became softer and wouldn't open up inside me anymore without great difficulty. I contacted them and this was their response:

"The cups have undergone 3 year wear tests and in that time frame no differences in material were noted. It is possible that depending on storage conditions (no direct sunlight) or care the older cups may be less resilient than cups less than three years of age. No testing was done past the 3 year mark. (testing is expensive and most competitor products like sckoon only test for 2 years) "

I ordered a second one after that, because I really liked the ring stem. Well it's been 3 years since I bought that one, and it also has become soft with difficulty opening. I should mention, after every cycle I soaked the MeLuna in hydrogen peroxide and then boiled it before storing. (In case that had any effect.) I wish more companies would use the ring stem. So now I got a Diva Cup and what a difference in the springiness! I just don't think the hollow stem was a good idea in terms of ease of cleaning.
 

I used my Diva cup for the first time last week. Because I was excited to use it, I forgot to buy a separate pot to boil it and sterilize it before and after my period. I also don't have a soap to clean it with so, I just washed it with hot water under the sink between removals/reinsertions.

Since I didn't have a pot, I just washed it thoroughly after I took it out, again just using hot water from the sink. I let it dry and I kept it in a small towel while still allowing ventilation to go through (since I think it needs air?)

Anyways, my question is... is not boiling it or soaking it a week after using it a risky move? And, what is the best way to sterilize it?

I'd rather be safe than sorry so, since I just got a pot to boil this in, I'm thinking of maybe first soaking it in a water and hydrogen peroxide mix and then boiling it with some vinegar (which is supposed to help with odour and staining in the long run?). I also intend on getting a vaginal soap to clean it with between uses.

Anyways, I appreciate your advice, cup users! :)

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24 September 2017 @ 02:20 pm
Hi guys,
I'm new here but have been using a mens cup for about 3 years.
I have quite a heavy flow and low cervix, so I got a meluna shorty size L, but it always leaked on my heavy days and actually just almost always leaked, except for my last two days of mens. I had to empty it every two hours and even then I could get caught before time and again leak. I never could get the hang of it and although it leaks and that's so annoying, I just love using a cup so much that I just managed tolerating the leaking part. Until I thought I just had to find another cup for myself, because it's too unpractical at work when I have to use public toilets...

So I went on the search again and the huge amount of different cups and reviews is really confusing but I finally made the choice to get a quite new cup on the market, Merula cup from Germany. Most of you must already know what is this cup and many loved it and I did too in the sense that it doesn't leak at all and I go at least 6h without a leak even on my heavy days so that's so much of a relief!
But the thing that made me write here is that I wanted to know if some of you out there who are using this cup are having issue with cramps because since I'm using it I'm having cramps everyday and I think it is because the succion is so strong... It's quite painful and it gets on my mood... )
Wanted your feedback and maybe some of you found a way around that?
Thanks a lot to you all...
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20 September 2017 @ 04:41 pm
Hello, guys!
I want to ask a question for very dark cups owners.
Is it difficult to see the blood on, say, a black cup? While hiking, I prefer not to rinse my cup with water, but to use wet wipes. So, it is important for me to see if there is some blood on my cup of not.
Please tell me, is it possible to see blood stains on a very dark cup?
19 September 2017 @ 10:06 pm
I've been using the small IrisCup for a while now, and it's mostly going pretty smoothly. But it's difficult for me to remove: I have to bear down to reach the stem, to be able to pull on that while bearing down to even be able to grab the cup part. When I looked it cup, the length of the cup seems to be fairly typical. do I just have an extremely high cervix? (I've never been able to reach it with my fingers). I can't get it out while sitting or standing fairly normally, and I'm always worried that tugging on the stem too hard is going to eventually make it break.

What would be a good option so that I can get my cup out without needless contortion and yanking? Would Luv Ur Body in medium be good, or is it overkill?
 
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?
03 September 2017 @ 10:07 pm
Hi! I'm new here - and to menstrual cups - but I've appeared to ask some questions. One in particular, really. I'm decently familiar with my vagina, I've done some thorough exploration up there and I'm comfortable enough with where everything is to use a cup.
This was my first cycle using a cup, and it's gone pretty well. The first day and night I leaked, and it took probably a half-dozen tries and 30 minutes to figure out how to get it to work properly the first time. After that, it's been fine. No leaks and went through two nights where it was perfect. Removal is a little odd - I have to remove it slightly sideways and it springs open and out. It's a little uncomfortable, but I can deal with it.
The interesting part is the fourth day. I haven't been wearing the cup the fourth day, and it was fine until a little after dinnertime. Now I'm feeling pain and a frequent urge to urinate, but I can't. I don't think it should be a UTI, the cup is the only new thing I've done down there and I've been using it for a few days with no problems.
My best idea? I took a bath to ease the pain and felt around. Something is new. I'm feeling multiple ridges inside, from almost the very entrance to about an inch and a half down. Google suggests it's probably rugae, but I've never had noticable rugae (unless that's common during my period, I haven't done a lot of exploration then.), and it says nothing about new rugae being painful.
I have considered the possibility of not properly breaking the seal, but I only really had the problem the first day, and have since figured out how to break it fully.
So far I've been drinking a lot of water (in case it's a UTI), resting, keeping my legs tight (it eases the pain), and haven't been using the cup again.
I have never seen a ob/gyn before, so I'm not really sure of anything.
Any of y'all have experience on new rugae combined with pain? Does the cup increase the amount or prominence of vaginal rugae? I'd love some help, thanks in advance.
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31 August 2017 @ 07:04 pm
I found them! They were originally $39.99, but they are going to be on sale for $10 off at $29.99! One is for before having children, and one is for after having children!

I would also recommend bandages and makeup at the same time, so that you are not only loyal to Diva Cup as your friend, community member, and Top 999 LiveJournaler/Friday Fiver.

I believe I've already had a veggie burger at Burger King before. Do you want to go on or be mine?
 
 
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28 August 2017 @ 09:20 am
Okay. I have followed these forums for years, but never posted anything. I tried a menstrual cup for the first time when I was 13 or 14 (Diva Cup) and I couldn't get it out, so I was scared, and didn't come back to it for a while.

I'm almost 18 now, and I can get them out easily. I'm comfortable with the cups, and LOVE the idea of them, except, they NEVER work for me. I must be doing something wrong but I don't know what. I've been working with it for probably 5 or so cycles.

For starters, I'm 17, a virgin, and I use a Lily Cup, size A. I think I have a bit of a tilted cervix, as it is usually towards the left. Sometimes, it doesn't leak, and sometimes it does. Sometimes, I can have it in for a while, it be fine, then I move a certain way and it leaks, but when I go to take it out, it is still 'sealed' or 'suctioned' (when I tug, it doesn't come out). Sometimes I'll think it's leaking because it is too full, but I find that it's hardly filled. Last night (first night on my cycle, very heavy) it lasted the whole night. I was paranoid about it, so I got up several times to make sure it wasn't leaking. All good. But I got up this morning, and after I stood up, it was like there was no cup, and blood leaked all over my underwear. When I went to remove the cup, it was still sealed and didn't feel like it had moved or anything.

The only thing I can think of that may be causing it, is the softness of the Lily Cup. I love the feel of it (compared to my old Diva), but it doesn't feel open when it's in. The rim is suctioned, but I've never had it open to full size inside of me, I don't think. It sort of takes on the size and shape of the vagina, and is a little bumpy and squished in there, if you run your finger around it, but not folded.

PLEASE help me! I'm determined to get this thing to work and LOVE it, but I'm getting discouraged.


Thanks in advance.
26 August 2017 @ 07:32 pm
Hi,
I've started using the Lunette 1 today and I've noticed I have to change it sooner than the recommended 8 hours (need to empty at about 6). I am considering buying a larger cup, since I'm a bit afraid to bleed very heavy through the night and stain the sheets and I don't want to worry about that every month. When I use tampons the Tampax Super+ is enough for my heaviest night. Should I switch to a bigger cup? If so, recommendations? Lunette 2? Or maybe an Organicup (that one has caught my attention as well)? Model A or B?

Thanks! ;)