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11 August 2018 @ 11:20 am

Finally found a long enough menstrual cup, 85 mm, and am just curious about the firmness and the large suction holes on the So'Cup. How did the cup work/feel for you? Was it similar in firmness comparison to any other cups you might have? I have the Divacup as well, and from the 3 videos I could find involving the So'Cup it looks like it would be similar to that firmness, but I haven't found anything else about the cup...

08 August 2018 @ 09:56 am
Been lurking the community to see if anyone's ever tried out the LaliCup from Slovenia. I've been curious about it ever since I discovered that it has a medium size, as well as the fact that it comes in black. What has your experience with the LaliCup been like, if you've used one?
27 July 2018 @ 05:03 pm

Hello! I've been lurking this community for a long time, since I decided to get my cup, about four years ago. This is my first time posting, I tried searching for someone with similar problems, but couldn't find it.

I had been using pads, until I tried a tampon, and decided that I loved how less messy it was, but absolutely hated they way it felt coming out. So after a lot of research, I got an Inciclo cup (I guess it used to be called Misscup before), since I can get it easily on Brazil.

I used to have really bad cramps, and I had hoped a cup would help with them, but it didn't make any difference. I still loved it, and had absolutely no problem with it, I just had to cut the stem.

However, about two years later, I decided to get a Mirena IUD, and after a hellish week of cramps and spotting my periods stopped for a while, and I retired my cup. But they came back, much lighter and much less painful, and not that frequent. I spoke to my doctor, and she says that's ok.

I tried to go back to using my menstrual cup, but I found that when I wear it, my cramps get so much worse, even after wearing them for a long time.

My cervix is pretty high up, and I have to make an effort to touch it with my longest finger. My cup sits around it perfectly, and it feels like all of it is inside the cup (I think that's what it means to "O" around the cervix?). When I take it out, however, it feels like it has changed shape, like it got longer inside the cup, like it has been sucked in.

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25 July 2018 @ 11:42 pm

first time using menstrual cup, doesnt feel right

I ordered my menstrual cup, a ViiNA Menstrual Cup with Valve Discharge and i want to learn to love it but i can really feel it when its in, its really soft but i managed to inserts it folded in half quite easily, it didn't feel to bad at first till i tried t sit down and for wan of a better expression i feel like someone poking my back passage with a poker and its like i can feel the suction at the bottom of  my tummy/cervix. I tried to remove it earlier to empty it and it felt like i was giving birth to it, i pushed it up first but as its that soft it wasn't easy, i tried rotating it , nope, so i had to just try and get a finger up and round to break seal which worked eventually.

i want to love it so much as i hate the thought of being reliant on tampons and pads all my life but not sure i can cope with that feeling, its not the length i can't feel the stem its further up than that, i feel like im constipated and something poking up there (obviously its not lol) has anyone else had this? is it just my body adjusting to it, im going to try sleeping in it as its bedtime anyway. any advice grateful 

24 July 2018 @ 02:17 pm
Hello community
Does anyone faced this problem?
When the cup is sitting inside I start to feel really anxious almost to tears, feels _somewhat_ like panic attack.
I am getting really anxious and shaky.
So it happens pretty often. Need to mention that I've had some successful attempts to wear menstrual cup and I felt ok. I can't tell the difference in insertion process etc.
Same symptoms happened to me when I was using tampons too.

Did anyone experience something like that? What it could be?

2. another question,
I use soft menstrual cups, because I am very sensitive etc. but vaginal walls squeeze it, so it leaks sometimes.
Is it ok? I don't think I can use harder cups though.

I am sorry for any spelling and grammar mistakes.
 
30 June 2018 @ 06:09 pm
Im a 20 year old virgin who is using a mooncup uk size B which is the smaller one. my issue is that the stem is bugging me despite the fact that I've cut it almost all the way off. theres about 5mm left, that i need to grab the cup for removal. its a very stiff cup on the bottom and i have problems getting it out even with the stem. i really cant grab it if i turn it inside out.
i live in south africa so my cup options are fairly limited unless i want to pay a fortune in shipping costs. does anyone have recommendations for cup brands available in South Africa? alternatively, any recommendations for what to do about this stem issue? i need a cup thats softer on the base to remove OR one with a slightly shorter body (like even just a few mm shorter) so i have space in there for the stem to sit comfortably

Hi all,

I've got a little problem with my Lunette. After every cycle I soak it in a small jar filled with water with a little splash of Hydrogen Peroxide to get rid of the stains. It usually sits in there for about 2 or 3 days, but this month it probably sat in there for more like 4 or 5 because I've been so busy.

I did notice when I took it out and rinsed it off that the texture seemed to feel different, kind of powdery? Anyway, here's a pic of what it looks like now having air-dried. https://i.imgur.com/2n91vBp.jpg

Shall I just try giving it a thorough wash with my usual soap (Dr. Bronner's Baby Soap, the liquid version) and see how it comes up? I really hope I don't have to replace it! :/

22 June 2018 @ 09:31 am
Hi everyone! I have been using my cup for over three years now and I love it, but it doesn't always work the same. Sometimes, I put it in and it's like magic, I won't see a drop of blood until I take it out. Other times (like right now) it leaks constantly, now, I believe I use the cup the exact same way every single month, so if I'm not doing anything different, what could possibly be happening here? Does anyone else have this problem?
ps: I haven't been here in a long long time and it is lovely to read here and see again this community of women supporting each other
19 June 2018 @ 12:12 pm
Hello, y’all! So today is my very first time to ever use a menstrual cup. I am 35, have never had kids, and am somewhat sexually active. I have a light flow due to birth control pills. I have felt for my cervix and I believe it is about average height...I think. I’m not very familiar with myself, sad to say, and feeling around blind is a little tricky. When checking today, on the first day of my period, I felt a bumpy surface up where I think my pubic bone or bladder is and then past that a ways was something that felt like the tip of my nose. So I’m assuming that is my cervix. Anyway, I’m using a Lena Cup Sensitive Small. I picked this one because I am super sensitive just about everywhere in my body and was hoping this one would be a good choice.

Ok, on to today. Inserting the cup for the first time was super difficult. It was very hard to get it in and then get it to open. I tried the punch down, the 7 fold, and finally the C fold. The only one I’ve gotten it to open with is the C fold. To get it to open, I insert and then have to pull the stem and pull it a bit out of my vagina to get it to pop open and then I have to attempt to push the cup back in. I’m having issues getting the cup very far in. The base is sitting right at my vaginal opening which is great for removal but it is causing discomfort with the cup. I can feel the cup inside me at all times. It’s like this uncomfortable pressure all around. I’ve tried squatting and pushing and hoping to suck the cup up a little. I’ve tried pushing the cup up with my fingers and it just won’t go any farther. I’ve never used tampons before or any kind of insertable keagel things and I’m wondering if maybe it’s just that I’m super unused to having any kind of object in my vagina for any length of time. It’s uncomfortable to sit or walk or anything. I’m super discouraged. I really want this to work. I did leave the cup in for about two hours and the feeling never went away. I removed the cup and reinserted and the feeling is the same. The cup does seem to be working though. I dunno. Will I eventually adjust to this feeling or what?
16 June 2018 @ 11:52 pm

My period has no schedule. It won't come for four to five months and then will randomly pay me a visit with all five months worth of blood and mess with no intention of stopping until its ruined my entire month. With this problem, I am only just being able to use my Diva, and as a tiny thing who only weighs a hundred pounds and gets enough for four period cycles in one day, the cup is the greatest thing ever. The problem is, with mine being so insanley heavy, everytime i change it (which is anywhere between three and five times a day) it looks like a scene from a horror movie. With this in mind, pads arent exactly my favorite option and tampons (even the super) leak a huge mess insanley fast. The cup has been my savior. However, when I took a shower today and took it out it smelled awful. I havent had problems with smell yet as this is my first cycle with it. I tried boiling and baking soda but it still smells. It's currently air drying, as a lot of people have said it helps to have it sit in the sun or air dry for long periods of time. But thats not exactly helpful as it's night and I have no tampons and the pads are running low. Plus, i don't exactly want to wake up to the blood covered sheets. I have lots of severe allergies and super sensitive skin, so I dont exactly have all of the options i would like to. Not to mention, all of the soaps i have are natural oil based which the diva site and a lot of others have said isn't good for the cup. If I can't get the smell out before I go to sleep i'll have to use the funky smelling thing and deal with it tomorrow. Can someone please give tips or ideas or anything really? I really don't want to be walking around with a weird smell coming from down there. 

 
15 June 2018 @ 06:01 pm

 

I know i made a post already but i still havent solved it and had new discoveries.

For a little background: i got a Meluna M soft 2 years ago and literally crushed it (permanent dent while inside, one side got softer), so i decided to get a Meluna M classic next because the size was right and i didnt want to crush this one. Long story short this new one is giving me all kinds of problems.

Im pretty sure the new one is faulty or something. Because i literally have 2 cups of the same size and the old one is holding up a lot better than the new one. I dont know what is wrong but the new one constantly leaks (theres blood in the cup too but the other half of it always land in my pants) and voila i put in the old one and no leakage but i cant use it for long because it fills up too fast because of the pernament dent.

I enlarged the holes on both of them and guess what: old one works like nothing happened, new one still leaks (heard that would help leakage)

In my previous post i was recommended a bigger diameter in size which i could not afford so i used my old one for a bit to see what would happen and im pretty sure i dont need a bigger size because the old one still works fine (besides sleeping but that was a problem from the start).

Is it possible that it is faulty? How can it even be faulty? When i got it it looked just like my old one but it acts so differently. What do you recommend? Should i buy another Meluna M hoping it would be like my old one?

02 June 2018 @ 09:10 pm
Hi all,

I’m definitely relatively new. I’ve been thinking of making the switch to cups for a while since tampons have started to cause me irritation. After extensive research, I decided to purchase a MeLuna classic small. My first use was my last period (~6 weeks ago). Besides the original first fitting/getting comfortable, that period went so perfectly. It went in and was in place every time, I avoided messes... I was so grateful for my new cup and on my first uses!

Flash forward to my current period (ok, this is the second one using cup). First day went fine and normal as I was used to. The next day is when things went awry. I desperately needed a wax (brazilian) and didn’t want to wait until my period was over to get it, so I went in with my cup and didn’t mention it to my waxer, thinking things were in place and one. For those of you that get them, you know that they do a butt strip at the end for which you have to put your legs up. I think upon doing this, I opened myself to getting air inside me which somehow dislodged my cup. Returned to work after feeling a little leaky, find that it’s no longer in place. I try to put it back as I normally do — no more than a two minute process — but it will not get in place. I spent probably 20 minutes in the bathroom trying to get my cup to suction and stay put, and it refused to unfold fully. I tried different folds, and nothing. I eventually gave up and just chose to rely on a panty liner for any leaking the rest of the day. Next two days... same thing. Spending 20+ minutes on the toilet trying to get it to fully unfold and it refuses to do so, and I end up with leaks throughout the day. I just cannot for the life of me figure out what I’m now doing wrong that went fine my first cycle with the cup. I’ve tried putting pressure on my back wall to try and get air inside, I’ve been looking for tips and can’t figure out why it now won’t unfold. Some suggested that maybe after my first time boiling it, it got too soft and won’t open fully now. I would consider that, except for the fact that my first day of this period it stayed in place. I’m so confused and don’t know if it’s my body to blame or my cup to blame and just want help and my happy comfortable leak-free period again!!!

Thank you all for this wonderful community and your help!!
02 June 2018 @ 02:21 am
I decided to give the cup a try after having horrendous cramping during my cycles with pads and tampons. So far, so good, no leaks. Though I have yet to master removal without making a bit of a mess. Im using the Blossom large cup I found on Amazon. (35 y/o, two births and sexually active so large was the way to go)
24 May 2018 @ 08:54 pm

I'm new to this community but I've been reading a lot because I just recently got the lily cup one so I don't have to buy pads during college. To give some information about me, I'm almost 18, a virgin, and I've yet to put a tampon in without feeling it so I wear pads. So I tried to put the lily cup one in but it physically wouldn't go in. I was relaxed, I've tried different positions and folds but the thing just hates my vagina. I don't even think there's enough room for it to even open and I couldn't even get it that far up and I checked to see how low my cervix is and I couldn't feel it so there should be enough length for it but there isn't enough width. I was also feeling around and when I put my finger in my vagina there was a divider in the middle and two holes and from what I felt they don't meet up anywhere. I don't know if that's my hymen and it's just at a weird angle or if there's something else weird about my anatomy but I feel like that could be a factor. 

23 May 2018 @ 09:01 pm

I've been using menstrual cups for 2 years now and i'm having problems with leaking.

I've already had 2 cups the first was a Meluna soft medium cup which worked fine and rarely leaked except for nights. I don't know why but every cup i own leaks during the night and i accepted that already. Now this previous cup got really soft on one side (i'm guessing my muscles and often constipation during periods lead to this). I had to get a new one which is what I'm using now.

It's a Meluna classic medium cup (the only difference was that i got a firmer one to avoid the fate the first one suffered). This one is the same size and everything but it leaks like there's no tomorrow. I've checked everything the cup was fully open, my cervix was in it (I have a dangly cervix so the cup can't really go around it) but it leaks (not much but it's constant). It's not full and i believe the sunction doesn't go away. 

When i put my cups in i always had to manually open it and put my cervix inside but rarely this happens on itself so i just have to check. I was never able to do the trick where you spin the cup by grabbing the bottom but i know the sunction is there because i can't pull it down. When i put it in the little ball my cup has just peeks out from my vagina. It's comfortable though.

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Hi everyone! I’m completely new to LJ and joined since this community has been quite helpful to me the past year as I’ve gotten used to my new menstrual cup. I prefer it so much more to pads but I have two questions (I’ve checked other discussions but my questions haven’t REALLY been answered though I’ve seen similar questions). FIRST, each first day of my cycle basically without fail I am unable to use my cup. It goes in but it won’t ‘pop’ open and form a seal so it just doesn’t work out. I use a LilyCup which I know a lot of people don’t use which is another issue:(. My second problem is that I still haven’t been able to not leak at all. I always wear a pad or panty liner because I will spot with my cup even though it’s nothing big, it’s annoying since I want to kind of give up pads completely. Please help!!! I find it really annoying every first day I can’t use my cup and I’ve never used one before this so I don’t know if I’ve just been doing something wrong this wholleeee time. Thanks in advance!!!!
16 May 2018 @ 08:42 pm

So I am brand new to menstrual cups (still currently on my first cycle). I love the idea of them and couldn't wait to try a cup for the first time. I have been using tampons since my very first period and everything about a cup seemed like a much better option. I purchased the Lily cup size A, I am 20 years old, sexually active, and have no children. I got the regular and the compact incase one did not work out, and so I could have an extra. Took a couple trys to get it in and out but after the first day I did not have any issues. I can easily get the cup inserted and have no problems breaking the seal and getting the cup back out. I have not had problems with leaks since I figured out how to properly insert it. All is good with that. 

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When removing menstrual cup, I would normally bear down, which led to this topic, will it caused prolapse? I read in a blog, people with prolapse should avoid bearing down, which means bearing down cause prolapse, does it? I have just started using menstrual cup from fleurcup. Advice please.
06 May 2018 @ 12:07 pm

Hello all,

I am 42 years old, never had kids and been using the Diva cup small every month for the past 2 years. Everything is great except for the second day of my cycle due to leaking. No matter what I do, I get leaking ONLY and ALWAYS on the second day. My period does seem to be heaviest on day 2, however, I have noticed that the cup will leak even if it's not full, or even empty. Sometimes I will put the cup and immediately start bleeding into my pants. This is driving me crazy. Any ideas what could be causing this? Should I switch to a different cup and if so, which one? 

Many thanks for your comments !


Hi All!

I have decided to take the plunge and try out a menstrual cup. I am SO overwhelmed by the choices, and I realize that it might be trial and error until I find one that is just right but with so many factors that could play into finding one that fits, I dont know which to choose. Based on my personal factors, can anyone offer any guidance as to which one might be a good one to start with and work well for a newbie?

Age: 39
Given birth (vaginally) to two 8+lb babies
Titled (retroverted) uterus that sits fairly high, slightly lower but still fairly high during my period
I am petite, 4'11" and generally small frame
Not particularly active
Also, the first day to two days of my flow are generally VERY heavy-heavy (super+ tampon every two hours or so).

Any ideas or guidance or brand and size? I dont want to be discouraged right out of the gate, so I appreciate the help!
 
01 May 2018 @ 06:43 pm

Hello all,

I was hoping for some help. I want to switch to menstrual cups as they're better for the environment and cheaper etc, and I have bought a moon cup but I just don't get on with it. I have the smaller size as I've not given birth and this is what they recommend, but I just find it SO uncomfortable! Also, I have quite heavy periods and for me it just doesn't really work, I have to go to the loo every 2 hours or so (sometimes even less) to empty it which is completely impractical for me when tampons usually last me 4 hours or so and I have serious leakage problems if I don't. The cup is full so it's not that I've not been inserting it properly or anything, it just doesn't seem to hold and fluid at all! Does anyone else have these problems? Should I just try another cup? Or are they maybe just not for me?


28 April 2018 @ 11:31 am

For some background — I am 28 and have a Lunette size 1. I've never had kids.

I tried using the menstrual cup for the first time yesterday.  Insertion went fine (I used the 7 fold).  I think I have a high cervix because I can't find it and when the cup was in it fit comfortably, stem and all.  

After about 2 hours I started feeling mild pressure in my abdomen.  I figured it was just because I was getting used to the cup so I didn't think anything of it.  I stood up and immediately felt nauseous, dizzy, and passed out.  I went to remove the cup and since I was still feeling dizzy I removed it a little roughly.  I don't think I broke the suction because my cervix has been pretty sore since.  I used a pad for the rest of the day instead and felt fine (aside from soreness) after an hour or so.  

I was going through this forum and found some very useful information.  I now know I had a vasovagal reaction. I just read up on that and it explained a lot of problems I've had in the past!  I used to have this reaction all the time when I started using tampons, but I never knew what it was.  I think it will go away with time since I was eventually able to use tampons.    

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26 April 2018 @ 08:43 pm
Hello everyone =)

Unexperienced cup user, I'm 22 and a virgin, regular flow and medium-high cervix. Just getting familiar with my small fleurcup, it’s my second cycle using it. And it's brilliant, I donn't have any problems opening it, I’m very comfortable wearing it and I was in love after the first day.  The grip rings are very pronounced and I was starting to get irritation, but wearing cup inside out fixed that problem. However, I have a feeling that something is wrong. After 5-6 hours wearing my cup it didn't leak as such, but I was starting to have light brown marks on my underwear. When it happened for the first time I thought that cup is full, but it was half empty when I checked. After I inserted it back, I cleaned the bottom of the cup and the opening of my vagina with wet wipes, but after a couple of hours there were traces of blood again. It seems that blood is slipping through the seal a bit. Can anyone advise me something? Is it me inserting it wrong or is it ok for it to leak this way? Unfortunately, I'm a student and can't afford to buy a different cup to try it out at the moment, at least not before I'm certain that it's not my mistake but just cup not working for me. Will be grateful for any advice.

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18 April 2018 @ 11:27 am

Hello,

I am new to menstrual cups and still trying to find the right one for me. I would really appreciate some advice as I'm getting seriously frustrated!

Background: I'm 26 and had my first child 2 years ago vaginally. My periods are light and have never filled the cup before (I change it twice a day, it's only ever been a third to a half full). I have average muscle tone in my pelvic floor, no problems in incontinence. I feel like I have a "short" vagina as I have had to cut the stems off of both my cups, as the stems were protruding out and irritating me. I do a lot of yoga and weightlifting (squats). I need a cup that is able to keep up with all the movement.

I first bought the Lunette small, used it for a few cycles, then got irritated with frequent leaking. It was only light leaking, but enough that I had to use panty liners both during the day and while I slept. It didn't perform well while I exercised, and I would sometimes even feel "gushing" as it leaked heavily.

Then I bought a Fleurcup large, but was immediately uncomfortable as I felt it coming down and pushing out of my vagina. When it did stay in place, I would get the same amount of leaking if not more.

I have tried different folds, and when I put it in I normally push and twist it up a bit further so it's better in place. I always run my finger around the cup to see that it has popped open.

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So the story is I recently invested in a Diva cup because I'll be moving to Japan in August and really don't want to have to deal with the whole trying to purchase feminine hygiene products and stuff and having to invest so much money into them like I do here in the U.S. I am 26 years old and have never had a baby or been pregnant or anything like that so I got the model 1 diva cup (I guess the small one?).

My period came and I was excited to use the diva cup. I have only ever exclusively used pads and I fear sticking anything much less a tampon into my vagina so naturally I was terrified. I have really NEVER been that super close and intimate with my lady bits ever before this point so I'm sweating bullets at this point. First time, I ended up getting it in with some trouble. The c fold didn't work and I couldn't get it up there so I tried the other fold and it seemed to do the trick. I didn't feel anything although I couldn't turn it 360 like the instructions said. So I just went to sleep for the night.

Woke up and wanted to take the cup out before getting in the shower. Read the instructions and tried taking it out. But I couldn't find the thing. Like I couldn't even feel it. How high is this thing supposed to go? So I horrifically had to go deeper and I managed to get past this like really hard space which I think was my pubic bone and I still couldn't feel it. At this point I'm almost knuncle deep with my pointer finger and still can't even feel the stem of the cup. I then bared down like trying to poop and I could finally just feel the tip of the stem but there was NO WAY that I could grab it or anything like that. I tried different positions and relaxing and breathing and pushing but I couldn't get the cup to come any lower than just getting the very tip of the stem over the pubic bone which I still count grasp because it was too far in to get two fingers inside to grasp it.

30 minutes goes by and I somehow miraculously get this thing out. I decided maybe I was just really anxious with it being my 1st time and decided to go for it again. Surely it wouldn't be as hard the 2nd time around because getting it in wasn't as hard the 2nd time. I was HORRIBLY WRONG. I spent over an hour trying to get the thing out the 2nd time. I did everything I tried the first time and even tried taking a hot shower and I could barely even touch the stem again. After over an hour I eventually basically ended up on the floor of my bathroom basically "giving birth" to my diva cup after breathing and pushing and positioning and crying and sweating and all sorts of things.

I don't want to completely give up on menstrual cups but I have no idea what I'm doing wrong? I watched YouTube videos of different people using diva cups and it seemed like the cup was right there for them to reach but I can barely touch mine. I don't want to have to go through this every time I use the stupid thing and I want to love my diva cup. But trying to remove the cup is almost killing the experience. Do I need a longer cup? Are my fingers just too short? Please help or is there any advice that could help?