21 February 2015 @ 07:36 pm
Hey, menstrual cuppers! It's a new year (sorta) and we've got new members! It's really nice to see the community acting as a fresh resource for new and existing cup users.

If I could just ask everyone to take a look at the rules, that would be excellent. That includes new and old members. I've been observing some slippage on related topics and gender-neutral language on the part of both new and old members. The main thing is to keep this a civil and welcoming place for all cup users, so thanks for helping with that!
Hey everyone,
I have been browsing through other threads trying to find the solution to my leakage issues, but nothing has provided me with the "ah-ha" moment.

I am 22, no children, and sexually active. I am using the Lunette model 2.

This is my second cycle using my cup. Most of the problems are during the first couple days of my period when my flow is heaviest. During this time it takes the full length of my middle finger to feel my cervix, which tells me it is high. It also seems to protrude out quite a bit and it almost rests against the floor of my vaginal canal. (Are there any cup users out there that can relate to this cervix positioning?)

I use the punch-down fold and the cup pops open fine. I suppose I am achieving a seal, but I'm not positive. (Any tips on how to be sure?)
I tend to position the cup closer to the opening of my vagina, just far enough in so that the stem (trimmed short) does not stick out or poke me. What I don't understand is why my cup starts seriously leaking when it is a little under half full. Other posts say that probably means I have a dangly cervix. However, if my cervix is high and I am placing the cup close to the opening of my vagina should that still effect my cup capacity?
I've experimented with attempting to insert the cup further inside, closer to my cervix, but that method doesn't seem to work at all. I usually start to leak quickly and only have a little blood in the cup. Could this mean that because my cervix practically hugs the floor of my vagina inserting the cup further back means I am placing it above and past my cervix?

Any help, tips, and comments are appreciated!
25 May 2015 @ 02:57 pm
I have been looking into menstrual cups recently because I find pads and tampons to be irritating, but I am not entirely sure which cup would be best for me. I have been looking at Me Luna cups as they are quite cheap and have lots of options but I am not sure about sizing etc. I have put some information below and any advice would be greatly appreciated.

I have 4-6 day periods and I would say a medium flow (I change a regular tampon every 2ish hours). I am still a teenager and I have had sex but only once (don't know wether this would make a difference or not). I have checked my cervix and I can fit my finger in the whole way and still feel it. I am fairly active but don't do too much sport.

I was thinking about buying a classic resistance Me Luna in either size Small or Medium, but I'm not sure which is right. Any other brands and sizes that you think would be more suitable would also be appreciated.

Thanks!

UPDATE: Thanks for all of your advice, it has really helped! I have been doing some more research based on what you have said and I'm thinking either an iCare small or a Lunette small but I'm not sure which to go for as they seem pretty similar. Anybody that has worn both of these cups that could give me any pointers would be great. (I did look at the Si-Bell cup as many of you recommended but I was worried that it would be a bit too soft and I could not find anywhere that would ship it that was in stock)
24 May 2015 @ 08:48 pm
So I bought a Fleurcup about a month ago and i still can't get it in. I have tried everything, different folds, squatting, kneeling, sitting down, one leg up, in the bath, using a water based lubricant and anything else i could find online. I know for certain my hymen is not blocking my vaginal opening. I knew my cervix was quite high up a few days before my period but then for the first time i checked my cervix a day before my period (I know your cervix gets lower and higher) and i am 99% sure i could see it. I checked with my finger and i am definite that it felt like it. I have searched already for why it would be that low, there is no chance of pregnancy and it is not my hymen. I really want to use my cup but because my cervix is so low it can actually be seen, i cant fit it in. I am so disappointed and i would like to see if any of you know whats going on or have the same thing because i would like to get as many answers as possible before resorting to the gynecologist. If you need anymore information feel free to ask (after seeing my cervix this low i considered a mini meluna but trust me even that cant fit in, I also saw online a thing called a uterine prolapse but i wouldn't know if thats it) thanks for reading i look forward to any replies x
23 May 2015 @ 09:22 pm
I am really confused which one will be my next cup to try? I tried Diva, Lunette small. Diva is too firm, lunette is good but small for me. Kind of tip is hanging down so want to try round shaped cup after so many reviews I planning to try Si Bell or Sckoon both large. I guess sckoon quality is not good and customer care, price too high.Si Bell is good but I am in doubt. So any input cup users.

Thanks
22 May 2015 @ 10:57 pm
I hope it is okay that I vent a little. If it's not, just let me know and I will delete the post. I'm still waiting for my large cuplee that I ordered on the millady website since the 3rd of April... I contacted the company last week, the representative said the longest wait was 8 weeks... At this point, I just want to cancel the order and buy it from the Femininewear website. It will be 56 days which is 8 weeks on the 28the of this month... Not sure what are my options at this point. Also, I don't think I will be able to use the new cup in June, very little hope. By the way, if I know I have to wait 2 months, I will buy the cup from other places >.<

Did any of cuppers from the u.s. buy their cups from the femininewear website, how long was your wait?

New update: Today, I went out and there was no package outside of my front door, I was disappointed again. Everyday, I'm hoping I will see a package in front of my door. However, when I went to check on my p.o box at the post office, I saw a orange slip that said I have a package delivered on May 22. It's my cuplee! I was happy that the cup has finally arrived! But, I was unhappy that I have to wait until Tuesday to pick it up at the post office, since Monday is a holiday. I'm excited about the cup but I'm also unhappy with the cuplee company. Because after I submitted my order, I sent a message about mailing to my current address not my p.o box. They said okay. Apparently, they are not capable of keeping their words to customer. If they had used the address that I specifically asked them to use, I would have received the cup on Friday and I don't have to wait till Tuesday.

When I was submitting the order, I used my current address not the p.o box when I was filling out the order about where to ship. However, p.o. box address was on my paypal account. As a result, I sent them a separate message about which address to use.

Conclusion: Happy that the cup has arrived! But, unhappy about the company. If I ever want to buy another cuplee, I will not buy from the cuplee website. Also, thank to all the cuppers who replied to my post about the time frame to receive the cup from feminineware site! Much appreciated! I will go with feminineware next too!
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22 May 2015 @ 09:19 pm

I work at a store. I did a planogram today for femenine hygene. Well anyways i was looking at the paper to see what new products we have. Then i saw it. The store is gonna start carrying the diva cup!!! Im excited. I cant wait til they actually get here so we can put them on the shelf!! I really cant wait til i sell one!! The store now carrying a menstrual cup i really hope people stop and look at it and switch to it! I would probably mention to them that online they have different ones and even colors!! Im just so happy the store is now gonna carry a menstrual cup! Overall im EXCITED!!!

I would like buy Si Bell cup. Is there any custom fees for that to ship from UK to US.If yes how much it will be?
20 May 2015 @ 10:01 pm
Hey all,

Gosh, it's been a while since I last set foot here! I have a bit of a specific question I was hoping someone might be able to answer.

When I use my cup (a small Meluna - can't handle anything else and it's usually big enough anyway), I have to use a liner as well, because I always get some level of leaking/spotting. However, the leaking doesn't look like blood at all, it's just a kind of very light brown colour, but darker than the normal between-periods discharge. Sometimes there's quite a bit of it, as in, a liner full.

Any ideas on what this is and why it happens? Does the blood sitting in the cup kind of separate after a while? Is there something other than the cervix where some sort of vaginal fluids can escape from? Sorry, this is a bit of a weird question, but I figured this is probably the place I'm most likely to get any hints.

Thanks in advance!
20 May 2015 @ 12:16 am
Hey everyone! First off I wanna say I love this community! It was so much help to me a year ago when I bought my first cup!

Anyways I want to purchase a new cup. I currently use a medium classic meluna that I cut the ring off of and it works great except when I sleep on my heavy night it overflows so much! And I have to empty it often during that day. I use reusable panty liners too and sometimes it leaks through those as well :(

So I need a cup with a higher capacity but I have a medium to low cervix. I can get about midway between the first and second knuckle before I feel it and it usually ends up at least part way inside my medium meluna.

I was thinking about the low cervix femmycycle but I think the dang spill proof rim on the thing would drive me crazy! (I don't want to stick my fingers in there, plus it would make it harder for me to clean as I am a college student and usually wipe with toilet roll for normal removal and rinse it off during my showers)

I was also thinking about getting a Ruby Cup (not sure M or S yet) and cutting the stem off.

Any other suggestions? Or has anyone successfully removed the spill proof rim thing?

Thanks so much! :)
19 May 2015 @ 09:15 pm
So, after a few months of consideration, I've decided to get a cup. The only problem is that I am a virgin with a very low cervix. Unless I'm not finding it right, no "reaching" is needed to get to it, so it is very low. I'm quite comfortable with my anatomy, so although i have never used tampons (i'm quite active and would hate changing it), I think I won't have that phase of "ew something inside of you.". So, what kind of cup would you reccomend? I'm thinking about the skooncup or the softcup, but whatever's best. It pretty much has to be:

For low cervixes
Good for swimming
Non-irritating
No latex (I've got a sensitivity to it)
18 May 2015 @ 07:15 pm
I'm 16 years old, never had anything penetrate my vagina aside from fingers during the Dry Run(s) prior to actual Period Run for my menstrual cup which is happening right now. When a finger is inside, I can't touch the cervix (if that tells anyone where my cervix is high/low/"normal"), when the Divacup is inserted, i can feel the base of the cup just an inch before my finger is inside.

This is the first period cycle that I'm using my menstrual cup.

Inserting it is fine, sometimes it pops open early (just outside the vagina) and-OUCH! Other than that, goes in fine. I use a punch down fold because that's the best I can do. Now, I'm scared of it opening once inside because the 'pop' hurts. I can feel it in my vagina, and just earlier when inserting it, felt the 'pop' (maybe it's the air(?) that's travelling and stopping) into my right ovary (if that's possible)? During insertion, both legs + right ovary feel weird (numb?). After insertion, it's fine.

I'd also like to use the Divacup inside-out (just for comfort), but i found if i even lightly press on the base, it will turn in on itself...and I'm scared of using it that way, for the fear it would do that inside once I insert it. Since I can't insert fingers with my cup inside, and i can only insert two fingers with nothing inside, that would not be an ideal situation.

As for removing the cup, slowly zig-zagging it out kinda hurts (seal+suction hurts?) and when I do the sort-of C fold, the contents slosh out messily.

Any idea(s) on what I should do about the popping, inside-out, and removal issue? Thank you.

Edit: I sucked it up, and psychologically--the popping it isn't as bad as before. Once I gotten better at removal, it doesn't hurt as much.
17 May 2015 @ 09:24 pm
Hi All!

I'm back with more questions. My first cup, a small Si-bell has been great aside for some, now inexplicably resolved, rectal pressure. I was even able to wear it during ballet class with no leaking. However, I think a semester of ballet and my recent discovery of AcroYoga (the most fun I've had in a long time!) have strengthened my pelvic floor muscles. The Si-bell is still fine when I'm just hanging out or walking around, but now when I exercise with it in it leaks. I'm now looking for a firmer cup, but not one that's too firm as I'm worried it will cause rectal pressure.

I'm 22, a virgin, and I have a moderately low cervix. Maybe a Lunette or Fleur (is the Fleur firmer or just as soft as the Si-bell?)? Also, I've tried a small Cuplee and Organicup size A and liked how removal felt for them better than the Si-bell. However, they both leak, the Cuplee always and the Organicup when I exercise. I'm not sure if that's due to size (for the Cuplee), softness (probably for the Organicup), shape or some combination of these factors. One last thing. I do a lot of inversions during AcroYoga and one of the times my cup leaks is when I turn back upright. Do you think I'll be able to find a cup that doesn't leak in this scenario? Maybe I should also add, I love the quality of the Si-bell's silicone (definitely the nicest of the three cups I've tried) and prefer a matte cup.

Sorry for the long post. If you've gotten to the end of it, thank you for staying with me!
I'm 13 years old, virgin, and my last 4 or 5 cycles have been me trying to get a learning curve around the menstrual cup, and I run into the same problem each time.

The First Problem: It never really opens up. I can get it in there with ease, but nearly 3/4 of the time it just won't open in there. I've tried different folds and insert positions, but it still doesn't go in. If I do get it to pop open, I'm then left with a paranoia because I don't really know the felt difference between the cup being open and there compared to the cup being open and suctioned in place. It gets to a point where I'm stuck reinserting it so many times I just can't use it any more because I'm frustrated beyond belief and I've irritated the vagina with so much action.

The Second Problem: If I do manage to get the cup in, it leaks. I have a sort of medium-heavy flow, and it leaks. The only time it doesn't leak is when I near the end of the cycle, but this is probably only because there's no blood to really pass by and leak through. I've tried sitting it low and up high, but its of no use. (Additionally, while browsing on here I found a solution where you put it up so the cervix is in the cup, but I'm not quite sure how to do that right.)

I started with a Lunette Model 1, but I tried switching to Diva Cup's Model 1 to see if it would fix. Both have the same problem, but the leaking is worse with DivaCup.

Any help or ideas?
Hi. Topaz here. First time Diva cup user. I regret this cup so much - clearly the fit isn't right. I did so much research! Such a let down. I'm going to get a longer cup with a longer stem for my next cup. This is just silly.

So, there I was. Nearing the end of period. I am thrilled with the diva. It's easy to put in and take out (until now), convenient and environmentally responsible. So much better than tampons. I have a heavy flow - Diva said no problem. Took care of me really well. No leaks even when riding my horse and biking.

Last night I thought I heard the pop. Now I'm sure I didn't. I woke up this morning and the cup went poof just totally vanished up my vag. And I'm not a virgin so I sent in the troops.

Excavating in the bath didn't work. Bearing down didn't work. I can't even find the stem. I don't know if it's upside down or not.

The second brave soldier I sent up after my fingers was a spoon. Went up along the back wall to get it out. Squatted to shorten the canal. I felt something that was hard and plastic-feeling. Eureka! So it's up there. Waaaay up there. Somewhere in my nether regions.

I drank a vodka cooler to help loosen the pelvic floor muscles. Now (at 1:30am my poor neighbours) I'm breaking out the vibrator. I read the whole internet on this subject and figured a little muscle-loosening alcohol can't hurt.

I already did the panicking/thinking I'd have to go to the ER. Now I'm just content to let it sit and try everything you guys throw at me. Please help.

Things I've tried:
- warm bath
- drinking alcohol
- getting turned on/masturbating
- using a spoon (I felt it last night for a second)
- using a spoon again
- using a plethora of different spoons
- squatting, lying down, birth position, on my side, standing
- relaxing
- sleeping - giving my vag a break to try again this morning
- another hotter bath
- lots of lubricant
- a longer spoon
- (while drunk) tried to get my hand inside to find it. No luck and it killed like a Mofo.

Things I am going to try:
Having my bf help (poor guy)
Buying a speculum at my local kink store to see if we can locate it that way
Clitoral stimulation (again) to try and loosen up the area around it.


Thanks in advance. This community is awesome.

Cheers,

Topaz 20 year old but still clueless
15 May 2015 @ 04:13 pm
hello everyone,

I am finally going to purchase my very first cup ever and I'm finding it difficult to decide on one.

I posted a couple months ago really confused about how to find my cervix and i have discovered that i have a tilted cervix? It kind of feels like a knob/bump on the side, like it wasn't at the end. I can stick my finger past it. But i can stick my finger in to the second knuckle before i feel it on the side. It was just so odd and confused me for the longest time so that I put off purchasing a cup until now that I've sort of figured myself out.

I'm 17 and am a virgin. I have narrowed my search to the si bell cup and the lunette and i just was wondering which one works best. Also if anybody wants to tell me things/give me advice about tilted cervixes that would be great.

Thanks!
12 May 2015 @ 10:46 am
The closest cup I have to a goldilocks is the large Fleur, which is easy to insert, remove, clean, and creates an excellent, leak-free seal. It still runs a bit short on capacity (I'm a champion bleeder). I dream of a cup I can wear to sleep soundly through the night without getting up to empty it. I can fill the Fleur about 3/4 of the way full before it starts leaking. My cervix definitely takes up some space.

Things I like about the Fleur: The bell-shape helps me get more out of the capacity than the Yuuki with the cervix issues. The Yuuki I could never fill past halfway, and I suspect it just never sealed well anyway, as it frequently leaked regardless of how full it was. So no more pointy-shaped cups for me.

I noticed the MeLuna XL has a similar bell-shape to the Fleur, but might offer higher capacity. Is anyone who's used both able to weigh in?

The resistance of the Fleur is just about perfect to me. Which resistance in Meluna is most similar to the Fleur? (Classic? Sport? Soft?)

I'm also been eyeing the Luv Ur Body, but I'm a bit daunted by the size of Medium and Large. I am 26, no births, and have no problem with the larges of any brand I've tried, but I'm still a bit daunted by the size of those babies!
I'm still using my small juju cup because the large cuplee I ordered has not arrived yet... This morning, when I was removing the cup, it suctioned to my cervix pretty tightly. I was not able to get it out on the first try which took me a long time then I gave up. So, I went about my morning routine then gave it a try later and I was able to remove it. So, my question is how to stop the cup from suction on to the cervix? It is really hard to remove when I'm only able to use one finger and press the side of the cup against the vaginal wall. This won't work when it's suction tightly on the cervix especially when the cup is not full. Can anyone give me any suggestion? Will the soft cuplee solve this problem? Will the pulling cause the cervix to drop lower or hurt it in any ways?
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09 May 2015 @ 09:23 pm
Hey, I've been a lurker for about two years now. I got a small classic meluna recently, and today is the second day I've had it in, first day on my period. I've done a dry run before. I don't have a very heavy flow, but it leaked after three hours. I realised that although the cup had formed a seal, it is sort of flattened when in. It feels like when you squeeze a water bottle and then cap it without letting go. I've gone through the tags and tried enlarging the holes, inserting it (diamond) fold facing down, and getting an air channel to it (doesn't help because I'm pretty sure it's sealed? Seems like it would help most though). I can't pop it open lower and then push it up, I have a relatively low cervix and popping it open lower would hurt my pubic bone. I can barely fit one finger there when it's in, and I can't get the finger in front of the cup again because of the pubic bone. Or maybe I'm not trying hard enough. I really want to love this cup! Please help me to fully "inflate" it?

Edit: When the cup is in, I'm able to slowly wiggle it down almost all the way. Does this mean it hasn't formed a seal?
07 May 2015 @ 09:58 pm
Hi there,
After about a month and a half of researching seriously (I'd dabbled before but now I'm diving in!) I purchased my first menstrual cup - a fleurcup. I tried softcups last month as a trial and decided this is definitely for me.

However, even after searching, reading, searching more, reading different guides for virgins, newbies, placement etc, I am still confused. Lots of places say not to trust the diagrams, but no one seems to have an accurate one! So, I've drawn my own little non scientific drawing which combines what I know from anatomy drawings, and what it 'feels' like in my own body. I'm sure it's not accurate, but I'd love some help if someone can make sense of it.Read more...Collapse )
07 May 2015 @ 05:38 pm
Hello all,

I recently purchased my first menstrual cup (a DivaCup) which I want to be totally comfortable using by late June (I have two periods between now and then) because I'll be doing some intense hiking.

I just tried inserting it for the first time, and I knew it was going to be difficult because my hymen is very...tight? I am a virgin, and I have never even worn a tampon - I tried once when I was 12 and the experience scarred me. :) I can, however, fit a finger in reasonably easily, but I have never been able to fit two comfortably. The tightness doesn't seem to be inside the vaginal canal - just at the entry, which I suppose is the hymen.

I was determined to get the cup in (I used the "punch-down" fold because of the small lip)....and it didn't really work. I THINK I may have gotten it in once, but I couldn't rotate it (it was pretty painful when I tried - although it didn't really hurt once I stood up with it in). When I popped it out, there was blood, which was a little concerning, as I'm not on my period.

So, the first question is - did I just break my hymen? (I just want to make sure I didn't do something else wrong that made me bleed.)
Secondly - does that mean that this will be easier next time? :)

Thank you in advance!
Hello all! I am a 25 year old, sexually active person who has never given birth. I would love to use a menstrual cup for a lot of reasons, but so far I'm having quite a bit of trouble.

I have a Mooncup (the B style, I think), which I bought without really researching other options. (Dumb idea, but I just didn't know that there were other options.) I used itnfirst a few cycles ago, but had a lot of leakage and felt faint a few times when inserting, so I went back to tampons for a while. I decided to try again this cycle, and also decided to try to find my cervix. I did find it, and it seems relatively low, but it's also super angled toward my left side. I tried a few different placements for the cup, but had major leakage every time. It seems like a angle of my cervix is probably contributing to the leakage problem.

Has anyone dealt with this and found a way to deal with it? Are there other cups better for this kind of issue?

Thanks very much in advance; I really want to be able to use a cup, and I'm just so discouraged.
03 May 2015 @ 08:41 am
Hi everyone!

I started using a diva cup sometime last year and it worked perfectly for the first month, but the next few months it started leaking, making weird noises (probably the seal breaking?) and then leaking even more, and then one day, without meaning to, I pushed it out and it fell into the toilet so I got rid of it because I wasn't sure if it was safe after that. I'm 17 and do lots of sports, so I have pretty strong pelvic floor muscles. The diva cup's length never seemed to be a problem, although on some days my cervix seems pretty far down.

Right now, I'm choosing between the diva cup again, a lunette, and a gladrags moon cup because those are the only ones we have in stores where I live, and I'd prefer not to order them online for now. Does anyone have any advice on which one I should get? I have a few months to decide because I'd like to get one before I start college this September.
Thanks!
01 May 2015 @ 09:18 pm

Hey there!
I've been a cup user for 3 years now. Last year i had a baby (c-section after trying natural birth unsuccessfully). Since then, my cups have fit kinda weird. They tend to leak now and I'm not sure what's causing it. I have a large lunette and a large keeper brand moon cup. I wore my moon cup today and kept repositioning it and nothing seemed to work. I just switched to my Lunette to see if this one will fit better for now. I've heard of the "wandering cervix" and I'm not really sure if that is a problem because I've never really checked it. But most often the leak problem is at the beginning of my period during my heaviest flow, towards the end it seems ok. Any suggestions?

Edit: Also, I'm looking for some new cups that are available in the US, because, i too, am looking for my magic perfect cup.

I am a a fairly active woman, running and exercising 5-6 days a week and since having my tubes tied am suffering from such heavy periods that it stops me from doing any exercise for up to 4 days of my cycle.
I had hoped that wearing a cup would allow me to be able to continue exercising through my period, but i now realise i went into the whole selection process blind and uninformed and as a consequence seem to have chosen poorly.
I have been doing research but there is just so much out there that i am now very confused!
I am 39 years old and have had 2 vaginal births. I initially chose the Juju cup but it would seem that i have a low cervix and its just not working for me. Most of the time it feels like it is falling out and the one time i ran in it it was a total disaster.
I was hoping to find some suggestions from people who have the same situation with a low cervix.
I really want to succeed at using a cup and just feel so defeated at the moment, all help will be greatly appreciated!!