30 September 2014 @ 02:35 pm

Hi,

Lurked a while but never posted. Been using a DivaCup 1 owner for about 4 years, user for 3 (took a year off when I had my son). I'm 33 years old and I started off with the DC1 and it worked pretty well for me despite feeling a little too long sometimes. I mastered the punchdown fold, got it to pop open pretty easily and there were only a few times when I felt like I had to even give it an extra push up further to make sure it was well seated high enough.

After I had my son and started getting my period again, I wanted to try my DC1 to see if I really needed a different cup size after childbirth. It was working great for me for about 7 months and I thought there was no need to buy a new one. Then about 2 months ago, I started to have leaking issues. It just didn't feel right anymore, the strange thing is, it doesn't feel too small, if anything, it feels too long and I can't get it high enough. When this happens, I take it out and try to insert it again, but I just can't get it right anymore and after 4 or 5 tries, I'm dry, sore and defeated. Last month I gave up and just used pads instead.

I'm wondering if I need to do more fit troubleshooting, or if my DC1 and I just need to part ways. I used to be able to tell when it was in a good spot and I had a good fit, and now it's like I can't tell and I may or may not leak...it's a terrible anxiety. If I do need a new cup, I'm not even sure what to start looking for size-wise, except maybe something not so long?

I suppose that I could practice insertion/fit when I don't have my period, but I really don't have any ways to leak test then. Suggestions/tips? I just want to love my MC again! .

28 September 2014 @ 07:30 pm
Hello, I'm new here like most others I guess. I've been using instead for a few months and am loving the concept. I do get some leaks but overall it's way better than tampons. I bought an aneer cup off eBay. It's a generic one and clearly shitty. I have never touched any other cups but I have tried every fold insertion method possible with this cup and it will not open up. It unfolds and then flattens. I even inserted after orgasm to see if that would help, I had read somewhere that it makes it easier. Well it went in. But again flattened out and thusly collected squat. I had to go buy more instead cups.

So I guess my question is which cup is on the firm side? Also, which is shorter? I'm a 36 year old with one child that was not born vagnally, if that makes a difference. I got the bigger cup but I think it's too long as I cut the stem and could still feel it. Annoying. Any help would be appreciated. I really want to move to reusable cups as opposed to 1 cycle cups.. I just think the one I cheaped out on is in fact crap. That's what I get I guess.

Anyway, thanks for the help ladies. I look forward to your responses.
28 September 2014 @ 11:22 am
Hi ladies,

First time post, so apologies for any errors of etiquette. I have tried a search for the answers to my questions however, I got 100 pages of posts. :-/

A bit of background: I'm 39, and I've had two children - one normal birth with a third degree tear, and one caesarean with a rather large baby. Prior to kids I was rather tight - mini tampons were almost too uncomfortable. After babies, a totally different story - super tampons slid out. I also pee myself when jogging on occasion. I've been trying to work on this.

Because I get a rash from paper products, I've been using cloth pads for about 7 years. In the begining I tried a Diva cup in the large size, but it just slid down and was extremely uncomfortable despite several attempts to change the way I've put it in and completely trimming off the stem. In the end I gave up and put it away and I've since lost it. Fast forward a few years - I can now wear a super tampon wihtout it falling out for long enough to go for a swim, and then I have to remove it so I' don't get thrush. I'm ready to try again with the cup.

A friend was doing a promotion for cups, where for every one purchased a company would donate a cup to a woman in Cambodia. I bought one - I don't know which brand it is. Its purple, quite stiff, and had a long flattish stem with ribs on the bottom of the cup and stem. I've tried again. I trimmed off the stem completely but I could still feel the ribs on the bottom of the cup. I beleive my cervix is low and my pelvic floor still needs work. I have turned it inside out and it is far more comfortable, enabling me to wear it successfully at night, however after a little while walking around, it too slides down and almost out. I have it in inside out at the moment and its fine comfort-wise, but I'm pretty sure I'm leaking and I'm only sitting. I have checked the suction, made sure it is open, etc. I'm at the point where its probably the wrong cup for me too.

Does anyone have suggestions for a short cup, that is stiff so opens easily for a beginner, that doesn't have ribs on the bottom (I'm really sensitive it seems), and is wide enough for a *ahem* loose woman such as myself? Can anyone point me in the direction of where to find this info in posts already existing? Can anyone help with suggestions on how to get this one right first?

Thank you so much.

TL;DR: Need good cup for sensitive vaginal opening, stiff, short and no ribbing on bottom!
27 September 2014 @ 04:04 pm
Post a picture of your cup collection here. Why? Why not? Show off your awesome cup collection!

I'll start us off under the cut.
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Please make sure not to upload your pictures in full size straight off your cameras because it'll get cut off and nobody will get to see your awesome cup collection. Either upload your photos to a third party host (photobucket, imgur, flickr, whatever) or upload it straight to Livejournal. Most of these hosts will allow you to resize to a reasonable size if you don't have an image editor.

To post your pictures in the comments, use this html tag (WITHOUT the star at the front):

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Go forth and post, fellow cup addicts!

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26 September 2014 @ 02:49 am

Question about a cloudy cup.
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25 September 2014 @ 11:29 pm
Hi everyone,

I (31, no kids) am fairly new to this community. I bought a Mooncup UK six months ago and "we" got along right away (no troubles inserting or removing, no leakage)! I was so happy to have discovered a more comfortable, affordable and sustainable (not necessarily in that order) solution to my period. Recently, I decided to get another cup and bought a MeLuna Classic Medium, ball stem (similar size as the Mooncup UK). I used it on a couple of dry runs, but it has been no success so far. I had a lot of trouble popping it open, and when it did pop open, it was either too low (and I could feel it sticking out), or too high (and it hugged my cervix so tight that I had a hard time removing it)... Does anyone has any advice on this? Or should I just accept that the MeLuna is not my "goldilocks" cup and try a different brand (if yes, which one)? Thanks!
25 September 2014 @ 03:50 pm
Is nobody worried about the new Si-bell pouch being made of silicone and possibly damaging the cup? I have heard silicone is not supposed to touch silicone... or is the bag double lined so that the inside material is different and the actual silicone doesn't come in contact with the cup?
Sorry if this has been addressed before but I could not find anything on it.
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25 September 2014 @ 12:46 pm
I used the Sckoon cup my last menstural cycle. Love the concept but I couldn't get the thing to stay in. It felt like I had a good seal and then I would stand up and it would eventually gravitate down. The only way I can describe it is it was like I was giving birth to my menstrual cup and it was crowning. I know not the best way to describe it but that's what it was. I really want it to work but I am at a loss. I have had 4 vaginal births so I'm not sure if that plays a part. Advice would be great and I've searched a ton of journals and couldn't solve the issue.
25 September 2014 @ 02:10 am
Hi everyone,

This is my first time posting to this community. I'm 20, NP, and a newbie cup user (classic medium MeLuna, ball stem). I also have a Paragard IUD, not that that's relevant to this question.
Anyway, I've had no issues getting the cup in and getting it to pop open, and it doesn't leak or anything. I think it's a good size, my cervix likes to change positions a lot even during my period...Sometimes it will be really high in the morning and in the afternoon it randomly decides to get low. It has a mind of its own. In terms of cup size, I like the size of the medium MeLuna. However, I get HORRIBLE cramps after it's been in there for about 15 minutes or so. I put it in earlier today, went to class (college student here) and after I got to class and sat there for a minute, the horrible cramps began. I have cramps from the IUD and generally having my period and stuff, but these were definitely worse. I kept shifting in my seat and could not get comfortable, took 3 Midols to no avail, and was generally miserable. I started getting a cold sweat and couldn't focus, and just sat there fidgeting in pain and discomfort for an hour. When I got back to my apartment, I took out the cup, and the cramps subsided significantly in a few minutes.

What could be the cause of these cramps? Size, stiffness? Should I look into getting a softer cup? I have been eyeing the Si-Bell cup and that seems like it could be a good option...Or should I just keep trying with my MeLuna and see if the "teething troubles" stop?
24 September 2014 @ 12:44 pm
Well, I've been using a diva cup for about three years now. The seal is great, I've never had any problems with leaking or anything. I don't find it to be too long because I'd say I have an average to high cervix, it does drop a bit when I'm on my period but still I'm unable to reach it. The only problem is, like other people have said before, the diva does push on my bladder. Sometimes I have to take it out just to pee. It's basically just uncomfortable and kind of nuisance, and I would like to find a cup that has a reliable seal like this but doesn't push on my bladder. I'm not sure if this is because it's too long, too wide, too firm? I feel like the diva is not a very wide or firm cup though.
So I tried the meluna medium, classic, ball stem. It's a lot shorter than the diva obviously but something about the material makes this cup totally useless for me. I have no problem with the length and I have no trouble popping it open... The material is not really "softer," but it's more malleable and doesn't keep its shape. It's way more comfortable than the diva but it leaks because of the weak seal (or lack of seal). It's like, half in the cup, half of it comes out around the sides. Very disappointing because it's super comfortable!
So, what brand should I try? I was thinking maybe lunette? Sckoon?
23 September 2014 @ 12:18 pm
Hey everyone -

I looked in the previous comments, but I haven't found quite the answer I'm looking for. In short, I may have cooked my diva cup a bit. Like many, I forgot I had it sanitizing on the stove and left it a little longer (ok, a lot longer) than I should have. The cup's structural integrity seems fine, though it is now a um, browner? Tanner? shade than usual.

I don't really know the risks of "cooked" silicone, and I'd hate to mess with ANY chemical balance in my ladybits, but the cup is pretty new so I'm also reluctant to just toss it.

tl;dr - my diva cup was in a pan for longer than it should have been, may have toasted it a bit. Still looks like a (browner) diva cup, but could I have damaged the silicone in a way that makes it inadvisable to use?
22 September 2014 @ 06:59 pm
I'm a long time cup user (since about 1996) who is STILL on the hunt for her GOLDILOCK's Cup! !
I'm yet to find a cup that doesn't leak!
Cups ALL leaked
1st DIVA Lg.: a bit long, holes clogged
Inside Out-still leaks but feels better
COL?- small holes, too long

2nd Ladycup Lg: holes to low, felt good
COL?: air holes to low

3rd Green Dona Sm.:too small, twisted around a lot
COL?: Too small

4th Fleurcup Lg: good fit, heavy days empty hourly! ?
COL?: Too wide/cervix in cup

5th FEMMYCYCLE: hard to place/open!
COL?: not sealed

6th NaturalMamma: long but not uncomfortable,
Inside Out: feels better
COL?: Too long, too soft, being SQUEEZED?

Soooo now I'm thinking of my next cup totry.
1-Miacup sm.
2-Femmycycle low cervix style
3-Meluna Lg sport shorty
4-Yuuki sm.

I'm wondering should i go for a wider & shorter cup? My cervix will nest in it but will it still have capacity on heavy days?
Or a narrower & shorter cup so cervix can not nest in cup as much?
Holes have to be high I know or none.
Thinking of trying the low cervix FEMMYCYCLE.....I'm soooo ready for my Holy Grail cup!!
Sorry post so long, thanks for reading it & your help, in advance!
22 September 2014 @ 12:05 pm
I'm currently a Diva Cup user, but I'm having issues. I started using a cup before conceiving my daughter (third child), and now that my cycles have started again, the Diva really isn't working for me anymore. It was fantastic before getting pregnant, but it seems like everything shifted down after her birth.

The cup literally comes out, but still has a good suction. It starts off higher, but drops down over time? I still have to pop a seal when I empty it, so I don't understand what's going on.

I'm starting to wonder if I need a shorter cup? Or maybe a wider rim?

I'm currently trying to decide between the Sckoon Cup, Lunette and MeLuna. I will obviously need a size for those that are older and have given birth. I'm currently 30 years old.

Thank you so much in advance! :)
22 September 2014 @ 09:55 am
My diva cup is about six years old now. For the past couple of weeks, I've been carrying it around in my backpack in a cloth bag. Today I took it out and the inside was damp! It felt kind of oily to the touch. Does anyone know what could have caused this? Should I just get a new cup?
21 September 2014 @ 06:42 am
I purchased this cup with the sole purpose of reviewing it since there isn't much info about it out there (or at least I wasn't able to find it at the time when I was interested in getting it for myself.)

First off, let me just say that I don't see a reason why this cup would have a shorter lifespan than any other silicone cup. Because it is thinner? I don't think so. It feels almost exactly the same as my Iriscup, which I have used exclusively for longer than the 1 year life span of the LITE, and is showing no signs of deterioration, except for staining, which can be easily taken care of.

Second, THIS CUP IS SO SOFT. It is the softest cup I have ever owned, and I have owned MANY. The rim, not so much. I would say the rim is medium/soft. Only a tad softer than the rim on my MCUK. And the stem is softer/more flexible than the stem of the regular Femmecup.
Other than that, by just looking at it, you couldn't tell the difference between the LITE and the regular Femmecup, which I also got for comparison.

If you're like me, these cups will not work for you because, LITE: perfect rim but my muscles would crush the base. Regular FC.: perfect base, but the rim won't let me pee.

I have never done a review in my entire life so let me know if theres anything else you would like to know.
Also, I took pics for softness comparison but I can't figure out LJ.
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19 September 2014 @ 02:14 pm
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19 September 2014 @ 01:19 pm
I'm a 9 year Diva cup user who, in my late 40s, is seriously in perimenopause. I have one cup and have been using it all this time. Took me about 3 years to get it right (I needed a forum), but once I did I hardly ever use anything else.

Problem is, with perimenopause, my periods have lately been quite long. Current one is 2 weeks and showing no signs of stopping (don't worry I'm in touch with my doctor, he's not worried as it hasn't been consistently heavy). So I've been using my cup every day and most nights for 2 weeks. One day I forgot to dump/wash it when I went to bed so I probably had it in for 20 hours.

Anyway, it's the smell that's starting to be a problem. I'd dealt with this before and it's always righted itself without too much effort. I did used to use peroxide for stains (I know they don't recommend it, but the darn thing seems nearly indestructible). I've only boiled it occasionally. Have done so now, twice in fact, but of course that doesn't help. What stinky steam comes from the water, too, ugh! Soaked it in white vinegar (no change), then in warm water mixed with mild liquid hand detergent with baking soda (removed some stains, maybe a little of the smell). At present it's airing in my bedroom (away from cats but also from sunlight because there isn't any there, I put it under one of my remaining incandescent bulbs). Did a gentle, vinegar/water douche to clean things up below.

I think I'm going to buy another cup to rotate use. My sense of it is, as a long-term user who never had a real problem with odor, continuous use of the sort it's been getting may be the problem. It occurred to me that those using it for discharge, etc. might experience similar problems. Also I didn't see any other postings from women in perimenopause, so I thought I'd weigh in.
Hi Everyone! I used to have an account on here, but I couldn't remember my login information. My GYN and I decided to change up the way I am using my Nuva Ring. It used to be the 3 weeks in, 1 week out, but I have been dealing with horrible cramps now for over 2 years and she decided we should just try to eliminate my period. So, I am wearing my ring for 3 weeks, taking it out for 3 days and then putting a new one in. I just put my new one back in today....and my period began this morning just before I put it in. :/ It is even worse than ever. It is beyond painful and I am using disposable pads right now because I'm scared to use my cup with the ring, so I am also miserable too.

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17 September 2014 @ 01:58 pm
Hello Everyone,
I've just gotten off the phone with a very nice lady at Femmycycle. I got some more information about the low cervix model: it's 51mm long (including the ring), 38mm wide, with a 1oz capacity. I have what I think is a very low (possibly dangly) cervix, on my cycle it's just about one knuckle in. The Femmycycle lady was concerned that my cervix would get sucked in and be very uncomfortable, but she has a high cervix, so she wasn't sure. I currently have a MeLuna mini medium which fits very comfortably, but the capacity is being "wasted" by my cervix and on heavy days I only get about 2-2.5 hours before overflow. Do any of you who own the low cervix model have a low cervix yourself and could you give your opinion please? I'm also open to other suggestions to increase capacity. For reference, my MeLuna cup is 45mm x 45mm (without the ring), and I don't think I could get a much longer cup. I initially tried Instead softcups and my vagina was just a tad too short to get it in. I also own a MeLuna classic medium, and at 48mm that's close to the limit. I've also heard that MeLuna is coming out with mini large and xl, does anyone know more about that? That might be a possibility, as the switch to the wider shorter mini did help. Thanks in advance!!
17 September 2014 @ 07:00 am
Hi,
so, I recently bought a Lunette cup (size 2). Had some insertion issues, but got over them with a different folding technique (they list them on their website and even have a menstrual cup origami video link). The placement was nice, no pain, no leaks, just over the pubic bone. Then, after a workday, I tried to remove it. I spent 2h in the bathroom trying different methods, but finally gave up and went to sleep.

Now, I'm writing this, because during my struggles I read about similar issues on the internet, which helped me not lose hope. And there's a happy ending. This morning I took a muscle relaxant (don't know if it helped any), and pushed my index and middle finger alongside the cup. What seemed to work best was starting while lying down during insertion and then coming up to a sitting position to make myself shorter (this all took place in the bathtub) and just having the fingers in there as far as I could reach and pressing on the cup until I could break the seal to end all seals. After that I could slide the blasted thing out.

Stuff that didn't work, and considering the force it took to break the seal, couldn't work:

Pulling on the stem and trying to move the cup back and forth;

Grabbing the bottom of the cup and pinching and pulling (first of all, I couldn't get a hold of the cup bottom, it's tight in there, okay; secondly, just trying to do it with this cup outside of the body didn't change the shape of the upper part enough to have any effect on the seal; thirdly, without breaking the seal it would be impossible to generate enough force in that awkward hand position to move the cup);

Bearing down (was completely useless, the only useful thing to do is try to find a position where you're shorter, if you're having as much problems as I was that thing is stuck to your vaginal wall like a baby octopus and it's not coming lower unless the actual wall is coming lower).

All in all, not feeling terribly empowered or enthusiastic about menstrual cups, but I hope this helps someone.
16 September 2014 @ 01:26 pm
I've been intrigued by cups for a while and after the birth of my second child I developed an allergy to almost every pad/tampon I've tried using so now seems as good a time as ever to make the switch.

So far I've only used Instead soft cups (part way through one cycle and for the entirely of the cycle afterwards). The first time was awesome! I wish I'd made the switch sooner and started researching longterm cups. The second time....what an ordeal. My first two days (of 4) are a little heavier (esp the first few cycles postpartum) and it seemed like I was constantly leaking & refitting- even had to switch back to tampons for better security. So far I've seen so much information it seems impossible to make a "best guess" and am really hoping for some experienced guidance.

Does anyone have suggestions on where to start as far as deciding on rim/length/capacity/firmness?

Here's about me:
Age 25, 2 births, 3 months postpartum, high cervix sometimes drops a little during menses (stays between med-high), just fit for a 75 diaphragm. I've had some concern of rectocele which is where my concern about firmness comes in, but my OB/G couldn't identify an issues. Chasing after a toddler, trying to get fit again, and soon going back to work on my feet I'm decently active and want a snug fit without unnecessarily stressing those muscles.

Wow, that sounds a lot picker than I expected... thank for any tips on choosing!
Hey, all! I first switched cold turkey to my Diva Cup in May of 2013, and with some trouble, fully adjusted to life as a cup convert. Some of you might remember that, haha. I'm just here to gush with joy for the kind of freedom it has offered me.

I have a really heavy flow for 3-4 days of my week-long torture and my uterus is steeply angled to the left, so I'm not able to go completely without backup, but it has overall been a truly wonderful experience, and I spent the better part of the past year teaching and biking all over my college campus -- something which would normally cause me great anxiety, as that doesn't allow me the leisure of just skipping off to the loo whenever I feel a tell-tale gush every hour or two.

My window on heavy days has widened from 2-3 hours max to 5-6 hours max, which saves so much grief. Other days, I'll just leave it in for 12+ hours no problem. I keep my cup in my bag when not menstruating, so I can practically never be caught unawares. I always have it within a few room's distance. I can do spur-of-the-moment things without having to worry if I have enough pads and tampons shoved into my bag to last overnight. I don't have to wonder what the hell I'm gonna do if I know friend x only uses pads -- something I can never do because of the rapidity with which a mess ensues (God help me when I have children).

The amount of underwear absolutely decimated by blood has gone down to nearly nothing and I'm pretty sure any leaks onto the bedclothes were a result of my own lack of foresight. I have even taken the leap of daring and worn my favourite white pants on a semi-heavy day with no bad outcome -- several times!

I know how high and low my cervix is throughout my cycle. I know how much I bleed down to the numbers. I am a master with my PC muscles (seriously kegeled that mofo down from an unreachable position just this morning -- it was awesome). I generally just enjoy my body more and knowing it well even though periods are sucky. It's really kickass. And if it weren't for my cup, I wouldn't know just how fascinating that unused uterine lining actually is. Maybe I'm weird, but it's so cool.

I save so so so so so much money. I no longer think about how stupid it is to spend said money on bleached, chemically crap that probably shouldn't be in my vag anyway just to have to throw it away within hours of insertion -- especially since tampons sap all natural lubrication in the process, which just is not necessary. Cups bring down the level of awful from "barely manageable and hardly tolerable" to "stupid easy and secretly kind of fun."

I've been on a streak of female empowerment for the past few months, and the menstrual cup way of life seriously contributes to it. I think I'm done babbling and have said my piece. Hope any newbies or fencers out there can take some happy encouragement from my experience. :)
15 September 2014 @ 04:49 pm
I used my divacup (inserted) it for the second time today when I got home from school. I had been hesitant to use it because the first time I inserted it it didn't "hurt" but I really really hated how I could feel it "suction" or seal in side me when it first popped open in me, it was like a big "schloop." And I can also feel and "air bubble" inside me and then soon after there's some discomfort...

I was wondering, is there any way to make this go away? Softer cup, perhaps? That's the only reason why I don't want to insert it.
It's me again. You may or may not remember me from the post regarding my awful first try with a cup, dry run, and getting it stuck inside me for several days.

Well, it's been a couple of months, and I've finally gotten up the courage to try again, this time while beginning my period. I tried inserting it while taking a shower and had significantly less trouble getting it in this time. I was able to insert it on the third try, and with a lot of finagling, got it to pop open. As a plus, it apparently is a regular occurrence that it stimulates my G-spot. But either it was too low, or the stem is too long, because I could feel the stem part on the outside. I figured after I get used to it, I'll probably cut the stem shorter.

Anyway, after my nightly shower, I went to bed with it in. Woke up early morning in pain, bad enough that I couldn't get back to sleep. The pain also gave me a tension headache. It wasn't exactly the same as the cramping pain I get after I first insert it or when I'm on my heavy days... It wasn't a coming-and-going but a constant ache, no matter what I did or what position I took. And instead of feeling it in my uterus/abdomen area, it almost seemed like it was my entire pelvic area, deeper inside me, and also in my rectum and flank. The pain kind of felt like pulled muscles, I think?

Eventually, I gave up trying to ignore it and went to the bathroom to remove it. I easily took it out and saw it had done its job perfectly; there was a small amount of blood in the cup, and none had escaped to the outside. Thank GOD, almost immediately after I took it out, the terrible ache went away. It felt so good to have it out and be back on pads; I was able to go back to sleep easily.

Now I'm afraid to put it back in. That pain is just unbearable to have going constantly. But I also don't want to give up on menstrual cups! I spent a lot of money on getting two of them and the diva wash, and it's so nice and clean if it would work right...

Is there anything that can be done to keep this from happening again?
Hi everyone, I'm wondering if anyone can shed light on my situation. I am in my early 40's, 2 kids and have been using menstrual cups for about 6 cycles now and I love it. I started with a juju cup size 2 but quickly found that it was a little firm for me and moved to the large sckoon which is softer and much more comfortable! I just love it. Immediately the duration of my cycle started to go down. Previously using tampons and pads it was 6-7 days, but quickly went down to 4-5 days and now it down to 2, barely 3 days. That bit is great but I also noticed that my cycle started to get shorter too. Prior to kids it was 32 days long, after kids it was 28 days long and it was always that way. Never missed a cycle (except when pregnant) it was never late, never early, you could literally set your clock by it.

But since using cups my cycle has consistently been getting shorter. It has dropped from 28, down to 26, 25 and now 24 days. I'm not happy with this trend! I have spoken to my Doctor who hasn't even heard of cups! I am getting older so I guess it is possible that I am entering the early stages of menopause but it seems like too much of a coincidence that this happened when I started using cups.

Has anyone else noticed this trend?

Thanks in advance!