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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!
24 November 2018 @ 02:07 pm

Hello! So I tried Menstrual cups for the first time! I am a 25 year old virgin. I got a Fleurcup. I initially got a DivaCup, but I couldn't get it in. With the Fleurcup, it could go in. It was hard for me to take it out. I tried everything, squatting, spoon method etc. My wrist would pain. So I went to the doctor, and she removed it with surgical scissors. She said that my cup got suctioned to my cervix, and that my cup was small for it. Does that mean I should get a large cup? How do I prevent this from happening again?

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23 November 2018 @ 09:46 am

Hello! I just made a profile on here specifically to ask a quesion. I hope that is okay. I have been researching for days, and I can't find anyone talking about the exact problem I experience. I hope you can help me! At least I can't find any solution.

I use the OrganiCup size 1 and have never tried anything else. 

It is going okay, but I sometimes experience mild pain. It is as if my opening is too narrow for the cup — it does expand once it gets in, but my bone pushes on it and is making its shape weird. It feels as if the suction is too strong, so I have to pull a bit too hard for comfort. 

Important note: I have a very long cervix, so I should not get a smaller one, or it would definitely get lost. It often slides quite a long way up at night.

So, could it perhaps be about hardness? Should I get a softer cup? A harder cup? Is it not about that but instead about me being too narrow and thus I should find a long, thin cup?

I hope you can help. 

Best regards

Johanne

22 November 2018 @ 10:58 pm
I recently bought a lunette size one cup. Going on 3 days using and i absolutely love it. But..... its been riding up pretty high and i cant get it out unless i pull it out by the stem without being able to break the seal. Is doesnt exactly hurt, but i dont want to be hurting myself and me not be aware of it. Is there any harm to this? Do i need a different size or different cup? My cervix (which i can not ever seem to find) is obviously always very high. I dont feel any pain an i dont want the stem to break off. Im just scared!
07 November 2018 @ 03:02 am
Hi there!
I am a cup beginner and I'm still trying to figure out what cup would be the best for me.
I've tried the Organicup size A, I have no problems at inserting, placing or opening it
My problem is that it moves so deep that the cervix ends up sitting right inside the cup, taking space and leading to leakage.
During the day I just need to empty it more often, even though it leaks when it's just half empty. But during the night it's not reliable and I'd rather find a right cup than backing up with reusable pads.
Has anyone any idea of a slightly longer cup? Or maybe a larger one would work great?
Thank you!
 
30 October 2018 @ 04:32 pm
So I'm nearly 15 weeks post partum and had some spotting so thought I'd practice using my cup again. Pre baby I was using the large Fleur and it was great, but now my cervix seems a lot lower! I had already trimmed the stem almost totally off and using the cup when fully in it's almost sticking out when I sit down!

Has anyone experienced a lower cervix after having a baby and it's gone back up over time or do I need to find a shorter cup??

Also, anyone who uses a cup with an IUD, do I need to do anything other than make sure I've definitely broken the seal before I start removing the cup? Got my first IUD recently and it's making me nervous!
29 October 2018 @ 06:37 pm

I could use some help buying a new cup.  I am a new user and have been using a Lunette size 1 for several months now.  For the most part its ok, but it does cause cramping after a few hours. I don't get cramps so I know its the cup causing it.  I need to take it out by the end of the day because it's uncomfortable.  I am sure that its inserted correctly because there is no leaking and I can feel that it's open.  I think the rim is also bothering me a bit. Its pretty firm and I had some trouble inserting it when I first started using it. 

I was reading that getting a wider cup can help with cramping.  For most that's the larger size which I wasn't even looking at before because I'm petite and haven't given birth but I am willing to try it if it helps.

Some other background — I'm 29, active (exercise daily), and I think I have a high cervix since I can't find it.

I was looking at the Lena (large) and the Hello cup (not sure what size) because they have less of a rim.  I was wondering if anyone tried the Mermaid cup? It seems like it might be good size-wise for me but I think its newer because I haven't been able to find any reviews.  I was also trying to figure out if a less firm cup would help at all.  I'm a little worried about not being able to open it though since I'm new to this.

Any advice/suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks!

Hey! I have only just started a cup. I can insert no problem but it won't pop open no matter what I do and No matter the fold. I dont have a problem inserting, no pain, it slides easily but when i check it, I can feel the fold still, it doesnt budge, I have even tried pulling it open with my fingers.. I hear a lot about rotating it, but I dont think I understand this technique as I have tried and tried but there is no way mine is twisting, its jammed.. The only thing that kind of works is pulling it almost conpletely out again then inserting whole w no fold.. but even then it feels like it refolds (maybe to fit?). Pulling out is no problem (like a tampon) which makes me feel like I am not getting the suction people talk about. Despite this I wasnt too worried, my periods arent heavy and I havent really had any serious leaks (a little bit twice) and especially seems as this is my first period with it so still tryin to get used to it.. but changing it in the shower today i noticed that i now have two marble size duct cysts.. they are not painful but still.. this surely cant be a coicidence, I just wonder if it is the cup that is clearly irratating me or if it is only due to all the fingers and poking Ive been doing up there trying to get the cup to open..
24 October 2018 @ 09:16 pm
I'm a brand new cup user and I cannot even put the cup in past the rim without hurting or finding myself unable to insert it in further. I'm using a medium Meluna Sport (maybe I should try another?
If so, please recommend me.) I once was able to go half way, but then could not take it out without it feeling like I was tearing and there was lots of crying. (It eventually did come out.) I need serious help. I've tried different folds, positions, adding water- nothing works and I'm ready to give up. It's been 4 cycles now and to be honest, after my last attempt I am scared a bit to try again. I really want to use a cup, but it feels like everything is against me considering I can't insert it even. Is there anything I can do to make inserting easier?
20 October 2018 @ 10:37 am
Hey theFor a long time, I've been wanting to give it a try with menstrual cups, so I bought the DivaCup. This is my first time using it, and like the third day of wearing it. I always clean my hands and the cup with the kind of soap it recommends and even boiled it for 5 minutes before usjng it. I accidentally slept in it for 14 hours, and when I took it out, it had some white stuff on the holes it has. I inmediatly cleaned it, stored it, and went back to using a pad because Im worried on what could it be. Has anyone gone through the same? What could have caused that? What do you recommend to me?
 

I just got my first menstrual cup (MeLuna M) and I was having awful cramps all day.

Long story short, I got the cup out to empty it but I couldn’t break the seal fully and I was panicky so I pulled it out fast the last couple of inches and it hurt a bit and I felt a suction and I was wondering if I possibly hurt myself by removing it like that.

17 October 2018 @ 04:35 pm

Hi everyone. I have already posted here about the my two meluna Ms (soft and classic) leaking and ive been reccommended a bigger cup. So thats what i did. I got the lunette 2 but it leaks during the day and night and its super firm. I have already mastered taking it out and putting it in without pain but the leaking is a problem.

Im 21 years old, really tall, really slim and a virgin. My vagina is pretty short and the opening is really small. I have a dangly cervix on the side about second knuckle deep. I usually wear cups really low (so low that the stem is poking out) but i cant wear the lunette that way because its just too uncomfortable (not because its long but because the bottom of the cup stretches me out). It gets a sunction if i put in way up but i think its too high then. I dont know if its leaking because i put it too high up or if theres another problem.

I have tried turning it inside out but it leaked immediately.

I actually dont know anything about my pelvic floor muscles but they seem to be average strenght (can hold pee while jumping, sneezing and i feel the muscles tighten when i put in one finger)

15 October 2018 @ 02:20 am
I have a Lunette Menstrual Cup and I am at my first cycle... I have almost no trouble with insertion, just takes a while to master the ability. However, when it comes to removal it's a whole different hell of an experience.

I don't know if this is what is supposed to happen, but the instruction says that the cup should be positioned in the lower part of the vaginal canal and I don't think this is happening. Once inserted it naturally goes far high and I can barely touch the stem when trying to grab it, let alone reach the bottom of the cup and squeeze it. No way.
I don't think I am doing anything wrong, it's just far too high for me to be able to reach it. I always managed these days to take it out in the end, but only because I grab the stem and pull it until the cup is almost out and at that point, I'm finally able to grab the bottom of the damn thing. The instruction says very clearly 'Do NOT pull the stem' so I guess I shouldn't do it, but there's no other way to take it out! It doesn't exactly hurt when I do it, but it's obviously not pleasant as it's still quite difficult to pull the stem cause it's slippery and if I let go the cup goes up again.
Plus -and I hope somebody experienced this as well!- I keep hurting myself with my nails. I don't have excessively long nails, they're simply three, maybe four millimetres up my fingertip but I keep ending up pinching myself while trying to grab the damn thing.

I doubt it should be this amount of stress, so I really hope I am doing something wrong here that I can change, cause the whole idea of having the cup sounds like heaven to me (once in I can barely feel it, it's amazing!). So... is there a way to prevent the cup from going up?
Hope that someone can help! Thank you!
12 October 2018 @ 05:48 am

I'm just wondering if I've a normal height cervix, but my lily cup compact size A without the stem is poking me from inside when I sit down( but the Ruby Cup small fit me perfectly without the stem), is it a good idea to get a Lena Cup large or Lunette Cup Large(since I've a heavy flow)? Will a rounded bottom cup like the Lena Cup help? And how to know if the cup is too large or firm for you before buying and is Lena Cup vegan?

07 October 2018 @ 11:42 am
Hey everyone! Been away nearly a year due to pregnancy and now that my little guy is nearly 3 months I want to be ready for needing my cup again! I have two questions:

1. I'm going to wash and boil my cup to make sure it's clean after sitting in it's pouch for a year, anything specific other than that you'd recommend to make sure it's properly clean?

2. It's pretty discolored (I guess it was a lot less obvious when I was seeing it regularly!) so I want to sun it. I have no window sill but could put it out on the patio. If I put a completely clear glass over the cup will the sun's magic still work?
Thanks in advance 😊
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27 September 2018 @ 10:59 pm

Hello everyone,

I've been researching menstrual cups and watching the community for a while now, and last month I got to try out my first cup but had a bit of a problem.

I bought a Lena cup small, since I have a medium cervix. I experienced leaking from the second day of my period and I couldn't solve it until the end. I checked the rim, it was fine, but a felt something outside of the cup which could have been my cervix. I'm not sure about it because while using the cup it seemed like half of the blood ends up in the cup and the other half leaks. I might also have a problem with the seal becasue I can't go to the toilet with my cup in, it would slip down. 

I read that I should rotate the cup, I tried that a few times and didn't help, but will try again during my next period. Could you give some tips on how to do that, because I can't get a hold of the cup when it's fully inserted.

Is it possible that my cervix is outside of the cup but blood still gets in there? 

Thank you for your help in advance! I really hope it'll work!

17 September 2018 @ 11:50 pm

Hi, I'm a newbie! I have an issue with my menstrual cup and my cervix. So first of all, I've just started using my first branded cup (the Lena cup, large size) and I've been having problems with it. It's also my first time using such a big cup because I have a heavy flow. Long story short, I've using it to see how it's like before I start my period and I noticed that when it is in, after a few minutes, I feel pelvic cramps (mild ones though) that have never been there with any of the other cups I've used ( which are small size). I've read many articles online about it and it seems like the reason of the suction being too strong is the rightest explanation, but I'm not entirely sure.

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11 September 2018 @ 02:37 pm
I've used Meluna XL and all the super big menstrual cups, since I had horrible heavy flow with fibroids.
Now I have an IUD, so I just have a few light days where I'll wear a panty liner. I'd rather not wear panty liners if I don't have to.
So, I'm wondering what cups I should try now, since I don't need high capacity?
Might seem silly but I'm concerned a smaller cup might be harder to reach or shimmy out of place during the day.
10 September 2018 @ 06:09 pm
Hi everybody. I am new in this community although I have read it for a while.

I need some low key urgent help.

I have a mini menstrual cup, and it is the first cycle I am using the cup. Insertion was always tough, with removal being worse (I guess I have a tilted cervix or smth but it hasn't been smooth riding - although I suppose it never is on the first go).

I emptied the cup out last night at around 10pm and slept with it in. Now, it is almost 24 hours later and I can still not get the thing out. I have tried all day, with breaks in between. I have tried showering, squatting, taking breaks, slowly pulling, doing the "hot dog in a bun" method, masturbating, trying to get my finger over the rim of the cup, squeezing the bottom, I ALWAYS BEAR DOWN, and girl ain't NOTHING WORKING. Currently my whole existence seems to just not want me cause now I can't even hardly reach the cup and everything is low key feeling swollen and ok. Please someone hmu cause I just can't even work. Like I can't access my vagina from squatting or any position really (even if I am fully relaxed).

I can't currently go to a doctor cause REASONS (nothing major) and my partner is currently overseas (and is so for the next few weeks whoop) and I ain't askin' no family member because they can't even and they ain't around at the minute so like PLEASE HELP IF POSSIBLE.

I don't want to like cut the whole thing out cause I ain't no surgeon and I don't want to ruin a perfectly good product but like I don't even know.
06 September 2018 @ 07:47 pm

Hi everyone!
I've been using the Diva for 7 years now. I didn't have any menstruation for 4 years  because of the pills I was on, but I recently got an IUD and it has come back. I'm just realizing that my cup is 7 years old and should probably be replaced!
The only cup available in Canada is the Diva cup, but I'm finding now that it's just too long for me and I want to try something else.
I was all set and ready to order the Lena but then the shipping prices slapped me in the face!
Anyone have any ideas of cups I can purchase that won't kill me with shipping fees to Canada??
Thank you :) 

 
26 August 2018 @ 07:49 am

I'm using Ruby Cup small and I get overflow in my heavy day in 6 to 7 hours(which is not enough for sleeping overnight). However, I'm still a virgin and have a low cervix. Should I get a Ruby Cup medium?

24 August 2018 @ 11:07 am
To preface this, I am 14 year old virgin trans man on testosterone. I have extremely heavy flow and so I decided to try a diva cup. It was mildly paonful to insert, but once I got it in, all seemed well. But, when I sat down to try and remove it, I was in a world of pain. It took me a total of an hour to get it unstuck, and I found it extremely blindingly painful to try and get the rim out. Does anyone have any tips as to how to get it out faster or less painfully, specifically the rim?
22 August 2018 @ 10:22 pm

Hello! I was wondering if you guys could help me? I've started using menstrual cups about 5 months ago and I absolutely love them except for one thing — the leaking. I started off with the mooncup size b (smaller size?) and it worked on the first day.However, soon the leaking started (random times). I tried everything from always checking if it popped open, running a finger around the rim, wearing it high, low, inside out etc. Still leaking. So I bought the lunette (bigger size), which is made from a harder material (thought it could be because my muscles were bearing down, squeezing the cup and causing an overflow). It all became a bit better and has now settled down to this: I can wear the lunette on the first day, the third, fourth, fifth and 6th and 7th day (If I have a 6th and 7th day). On the second day the blood is bright red and very liquid, on the other days darker and with a higher viscosity. The bleeding is also very strong on the second day, with the first and the other days being very light. (When it leaks, the cup isn't full). However, the lunette should work no matter what. Again I tried all the 'basic' tipps I could find in the internet, so I would really appreciate it if one of you could help me! I have contacted lunette and mooncup but both just gave me the 'basic' tipps such as: make sure the cup is unfolded etc. Does anyone know why, or is experiencing the same? Thank you in advance!

20 August 2018 @ 11:12 pm
I'm really struggling with the cups at the moment, things are not going well!
I'm 34 & have had 2 children naturally. I've been using menstrual cups for around 5 months now (since my periods returned after my 2nd baby) and I'm finding it very hit and miss!
I started off with the tulip cup - larger size but still a small cup, very soft & hard to get it to open. So after a bit more research i tried the lunette large, much firmer & easier to open, but sometimes feels too big and i can feel it moves down gradually & it can irritate.
So then i tried the Meluna shorty in both large and extra large, as my cervix can seem to be v.low during my period. The large seemed small with very limited capacity but extra large seemed better.
Still getting leaks though, tried c fold and punch fold, inserts ok and seems to open fine. I can rotate it round fully & try to check round the edges.
I keep reading different things though, if its up too high your cervix goes right inside the cup so less capacity as it displaces the blood so leaks. Too low and there's not enough suction & it feels like its falling out and gets uncomfortable.
I don't think I'm having trouble with positioning or size but something isn't working right. Im now feeling sore from all the rummaging & poking about. I've tried tugging it down a bit once it's in place, tried every suggestion i can find but its very inconsistent. I'm emptying every few hours as paranoid & leaky, its only ever half full at most.
Any suggestions? Do i keep trying different cups to find the perfect one or do you think its maybe technique? I just can't figure out why its leaking all the time! I had a major leak in bed all over the sheets last night which hasn't happened in years so very despondent.
Any help much appreciated.
 
 
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19 August 2018 @ 01:46 pm

Hello! First time posting and I've looked everywhere for an answer but struggled to get the advice I need. I've been using my cup (a mooncup) for three days now and while the first day was a total disaster (I spent so long on the toilet trying to figure things out that someone started worrying I'd knocked myself unconscious) day two was better! I'd got a good seal, didn't leak at all the whole day (even after taking it out and reinserting) but I felt as if the cup just hung too low? The stem was almost completely out and it wasn't painful but just felt weird/uncomfortable like it was ready to drop out. I could feel the cup sitting there if that makes sense. Today however, I've made an effort to push the cup up higher so only a very small bit of the stem is out and I can't feel anything at all...and I've leaked. Twice.

I know it's only day three and I gotta just stick with it but any advice or tips would be really helpful right now because I'm not so sure what I'm doing wrong. Thank you!