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!
31 March 2015 @ 08:53 am
Hey people! Well, my Lunette 1 arrived yesterday. I washed it, locked myself in the toilet, and tried to insert it. Long story short, it didn't work.

HOW THE HECK DOES THAT THING EVEN FIT DOWN THERE?!?!??!?! It's huge!!!!

I think I sort of managed to get it in once, but then it wouldn't open. (I am seriously starting to doubt that I have enough room for it.) How do you get it to open? How do you know if it is finally open?

Also, that one time I sort of got it in, I couldn't get it out! And it HURT like ****; to get it in, have it in, and get it out. (I did eventually manage to get it out, but it was SCARY.)

HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
29 March 2015 @ 06:56 pm
Hi Group: I have been using the L sckoon cup and love the capacity but it causes pressure down there and I have to pee all the time. I have a L Meluna, ruby cup and femmecup. The femmecup isn't quite as bad and the meluna and ruby I haven't tried enough to determine. They are almost all the same length 50-51mm. I am 26 have had no kids, virgin and have a fairly heavy flow so capacity is important. When I was using disposables I used a heavy tampon/pad and had to change both in 30 min. to an hour. What do I need to change to make cups work? Thanks for your thoughts.
29 March 2015 @ 12:32 am
I just got my Diva Cup in the mail the other day and I decided to do a dry run just to see how it worked. The first time I did it, it went in fine, but I'm not sure if it suctioned, and popped out fine. The second time however when I went to take it out, I had a bit of difficulty getting it out. I was able to grasp it and get it down pretty far, but it wasn't detaching. I messed around with it for a while and finally felt it pop off, but, when I removed it, it had blood on it. I kept bleeding for a while, but it seems to have stopped. Nothing really hurts bad except I'm a bit sore. I think I probably just scratched myself with my fingernails near my vaginal opening, but I get a bit panicky about things going wrong down there. Is there any way I could have damaged anything by pulling too hard before the suction released? I'm sorry if this seems obvious, but I get really anxious about hurting myself down there. (I am a virgin, but I doubt that is the problem. Insertion wasn't painful and I have honestly put bigger things in while masturbating.)
28 March 2015 @ 11:53 pm
Sorry for the double post, but I'm really excited because I finally got the Divacup to rotate! It has resolved most of (but did not completely eliminate) my leaking issues. I don't know if it will work for you guys, but it's worth a try, I suppose.

What I did was I inserted the cup as usual, then grabbed the base of the cup (not the stem!) and pressed on the sides ever so slightly to unseal the cup rim from the vaginal walls. I then turn my wrist in a circular motion so as to turn the cup, repeating this several times until the cup has turned 360 degrees, and what do you know, it works! The cup becomes rounder and seals better, I don't have to stick a finger up my vagina to ensure a seal, and I'm good to go!

Note that if there isn't much blood coating the vaginal walls when you do this, it might hurt a little, since there can be some friction when you turn the cup.

Let me know if this works for you!
28 March 2015 @ 07:54 pm
I was trying to find my cervix to pinpoint why my Diva might be leaking, and noticed that the front wall of my vagina feels swollen. When I tried to insert my cup, it went in normally, but doesn't migrate upward as it usually does, since the swollen front wall doesn't allow it to. Is the swollen front wall a dangly cervix or, god forbid, a bladder prolapse? (I'm 13 years old and, obviously, haven't had any childbirths btw)
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28 March 2015 @ 12:01 pm
After reading several reviews, I would like to order a large cuplee. I have a small juju but I experienced rectal pressure and it doesn't hold that much. From the reviews, cuplee seems like a good choice for me. However, I'm worry that a large soft cup might be hard to pop open if I have a strong pelvic muscle. TMI: juju cup has no problem opening up inside. But, the vaginal tunnel or wall is very tight(that's what I felt when I remove the cup). Will cuplee get squished and caused leaking?

By the way, how far back does everyone place their cup? Pass the ridges? (I noticed some ridges when I tried to locate my cervix)
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27 March 2015 @ 07:59 pm
Hi all!

I ordered a small CupLee after experiencing rectal pressure from the Si-Bell. It was better as far as pressure goes and it was easier and more comfortable to remove than the Si-Bell. But it leaks! It's not a heavy leak and I wasn't even entirely sure at first that it was, indeed, leaking. However, I felt a frequent "bubbling" feeling while wearing it, the outside was bloody every time I removed it, and there was some blood on my liner (somewhere between spotting and a light flow). I can also feel that there's a lot of room around the cup when I insert it. Does it sound like my assessment of the cup as too small is accurate?

Note: Aside from the morning after I wore it overnight for the first time, my Si-Bell has never leaked (and I suspect it leaked because it was full).

Okay so for starters forgive me if I am posting this in the weirdest place possible. Not only is this my first time posting in the mestrual_cup group, it is my first time using live journal.

I am new to menstrual cups, but since I have sarted using mine I have noticed that I always feel "wet". When I check there is no blood in the discharge, just clear liquid. I fell like my body produced 10xs more fluids after I started using menstrual cups. I keep running to the bathroom because I think I am leaking but no... I am so wet throughout my entire period that I feel like I should wear a panty liner anyway.

Sorry if that was just too much info, but I am wondering if this is normal?

27 March 2015 @ 04:34 pm
Hello everyone!
Sifting through a backlog of emails, I found one from Femininewear dated 3/25 about the April period pack. Off to the side, it said "From April 1st there will be a few changes for customers in the USA. To comply with FDA regulations some of the products that we sell will not be available to customers in the United States. Please keep an eye on your emails for more information nearer the time." April's surprise period pack apparently features a new-to-femininewear cup (brand name not mentioned), except "Unfortunately this brand will not be able to be sold to customers in the USA when it is listed on the website." which makes me a little concerned that the products that'll be restricted to us in the US at least from this site will include (at least some) cups.
Has anyone heard anything on these apparent FDA changes?
27 March 2015 @ 06:18 pm
Hi! I'm new here and new to menstrual cups.

I recently got a lily cup classic size a for my first cup (so pretty), aside from some problems on my first try at insertion I have been using it for my period successfully and with no further issues aside from very mild cramping so I have a few questions.

1) I wasn't aware of cervix placement before I got it and know it's a long cup, and after checking my cervix at about mid cycle it's down to entire middle finger length (unreachable when I'm off my period). My lily still sits very nicely though, it's not poking out and I can't feel it inside me, but I have had some mild sharper cramping. which now I'm assuming is because my cup is pressing against my cervix or maybe has it inside it (I can trace a finger around my cervix as if its grabbable, is this dangly?)

I suffer from horrific cramps normally so it's no issue for me at all, I'm just wondering if aside from my cup possibly having a lesser capacity, is there any health risk for your cup pushing against your cervix or gripping it a little? The pain is very mild and I have absolutely no issues with insertion or removal. It's also not constant. Just want to be safe!
I tend to spot throughout different times of my cycle and I assume my cervix will be up higher then so I think a long cup would be good for that too.

And 2) I'm hoping to get a mirena IUD in the next few months. Does having a cup that presses to my cervix and having a possibly dangly cervix make this a bad idea? I pop open my cup just at the very entrance of my vagina and push it in once it's open and the seal is not at all hard to break upon removal.

Thankyou :)
25 March 2015 @ 09:23 pm
After many years of discontinuing my cup use (due to my BC option), I've decided to give it a go yet again. I'm trying to find a new cup that would work out well for me as there are a lot more options then there were before (which is kind of daunting) so I'm hoping I can get a bit of help here.

Years ago, I had the Diva size 1 which was okay but it was a bit too long. I loved the firmness but the length would sometimes hurt. I lost that one in a move though. A few years ago, just for my BC switch, I got a FemmeCup which I never got to use so I'm currently using it now and while it feels fine, it's capacity is problematic and due to it's softness, I have a hard time breaking the seal. A few days ago, I figured I'd get the Diva Size 2 and that turned out to be a big mistake because I can't even move without feeling it.

So I've narrowed it down to the Small Lunette, Small UK Mooncup, and Small Yuuki. I was was hoping that I could get some guidance (because I can't afford to get this wrong again). I've been checking the various comparisons, but I'm still not sure which of the three to go with because I think the UK Mooncup or Yuuki might too stiff for me and my uterus is already hyper sensitive. The other thing is that I did just turn 30 (which is why I opted for the Diva 2 instead of just replacing the first one), but based on all the dimensions, it does seem as though should stick with the smaller sizes but I'm worried about changes down the road. Any thoughts or guidance would be super helpful. Thanks!
 
 
24 March 2015 @ 12:19 am
I'm 25, do daily kegel exercises with/without weighted kegel balls, have given birth vaginally, have a light - moderate flow, and my cervix is medium to low depending on what day in my menstrual cycle it is.. I recently bought the lily cup size B and not only is it too long for my body but the only way I can get it to seal so I don't have any leaks is when inserting the cup I have to angle it down instead of up. I can't seem to find anyone else who has this issue... Does this mean my cervix isn't where it's supposed to be?
Also I have quite a difficult time getting this cup to open... There just doesn't seem to be enough space! Which after giving birth I know that just isn't the case.
When I try to angle my lilycup in the suggested upward path there is just too much vaginal tissue over my pubic bone, too bulky and no way a cup is going anywhere in that direction... Which my cervix is not up that way anyway so I end up having to angle my cup down, then slightly turn it to get it close to my cervix and for it to open. I am so confused.
*I should also mention that my cervix drops into my cup so I can't even get my cup half full without it leaking, which is an issue for my one heavy day..
Should I try a shorter cup? Any tips, or advice would be so much appreciated!
Help! and thanks!
21 March 2015 @ 06:37 pm
(Advanced apologies as I'm doing this from my phone.)At what point would it be more of a leak than residual slobber? Both cups I've tried have a steady light leak no matter how well it's in. I don't mind wearing backup, but if I ever wanted to go swimming I'd be in trouble. It definitely leaks more if it's not in right or needs to be emptied, but I wonder if maybe I'm doing something wrong. I make sure it's fully open around my cervix and not to the side. I have the diva cup size 1 with enlarged air holes and a ruby cup. With how low my cervix sits, could IT be clogging my air holes? Any tips or information would help.
21 March 2015 @ 10:04 pm
I have a Skooncup that I love for it's softness. I have a very irritable bladder and having a really soft cup helps me. It was a pain in the butt to insert until I discovered the labial fold but now it's a breeze. However I have some gynae issues and my flow is very heavy, the Skooncups capacity is not as good as I'd like.

I need a cup with good capacity, that is as soft as it can be, long because I have a very high cervix and ideally as wide as possible too. What would you all recommend?
21 March 2015 @ 01:19 pm
I made a post a few weeks back about needing to go to the doctor to have my Diva Cup removed because I couldn't reach it to remove it myself. Someone mentioned checking out the Luv Ur Body cup because of the length. I'm just worried the diameter is going to be too large for me. The Diva Cup fit perfectly aside from the length and I had no issues with it leaking.

Is my worry about the diameter valid or does it not matter that much? Does anyone have experience using both cups and did both work?
21 March 2015 @ 08:47 pm
Hey ya'll! Just wanted to share that I just bought a Lunette menstrual cup, as well as some cloth pads. Weehoo!!!!! I'm very happy to start being more organic with my periods! They were bought online on Feminine Wear so they haven't arrived yet, but I will update when they do. :)
 
 
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20 March 2015 @ 08:39 pm
Hey all,
I'm a big fan of your community and have been reading it for about 3 years and just now posting on it! You all were my sex ed for a bit and I appreciate it immensely!
Little bit of background: I'm a nineteen-year-old woman with a vagina. I've been sewing my own cloth pads since October 2013, and I bought a Yuuki small economic on a whim last April because I was just so /done/ with Instead cups and tampons and waste!
Here's my problem, though: the cup is not working the way it should. It's been nearly a year and I love the thing to pieces, but it's just not working the way it should. It leaks when it's barely half full. This morning I woke up to find that my extremely absorbent pad was completely soaked and I had that lovely line of blood going up the back of my panties that always happens with the cup. When I empty it, there's always a lot of mess all over my hand and the cup is maybe half full, tops. Which means that on some days I'm changing it every hour on the hour to catch it before it leaks.
I'm thinking that I might have a very large, low cervix and a shallow vagina, but I just don't know. My three-inch-long middle finger can find the little valley where my cervix meets my vaginal wall all around on most days of my 35-day cycle. My cervix is probably an inch long in my vagina at any given time, it seems, and the cup goes right up to that point when it's in practically instantly. I'm thinking that I might have picked a cup that's too small, springy, and firm for my body but again, I just don't know.
I don't know if any of you have experience with the Economic model of Yuuki, but the rim is so springy that I have to be careful about guiding it out or blood will get flung into the farthest recesses of the bathroom. The only two folds that I can make consistently work are the C-fold and the punch down.
Any ideas, guys? Maybe on what I should look for in another cup? It's only a problem on my heaviest first couple of days, but I don't know if a softer and bigger cup would really help the situation.
Thanks!
(1) How do I remove the cup without spilling its contents? I would like to see how much blood I'm really losing. When I pinch/C-fold it to remove, I pinch out a lot of the blood that was inside, which spills into the toilet. I'd prefer to take it out full so I can see exactly how full it is. Based on how much blood is in the toilet, and how much is still in the cup after removal, I would say the cup is full when I remove it- but I can't be sure unless I can remove it without spilling.

(2) This is only my second period with the cup, but so far, every time I remove it, there is this horrible rank smell. It's the blood itself that smells, not the cup; once I wash the cup, it hardly smells at all. I can't even describe how horrid and truly awful this odor is. I retch/dry heave every time, and actually cried once. It smells like a combination of iron supplements and rotting meat. I'm dumping and replacing the cup every 3-4 hours (I have to due to flow) so it isn't that I'm leaving it too long. I don't think it's an infection, and it's definitely not an STD (virgin). It barely smelled when I used pads and tampons, and no smell when not on my period. Any thoughts?

Thanks in advance, all.
19 March 2015 @ 04:21 pm
So I thought I had found my perfect cup after struggling with the Lily cup classic- it puts to much pressure inside of me and it just never felt quite comfortable, same with the lily cup compact. So i ordered the Meluna medium classic resistance and after a bit of a struggle with getting it in and popped open it worked!!! I couldn't even feel it, but after an hour it started leaking, It had been filled about 2/3rd of the way after 3 hrs, but it leaked. I could also feel as though I could push it down with my Pelvic floor muscles.Like I could squish it while it was inside. Is this cup to soft or too small? any one else had this problem with a me luna. I have had one child, I purchased the medium since my lily is so big and uncomfortable. I'm wondering if i get a me luna sport medium it would fix it or if maybe I just need a me luna larger cup? Or maybe a different cup?
Hi all!

I'm new to the menstrual cup world and have absolutely fallen in LOVE with using Instead Soft Cups! So much better than using pads, especially for sleeping. Anyways, in my reading of reviews online, I've noted that Soft Cups seem to have gotten a bad rap for mainly two reasons, so I just wanted to pass on a few things I have learned that seem to pretty much alleviate the issues.

1. Difficulty removing the cup / it's stuck.
My solution: First things first, relax, breathe, don't panic. Spread your knees nice and wide, in a sitting position. Take your time and gently hook your finger under the ring, coming up from the bottom. Pull firmly, but slowly, gently, and evenly. Let your body mold around it as its coming out. If you yank it out or try to grab from the top of the rim, it is going to feel unpleasant and make a huge mess.

2. The mess of disposing of a blood-filled cup.
My solution: When you open the wrapper, rip along one edge and then fold a single paper towel square and tuck it inside the wrapper. Stick the little packet you just made in your purse or pocket and when it is time to remove the Soft Cup, just use the paper towel to wipe any blood off your finger and bunch/fold the paper towel square into/around the used Soft Cup. (Paper towel absorbs large amounts of blood better than TP.) Slide the whole thing into your empty wrapper and voila! Mess free disposal and clean fingers.
17 March 2015 @ 05:10 pm
Hi,

I'm a new member here and I'm new to menstrual cups too.
I wondered if anyone would be able to give me some advice.

I recently picked up a UTI and I'm now on my third set of antibiotics to try and make it go away. A side effect of antibiotics can be yeast infection which I don't yet have but I'd really like to avoid.

My period is due next week.

Should I revert back to disposable tampons and pads for this month or would sticking with my cup(s) be a better option since it's less likely to harbour nasty bacteria?

If it makes any difference, I'm using a mooncup for heavy flow days and a meluna shorty for light flow days. I've bought a new meluna classic large to try out this month to see if I can improve time between emptying on my heaviest days since the mooncup fills up to overflowing in two hours or less. Plus I don't like the stem on the mooncup, it's poky.

Any advice gratefully received.
I was reading the size charts guide and I *think* I have a low cervix because when I insert a finger I feel something squishy quite soon, but I can try to put a finger past it but it's awkward to reach any higher. Is that my cervix? I really don't know.

I'm confused since if I choose a short cup, won't my cervix fill it and leave no room for flow? If I choose a longer cup will it leak and be uncomfy? I started with Diva and had issues.

Currently I am using Lunette small. When I remove it after it leaks, I find it is half full but but then a big blob of blood spills out immediately following the cup, so that means the flow wasn't going into the cup after a certain point. So was my cervix filling the cup?

Gahh been trying to figure out how to use a cup for about 6 months now...still haven't got the hang of how to know where my cervix is and what length and width is right for me. any insight would be appreciated! Thank you all!
14 March 2015 @ 11:37 pm
Hello! I am new to this community, nice to meet you all :) I've been heavily interested in menstrual cups, and after much thought, I've decided to invest in one. Today (I am on my period), I tried to figure out the length of my vagina in order to decide the right cup for me. My middle finer, the longest finger, went all the way in without stopping. I don't know if I hit the cervix or not, but I'm assuming I didn't as my finger kept sliding in with no blockage.

This may be an obvious question, but does this mean that I have a long vagina, and that I should get a longer cup? I am 17 and a virgin, with medium flow! Thank you so much! Also, what are some good cups for beginners with my sizes/details? Is softer better, or stiffer better? Sorry for all the questions, and thank you so much!

EDIT: I've come to the conclusion that I may be missing the mark completely.. I cannot seem to find it at all..
14 March 2015 @ 02:17 pm
I am a new user of the cup, so I decided on the Sckoon 2 since I am 32 and have had 2 kids. I pushed it up as far as it would go and the stem hung out and was very irritating. So I cut it off. As I walk around, do chores, pick up my baby, the cup slides down to the point the grippers irritate the vaginal opening. I called the company for suggestions and they sent me the size 1. The same thing happens with it. I will place it high initially, but it will move down and the grips irritate the opening. If I use a mirror, I can see the base of it right there. Do I need a wider one, shorter one, different shape? So confused. Please help!