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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!
18 February 2017 @ 10:41 pm
Hi all,
I'm pretty new to menstral cups, on my 2nd cycle, using a juju2. I'm 36, no kids & haven't been sexually active for a bit.
I decided to get a #2 because I'm over 30 & have a very heavy flow.
I'm honestly just not sure if my cup is too wide.
I seem to have a super long & narrow vagina (I can't even reach the stem of my cup without sitting & seriously bearing down & I most definitely can't get a finger up beside the cup) so I really don't think I couldnt go down to the #1, due to flow & vagina length, but I feel concerned that it's too wide & maybe too hard.
I can definitely feel pressure, it's not necessarily painful & it wouldn't stop me using it.
I'm worried that it might cause damage?
I know our vaginas are super elastic but I'm just having a tiny freak out that I'm getting super stretched or causing bladder or bowel issues somehow.
Can anyone impart any knowledge on this? I'm I totally irrational?
17 February 2017 @ 09:49 pm
Hello,
I am 36, have had one baby (vaginal delivery). I have mild incontinence (only when I cough and forget to control myself :)) Based on all this I think my pelvic floor muscles are not what they used to be. My cervix is 4.7 cm- 5 cm (around 2") from vaginal opening. It pretty much stayed like that before, during and after my period.
I used my Diva 2 cup for one cycle only. I know that is not enough to make any final conclusions and I still hope this cup will maybe work for me in the end. The cup was leaking for the first two days. It was only half full when I checked it. First few days of my period I lived in my washroom :) and I think I managed to place the cup properly in the end. I made sure the cup was open and I could rotate it (full 360 degrees). My main problem is the position this cup moves to 15 minutes after I put it in. It sits sideways angled to the left and it is very uncomfortable. I know other people had the same issue, but my problem is pressure and pain after a while. I decide to cut the stem off after 2 days but that didn't help.
When I was researching what cup to buy I just couldn't be sure is my cervix, being around 2" from the vaginal opening, considered to be low, high or medium.
So my questions are:
1. Based on my cervix position, is the Diva too long? Do I need shorter cup then?
2. Do you think the cup moves to one side because my pelvic floor is weak? Do I need firmer or softer cup maybe?

I have been trying to find answers to my questions for days with no luck, so I hope someone here has similar experience and can answer my questions.
Thanks in advance. I really want this to work even if I have to buy another cup.
17 February 2017 @ 12:55 am
As a bigger girl I'm having issues removing the cup, does anyone else have issues because they are plus size? I can't just sit on the toilet to remove my MC I have to be standing with one leg up on my bathtub edge, this seem like it could be an issue when I go out and having empty my cup, does anyone else have issues because they are plus size, if so any tips?
14 February 2017 @ 04:21 pm
I'm 35 and after 13 years with the Diva 1 I decided I was tired of the leaking and maybe it was time to go up a size and give the Lunette a try while I was at it. Yes, I was lured by the colour options!
My periods are changing, shorter cycle, heavier flow. I thought because of my age and child bearing status (even though it was a surgical birth) meant it was time to size up.

I have leaked more terribly than I ever have in my whole life. Dripping down my legs in a flood, staining the couch, like I don't even have a cup in. Blood is going in the cup, however it's only half full when I leak. I'm inserting it the same as ever.

I should be a pro at this but I'm a bit baffled and frustrated. Any tips are welcome!
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14 February 2017 @ 03:20 pm
Hi, I just got my first cup, the Organicup size A. I've been able to fold it and get it inserted without a problem, but I don't know how you tell if it has popped open? Trying to run my finger around the edge of the cup it doesn't feel folded but sort of.. flattened.. is that just the nature of er, where it is and the fact that it's flexible, or should it feel round like it does just sat on the table? Also, how on Earth do you do the twist to make sure it's sealed, there's no space up there for fiddling! (I'm expecting my period in around a week so I was only having a practice run as it's brand new!)
10 February 2017 @ 11:18 pm
I have a very complicated history with menstrual cups. Frankly, I'm surprised I even want to try another one. It all started a few years ago with the small Lunette. I had always had leakage with tampons (due to a vaginal septum, I later found out) and I bled too heavily for pads to be a comfortable option. I decided to try the cup, and I landed on the Lunette. As someone who had not had vaginal sex at the time, it took me quite a while to get the hang of insertion. Once I did, getting it out was the struggle. It had moved so high that I could not get a grip on it. I wound up having to leave it in for over 24 hours. It had overflowed and the seal had broken, so it worked itself down within reach. After that, I went through the Diva Cup, the I Care, and the Luv Ur Body cup. The Diva Cup and the Luv Ur Body required a trip to the clinic for removal after they were each stuck inside me for over 72 hours. The I Care was a similar story to the Lunette. After my second trip to the clinic after getting the LUB stuck, I swore off cups completely. In recent months, I have been trying to make healthier choices with my body, as well as with the environment, which is what brings me back to cups. I am wondering if the ring stem will be easier for me.

TL;DR Cups keep getting stuck inside me, Will a ring stem be easier for removal? How does the meluna compare to the Diva (small) Lunette (small), and LUB (medium)? I had no leakage issues with any of them and they were all comfortable. It was just the removal that proved extremely difficult.
05 February 2017 @ 11:57 am
Hello everyone.

I'm wondering if anyone has developed Cystitis after using a cup on a menstrual cycle? If so, do you have any tips or advice on how to prevent getting it when using a cup?

I'm a first time user of a menstrual cup (Organicup). Within 36 hours of using it I've developed cystitis :( I woke up last night at about 3am needing a wee, and ouch! Cystitis struck :( I'm feeling pretty disappointed as I was just starting to get the hang of using it.

I am prone to Cystitis, and often get it after sex. I know how to treat it, and follow advice on how to prevent it when having sex.

With the cup, I have been vigilant in washing my hands before and after handling it, and I sterilised it before first inserting it (by boiling it for 5 mins in a pan). I've tried to be careful with wiping front to back. Not sure what else I can do to prevent it...

This morning, I'm feeling like I'll have to go back to tampons. I'd welcome some encouragement from other cystitis sufferers...

Sue-Lou
31 January 2017 @ 07:33 pm
This is my first time using a menstrual cup- have been considering it for ages and did my research. I've got a Lunette 2 (I'm 43, no kids, gay, heavy flow) and getting it in was surprisingly easy - I used the C fold- was worried about leakage but nada. All going swimmingly so I thought. As i know I'm usually quite heavy on my first 2 days I decided to empty it after about 4 hrs. Followed the advice- break the seal, bear down, rellllllaaaax but AAAARGHHH!!! it flippin hurts!! Thought I might have done something wrong- read more advice and persevered 3 more times. Nope, still agonisingly uncomfortable getting the rim out (I have a VERY high pain threshold usually). I'm having a rest now for overnight and will see what I think in the morning. Not sure whether I should have gone for a smaller size or if there are any other ways of getting it out without folding it back up and squirting the collected fluid back out of it......
30 January 2017 @ 10:51 am
A few days ago I brought a si-bell mensrual cup. I brought it because it has a long stem and is soft. I have been dry running it for a few days and I can't get it to pop open I've tried everything like squishing it, wiggling it, pushing it in and then out a little, try letting it pop open half way in but it won't pop open and stays squish up inside of me. Is there anything else I can try ?
29 January 2017 @ 02:35 pm
Hi this is my first post here but I have read some helpful things in the past so I hope someone will be able to help me with my menstrual cup problem!

I have a DivaCup size 1 that I have been using for about 4 cycles now and it has been going well for the most part! I can get it in and out fine with no leaks.... after about day 3....

Every cycle I've had when using my cup I have had leaks in the first few days when my flow is the heaviest but never afterwards. First I though it would be fixed with practice but I'm using the same technique whether it leaks or not so I don't know how to stop it! Last period it only leaked twice during the first 2 days (I think) and as I'm writing this I'm on my period and thus far it's leaked one (and a half) times (currently on day 2). My flow isn't very heavy so it's not like the cup could be overflowing; on heavy days I'll empty it usually 3 sometimes 4 times and it's usually only around the 7.5ml measuring line.

Other reasons for leaks I've heard are the cup isn't open properly but I always run my finger around the cup and it's definitely open. I've heard the cervix might drop into the cup and take up room so it overflows but I don't think my cervix drops that low and even if it did it doesn't seem that would be enough for it to overflow. I've also heard that the seal might not be right but it feels the same as when it doesn't leak so I'm not sure about that one. Apparently you're supposed to turn the cup to make sure the seal is correct but I usually can't get it to turn because it's hard to hold to get it like that but I've heard many people say you don't really need to bother turning the cup. Also that the suction holes are blocked but I always make sure they're clear when I'm cleaning it after removing throughout the day so it can't be that. Or the cup might be too high or low; mine sits with the uncut stem right at the opening to my vagina and doesn't move by itself during the day so seems fine to me. Lastly the cup size is wrong but I'm a teenager and a virgin with a relatively light flow so I don't think I need a bigger size and I don't want to spend lots of money trying different cups when I don't know if that's even the problem here.

So the conclusion I've come up with so far is on heavier days there might be more weight in the cup or something leading to the seal not being very secure and leaking? I'm not really sure what I can do any differently to help, maybe keep trying to turn the cup? Can anyone offer anything that might be the issue or solution? Thanks in advance!
27 January 2017 @ 03:03 pm
Alright, I'm going to bare my soul.

I bought a menstrual cup over a year ago, a Lunette Size 1. I have tried many times to insert it with no success. I'm 16 and a virgin.

I can only fit a finger inside my vagina and when I try to insert the cup I'm in pain. I feel quite comfortable down there and know my anatomy. I'm small. Fitting my middle finger in there just fits when I'm on my period. I've heard that your cervix gets smaller when you're menstruating. But I never can seem to fit my cup into my vaginal canal comfortably. It feels tight and uncomfortable.

I use the punch down fold, because that's the only one I've had success even inserting a little. I've tried the diamond fold since it's smaller and more compact, but I find it hard to hold and insert at the same time. And the c fold is way too big for me. I've been trying different folds but nothing seems to work like the punch down fold. I don't know what to do anymore. I've inserted it so many times with no luck and I'm sick of using pads. And, although, I could try organic 100% cotton tampons, I'm not sure I'd have anymore success than with a menstrual cup. And a cup holds so much more for long amounts of time, which would be ideal since I have a 7 day period (mostly spotting on the last two days).

Can anyone help? I feel like I'm going insane with so many people raving about menstrual cups all the time. Is it possible I'm too small?
25 January 2017 @ 02:36 pm
Hi, I have a few questions about my cup and I was wondering whether you´d be able to help.

I´m 20, sexually active, I have a high cervix, light/moderate flow, very strong pelvic floor muscles.

I first used the Ladycup S but while the rim was perfect, the bottom is pretty soft so my muscles would squish it and I would sometimes leak. So I got the Yuuki 1 Classic and was very satisfied for a few months. Perfect suction, not a single leak.

Due to some confusions with the company, I actually have two identical Classic Yuukis 1, from which I only used one.

But after half a year, I started having leaks again, although I always inserted the cup properly. Lived with it, but it is especially annoying in dorms. Recently, I thought about comparing the two Yuukis I own - the one which was never used and the one used since April. The used Yuuki is visibly SOFTER, more flexible. I compared in many ways and I´m not making it up.

I always dissinfected it by rubbing the cup with alcohol, letting it evaporate and then washing it. If I begin using the other, unused cup and stick to boiling it or sterilizing tablets, will it keep its firmness? (I´m a bit prone to UTIs, so I have to sterilize.)

If that´s not the case, do you know a cup as firm as the Classic Yuuki, which would keep the firmness for a few years? I´m considering the Keeper, but it´s not available in my country, and I´m scared of developing a latex allergy from it. Also the small FemmyCycle, which I can buy easily, and if I understand it correctly, you donť need this cup to be fully open and forming suction for it to work?

Thank so much to everyone who answers.
I'm working with a small Nez Bling cup—I'm tired of dealing with pads, and this is my first venture away from them. My period started yesterday, so I decided to try and use this thing for the first time today...but I could not get it inside my vagina after 45 minutes of trying. At one point I did manage to insert the very tip, but any pressure after that was painful.

I'm a virgin, but it's not a hymen issue—I can currently insert two fingers pretty much all the way in without too much trouble or anything more than slight discomfort, so I'm pretty sure that's out of the way already.

I've tried every type of fold I could find, getting the cup wet before inserting it, and masturbating to relax my muscles before trying to insert the cup.

I haven't used lube because I don't have and can't afford any at the moment, and I can only insert sitting down or standing up because I have a roommate and have to use the bathroom stalls.

Is there advice for this? I have no idea where to go from here, and the wasted money and general letdown are both really disappointing.
Hi all, I have just joined in need of help!

28 years old, 1 vaginal birth, average/weak pelvic floor, average height cervix, heavy flow, using Juju cup size 2.

I am on 4th cycle with the large Juju and so far it has been far worse than using tampons. I seem to leak far more often than I would need to change a tampon, and in between leaks I can feel air escaping (sometimes loudly enough to hear) which feels horrible and makes me anxious that someone will hear the noise.

I have done extensive research and am able to position the cup perfectly in front of my cervix, with a good deal and with no trouble inserting or removing. I'm not sure whether my cervix may be a little "dangly" (doesn't seem to be, but I wouldn't really know what to compare it to) and perhaps blocking the holes, which causes issues with air movement? The cup is usually about 1/4-1/2 full by the time I need to remove due to leaking.

I don't believe it's because my cervix is taking up space in the cup, because sometimes the leaks occur almost immediately after insertion, and the distance to my cervix seems to be the same as the length of the cup, which sits with the tip of the stem just outside my vagina.

I really dont want to go back to tampons but this is insane and I'm about to give up!

Thanks :-)
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20 January 2017 @ 11:12 pm
Long time lurker, first time poster!
I just need some suggestions for a new cup...I've been using one for almost two years now, and I love it. Makes life so much better!! I used to use the Diva Cup size one (availability reasons mainly) but I would always leak on my heaviest days. So because it almost felt loose on my heaviest days, I got a size 2. Wayyyyy better for leakage, I never leak anymore! I think thats a bit weird because I'm only 21 and haven't had kids, but I don't leak like I did with the size 1. However, I think its too stiff because it puts pressure on my bladder and colon, which makes life a bit difficult, and it makes my cramps worse :( my flow is really heavy on the first three days and then I just spot for another few days.
So I think I need one thats wide like the size 2 Diva Cup, but maybe a bit softer? Any ideas? I'm in Canada, in case that affects things.
19 January 2017 @ 11:18 pm
Okay, I am going to share a horror story that I will ONLY share with you good people. I've been using the cups for probably over a year with relative success. I use a large yukki on my heavy days and a moon cup for my lighter days, my period is an annoying 7 days. (some minor spotting on the last days). I thought the benefit of the cups is I can leave them in even when I'm super light or before my period to prepare. I've had minor bladder irritation UNTIL NOW. Last night I took a shower and cleaned out my cup, not much was in it but I thought "whats one more day"? Put it back in. Went to bed... woke up in the middle of the night drenched in urine :O Went to go to the bathroom only to find a tiny bit of urine trickling out and a burning sensation but an urge to urinate. I took the blasted cup out. I couldn't sleep for the next two hours because the urge to urinate was so bad. Had to go to work where I have very limited breaks so had to work through wanting to pee all day. In the afternoon thankfully my bladder started feeling better but still irritated. I've never had such a bad UTI before, and haven't.. umm wet the bed since I was a kid. I'm now a bit gun shy of this cup and I am sort of afraid to go to sleep.
 
 
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19 January 2017 @ 11:05 am
Hi,I'm 16 and I'm interested in using a mensrual cup. I watched a video online about them and it said to check your cervix.if your cervix is high get a cup for a high cervix if your cervix is low get a cup for a low cervix and mine is low. I thought your cervix moves when you are on your period. I don't want to get a mensrual cup for a low cervix then when I am on my period it goes up to far because my cervix has moved. What cup should I get ?
18 January 2017 @ 12:30 am
I am new to menstrual cups, and I have been doing my research on which brand to buy. I decided to go with Lunette, but I am having trouble deciding between Model 1 and Model 2. I am 23 years old, I have had sex before, and my period is a mixture of medium, heavy, and light days. I can't decide which one would fit me best! Does anyone have any suggestions? Thank you!
17 January 2017 @ 11:30 am
Hi, I'm a new user of menstrual cups, I tried using a lunette cup 2 for one cycle. -Almost 30, never gave birth.
I only realized later on that my cervix is really low, (probably about 2cm in) so I think I've been shoving my lunette up my cervix!
My paranoia is hitting now, do you think that could have done some damage?

I usually have quite a heavy flow on the first two or three days, so it would be nice to have a big capacity, but I have a small frame.
I'd like to give menstrual cups a further try and am now looking at shorty types, but hoping my anatomy is suited for the next one. Your advices and thoughts would really help!

Thank you.
Hello all :) So I have been using Lunette size 1 for about 3 years, and before that I used Meluna classic small. I would always have to be careful with these cups when I slept to push it right under my cervix, because they would always leak overnight. Usually if i emptied it right before i slept and positioned it right, it wouldn't leak. But lately with the lunette, I have still been leaking, and my cup isn't full. I think that I have a dangly cervix because inserting my finger to the second knuckle, I can touch the nub of my cervix, but when reaching to the back of my cervix I can fit my whole finger in plus more (I think that is what this means). Also I have lots of extra space with the lunette and know I can go up in diameter, length, and definitely capacity. I also would like a cup with more suction so I narrowed it down to Super Jennie, but wasn't sure whether to go with the small or large. I know for my own measurements, the length to my cervix is 2.08 in. and the diameter of my vagina is 2.11 in. - I measured using my fingers. The small super Jennie is 1.87'' in length, has 1.69'' diameter, and 32 ml capacity, while the large Super Jennie is 2.05 '' long, 1.85'' wide, has 41.61 ml capacity. I wasn't sure whether I needed a cup that would fill up every bit of space in my vagina (would that hurt), or I didn't need a cup that exactly matched my measurements, but just a larger capacity, as in the case the small Super Jeannie would work. I am 23 years old, and usually have a light flow if that helps!
08 January 2017 @ 02:42 pm
So, I start school again tomorrow on the 3rd day of my period. I used my Lunette model one cup for about 5 hours at a time yesterday with no problem. But today I've had to empty it like every two hours! Is this normal? I also have the Lena cup small and used that overnight last night with a night pad just in case and it was a good thing I did. Is it maybe something to do with the angle I'm putting it in or should I just use the cup with the bigger capacity?
30 December 2016 @ 11:19 am
This is my second cycle using the mooncup. My first cycle I used it on my lighter days to get used to it and this cycle used it right from the start since I figured I'd got the technique right and knew what I was doing. Wrong! My first light day was great, and I used it overnight with success. However, I used it yesterday on a heavy day and had a nightmare. I felt like I was in the bathroom every hour emptying the damn thing. I gave up in the end and used a tampon. I'm trying again today and after only having it in for an hour and a half it had started leaking. When I took it out it was just over half full. I can't understand why it doesn't leak from the beginning. I've checked the direction my cervix is pointing in to make sure I've not got the cup angled so it completely misses the cervix and I'm making sure I angle the cup correctly. My cervix is usually quite high, but during my period its more of a medium height. The cup is opening and it has a good seal. Could it be that my cervix is sitting in the cup and taking up some room?
My periods are quite heavy anyway on the second and maybe third day, but by the fourth it's light and usually stops by the evening of the fourth day. I do have a copper iud but I wouldn't say it's increased my flow massively. I'm also under 30 and haven't had any children.
Are there any suggestions of cups that would suit me better? I've looked at the meluna large but don't want to spend the money if it's just going to be the same as the mooncup.
 
 
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28 December 2016 @ 10:24 pm
Hi there,
I was wondering if y'all could help me out. I'm 15 years old and started looking into menstrual cups because of Bree on Precious Stars Pads on YouTube. I figured it would be a good option for me to try since I do ballet and I dive(water sport). So I purchased the Lunette cup, and tried to insert it with two different folds while in the shower and also using water-based lubericant. I can get the rim in with both the punch-down and 7 folds, but after that it really hurts and I'm afraid to just push it in. I tried squatting, standing, and even with one leg up... I don't know what to do... help? (I've also used regular tampons with no problem, and I've tried to find my cervix but can't seem to)
Thanks,
15-year old virgin


Edit:
Thanks for the tips, I tried the c-fold and laying down with my knees up and I got it in! Do you have any tips for taking it out though? Because it took a good 5 minutes to get it out.
Thanks again!
hello! been browsing a bit so decided to post...i have a few issues going one with my ladybits. recently within the last few months, we discovered i have a at that time a single fibroid over and inch in diameter, as well as a smaller cyst right on top of my cervix. well, i also have that issue (cant remember the name of it, with super heavy bleeding and horrible crippling cramps.) as well as over the last almost 2 years now, i notice changes in my cycle. its always been a bit weird, but, it had went from normal amount of days.....to WEEKS. or id get it again 2 weeks later. and using tampons still at this time and pads. so you can imagine how painful it was for my vag.
so...for the better made the moved to diva cup, size 2, im 36...i figured it would be ok, and so far, last cycle was so short and light wasnt much to tell. but this time...it went to normal first day and today second day heavy, and this morning...took it out...and OH GOD THE SMELL! xD (it had been in 10 hrs (overnight, morning), it was a normal light flow 1st day...) but today been changing every 3-5 hrs. which is still better then tampons considering id go through a super PLUS in 1-2 hrs...SITTING. but aside from the smell, im noticed small bits of white tissue...sometimes about a quarter of an inch in size. not sure what this is, unless the cysts are breaking lose? or maybe im just seeing the uterine lining clearly since im using a using a cup now? no chance of pregnancy here.
BUT the SMELL! ive washed it with feminine wash...even did a rubbing alcohol dip (short one and rinsed then washed again with my feminine wash)...odor is reduced, but its STILL lingering even after i wash the cup after changing. now, i am anemic, and on iron medication...could that be causing the smell?? but then again i had a bladder infection that turned into a bad UTI, which is starting to feel better now....can that be causing the smell? ive noticed the smell a few times with tampons, when left in a long time, but not this bad.
should i be worried? my normal doc is referring me to specialist OBGYN to check on my fibroids, but cant get anything around here till after christmas. could the smell just be a combo of my illness and the medication? the bladder infection has made my inner labias so irritated (but getting better from going so much.) my skin is super sensitive. i feel like im rambling, but im new to cups, and aside from the odor, im in heaven. the cramps seem better too. usualy by day 2 im crippled with cramps and unable to do much. i also have osteoarthritis among other issues. i know medication can change smells. sucks!
so another question is, when my cycle is over, or gets light enough to have time to boil it, will that REALLY remove the odor from the cup? i seen some say it does, but my OCD and anxiety about it is bothering me. @.@ i cant afford to get a new cup, so i have to keep this one for now. any and all advice is appreciated in advanced! thank you!
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