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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!
Hello! I mostly used a MeLuna M Classic before, but it was absolute length for my anatomy and I have been wanting a bigger capacity cup + a wider/stronger one to give me more confidence during sports. Trouble is that with most cups, capacity comes with length! Which was no option for me. So after a lot of research, tips from this livejournal and saving up I got myself a FemmyCycle Low Cervix.

Before I bought it, I already read some reviews saying the cups caused more cramps, were hard to remove, the suction was too strong etc. For me, the MeLuna cup was never strong enough to really vacuum itself, so this was all new to me.

Now I have been trying it out over the past week and I've found a few knacks to it, which I did not find online or in the folder, which I would like to share for anyone who shares my low-cervix-heavy-flow issues with finding a cup or otherwise is attracted to the FemmyCycle design. I must add i also got rather strong pelvix floor muscles, but defenitely not super strong!!, for this might cause the suction to be a bit worse on me (if i relax my muscles, it feels like it sucks less, when sucking "wrong").
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18 October 2017 @ 09:02 am
So I'm sure this has been asked before but I haven't had sex in more then a year and a half. I am married so using the diva cup and if by some miracle he decides to have sex again will he notice I'm not as tight as i should be? Weird question i know.
15 October 2017 @ 08:29 pm
I totally want to try a cup with a valve. I see vicoria's love, hers goes the spelling, awai? The "others" lol any thoughts with a heavy flow? Are they all made in China? I know some nice things are made in china but dude this is going in a special place! I would love your input. Xx
08 October 2017 @ 05:12 pm
I'd like to give a quick review of MeLuna cups after going through 2 of them. I like them because they are the only cups where you can choose a ring stem, which makes it a lot easier to grasp. But after 4 years, my first cup became softer and wouldn't open up inside me anymore without great difficulty. I contacted them and this was their response:

"The cups have undergone 3 year wear tests and in that time frame no differences in material were noted. It is possible that depending on storage conditions (no direct sunlight) or care the older cups may be less resilient than cups less than three years of age. No testing was done past the 3 year mark. (testing is expensive and most competitor products like sckoon only test for 2 years) "

I ordered a second one after that, because I really liked the ring stem. Well it's been 3 years since I bought that one, and it also has become soft with difficulty opening. I should mention, after every cycle I soaked the MeLuna in hydrogen peroxide and then boiled it before storing. (In case that had any effect.) I wish more companies would use the ring stem. So now I got a Diva Cup and what a difference in the springiness! I just don't think the hollow stem was a good idea in terms of ease of cleaning.

I used my Diva cup for the first time last week. Because I was excited to use it, I forgot to buy a separate pot to boil it and sterilize it before and after my period. I also don't have a soap to clean it with so, I just washed it with hot water under the sink between removals/reinsertions.

Since I didn't have a pot, I just washed it thoroughly after I took it out, again just using hot water from the sink. I let it dry and I kept it in a small towel while still allowing ventilation to go through (since I think it needs air?)

Anyways, my question is... is not boiling it or soaking it a week after using it a risky move? And, what is the best way to sterilize it?

I'd rather be safe than sorry so, since I just got a pot to boil this in, I'm thinking of maybe first soaking it in a water and hydrogen peroxide mix and then boiling it with some vinegar (which is supposed to help with odour and staining in the long run?). I also intend on getting a vaginal soap to clean it with between uses.

Anyways, I appreciate your advice, cup users! :)

24 September 2017 @ 02:20 pm
Hi guys,
I'm new here but have been using a mens cup for about 3 years.
I have quite a heavy flow and low cervix, so I got a meluna shorty size L, but it always leaked on my heavy days and actually just almost always leaked, except for my last two days of mens. I had to empty it every two hours and even then I could get caught before time and again leak. I never could get the hang of it and although it leaks and that's so annoying, I just love using a cup so much that I just managed tolerating the leaking part. Until I thought I just had to find another cup for myself, because it's too unpractical at work when I have to use public toilets...

So I went on the search again and the huge amount of different cups and reviews is really confusing but I finally made the choice to get a quite new cup on the market, Merula cup from Germany. Most of you must already know what is this cup and many loved it and I did too in the sense that it doesn't leak at all and I go at least 6h without a leak even on my heavy days so that's so much of a relief!
But the thing that made me write here is that I wanted to know if some of you out there who are using this cup are having issue with cramps because since I'm using it I'm having cramps everyday and I think it is because the succion is so strong... It's quite painful and it gets on my mood... )
Wanted your feedback and maybe some of you found a way around that?
Thanks a lot to you all...
20 September 2017 @ 04:41 pm
Hello, guys!
I want to ask a question for very dark cups owners.
Is it difficult to see the blood on, say, a black cup? While hiking, I prefer not to rinse my cup with water, but to use wet wipes. So, it is important for me to see if there is some blood on my cup of not.
Please tell me, is it possible to see blood stains on a very dark cup?
19 September 2017 @ 10:06 pm
I've been using the small IrisCup for a while now, and it's mostly going pretty smoothly. But it's difficult for me to remove: I have to bear down to reach the stem, to be able to pull on that while bearing down to even be able to grab the cup part. When I looked it cup, the length of the cup seems to be fairly typical. do I just have an extremely high cervix? (I've never been able to reach it with my fingers). I can't get it out while sitting or standing fairly normally, and I'm always worried that tugging on the stem too hard is going to eventually make it break.

What would be a good option so that I can get my cup out without needless contortion and yanking? Would Luv Ur Body in medium be good, or is it overkill?
04 September 2017 @ 09:05 pm
To anyone who's still kicking around here,

I've lurked around this community and related resources off and on trying to find a definitive resource/answer to my question, so I'm sorry if this is a repeat, but I've been having trouble finding anything yet. I've been a cup user for several years now, with a Meluna as the first one I've tried (either small or medium, I forget which) which I've liked a lot, except for one problem: no matter how much I practice, try different folds, or run it under cold water, I overwhelmingly have problems getting it to reliably open up inside me. Even when the brim opens up, quite often the body remains caved in, so I'm not getting much volume at all. I can reach my cervix, though with some difficulty, so I assume I'm about an average depth; since this has been happening from the very beginning for years, I'm pretty sure it's neither the material softening with age, nor just pure inexperience.

I'm thinking it's about time to buy something new, and look for a cup that's considerably stiffer in both rim and body, since I'm not having trouble inserting it. Stiffness seems to be the single most difficult to find aspect of a cup in a review though, not to mention super subjective, and the one or two rating lists I found seem to be limited in the brands on there. What brands can you all recommend to me that spring open easily?
03 September 2017 @ 10:07 pm
Hi! I'm new here - and to menstrual cups - but I've appeared to ask some questions. One in particular, really. I'm decently familiar with my vagina, I've done some thorough exploration up there and I'm comfortable enough with where everything is to use a cup.
This was my first cycle using a cup, and it's gone pretty well. The first day and night I leaked, and it took probably a half-dozen tries and 30 minutes to figure out how to get it to work properly the first time. After that, it's been fine. No leaks and went through two nights where it was perfect. Removal is a little odd - I have to remove it slightly sideways and it springs open and out. It's a little uncomfortable, but I can deal with it.
The interesting part is the fourth day. I haven't been wearing the cup the fourth day, and it was fine until a little after dinnertime. Now I'm feeling pain and a frequent urge to urinate, but I can't. I don't think it should be a UTI, the cup is the only new thing I've done down there and I've been using it for a few days with no problems.
My best idea? I took a bath to ease the pain and felt around. Something is new. I'm feeling multiple ridges inside, from almost the very entrance to about an inch and a half down. Google suggests it's probably rugae, but I've never had noticable rugae (unless that's common during my period, I haven't done a lot of exploration then.), and it says nothing about new rugae being painful.
I have considered the possibility of not properly breaking the seal, but I only really had the problem the first day, and have since figured out how to break it fully.
So far I've been drinking a lot of water (in case it's a UTI), resting, keeping my legs tight (it eases the pain), and haven't been using the cup again.
I have never seen a ob/gyn before, so I'm not really sure of anything.
Any of y'all have experience on new rugae combined with pain? Does the cup increase the amount or prominence of vaginal rugae? I'd love some help, thanks in advance.
31 August 2017 @ 07:04 pm
I found them! They were originally $39.99, but they are going to be on sale for $10 off at $29.99! One is for before having children, and one is for after having children!

I would also recommend bandages and makeup at the same time, so that you are not only loyal to Diva Cup as your friend, community member, and Top 999 LiveJournaler/Friday Fiver.

I believe I've already had a veggie burger at Burger King before. Do you want to go on or be mine?
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28 August 2017 @ 09:20 am
Okay. I have followed these forums for years, but never posted anything. I tried a menstrual cup for the first time when I was 13 or 14 (Diva Cup) and I couldn't get it out, so I was scared, and didn't come back to it for a while.

I'm almost 18 now, and I can get them out easily. I'm comfortable with the cups, and LOVE the idea of them, except, they NEVER work for me. I must be doing something wrong but I don't know what. I've been working with it for probably 5 or so cycles.

For starters, I'm 17, a virgin, and I use a Lily Cup, size A. I think I have a bit of a tilted cervix, as it is usually towards the left. Sometimes, it doesn't leak, and sometimes it does. Sometimes, I can have it in for a while, it be fine, then I move a certain way and it leaks, but when I go to take it out, it is still 'sealed' or 'suctioned' (when I tug, it doesn't come out). Sometimes I'll think it's leaking because it is too full, but I find that it's hardly filled. Last night (first night on my cycle, very heavy) it lasted the whole night. I was paranoid about it, so I got up several times to make sure it wasn't leaking. All good. But I got up this morning, and after I stood up, it was like there was no cup, and blood leaked all over my underwear. When I went to remove the cup, it was still sealed and didn't feel like it had moved or anything.

The only thing I can think of that may be causing it, is the softness of the Lily Cup. I love the feel of it (compared to my old Diva), but it doesn't feel open when it's in. The rim is suctioned, but I've never had it open to full size inside of me, I don't think. It sort of takes on the size and shape of the vagina, and is a little bumpy and squished in there, if you run your finger around it, but not folded.

PLEASE help me! I'm determined to get this thing to work and LOVE it, but I'm getting discouraged.

Thanks in advance.
26 August 2017 @ 07:32 pm
I've started using the Lunette 1 today and I've noticed I have to change it sooner than the recommended 8 hours (need to empty at about 6). I am considering buying a larger cup, since I'm a bit afraid to bleed very heavy through the night and stain the sheets and I don't want to worry about that every month. When I use tampons the Tampax Super+ is enough for my heaviest night. Should I switch to a bigger cup? If so, recommendations? Lunette 2? Or maybe an Organicup (that one has caught my attention as well)? Model A or B?

Thanks! ;)
24 August 2017 @ 08:16 pm
Hi everyone!
I've just found out I have candida overgrowth. I probably have had it for some time, just haven't realised what it was. When trying to get rid of it, how should I clean my cup after every cycle, to prevent it from perhaps re-infecting me again? Until now, I have always washed it inbetween changes with water, and then at the end washed it with soap and boiled it for 5-10 min. When I started again, I washed it with soap and water before inserting it. I heard that when it comes to fungus, boiling it does not kill it, so should I use vinegar or something?

Thank you for your help in advance!
Have a great day!!
Hi, I have several questions regarding 3 cups, 1 of them im currently using
I have a high cervix, i cannot touch my cervix during period with my longest finger, sexually inactive

Lily cup compact
I just got a lily cup compact for a cycle which is great for insertion (punch down with lub), no discomfort, everything is great except that it is so difficult to remove
i put in very close to my opening but it rides up very soon, i can just touch the stem when i insert 1 knuckle of finger in and when i bear down hard and reach very high, i can only reach 2/3 of the cup
the lily cup compact is soft on body, hard on rim, it doesnt break seal no matter how hard i press the body, cannot rotate at all, it seals so hard that once it took me >3 hours to remove. I have a very difficult time reaching the rim (took 3 hrs which i tried diff positions, pooped, sexual arousal etc).
The only 3 times when i successfully removed, were using abnormal methods--i hooked the body of the cup and drag down, sometimes it comes horizontally out
anybody encounter this problem with lily cup compact? do enlarging holes help?

i think maybe lily cup compact is too short for me plus too strong seal, I'm thinking of maybe buying another one (prefer soft).
i heard that si-bell has nice soft silicone as lily cup which i really like, however, it doesnt look very long so i might not be able to reach top half of the cup (same as lily cup compact)
Do si-bell has strong seal? do the seal break with pinching the bottom of cup?

lily cup original
the length of lily cup original look good to me, however, same worry that i couldnt reach top half of the cup and lily doesnt have holes.
Do lily cup have strong seal? can the seal break by pinching the bottom?

Thanks a lot!!
so i finally ordered a si bell large which is great! It is very soft and pops open easily and doesnt have super strong seal. The length of body and stem is perfect and i dun have to find my cup
For insertion, i use punch down fold facing down, when the widest point pass through my opening, i push it in with my thumb, so the cup slides in at the same time pops open
For removal, i figured out my own way doing it. The traditional way of pinching bottom with 2 fingers and wiggling doesnt work for me because i could reach 2 fingers high enough to hold on, i slip abd my opening isnt wide enough for a 3rd finger or for 2 fingers to reach higher.
Instead, my method is to hold the tip of stem which is just outside of opening with left hand. Right hand middle finger slides up and press on the cup, hook on it, pull it down. At this time, the base of cup is just outside my opening, i fold it in c fold and take out
In all, for a high cervix, si bell is perfect, stem and body are long enough
Sibell large is not toooo large for its volume
17 August 2017 @ 10:56 pm
Im looking to start using cups but im unsure as to which brand and size to buy and would greatly appreciate some help.i am a virgin and i havent used tampons before either if that makes any difference. I have measured my cervix and it is high (infact i cant feel it at all). When i was measuring it i measured it when i was on my period and when i wasn't i couldnt feel it both times. But i did notice that when i was on my period i could feel the sides against my finger where as when i wasnt i felt there was more room up there so to speak. Is this normal?
I made a rush purchase about a year ago with out measuring or doing much research and bought a diva cup in size 1 i spend ages trying to insert it but found i couldnt as it kinda stung to get it past the inital opening of the vigana (is this normal also?). I also found when measuring my cervix that this was more sensitive on my period and it didn't sting as much when i wasnt. When i buy my next cup im planning to get some lube to help make insertion easier.
Any ideas as to what would be best for me?
11 August 2017 @ 09:06 pm
hi all,
Im 34, and have never had kids. I've been a diva cup user (size 1) for 4 years or so, and while it works well when it works, I often find myself having issues with it. I think the issue is that I have been pushing it past my cervix (or beside it?). So I tried inserting it under my cervix but I find I can feel it and it feels too long, even with the stem cut. So I went online and did some research and ordered a meluna large, and then after second guessing myself, I have also ordered a meluna shorty large. So now I'm feeling dumb for ordering both, but I feel like my cervix is lower on my first few days which is when i have the most trouble. Do any of you use different cups for different stages of your cycle? Also, what if my cervix feels low when Im sitting down but feels higher when i stand up? I have so many questions!!! Any tips or suggestions would be welcome! So far this cycle my diva has been working, and i think its because i have been paying attention to where my cervix is and i started using the punch down fold rather than the c fold. Sorry for the long post! Im just tired of getting frustrated with it and reverting to pads because I hate using them!
09 August 2017 @ 12:14 pm

Hello to all!

I am new to the site, and I thought I could share some of my experience using the menstrual cup.

First of all, I want to start off by saying that everyone is different, so my experience does not necessarily echo with anyone else's, and thus should not shy anyone away from trying the cups.

Background information: I have been a long-time user of pads (for about ten years since my first period), and very infrequently I use tampons (regular) to get more flexibility. I began looking into buying and using a mooncup last month. I browsed through this website and found it extremely helpful in guiding people how to appropriately pick and use mooncups (thanks to all!). However, my experience with my mooncup (Lunette 1) this morning kinda scared me away from future usages.

Last month at the end of my period, I for the first time inserted the menstrual cup and left it in during the day, the insertion and removal were painful, but I did not have any problems wearing the cup for 8 hours. So I decided to give it a full run this month.

Last night, I saw some light pink on my pants and I knew that my period was about to come, so I boiled my cup for 5 mins and inserted the cup, then I went to bed. This morning when I woke up (after 9 hours of wearing) everything was fine, there were some leaks but not severe. I took the cup out and rinsed it with cold water, and inserted it back. After my insertion, I pooped (sorry lol), and almost immediately as I stood up I felt extremely dizzy and temporarily blind for a couple of minutes. Besides, I got shaky and felt nausea and vomiting. I got very scared and instantly pulled out my cup (what a pain!). however, I managed to sit down and tried to drink some water.

I sometimes have hypoglycemia in the morning so I suspected it was the cause, but my symptoms were never as severe as this time, so I was thinking if this could potentially be TSS or similar syndromes (from insertion and leaving the cup in overnight), especially after reading this article of a confirmed case: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4556184/  I love the idea of menstrual cup and I want to put my two cents in in protecting the environment, but I don't know if moon cups are just not for me. Should I give it another try?

09 August 2017 @ 01:20 pm
Hi there! To preface this, I am 18 years old, and I am a 100% virgin, I've never had sex, and I've never masturbated. I have primarily been a pad user throughout my teen years, but I have used tampons in the past. I bought a cup because I just liked the sound of it? How there's no chemicals and it's non absorbent, that kind of stuff. My problem is, whenever I go to insert it, everything down there kinda closes up shop and gets tight, and it's borderline painful. I've researched kegels and have tried to relax my vaginal muscles but nothing's really helped. Do you have any tips?
03 August 2017 @ 12:21 am
Hello everyone,

It's been a long time. I used to have a Fleurcup L. It was great for five years but I always had trouble with leaks on heavier days. So I decide to give a shorter cup a shot, but also one that can handle a heavy flow. So I went with the Meluna regular M. I am trying to practice wearing the cup so that when my period starts again (been using Junel Fe for birth control) I will be used to wearing it.

The problem is I can't get it open. I have tried the C-fold, punch down fold, and double punch down folds and they all don't work. I've tried plunging the cup (that used to work with the Lunette and Fleurcup) and I've tried rotating it and using my index finger to help the cup open up once it's inside. Used a lot of lube to make it easier to slide in. Washed with warm water and rinsed with cold. All of these things that used to work do not work with this cup. I am frustrated and ready to give up but I want to give it one last shot. So to Meluna users, what do you all do?
02 August 2017 @ 03:40 pm

Hello Everyone, I'm not a new cup user by any means I own 5. Three of which are in constant location. This cycle kind of snuck up on me and I realized last month that I stupidly threw my cups somewhere where I couldn't see them and forgot them there. One for two months and the other for one. It wasn't anywhere gross just an old bowl on top of my dresser. I didn't remember they were in there until I came up to needing them soon for this month. So in my germaphobic ways since I had left them out for so long I wanted to clean them a bit more than just rinse and hope its clean which is my usual method.

The soap I used to wash them up is glycerin based. It's not anti bacteria or anything so I know I'm safe there but my worry is it has some sort of oil or lotion in it that would now be coating my cups since the soap is mildly scented. I rinsed REALLY well when I washed them... rinsed them twice actually. I'm not one to get infections but obviously I don't want to find out there is something on my cup by getting one. It's not a road I'd like to travel if I can avoid it.

Is there something I can do to make sure my cups are clean of any possible residue that could mess with me? One of them is my "go to" cup so I'm really hoping my lapse in thinking doesn't lead to me needing to chuck them in the trash. Also I realize I could of boiled them but I am one who has never boiled a cup and yet to have a problem and I also live with someone who would freak if they saw me boiling a cup. Thanks for your help and I'm sorry I rambled. :)

Has anyone had success in truly stopping/fixing menstrual cup leaks by strengthening their pelvic floor muscles?

I've used a cup for years but have never had one be truly leak-free.  I don't know if it's a pelvic floor muscle issue (I'm 30 and haven't given birth) and both small and large cups will have some leaks.  I have a heavy flow and a low cervix.  The cup obviously leaks if it's full, but later in my period when the menstrual fluid is thinner it will leak a little bit as well, before it's even close to full (and especially when I'm sitting at an angle or lying down).

i love the idea of cups, and I've used one exclusively for years, but it's just frustrating to never have one actually be leak-free.  I wouldn't trust it to swim with, for example.

Any input is appreciated. :)
I'm close to 12 hours with this cup in and I cannot for the life of me get it out. I'm still super new to menstrual cups but I thought I had removal down..I was wrong. I usually bear down 3 times and it's pretty much out but no matter how much I push it's not moving (btw it's a meluna cup with a ball). At one point I thought I broke the seal as I heard it and had some pink on my fingers but it seems to have resealed. So far I've tried squatting, standing, one leg up, lying down and even had a relaxing bath. I'm not tensing but I can't actually grab my cup where it naturally rests, so not being able to bear down on the cup is a huge problem. It's almost 1am and I've been at this since 9pm, will the cup lower over night if I just head to bed?

EDIT: It's officially 2am so I'm going to bed, Hopefully I can get it out in the morning.