Very Happy - Classic Amethyst Shorty
After months of reading about reusable menstrual cups, I decided to break down and go buy one available at Walgreens, The Diva Cup. I purchased the Large size after reading the recommendations on the box, being over 30 and having had 3 children via c-section. I was so excited to try it... wow. Pain. I was so uncomfortable. It felt like it was protruding out of my vagina when I sat down… It felt like it was pressing against my intestines, the tip hurt hanging out of my vaginal opening, and it was excruciatingly painful trying to get the wide (top) part out of my vagina... OMG... I cringe thinking about the pain… However, I NEVER spotted... not so much as a drop came out... So, I needed to find one that will work for my body.
So, I started Googling "Why is my menstrual cup so uncomfortable". Well, many articles recommended sizing down... several women even stated that the Large Diva was too big, but the Small Diva worked perfect... the discomfort was just due to the size of the Large. So, I literally went the next day and bought the Small Diva. Wrong. Still so uncomfortable. I could feel it, it felt like it was pressing against my uterus, and the stick at the top protruding out of my vagina and hurt so bad that I didn't want to move. So, I went back to the Google-machine again... Okay, “cut the tip off” was what I found... tried that the next day. Again, still uncomfortable... however, no leaking... I had to figure out how to make this work for me! So, I started reading through hours of articles. I came across one that mentioned several people who tried the Diva Cup with too much pain, that tried the "Me Luna" with success... I was intrigued. I kept finding more articles and reading more about the different kind of cups available. But something drew me to Me Luna... There was so much more information on how to use the menstrual cup, how it should and should not feel, how it should fit, etc... something I couldn't find with the Diva Cup... Specifically the information in this part of the website: https://meluna-usa.com/sizes-and-models/ - really drew me in… I found this so helpful… I had also found two really great websites showing the differences between the sizes of the cups, which I hope is okay if I share for others who would like to compare: https://putacupinit.com/chart/ and https://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ These gave me a visual for just how large the Diva cups are compared to the Me Luna, plus the Me Luna has so many different sizes to choose from. After concluding that my pain was due to the size of the Diva cup(s), I quickly decided that I wanted to continue my search for a perfect cup and decided to give the Me Luna a try. I used the sizing "calculator" on the website to determine my size and style and it lead me to try to Classic Small. I originally purchased a Premium Starter Kit with a Small Sapphire Blue Classic with a ball handle. The fit... perfect! I wouldn't even know that I had it in... however, I kept leaking. I wore some period undies that I also purchased through Me Luna to assist with the leaking, but I was surely discouraged. Was it possible the small was too small? After studying the size charts (in the links above), I determined that I didn't want to go much longer, because I can't stand the feel of it protruding out of my vagina... but if I required something wider, perhaps I should go with the Medium Shorty. So, I went back to the website and ordered again... this time, I ordered the Medium Amethyst Classic Shorty with a ball handle. Tried it... same thing. Leaking. How? Why? I almost contacted Karin on the website, but thought... perhaps I'm not putting it in correctly and it's not the size causing the leaking. So, in a desperate attempt to get the cup to "work", I decided to try to insert it a little different... it was worth the try! So, I folded it in the C-Fold style (which I find the easiest) however, this time I held it with the folded side (the “U” part of the fold) facing down and the curved part of the C facing up. I tried this because it seems like when I try to run my finger around the edge of the cup, I can go around the back area, but not the front. So, my thought was that the "front", where the fold was ending up, was not sealing. Hence, turning it around so that my finger can reach the part that opens up after insertion. Also, while inserting, I aimed a little different. I remembered from the Diva instructions, to go in more toward the back, not to angle upward. So, realizing that I may have been angling it incorrectly, I adjusted my angle during insertion... Now, I tried this with my Medium Shorty... and voila, it worked! It sealed, and I did not have another leak the rest of my cycle... it was truly somewhat of a miracle, because I was really starting to feel defeated. I was so happy that I finally figured out that it was "user error"! So, I am also happy to announce, that I will be trying my Small Classic at the beginning of my next cycle, because honestly, once I figured out how to “master” insertion; the Shorty seemed to “float” a little higher than I was comfortable with. The length of the Small and the fact that it holds more volume, makes me believe that one is going to be my “go to”. However, I will happily keep the two different sizes of Me Luna for changes during my cycle. Thank you, Me Luna. I am so, so happy to never have to use a disgusting pad or horrid tampon again!
Sorry for the length, but I truly feel this is such an important decision to make - using a menstrual cup and I am sad to know that resources and information is limited in the US. I just turned 40 and knew nothing about these until about a year ago... very sad! As well, I hate to name drop another cup, but my hope is that someone who is having trouble the Diva Cup (because I feel as though it is the only commercialized cup in the US), as I did, will read this and decide to give Me Luna a try!