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Lunette Period Cup

by Rosie Cups (2017-04-26)

Hi, I recently bought a Lunette Cup (Size 1) and I love the idea of it and want to persist with it but there is a problem….I have used it for 2 periods now but whenever I insert it I have a pain in my tummy like it is pressing against something. ID: 2236667

The first tampon I used got stuck behind my hymen and I ended up going to a gyno, she cut is partially so that I can now use tampons comfortably, it was easy and hardly painful at all! Talk to a gyno, see what they can do. She lives in the Greater Boston area with her three sons, chocolate lab and groovy husband.

Before cleaning your period cup, you should always read the instruction manual that comes with it. See That way, when you get your period, all you have to do is see if you got the seal right.

However, it also depends which brand you choose.  Some have 3 sizes, instead of two (Meluna, Naturcup).  In this case, you definitely DON’T want to pick the smallest cup, unless you have an extremely light flow.  If your flow is about average, its better to try the medium instead.    Otherwise, you will constantly be emptying it, because the smallest cup will not hold very much liquid…

I’ve been interested in menstrual cups for the past few months, but never got one because I have never used a tampon. For example, some cups can be boiled, others can’t. These will certainly clean your cup, but there’s no reason to spend extra money on special cup-cleaning soaps. One question? What about in more remote locales? For example an overnight bus ride, you’d either be changing it in the bus bathroom or at a maybe not so nice, possibly no running water bus bathroom stop. It sounds bad but it’s really not. However, I’m sick of feeling disgusting when I use pads. I have to admit that I have been super skeptical to try a Diva cup. the whole idea of it weirds me out. I took the test to find out which cup would be best for me and it suggested femmecup.

I would definitly go to a doctor to see if you could have it cut. If it is your first time with a cup, I recommend checking it more often because it does vary from person to person.

Lori Popkewitz Alper is the founder and editor-in-chief of Groovy Green Livin, a site dedicated to sharing simple green living tips and current information on sustainable living. Lori is a green living educator, social media consulstant, freelancer, blogger, borderline vegan and recovering attorney. But after this I’m considering it. Have you used it in these situations too? or is it more for on the beaten path travel?

On the subject of play while on your period, with Diva cup–just like any other form of menstrual protection–you can just excuse yourself, go to the bathroom, and remove it. 

And don’t take my word for it — look around online. There many women have gone on the record about their love (and learning curve) with menstrual cups. Of course, you and your partner have to be comfortable with intimacy while on your cycle, but that’s a completely different issue.

You can do it whenever you want.  But I personally think it is best to do this in baby steps too.  Master insertion, removal, and popping open BEFORE your period starts. Any hand soap will work just fine. Like me, many women need to empty it once in the morning and once in the evening. And very important is that once you get a Diva Cup, check out these links below for extra tips from women who have figured it out, they’re normally right on with their suggestions and the cup comes with some very explicit tips and pictorial instructions too! There are tricks to help it work better, and some brands are better for petite women.

A cup holds much more than either a pad or a tampon. You should follow the rules for your cup, with one exception: Many companies that make menstrual cups also sell special soaps and cleaning wipes along with them, and might even recommend them in their manuals.