These are my favorite cups to date. If you’re looking for a softer and/or smaller cup (which I am) they’re perfect. Firmer cups just make me feel like I have to pee all the time (and hurt when I take them out) so I’m always on the lookout for super soft choices. If you’re not used to softer cups, you will have to double check that your cup has opened all the way. They do not pop open as easily as firmer models. But it only takes me about fifteen seconds to run my finger completely around it and push on my walls and ease it open. Like any cup, you will get leaks if it is not completely open. (Unless you use the Femmycycle which doesn’t open all the way.) My cervix does NOT sit low (most of the time) so I prefer a longer stem. (When my cervix does occasionally get lower, I can't wear cups like this at all and have to switch to Instead Cups. Having a cup constantly hitting your cervix is not pleasant and will make you feel like you have cramps.) So long stems are a plus for me. Also the stem is solid not hollow, so there's no place for bacteria to hide. I would have liked the Anigan cups here on Amazon if not for their short stem. (You can always cut stems to make them shorter, but I can’t magically make one longer.) Their softness is very similar. Also Anigan’s small size is like R-cup’s large (which I occasionally use my first day if my flow is heavier). If you’ve tried Lady Cup’s small size (40mm diameter) or Lunette’s small size (41mm diameter) , R-cup (40mm diameter) is a good match size wise. It's just way softer. Except for the Femmycycle, the R-cup is the softest cup I own. My only complaint is the color representation on Amazon is horrible. I knew that before purchasing though, so there were no surprises when I got them. There are accurate pictures online if you want to do a search. All the colors are very pastel and soft. They are neither completely transparent nor completely opaque. If you are concerned about these being made in China, I did a burn test on a piece of the stem. (If you put silicone in an open flame it resists burning and all you will wind up with is ash. If it’s not pure silicone, it’ll catch fire easily and turn into a sticky, melty mess.) The R-cup stem took an extremely long time to burn, and it turned into nothing but ash (after my persistent pyromania finally paid off). I have all the colors except blue. The cyan is very pretty and is probably my third favorite color-wise. If discoloring/staining is a concern for you, get the yellow or orange, it won't show as much. BTW - I'm 34, no children, and I always buy the smallest size cups. I can wear the bigger ones comfortably (as long as they're soft) but I find them slightly uncomfortable to remove. (I just can't fold them as tightly for removal as I did for insertion.)
I’m actually surprised I like it. I bought this over a year ago and used it twice before I decided I needed a break. I was going to use it again for my next cycle but then I found out I was pregnant, so yay not having a period do over a year and a half.
And then I stopped breastfeeding.
And then I felt like death for a week.
And then...well, I got to try the cup again.
I just decided to go for it without looking much up about it. I figured if I was able to deal with all the poking and prodding of pregnancy I’d be able to use this without any issues. It was easier this time. I figured I’d still be able to use the size 1 because I had a cesarean, and so far I haven’t had problems with it slipping out. I trimmed the stem because it seemed like an odd thing in the design, but really it just makes me feel better about how I think it feels if that makes any sense. The ridges on the bottom make it easy to grip for removal.
I think the best advice I’d give to anyone concerned with it not feeling like it’s opened up fully, just do a kegel. It made a huge difference in how it gets positioned for me and it also makes it easier to reach when I need to empty it out.
I was confused where I stand on which one to use so I eventually got both the 1 and 2. The 1- smaller one, is good for a light cycle and fits snuggly. First time using these things so it took a little work to figure out which insertion works for me. Product is easy to use and clean. I would recommend using the 2 for heavier cycles even if you have not have kids vaginally. The grip could be better to pull it out
I have a very short vagina--not that small in diameter, just a low cervix. Seriously, I've got like an inch of clearance. I also have a very heavy flow and bad cramps. I used tampons for years, sometimes multiple at a time to control the flow. I just got really sick of how much it hurt to shove them up against my poor, sore cervix so I started looking at menstrual cups. I had tried the softcup style before but with a short vagina they didn't fit right and popped out every time I had a bowel movement.
This is awesome! It's small enough, you can trim the stem, and I had it in all day. It was only half full when I took it out to empty it in the evening. It's very soft. It does take a little bit of poking to get it to pop open sometimes and I've read that stiffer cups don't have that problem, but I REALLY appreciate how soft it is. I've only used it for a day so I can't really report on staining or wear and tear.
So I have been using this for about 6 months now and I love it. It did take a few months for me to adjust to it, so please be aware there is a learning curve for this. You will have to feel comfortable inserting your fingers and this silicone material into yourself and it was a little awkward the first few months but I think I now have the hang of this. I watched a few reviews and different insert techniques online and I tried them to see which one works best for me. So some trial and error will occur with this product. I did have leaking a few times but that was due to me not checking to make sure that the cup made a seal with my body. So I suggest wearing a pantie liner at least the first few times you use this product.