Hi there! Got two questions here.
1.So, recently I bought my first menstrual cup – the Satisfyer one, with loop. I fell like you might have already guessed my problem – it does not pop open, yes. I thought that I actually need the least firm and smallest cup because im sensitive and my vagina is tend to be tight, but seems like its too soft… I’ve tried all folds listed on this site, tried pulling and pushing numerous times, rotating it, squeezing and releasing it with my muscules like kegel Ball, cooling it down with cold water, squatting, even jumping a little. But it just stays the way I inserted it or become C shaped (my best result so far) – even after inserting it in labia and origami fold, laying on bed completly relaxed and giving the fold a push with my fingers. Is there any trick I missed or should I buy a new, firmer cup?
2. About choosing new cup. Since I live in Russia, there is much less variety in cups on the market. Beside Satisfyer, I’ve seen Fun Factory (but im scared of it), Merula Cup, OrganiCup, Yuuki and some questionable local brands that I do not trust (they seem AliExpress-y). Which cup would you suggest? Some more info: im incomfortable with reaching too deep with my fingers when removing cups because of quite small vaginal opening; seems like my cervix sits somewhere middle to high based on knuckle measuring; kinda middle flow with more fluid on first days and less on the last; small Satisfyer cup feels okay (almost forgot I have it inside + no prob inserting with “pointy” folds) while the bigger one feels a little too much. Im in my middle twenties, no children, 2-3 workouts per week, mostly heavy.
Also thanks for a lot of info on this website! Im really glad I found it and trying cups now, they already feels better than any tampons
Thanks a lot for your suggestions, I’ll definetly look up those cups! Glad that I have some variants to choose from! <3
For possible fellow satisfyer users or someone who thinks about buying: upon futher testing, turns out it kinda works – most times leaking so little so its possible to use with much thinner and breathable pads than I normally would. But anyways, its a palliative measure and I would not recommend buying those (as first cups at least) because it’s impossible to predict how much would it leak (or even work for you at all)
P.S. I understand that a lot of big brands are producing their stuff in China and it’s completely safe for using. By using therm “AliExpress-y” I meant only those brands who looks really shady and do not provide any transparent info on their manufacturing, silicone safety, animal cruelty and such. Sadly, a big portion on goods on Ali are not provided with this info and one should be careful about it (better safe than sorry). But im sorry if it sounded misleading or offensive,I didn’t mean to.
Congrats on your first menstrual cup even if it doesn’t turn out to be the right one for you. The Satisfyer Cups will never be my first choice for myself or to suggest to anyone else. I feel that some of the shapes and stems are just not practical and that they would likely cause more issues than benefits.
I consider these cups gummy-soft (like a sticky gummy bear candy). It’s different than just soft or just gummy. The combination makes things that much harder.
Although I would normally suggest for you to try inserting the cup 1/2 way and then letting it open before pushing it into place, or to press the cup to the vaginal wall and let it expand against your finger, I don’t know if you’ll have much luck with these cups.
I would suggest a narrow “V”-shaped cup to start with since you mentioned that you think that you have a medium to high cervix. It will be easier to reach without having to reach in too far as you would with a shorter, rounded cup like the Satisfyer with the loop (Feel Confident version). Side note, although these cups were designed in Germany, they were made in China and could very well be on AliExpress or Alibaba (although I haven’t checked lately).
Anyhow, out of the cups that you listed, I would suggest the small OrganiCup or Yuuki.
The OrganiCup is slightly softer in the rim and body than any of the Yuuki’s colored cups which was the softest version they offered. Either would be much easier to open without so much coaxing.
Both cups will be slightly longer in the body than the Satisfyer but the stem also adds some extra length for an easier reach.
If you can find the Diva Cup at a chemist/pharmacy/drug store, I would suggest trying model 0. It has been dubbed the “teen size”. The narrow body will be more comfortable to insert and wear and the cup has a nice length for a medium to a high cervix.
Good Luck <3
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