JuJu photos and thoughts
I got my JuJu cup in the mail today – but I was surprised by not one, but 2!!!
The packaging, is gorgeous!
Which opens up like a flower
With your cup in the centre!
Inside the bottom is a leaflet on how to use the cup, a discount coupon and the cup of course. The inside of the box has information on the meaning of the name JuJu and some facts about using cups. I like that the company is Australian and has carbon neutral packaging. No plastics! it was shipped in that cute giftbox thing, inside a similar sized white box for shipping.
The pouch is satin and double layer – pink on the inside. The green pouch has light green inside and the dark blue pouch has a silvery light blue inside.
The only downside of a double thickness pouch though is that the cups are a bit sticky with the satin, so pulling out the cup has a habit of pulling the satin lining out – so you have to poke it back in. It’s not a major problem though (you could sew a tiny dot to make both layers stick together if you wanted). The double layer satin feels thicker and nicer than single layer though I think.
Smooth outside. The bottom has a butterfly design as the grip. The inside has “JuJu” in ever so slightly indented writing, and the size on the other side (a small “2″ for the large cup). The holes are nice and large.
The stem is a very flexible stalk (don’t know what to call it lol) and it’s actually not round, it’s a rounded-triangular shape – so it’s got straight sides to grip!
Squishyness seems to be able the same as a large Ladycup (though I haven’t compared it to other cups yet)… it is softer than Lunette. The silicone feels nice, and it’s quite clear (clearer than it looks in the above photo)
Quite a big difference in the 2 sizes
A photo trying to show the smoothed triangle the stem is
I gave it a “dry run” so to speak. I’ll be able to test it fully when I get my period next (next week).. but here are my thoughts based on the dry run:
Firstly… It was nice and comfortable and easy to insert. I like cups whose outsides are smooth and don’t have the bumpy ridge part (like a Mooncup, keeper, Miacup have) When it was in I couldn’t feel it, and I couldn’t feel the stem. So I was very pleased with insertion and comfort.
With the larger size I had a minor problem with getting it to open up, as I occasionally do with all the larger cups, particularly the softer ones (I just need to press against the vaginal wall to give space for the cup to open). The smaller size opened up perfectly fine, no problem at all.
The problem for me however was removal for the larger cup.
Now, I’ll preface this by saying I’m not the most nimble of people, I have short fingers and long nails… Not really a good combination :) I normally need to grab the cup by the stem to pull it down far enough that I can reach up to the rim to break the seal… and then I use the stem and base of the cup to pull it down enough to get it out.
The large cup had very strong suction, and mixed with that, I wasn’t able to get a good enough grip on the stem to pull it down to be able to reach the rim.. It actually took me a while to get it out. I had to “bear down” a lot to bring the cup down and I had to basically use the pressure of squeezing the base of the cup against itself, to get the grip needed to pull it out. If I was a first time cup user, I’d have been frightened I’d never get it out :) But luckily I know better hah! The only other cup to give me trouble like this was the old style MeLuna cups.
The smaller cup was slightly harder to remove than other cups I’ve tried – again because it was slippery, but with the lower suction, I was able to pull it down and break the seal to remove it. So it was MUCH easier to remove than the large one.
Because the butterfly grips on the base of the cup aren’t as raised as the grip lines on most other cups, I found the base very slippery. Because of my nails I can’t use the tips of my fingers to grab it, I am sure it would be easier if fingernails weren’t a problem. The triangular stem feels nice and grippy when the cup is dry, but once it’s wet (and vaginal secretions are slippery), there is no resistance at all, so I found my fingers slid right down. I double checked the Femmecup stem (which is a shorter thin stick), and it has grip lines going down the stem. I personally think this is needed on the JuJu stem for added grip (and the butterfly pattern raised more, for added grip)
I tried it twice, both with the same result. I then tried a Lunette (just for reference, because I thought maybe it was something strange about my vagina for today), but with the extra grip of the lines on the base and stem of the Lunette, it came out easily. I was just this cup that had problems :(
I really wanted to love this cup more than any other (clear) one… but the trouble removing the large cup did disappoint me.
I was able to wear the small cup during my period with no leaks. Using toilet paper to grab the stem did give me better grip, so I would be fine using the small cup, however given the choice between cups, I probably wouldn’t choose a cup with a slippery stem.
I know there are a lot of women out there who cut the stems off cups altogether and even turn the cups inside out so there are no grip lines – and have no trouble removing the cup, so as I said, I’ve got long nails and short fingers and some of the trouble I have is probably just me. Someone else might not have any grip issues – it will be interesting to hear other people’s thoughts when they have tried it… but for me, it’s the only issue in an otherwise lovely cup.