My video for this cup:
I got my Si-Bell cups from femininewear.co.uk. I think the boxes are cute, pink and white with lots of information printed on the outside.
The pouch looks like its made of un-bleached cotton, and its pretty durable.
As for the cups themselves, I got to try them out on my cycle, because they arrived just in time. My first impression was that the cup body reminded me a little bit of Fleurcup, as did the hole positions. But of course, it has the ridges going up the side (one on all 4 sides). They are on the outside, but they don’t bother me, because they are very smooth. It also has its own cord-like stem with pronounced grip rights and a little ball at the end. Really flexible, it didn’t bother any more than a tampon string would.
Both cups are very soft, I could honestly say the softest ones on the market. So if you need something that has really good capacity, but is nice and soft, this would be a good choice.
As for the sizes, and how insertion/removal go:
When I folded the cup it was easy to keep pinched in a folded shape. I mean it didn’t feel like the cup just wanted to spring out of my grip or anything. Insertion was easy– I have taken a fancy to using lubricant with insertion now, because it just makes everything a breeze. With a really soft cup, I actually find that it works better if I insert all the way, and twist it around a few times to open it. With really soft cups, my usual method of inserting halfway and letting it pop open is not the best way. It did take some coaxing to pop open, but as I always say– that is the trade for the comfort of a soft cup; you have to be patient.
As for removal, the stem was GREAT with those grip rings! I was able to grab it and coax the cup down a bit, until I could grab the base. Of course the base was really smooth and a little slippery, so I just used the old “dry fingers” trick, just keep some toilet tissue in your hand to dry off your fingers so your grip will be better. I always do a partial fold when I remove a cup, so the rim won’t feel so wide. But with this one I actually didn’t. And it still did not bother me, because it was so soft. So that was really nice.
I guess all I can say is, if you plan to trim the stem off, cradle the bottom of the cup from underneath with your fingers to keep from dropping it, as it is smooth. Hold it upright with your thumb against the rim.
Basically, everything I described about the small, also goes for the large. But of course, I seem to be a bit too small for the large… lol. When a cup is too big for me, it will not pop open. But of course, I’ve never had a baby or anything, so smalls usually work perfect for me. But if there are any moms out there, or anyone with a heavier flow, who wants something really soft– this is a good one!
Cup length – small 7.4 cm / large 7.4 cm
Stem length – small 2.7 cm / large 2.2 cm
External diameter – small 4.1 cm / large 4.6 cm
Transluscent cup and beige cotton bag
Made from 100% medical grade silicone platinum
Two sizes are available: S and L (Small and large). Size choices are based on your age and your maternal history.
Choose size Small if:
You are under 30 years old
You are under 30 years old and have given birth by caesarean section
Choose size Large if:
You are over 30 years old
You are under 30 years old and have given birth vaginally
You can order Si-Bell here at Femininewear: http://www.femininewear.co.uk/si-bell-menstrual-cup-2035-p.asp
Or at the company’s website here: http://www.si-line.eu/collection/12-intimite.aspx
Here are some photos: