NEWS: I now sell menstrual cups at my new store:
I received this cup as a donation from the manufacturer, and I am quite honored to give it a trial. I was about to leave and go to my mom’s house for a while, and I figured I would just check my mail when I returned. But I had this strange feeling that I should check the mail before I leave… So I did, and there was the Yuuki cup in the mail box! Instinct, I suppose (and fast shipping).
The Yuuki cup came in a white sealed envelope, containing the solid cardboard tub-like container with a ventilated plastic lid, a color print folding paper manual with photos, and 1 small size Yuuki menstrual cup.
I like this cup! I think it would be great for women who are “somewhere in the middle”, aka, are sexually active, but have not had a baby. Of course, it depends on your unique shape. I’m sure lots of other women would do well with it.
I think I may have gotten a newer model of Yuuki, because in the other reviews I read, they all said Yuuki had a solid stem. But mine is hallow and squishy (which I like). You should be able to see examples of it in the pictures. It reminds me a little bit of the Divacup stem, only longer. The bottom / base of the cup is reinforced, and the base and stem have grip rings (4 on the base, 4 on the stem). Inside the rim, there is some ever-so-slightly raised writing– the Yuuki logo, and across from that a number 1. The rim is not too thick, but not too thin. There are 4 suction release holes, slanting downward from the inside, out.
Everyone has an opinion of slanted holes, but I think they allow better capacity as they are higher on the inside, but offer faster exposure to air for suction release, as they are lower on the outside.
On the inside, there is a spill proof ring up near the top (like Keeper Moon Cup), and 2 measuring lines, marking 5 and 10 (I’m assuming that’s ml ). The material itself, I would say is close in feel to MoonCup UK, but the rim is not as thick/stiff. That makes it a little easier to fold though. And of course, the Yuuki’s color is more clear.
When I tested this cup out (on a dry run), I have to say it was pretty easy to use over all. At least for me. Insertion was comfortable, not much trouble getting it to pop open. While wearing it, the only part I could feel was the stem, and not too much. But as I always say, that can be trimmed off if anyone wishes to do that. I have a very low cervix, but this cup was easy for me to wear, it didn’t protrude at all. I did not feel the grip textures on the base of the cup, the way I do with Diva. My model of Yuuki was one of the easiest cups to remove so far, as well.
The company was a pleasure and very helpful to deal with– they readily offered me some of their own photos to use for my information page, until I received the donation cup they sent, at which point I took my own photos. I would like to thank them graciously for all their generous help.
I recently received a large Yuuki as well, to go with the small. So now I have both for comparison.
The large Yuuki is a good size bigger than the small. It’s a little bit softer than the small too. Not dramatically so, just slightly. Particularly in the rim. I’ve had a lot of people ask if its softer than large Lady cup… Um, yes and now. I think it trades with Ladycup, depending on which part of the cups you are talking about.
For example, in the rims, Yuuki is softer. But at the base, Ladcup is softer. Middle is equal. Their rims are about the same width, but the Yuuki’s body is longer, and it holds more liquid. As a matter of fact, Yuuki holds more liquid than ANY of the other cups I have! So if you want capacity, this one will provide it for sure! I am currently working on my own capacity chart, so keep an eye out for it. I’ll try to let everyone know when I have it done.
The large is actually too big for me to wear regularly (both in length and width), but I’ve never had a child either, so… I did attempt to wear it anyway though, because I wanted to have experience with it. Since a Divacup is long enough to stick out of me a bit at the end, and the large Yuuki is a bit longer than Diva, I am naturally too short for this one. It did take some coaxing to get it to pop open, but again, I’m not sure if its because of the softness… Honestly, its almost equal to a Miacup in softness, and I can get a Miacup to pop open. I think it was because I’m smaller. Either that, or its because I’m not on my period right now– my muscles relax a lot when I’m on my period, so insertion is much easier then. I’ll give it another shot during my cycle I suppose.
But for the women who deed this extra length or width, and amazing capacity, I think this cup would be a blessing!