05 May 2014 @ 11:31 am
Okay, I took the plunge and found my cervix. I really don't know why I was so squeamish about it. Not having my period yet, but I figured I'd get a ballpark so I know where to look. Now I understand why my Pap smears have always been so uncomfortable! My cervix is pretty low, and I felt it easily with my middle finger only up to my knuckle (about 2"). And it is WAY off to the right. There is a lot of extra space off to the left, and, honestly, I really have no clue. Why don't they teach these things in school?!

So now, knowing that I have a low cervix, I can make it much more informed decision about my first cup. Although, how much will it shift during my period? It named move higher, but with my entire uterus shift to be more center? Somehow I doubt it :)

I also understand now why I can feel the gush during my. And there it is. It really doesn't have far to travel :) And why tampons were always so uncomfortable.
Now that I've stuck my fingers up there, I'm worried that things would travel past my cervix off to the left where there is so much more space. How difficult will it be to get a cup to position itself properly over my cervix? And now I'm even more interested in the femmycycle, because apparently it doesn't have to be suctioned over your cervix to work properly.
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Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on May 5th, 2014 05:03 pm (UTC)
Despite what every cup manufacturer shows in their instructions and illustrations, for most of us, ANY cup will/should eventually settle (O) around the cervix. The height of the base of the cup will be relative to the length of the cup and the length of the vagina. There will NOT be a cup-length or more between the rim and the cervix.

It does not matter if your cervix is off to one side or another -- as long as you point your cup toward it so it sits (O) properly around it, not next to it (which would be like trying to fill your mug by pouring coffee down its side.)

As for suction... http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/2091967.html

There are comparative size charts at http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ and others at the Community FAQ to help you figure out what cup would fit and suit you best. Also, mc_sales is a good place to buy, sell or trade gently used cups that didn't fit as well as hoped.
elisamba on May 6th, 2014 10:42 am (UTC)
Your other post you said heavy flow and clots, so combine your cervix height with that and you'll want: a large capacity cup; a shorter length (around 50 - 52 cm on the sizecharts); and if possible large holes to help prevent clogging. (But you can also go for a large cup with small holes and enlarge them yourself if needed.)

The terms "large" and "small" are not very precise, one size's large is another's small. So I encourage you to look at the actual dimensions and capacities in ml on the sizecharts.

You have a lot of choice in that range: the large Bella, Sckoon, Fleur, Lunette and Si-Bell and the one-size Rubycup and Femmycycle, just to name a few. Have fun choosing! For info this site tells you which brands offer free shipping. But it does not carry all brands. http://shop.menstrualcup.co/categories/Menstrual-Cups/

Re the Femmycycle: it doesn't fully unfold to work properly. That's why there are no holes for air to escape gradually. On the sizechart it is classified as 50 cm long, but factor in the length of the stem, since you can't trim the stem on that cup.
kymidiva on May 7th, 2014 05:50 am (UTC)
I just started my period this evening, so I took the opportunity to check my cervix and it's EVEN LOWER!! Barely 1.5", which really eliminates most cups on the size charts. It also seems to have moved into a more central location, which is convenient.
Once I had my initial measurement, I was thinking about the Lunette. But now I'm not so sure. I think I'll check again in the morning. Clearly I've gotten over my squeamishness :)
elisamba on May 8th, 2014 08:25 pm (UTC)
Good for you lol. Precious star pads is a YT channel who offers lots of good tips for low cervix and cups. I really recommend her vids. Remember the cup sort of snuggles around the cervix, it doesn't stop at the tip of the cervix, so you should be able to find something in the middle of the size charts. Lunette would probably be ok. I would be tempted to say go for the Ruby.
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