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Charlotte
19 September 2009 @ 04:01 am
i have never used a menstrual cup, and would like to start since i have heard so many great things about using them.

i am just completely lost on which cup i should get. i only began properly researching cups a few months ago and i was going to get a moon cup uk, because i was under the impression it was the only one i could get hold of easily within the uk.
tonight i searched on ebay for menstrual cups and a ton of different cup brands came up and now the problem is i dont know which one to choose. ive read so many reviews on here too, and my indecision is just getting worse.
im 24, i havent had any children, my periods are extremely heavy and my cervix is high during my period (or at least i cant reach it with my finger). im concerned about leakage, especially during the night. im very familiar with my vagina (ha)... if it took a bit of effort to get the cup back out the first few times i wouldnt start panicking or anything like that.

on ebay uk the cups that are available are moon cup uk, diva cups, femme cups (i read that they dont hold much though?), ladycups and lunette cups. which would be the best for me? i am leaning towards the size 2 lunette cup, but im hesitant and would like someone to show me the way! i dont have a lot of money to spare at the moment, so i cant afford to purchase a lot of cups to find the "right one", sadly.

thanks in advance for any help you can give me
 
there_she_went on September 19th, 2009 03:26 am (UTC)
Diva!
Charlottecharlotteamos on September 19th, 2009 03:28 am (UTC)
what are your reasons for preferring a diva cup if you dont mind me asking?
there_she_went on September 19th, 2009 03:30 am (UTC)
I'm: High cervix, 23 no kids, heavy flow. I've tried the diva and the lady cup (both in the small size) and I prefer the diva cup. My dog just used mine as a chew toy (it was clean I swear!) so I ordered a large ladycup, it's not here yet and my period will start around oct 7 but I figure I could just go get another diva if I dislike it. It was just...pink and hard to resist.
Charlottecharlotteamos on September 19th, 2009 03:32 am (UTC)
sweet, thank you. do you ever get leakage from the diva cup? and how long can you keep it in for before you have to empty it? sorry for all the questions!
there_she_went on September 19th, 2009 03:35 am (UTC)
My first 2 days, about 12 hours before needing to empty it (overnight) but during the day my flow is heavier so it's about every 6. I don't have leakage, since it seals well. I'm a technical theater major so I'm pretty active in awkward positions too. I've had spotting, but now I just run a finger around the walls of my vagina after reinsertion and that takes care of any residual blood.

Oh, also, towards the last days of my period I've been known to forget it's there completely and not empty it for nearly 24 hours. (I don't recommend this, it'll stain and get smelly)
missingirismissingiris on September 19th, 2009 05:53 pm (UTC)
I am 24, no kids, med. flow, high cervix, I use a diva cup. I have only ever used a diva cup, I like it a lot and it was easy to figure out, for me. But I've also found that while I had rare leaking problems in the past, in the last few months I have experienced leaking with the cup, especially at night. I don't know why this sudden change, and I've been thinking about switching to a larger size diva, but I still like my cup. The thing is, you can only do so much estimating with sizes and shapes of cups and vags. The cup isn't going to change over the course of your owning it, the vag absolutely will. I find that even during the course of a period my vagina is still morphing on me. Use the chart (http://community.livejournal.com/menstrual_cups/1285963.html) to measure out what you think will be the best fit for you. But bear in mind that while cups vary and you do want to get a good fit, most of the effectiveness in how they work depends on how you use them with your vag (unlike pads/tampons, cups are a tool you learn to use with your body). The shape of your vagina, frequency of changing, etc are all things that are determined by your individual shape. You can only do so much guesswork without trying one, and it really is a matter of trial and error. If you find you just can't adjust over a period of time, if you find it uncomfortable or that it leaks too much, you might want to try something different, but by then you'll know what you need different. I didn't even know about all the options when i went with the diva, and i'm still using it because it fits well enough. I get that cups aren't cheap and you can't go around testing them out right away. but for now, just use your best judgment and i'm sure you'll do fine. I'm probably making them sound complicated...but they really aren't. they're awesome. In no time, you'll be wearing one and you won't even remember you have your period. it's so worth it.
Dina Clare: dreamlintilla on September 19th, 2009 11:26 am (UTC)
I'm glad the Diva works for you, but I just want to point out that not everyone with a high cervix ends up liking the Diva - my girlfriend is much happier with her large LadyCup.
melissa569melissa569 on September 19th, 2009 03:42 am (UTC)
Hmm, high cervix and heavy flow… I have to be honest, on YouTube, I probably get about 5-10 questions per day from women who say their cervix is high, and they therefore have trouble reaching their cup. Most of them later solve the problem by switching to either a longer cup, or a cup with a longer stem. With a high cervix, you may run into the same issue, so I think you would be best starting with a long cup, or a long stem.

Diva is the longest in the body of the cup. While keeper/keeper moon cup is short in the body, but still the longest overall (thanks to the lengthy stem). However, there is your heavy flow to consider… Diva holds more than the keeper/keeper moon cup, because of the longer cup body and higher holes. So if I had to narrow the selection down, I would have to agree with the others here and say Diva.
melissa569melissa569 on September 19th, 2009 03:45 am (UTC)
PS, I have some written reviews on WordPress that may help, and YouTube brand comparison videos (also one on flow capacity), if you like. That way you can see it all up close:

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/MenstrualCupInfo

WordPress: http://menstrualcupinfo.wordpress.com/
elizabby: ACup iconelizabby on September 19th, 2009 04:24 am (UTC)
Disclaimer: I've never used a Diva, so I can't comment on those.

But what I *do* know is that the Large Lunette used to be the only size for everyone (it was when I bought it) and has one of the largest capacities and a nice flat tab stem which most people don't need to trim at all and can use to help with removal. So that's what I'd recommend for you. I loved my Lunette, and found it very easy to handle as a good "learning" cup. It also has great capacity and I don't have a very heavy flow but I never needed to empty my cup more than 8 hourly.

I used my Large Lunette both before and after I gave birth, and then I got a GreenCup just because I wanted a pretty colour! But I still love and use my Lunette.
melissa569melissa569 on September 19th, 2009 08:47 am (UTC)
True, even the small lunette holds more liquid than the large ladycup, mooncup, etc. And almost as much as a Diva. The small is pretty short so probably good to leave the stem on. The large is a little longer, but much much stiffer, so depends what a person can do with I suppose :)
Lydia: Flowers of Lifedynapink on September 19th, 2009 05:26 am (UTC)
Given the high cervix/heavy flow combination, I'd say your best options are Diva (either size), large Lunette, or large Fleurcup (supposed to have the highest capacity).

I've got nothing but the best to say about my large Diva; never had a single problem with it in well over a year. I have no personal experience with the other two, although I'd order a Fleurcup in an instant if only they would deign to let anyone outside the EU have access to them. Since you're in the UK, though, you could easily get one from femininewear.co.uk.
khendrix85khendrix85 on September 19th, 2009 03:06 pm (UTC)
i am in texas and i ordered a fleurcup from femininewear!
femininewearfemininewear on September 19th, 2009 09:10 pm (UTC)
I have never posted a Fleurcup to Texas. Are you sure it was Feminine Wear?
khendrix85khendrix85 on September 19th, 2009 09:21 pm (UTC)
lol. yes. i got the fleurcup on tuesday.... large black. i have proof in my inbox. the cup was outside of the pouch..... i got two little candies with it.... which are gross if i might add. i dont know what kind of candies.. they just have a fox or badger on the wrapper.
khendrix85khendrix85 on September 19th, 2009 09:24 pm (UTC)
whoops. sorry! stupid me. that was leastore. i looked at femininewear and leastore and placed my order with leastore. cat's outta the bag!
femininewearfemininewear on September 19th, 2009 09:27 pm (UTC)
What was the order number because this doesn't make sense?
femininewearfemininewear on September 19th, 2009 09:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks for clarifying that. I was worried for a minute. I am quite strict about following the restrictions laid down by my suppliers.
Thanks x
khendrix85khendrix85 on September 20th, 2009 02:43 pm (UTC)
lol. pay no attention to me. yesterday i was going on 4 hours of sleep. hahaha
femininewearfemininewear on September 20th, 2009 02:48 pm (UTC)
I'm lucky if I get 4 hours... lively 6 week old baby :-)
femininewearfemininewear on September 19th, 2009 08:53 am (UTC)
As you are based in the UK you may be interested to know that we sell 10 different brands of menstrual cup ;-)
Teresa
http://www.femininewear.co.uk
Reusable menstrual products
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Feminine-Wear/262280740292
Kai: pic#84732488kuradi8 on September 19th, 2009 01:05 pm (UTC)
Choose by SIZE, not by popularity. Here are some size charts to help guide you: http://community.livejournal.com/menstrual_cups/1285963.html
fireaphidfireaphid on September 19th, 2009 06:06 pm (UTC)
This! If you have heavy flow, stay away from the Mooncup and Femmecup, and if you're looking for a long cup, the Diva might be your new best friend.
khendrix85khendrix85 on September 19th, 2009 03:03 pm (UTC)
i am also 24, no children, have a relatively high cervix, and have a HEAVY HEAVY period.

i would recommend either the large fleurcup or the large divacup for ya.

you will want something with a bigger capacity for sure. also both of those cups pop open pretty nicely. you can get the diva for around 18 dollars and the fleur for around 40ish (US dollars). i've tried both (and also the lady cup and the mooncup UK) and i LOVE the fleurcup. if you want to splurge, go with that... but i'm sure the diva will work for you.