April 22nd, 2011

First time deciding on a cup...

Hi, everyone! I've been lurking here for a while after being curious about menstrual cups for a while. I've decided I want one, but I'm nervous about picking the right one and I'm curious as to whether this sounds about right.

I'm an older teenager, a non-virgin, and I have the Paragard as of recently, so I'd like something that's not too suction-y to account for the IUD (I think this was recommended?) and I'm pretty sure a smaller cup will do fine. I have always had pretty heavy periods (although the Paragard hasn't made them any heavier than usual), so I definitely am concerned about having a lot of capacity (whatever absorbency tampon is above regular will be "overflowing" so to speak after about four hours). I'm also allergic to latex. My cervix is about 50 mm in, since I can reach it with my fingertip. I looked at the size and capacity charts about this, but I'm still unsure about the width--I mean, I realize cups have different widths, but what is the real significance of that? How can I determine what a suitable width would be?

It seemed to me like a Fleurcup or a Lunette would be good, but perhaps I'm overlooking something or someone else might have some thoughts. I don't really have the opportunity to order things online much, so I'm being rather picky.

Is there a U.S. equivalent of FeminineWear?

Hi all,

My friend's birthday is coming up and I wanted to get her a gift certificate to someplace where she could buy a cup for herself.  To avoid shipping fees and awful exchange rates for the U.S. dollar, I'd prefer to use a U.S. store, but I want someplace that carries a lot of different brands so she can choose what is right for her (and maybe get some cloth pads as well).  In other words, is there a store like FemineWear in the U.S.?  I'd be grateful for any help you lovely folks can provide.

Thanks!
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problems with reaching the cup to take it out

 hi all, can anyone help me, i have the femmecup and the stem is 10mm i find i can place the cup up but just cant reach the stem very well to bring it out and im using my muscles but still finding it hard to use a finger and thumb to grab the stem to even reach the base of the cup and its now making me sore, because of how high the cup sits which cup would i be best to go for that has the stem long and also the cup abit longer to reach too, the size i have is great for my body but just not long enough for me to reach and i dont want to go to anything else cuz i feel a hell of alot cleaning using the cup, be so grateful if anyone can help as i cant keep buying cup after cup :-(
thanks