October 17th, 2012

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Some advice before buying in 1/2 more days...

Hello everyone,
I'm semi-new to menstrual cups. I came across an article talking about alternatives to the traditional pads and tampons about a year ago and was instantly intrigued. I can't begin to express my deep hatred for pads, and tampons have always been finicky and shoddy at best for me. The cups caught my attention, so I looked around, did rather vague research at the time and bought the Instead Softcups for a while. They work okay but not great for my first few heavy days, so I did more thorough digging and to my luck found this place.
It has been a blessing and very helpful though still after a few more comments before I go buying in a couple days.

About the cervix. I keep reading/seeing people say it feels like the tip of your nose but for me that hasn't really been the case. Every time I feel for it, all I feel is a lil' small hole on the tip of what feels like a small round ball. So would that be my cervix? I haven't felt anything else and I believe I managed to touch the majority, if not, all of everything inside.
Now if it is my cervix then I would say it's about 3/3.5 inches [76/89 mm, 7.6/8.9 cm] deep, and slightly to the left side while on my time of the month [I have to really push my index finger in to reach it and my index finger is about 3.5 inches]. Looking at the cups on the first chart here [http://menstrualcups.wordpress.com/2010/08/19/cup-size-comparison-charts/] and staying to just the US ones, I was thinking the Divacup. Good capacity for my heavier days and length including stem is 70 which should be just right, right? hehe How would positioning go as well since it's slightly to the left?
Last thing curious to know... Would having clitoral orgasms with the cup inside be fine? Without dislodging it or having [much] leakage from the contracting muscles?

Sorry for the wall of text. Just the few last questions I had that I couldn't really find out about.
Please and Thank you in advance for any comments/responses.

P.S. - Was always curious... What happens when you're asleep? o_o Does it spill inside you or anything? What about when you toss and turn? lol

A few minor post-first-use questions

I finished my first period using my large Lunette a few days ago, and I have a couple questions.

I guess I should start by saying to judge by some stories I read, I had an amazingly trouble-free first run.  No leaks to speak of, no insertion issues, no discomfort while wearing or weirdness or major disasters.  It's crazily much better than pads. (I've never been able to use tampons, they dry me out and itch like mad.)  I think I'm no longer going to look forward to my period with quite the level of loathing I used to.  Thank you SO MUCH for all your question-answering and information-providing!

My biggest question is, I suppose, a sizing question.  I really like how easily the Lunette opens and how easily it inserts and the no-leakyness, but removal isn't always quite as feeling-less.  Apparently, I'm much tighter right at the outside edge, especially towards the end of my period.  When I remove it, there's resistance at that lip and it's not so much painful as mildly uncomfortable.  But because it's the only even slightly uncomfortable part of it I wanted to ask, would a size-change be a logical thing to try?  How likely is it a smaller cup would leak?  (I'm above the "we recommend a larger size" age on every chart I've looked at.)  The size-jump between large and small Lunettes seems pretty extreme: if I wind up with a smaller one, would sticking with the Lunette shape be more logical (because I've had such good luck with it so far) or making a more-moderate size jump? 

I did manage to get blood on the outside of the cup and fingers once, and decided to just put a pad in while I cleaned the cup.  (The above removal question may have had a minor impact on this decision too.  It was almost at the end and it was just kinda like ... "meh, do I really want to have to remove it again when it's probably going to only be one pad's worth anyway?")   Almost immediately, I started cramping mildly.  Until then, it hadn't really hit me that I hadn't cramped at all with the cup.  Is this a known phenomenon?  Was it all in my head?  Maybe it explains some of my aversion to tampons too?

Thanks again for all the invaluable information!

*Edit*  I didn't realize there was such a softness difference between the Lunettes.  :S  Add another complication to my calculations. lol
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