I've been trying to figure out whether my bleeding was light enough to use a small cup and I found Mansfield-Voda-Jorgensen Menstrual Bleeding Scale:
- Spotting. A drop or two of blood, not even requiring sanitary protection, though you may prefer to use some.
- Very Light Bleeding. Needing to change a low-absorbency tampon or pad one or two times per day, though you may prefer to change them more frequently.
- Light Bleeding. Needing to change a low- or regular-absorbency tampon or pad two or three times per day, though you may prefer to change more frequently.
- Moderate Bleeding. Needing to change a regular-absorbency tampon or pad every three to four hours, though you may prefer to change more frequently.
- Heavy Bleeding. Needing to change a high-absorbency tampon or pad every three to four hours, though you may prefer to change more frequently.
- Very Heavy Bleeding or Gushing. Protection hardly works at all; you would need to change the highest absorbency tampon or pad every hour or two.
Lunette recommend using the bigger cup if your flow is graded moderate or heavy. Those here who are using the bigger model of their brand due to heavy flow rather than for other reasons, was it more or less like this for you back when you used pads/tampons? I used to think my bleeding is heavy on some days but by this scale the heaviest flow I ever have (one day a period at most) qualifies as moderate. A small cup should be okay then? I'm 19 and a virgin and I'm kind of afraid I won't even get a bigger cup in, lol. I can reach my cervix fairly easily when I'm relaxed enough to shove anything up there. Haven't tried this during my period though, have to admit this seems gross to me although the cups themselves absolutely don't. But it's unlikely to be higher during my period than normally, right?
Here in Russia almost nobody knows about cups, even my gynecologist didn't before I asked her about them XD I'm going to buy my first cup when I go to Finland this summer and I'm looking forward to this almost as much as to the rock festival I'll be visiting :D I've checked some sites and the brands that are easiest to get seem to be Lunette, Mooncup and Diva. (anyone from Finland, especially from Turku or Kuopio, correct me if I'm wrong?) I think I'm going to choose a Lunette
Also, I haven't been diagnosed with UTI's or something but I need to pee fairly often (e.g. at every break at uni). This might be just a psychological thing but still, does anyone else have a similar problem? Did it get worse when you started using the cup? I also kind of can't start it at once even if my bladder is very full... No problems with stopping halfway though and I think I have "identified" these muscles that it's recommended to strengthen.
To end with something less eww'y, does anyone's cup have a male name? I saw a vampire icon here and ever since I can't get this idea out of my head XD