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Hi everyone, I had never heard of menstrual cups before until a couple of weeks ago. Now I want one! The problem is which one? I am in my mid-30's and have 2 children (which I carried "high"), I have a history of endometriosis and have been a long time tampon with applicator and panty liner user.

I tend to have a rather heavy flow on the first couple of days of my period and a medium-to-low flow for the next couple then very little for the last (in which case I use panty liners).

The main reasons for me changing to cups are for environmental and economic reasons. This brings me to the question why I have posted this question here. I am not in a great financial position at the moment and I cannot afford to buy half a dozen brands to see which is right for me. Also I live in Australia so postage can be costly too, as most brands are owned and manufactured in the Northern hemisphere- I know the JuJu is from here but they are expensive too AUD60.00, I think because the market here is quite small and I guarantee you about 95% of the Australian population have never heard of cups. Put it this way, you cannot buy them in supermarkets or pharmacies.

I have been considering the larger sized Lunette and Fleurcups although I am open to other brands. I have been told that my pelvic floor muscles are quite strong too (found that out giving birth to my first child). I would prefer something with a stem though as I guess I am too use to tampons and would be quite scared if it got stuck up there- I know that sounds silly but I am being honest!

I am awaiting some cloth panty liners in the mail so at least I've already made that change!

Hoping someone has some advice.
Thanks.

 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on January 16th, 2012 01:43 pm (UTC)
There are several posts with size charts at http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/tag/faq Figure out which cups you think might fit and suit you best, then go with your gut from those.

The Lunette and the Fleurcup have identical length and width dimensions. Their shapes are slightly different. The Lunette is stiffer, the Fleurcup is squishier.
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on January 16th, 2012 02:42 pm (UTC)
Most likely any wide and fairly long cup will be fine for you. To choose Teh Perfect One, decide on stiffness (here's a chart http://menstrualcupinfo.wordpress.com/cup-stiffness-comparison-chart/ there are pros and cons too there), shape (an example of how different it can be: http://i36.servimg.com/u/f36/14/96/65/91/pictur59.jpg) and capacity. I'd also recommend looking for your cervix but as you use tampons with applicator chances are it's high. Especially if you can't reach it, compare the photos of different cups' stems.
moonhoney925 on January 17th, 2012 07:54 am (UTC)
Thank you all. I'm glad that I did post here as I was under the impression that the Fleurcup was much stiffer. I think that I would prefer a stiffer cup as the do not seem as fiddly as a squishier one.

Guess the large Lunette would be my best option. If that proves unsuitable then I may purchase an XL Meluna down the track. Now which colour...

A couple of other questions-
1. Is it recommended that I purchase the special wash product for cleaning purposes or is there a cheaper alternative I can use?

2. Instead of boiling the cup, could I use my children's old microwavable baby bottle steriliser?

Thanks again.
fireaphidfireaphid on January 19th, 2012 11:15 pm (UTC)
1- Most folks wash their cups once per cycle with unscented soap and water or by boiling. When emptying and reinserting, a simple rinse with water or wipe down with toilet paper should be sufficient.

2- A microwave sanitization kit like the one you have for baby bottles would be a great substitute for boiling.

I also wanted to second the recommendation of the mc-sales community if you're low on cash. Even with shipping to Australia, I think it's likely to save you a lot of money. Good luck!
moonhoney925 on January 20th, 2012 04:42 am (UTC)
Thank you.

I ordered a large Lunette Diana from luneshop.com as the price was great and no postage charges either. No way could I get one that cheap here. I decided against their wash because I figured that I could get a cheaper alternative. I don't often purchase unscented soap so that will go on my shopping list for sure.

I did have a look at mc-sales but currently nothing on offer is suitable for me- lots of smaller sizes and/or absence of stems. Actually I looked there first.

Great that I can re-use the kids steriliser, my children do not require it anymore so I'm glad that I am able to give it a new lease of life- saves the hassle of boiling and probably safer too.

Thanks again for your advice.