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27 March 2012 @ 09:41 pm
I apologize in advance if this question has been asked before. But I really need some help.

I just recently heard about menstrual cups, and am really excited to try one. I've grown to hate tampons more and more, and this seems like the answer. I'm just completely lost on what to order. I don't know what most of the terminology means, whether I need a long or short cup, soft or firm. Here are the details about myself.

I'm really small--4'11 and 100 lbs. I'm 25, and have had one vaginal birth (11 months ago) . I don't have a very heavy period. My flow is moderate for 2-3 days, and light for the remainder. I'll probably use the cup for the first 2 days, and mama cloth the rest of the time depending.

Any help or steering in the right direction would be so appreciated. Pretty much the only cup I'm semi-familiar with is Diva Cup, but not sure if that's the right one for me.

Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on March 28th, 2012 12:08 pm (UTC)
External dimensions have little/nothing to do with internal ones.

Since you're comfortable with insertion and have had a kid, a medium to wide cup will probably fit you best.

Next period, reach in to feel how long your vagina is. If you can reach the end easily, it's on the short side. If you have to reach really deep or still can't reach it, it's long. That's probably your most important measurement. Once you know that, then check the various size charts at the Community FAQ, eliminate the ones you don't think will fit and go with your gut from the ones that remain.

It's not an exact science but getting into the right ball park will increase your chances of success greatly.
juliiie87juliiie87 on March 28th, 2012 01:01 pm (UTC)
I second "reaching in" and finding how much space you've got lengthwise.

Here are 2 charts that old pretty much everything there is to know:

Feel free to ask more questions !
Arrow_Bright: Green Gablesarrow_bright on March 28th, 2012 05:46 pm (UTC)
Definitely try to find your cervix on your next period. The Diva, for example, is the longest cup available and will be very uncomfortable and leaky if you have a low cervix. On the other hand, a very short cup (small MeLunas, I think? I have a medium-high cervix and don't know short cups as well) would be difficult to remove if you have a high cervix because it would ride up easily.

Once you figure out high/medium/low, check out the size charts linked above and start eliminating cups that will be too long or short. Since you're given birth, you probably don't need to worry about too much width; as stated, medium to wide would probably be best.

For softness/stiffness, the pros of one are typically the cons of others. Soft cups are less likely to press on your bladder and noticeable but harder to get to pop open and harder to break the seal during removal. Stiff cups are easy to pop open and break the seal but are more noticeable. Some cups are also right in the middle of soft/stiff. You just have to use your own judgement. For example, if tampons bothered you because you could feel them and were uncomfortable or because you're particularly sensitive, you might want to consider cups on the soft-to-medium-soft side.