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07 May 2012 @ 02:44 am
Okay, so I have some questions.

I'm 25 and I've only recently become sexually active. Before then, I never used tampons because even trying to insert them was complete agony (I'm pretty sure I may suffer from vaginismus). Now that I've actually started using tampons, I've realized how uneconomical they are. I don't normally have a super heavy flow, so I can wear a pad for much longer than is recommended to wear a tampon. Furthermore, since I'm still a newbie when it comes to inserting tampons, there's a lot of trial and error which tends to result in wasted tampons. Therefore, I've been looking into the MUCH more cost-effective alternative of the menstrual cup.

However, since a menstrual cup IS a fairly large investment, I want to make sure I get the right one. I'd hate to drop $40+ on something that isn't the right fit for me. Since my flow isn't particularly heavy and I'm a 25-year-old who has never had children, I don't think I would need a very large cup. I felt around and I THINK my cervix is about 3-4 cm in, but I'm not completely sure because to be honest, I have no idea what exactly the cervix feels like.

I could get a DivaCup at the pharmacy, but like I said, it's $40, so I'm reluctant to buy one unless I think it would be my best bet. From what I've heard, DivaCups are the biggest out there, and I'm wondering if I should go for something else instead. I'd love some advice because I'm so new to all of this and I really do not want to essentially throw away money on the wrong choice.

Anyway, thanks in advance for any input. :)
 
Procrastinator Extraordinaire: Gargoyle Eyenightmer on May 7th, 2012 06:56 am (UTC)
This probably shouldn't be your only reason for picking a cup, but the Moon Cups on Amazon.com generally run pretty cheap, usually about $20. I picked up mine for $9! I know they're also one of the smaller models. I think Amazon sells a few other brands as well.
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on May 7th, 2012 07:29 am (UTC)
One thing I'd suggest is to scope out what cups you might be interested in, and then check out mc_sales. Fairly often people list very lightly used or unused cups, samples they get, and so on for $10 to $20, which is much less of an investment. Also, check sizecharts to see what choices there are and where they fall in terms of size.

Edited at 2012-05-07 07:33 am (UTC)
juliiie87juliiie87 on May 7th, 2012 03:35 pm (UTC)
Definitely start at the sizecharts page listed above and look at the cups that are about 4 cm long : there are plenty. The main difference between them is going to be how squishy or firm they are. Here's a chart to sort them out : http://menstrualcupinfo.wordpress.com/cup-stiffness-comparison-chart/
A softer cup will be easier to fold tightly for insertion and removal, although it may take a little extra coaxing to make it open, but nothing that can't be overcome with a little practice. A firmer cup will stand better against strong pelvic muscles.

Meluna is one of the cheapest brands and comes in various sizes :http://meluna.eu/monatshygiene/menstruationsbecher.html?___store=english&___from_store=english
Alternatively, watch the offers on mcsales and wait for one you think will fit.
m03m on May 7th, 2012 09:32 am (UTC)
Even if you'd decide that the DivaCup is what you're going for, you can probably get it cheaper online.

Your cervix will typically feel rounded with a dent in the middle, a bit donut-shaped. It's about the size of a coin (yes, coins differ, but so do cervices).
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on May 7th, 2012 12:51 pm (UTC)
Another place to look for bargain cups is on ebay. "Mystery cups" are often under (US) $20. (They're Chinese knock-offs, over-runs, re-packaged, etc.)
Cait: Amy Pond: Ultimate Gingemscaitlinpotter on May 7th, 2012 04:42 pm (UTC)
I got a medium Meluna not too long ago for about 30$ including shipping.