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07 May 2012 @ 07:24 pm
I am 27 yo woman married no children and need help there are too many choices. From what I can tell my cervix is about 2.5 to 3 inches high and I have a moderate to high flow. Does anyone have any suggestions. And also I am going to Hawaii and was wondering if a cup would be a good choice for swimming.
 
moonhoney925 on May 8th, 2012 04:10 am (UTC)
First of all cups are great for swimming.

Your cervix is around medium I'd say and since your periods are moderate to high I would lean towards high capacity cups. You can use a size chart to determine which is the best for you www.sizecharts.livejournal.com and www.menstrualcupinfo.wordpress.com/cup-stiffness-comparison-chart/

I have a high cervix and am quite heavy for the first 36 hours but I use a medium length high capacity capacity cup. It works fine for me, I just have to empty it every 4 hours which is ok considering a super plus tampon would last for 2 1/2 hours. By my third day I can get by emptying it once a day and even then its not even half full.
juliiie87juliiie87 on May 8th, 2012 12:41 pm (UTC)
EDIT : I forgot to mention, I took for granted that you looked for your cervix while on your period, because this is more accurate ! It may move around a little bit depending on your cycle.

2.5 to 3 inches means 60 to 70 mm (the sizecharts page is in mm), which is relatively long. So definitely look for length first. You can safely look for the medium to long cups, from the large Fleurcup to the bottom of the chart, such as Miacup, Cuplee <3, XL Meluna, even Natural Mamma or Diva cup. Don't be afraid to pick a large size, it'll allow more time between emptyings. Anyway, cups can hold 2 to 3 times what tampons can, but having more capacity never hurts.
If your cervix sits relatively high, you may want to make sure you get a good stem to hold onto : here are some pictures to compare your choices : http://menstrualcups.friendhood.net/f52-moderator-s-photo-library

Then look at the stiffness chart (second link) to see where these cups rate. Firmer means it pops open on its own, but it may put pressure on your bladder, while softer means you shouldn't feel it at all, but it may need a little extra coaxing open (nothing practice can't overcome though). Sensitive people tend to prefer softer cups, while athletic people who are likely to have stronger muscle tone like firmer cups better. The newer brands, Natural Mamma and Si-Bell, are very soft.

Edited at 2012-05-08 12:55 pm (UTC)
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on May 8th, 2012 02:02 pm (UTC)
I see that you have tagged your post with Lunette. If that is on your short list, also consider the Fleur cup. http://fleurcup.com/default-en.html Whether small or large, they have very similar dimensions.

I have a large Lunette and I LOVE it but as a stiff cup, because I'm extra-sensitive and BLECH down there on my worst days, sometimes it feels like I have a bowling ball up there. The Fleur is softer and shaped a little differently but still has the same no-slip textured surface and tab stem.

If you're considering the small sizes of that/those cups, then stiffness isn't an issue. They're both similarly squishy. Go with your gut.
m03m on May 9th, 2012 11:21 am (UTC)
The thing to keep in mind here is that cups were designed to work for most users... and they do. That means that most cups that are out there will probably work for you. So don't fret it.

Since you are close to 30 and have a heavy flow sometimes, I'd advise a larger size cup, of any brand that appeals to you.