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Jenn
08 May 2012 @ 08:31 pm
You probably get a bajillion of these, so I apologize in advance. I just want to make sure I'm making the right decision since it's a big money investment. :)

I'm pretty sure it was fate that I ran out of both pads AND tampons on the last day of my last period, which was Earth Day! Clearly some people up above are conspiring to finally get a menstrual cup in me ;)

I'm 22 (I'll be 23 in July). I'm 5'4" and 140 lbs, so I'm sort of tiny? I've never had penetrative sex and I've never been pregnant. I'm gay, and I don't want kids, so there's no chance of pregnancy in the future, either.

I generally use super or super plus tampons during my period.

So, community members, depart unto me your wisdom: which cup should I buy? I'd like to buy a cup before my next period, so ideally in the next few days. :)

(there should be some sort of generator thing where you put in all of this information and it spits out your options....)

Thanks!
 
 
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Arrow_Brightarrow_bright on May 9th, 2012 05:20 am (UTC)
Oops, I meant to write about stiffness in my last post. I think it's getting late for me, lol.

Aside from length, most other features are personal preference, including stiffness, but there are some general guidelines. Generally, if you're very sensitive in that area, you'll probably want a very soft cup because it'll be less likely to press into your bladder. If you're very fit and have strong pelvic floor muscles (like you do a lot of yoga, pilates, kegels, etc.), you might want a stiff cup because it'll keep it's shape better. The pros and cons are that soft cups can be a bit trickier to get to pop open, while stiff cups are more easily felt when they're in. Personally, I like having a medium-soft cup (a small Lunette--it's a 4/10 on the charts, iirc) because it's right in the middle of both. My first cup was a Keeper Moon Cup (8/10, iirc), and it sometimes pressed against my bladder. I could still use it comfortably, but my new cup is more comfortable.

As for the Diva, it's a very long cup, even without the stemm. In fact, it's the longest available (even the small). You might be able to use it inside out, though, which makes it a bit shorter. That seems to work for some people.

I'm very biased towards the small Lunette, since it's my Goldilocks cup, lol. But it is a very good cup. It's high capacity for it's size (because of the shape). It is on the shorter side, but it has a long stem. I have a high cervix after day 2 or so of my period, and the end of the stem is just a cm or two inside the opening, making it easy to reach. On the first two or so days, my cervix is slightly lower, and it sticks out maybe 1 cm or less? The tab stem as opposed to the hollow tube of my previous KMC makes it so that it's not pokey, and the ridges make it really easy to get a good grasp on it during removal. I also like that it's medium soft, like I said before.

The S Lunette would probably work; you might also consider the S or L Fleurcup, or M Meluna. They're all around the same size.