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12 May 2012 @ 10:09 am
I am looking to buy a cup and have been researching for quite some time, but I am just confused by all these stats and what they necessarily mean to me.

I have been using Insteads for years and they were a miracle to me. While I love what they do, I hate them. So I am looking to get a different type of cup that fits me.

For my stats: I am 26, sexually active, with no kids. I have a fairly small vagina. I can reach the back (beyond my cervix) with my middle finger (although I have long fingers) which is about 8cm. My cervix sits fairly low during menstruation where I only have a bit of clearing for the Instead rim to fit underneath to go around my cervix. My cervix is probably 5cm from my vaginal opening. My vagina is narrow in that I can only fit 2 fingers in there with some discomfort. To give you an idea (if you've ever used one), the Instead cup fills up my entire vagina and I can pop it out easily by bearing down just a tiny bit. I am currently using the Nuvaring, but that may or may not last long. My periods are very heavy for 3-4 days. After that, they are pretty light for another 2-3 days.

Starting to use the Nuvaring was my last straw for using Insteads. I don't have any room to fit another object in there and the entirely soft lining would envelope the Nuvaring to where I think it was ineffective. I hate that Insteads leak a lot, but they were a good introduction into the world of menstrual cups as tampons and pads made my life a nightmare for many years.

I am looking for a cup that will fit better than Instead and that has a medium to high capacity. I have no idea what squishiness factor I need, but I assume somewhere in the middle will be best.

Can anyone recommend cup brands based off all that? Like I said, I have been researching but I feel lost with all this info and don't know where to start. Any advice or suggestions would be great!
 
Arrow_Bright: Gusarrow_bright on May 13th, 2012 05:15 pm (UTC)
If you take a look at the sizecharts, you can start to get an idea of what cups might work for you. I would suggest you look at the ones in the "short" or "very short" rows in the first chart (those ones are under 50 mm), and then compare them to the capacity chart farther down on the page. In that range, the highest capacity ones seem to be the S Yuuki, S Fleurcup, S Lunette, S Si-Bell (all ~20-25 mL) and M MeLuna (~20-28 mL). To compare, an Ultra tampon (the highest absorbancy available in the US) holds 15-18 mL.

You can also compare this list to the stiffness chart: http://menstrualcupinfo.wordpress.com/cup-stiffness-comparison-chart/ Medium stiffness would probably be between 3 and 6? So S Lunette (4) or MeLuna Classic (6--MeLuna Soft is a 2). Possibly also the Si-Bell? It's not on that list, so I don't know.

I've never used the Nuvaring, so I can't comment on that. You might try browsing through the Nuvaring tag.
juliiie87juliiie87 on May 14th, 2012 12:55 pm (UTC)
8cm room but 5cm to the tip of your cervix : it sounds to me like you have a "dangly" cervix. When you look at the charts, keep in mind that a cup will most likely sit (o) around your cervix, which might provide a few extra mm. I'd suggest looking mostly at round-bottomed cups in the larger size, which will provide the most capacity even if your cervix steals some space inside the cup. Large Fleurcup, Si-Bell or large Meluna fit the bill. The Si-Bell is very soft btw. There's nothing wrong with getting a larger cup, it'll only hold more.