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21 May 2012 @ 01:12 am

So I'm helping a friend of mine find a good cup for her. Because of medical conditions, she needs to have one that's longer (for good capacity due to a very heavy flow) but that's not very wide, because otherwise it will cause her extreme pain to take out. She also needs a softer and squishier one. Does anyone have any brand and size suggestions? Any help would be good!

She has endometrosis which means a lot of scarring at the vaginal opening, so that's why it needs to be squishy and not wide.

 
femininewearfemininewear on May 21st, 2012 08:36 am (UTC)
I would say the NaturalMamma cup. It is one of the longest cups, fairly narrow. I think it's quite soft and it has a flat ball ending, which shouldn't irritate the entrance to the vagina. The flat ball also makes removal easier.
juliiie87juliiie87 on May 21st, 2012 10:31 am (UTC)
Please consider it'll be useless getting your friend the longest cup if it turns out her cervix sits low (making her vagina short). In this case, a larger soft cup would fit better.

Softness does help a lot with comfort, removal and such. Amongst the very soft brands, Si-Bell is currently the softest ever (for a heavy flow, prefer the large). Users have reported it comes right out just by pulling on the stem... which is not how you are supposed to remove a cup, but still that's pretty amazing. Large Fleurcup is another favourite for a soft, not too long high capacity cup. She might want to sand off the grip rings though (it's been done before). Finally, if her cervix sits relatively high, then Natural Mamma does sound perfect.

Edited at 2012-05-21 04:49 pm (UTC)
m03m on May 21st, 2012 12:04 pm (UTC)
I don't think that she would need a cup that isn't wide, as long as it can easily be folded pretty narrow for insertion and removal. For that reason, I agree with you that a softer cup might be the right option for her.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on May 21st, 2012 05:31 pm (UTC)
There are size charts at http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ and also at the Community FAQ.

There are also squishy-ness ratings in several places but someone else will have to point you to them as they have (WHY???) disappeared from my bookmarks.

Since cups sit above our pelvic floor (PC) muscles, how stiff or squishy they are shouldn't affect your friend since the time spent at the opening is so brief.
juliiie87juliiie87 on May 21st, 2012 08:13 pm (UTC)
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on May 21st, 2012 08:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I've re-bookmarked it. :o)
moonhoney925 on May 22nd, 2012 06:37 am (UTC)
I have had endometriosis too and I use a large Lunette- which is one of the stiffer cups. It has never caused me any discomfort on my cervix, so I guess my advice is not to rule out the stiffer cups just in case one of them is the right one.

No doubt, your friend has a heavy and long flow so I'd definitely look at the higher capacity cups. My other cup is a large Fleurcup which is a more squishier cup and has the same capacity and dimensions as the large Lunette. Mentrual cups would be a godsend for her, I wish I knew about them 10 years ago when I got diagnosed with endometriosis. Camomile tea helps too with that time of the month :)