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10 June 2012 @ 09:22 pm
Hi everyone. :D First off, I just want to say thanks! First time posting, but I've been following since October, when I first started looking at cups. All the posts and charts and everything have been hugely helpful.

So I have a Size 1 DivaCup now, which I love. The only problem is that on my heaviest days, I have to change it every 3 hours or so. That was fine when I had a flexible schedule in college, but I just graduated and am going to be working and I'm worried about leaking if I can't get to a bathroom frequently enough. I'm looking at the high-capacity cups (large Yuuki, XL MeLuna, large Fleurcup, etc.) and am trying to pick out which one might be best for me.

So here are my questions.

1. I'm fairly sure that the main reason I have to empty so often is that my cervix hangs in the cup, since the Diva is usually only 1/2 or 2/3 full when it begins to leak. Do any of the high-capacity cups have more volume in the bottom of the cup compared to around the rim? Is that related to the length or kind of irrelevant? (I'm fine with length, as I understand that the Diva is one of the longer ones and I have a little wiggle room with mine.)

2. Another question I have is if I should get a second cup now or wait until I get a paycheck. I'm trying to save until my job starts in late July, but the thing is that the job is in Japan. Are there sellers that ship to Japan or should I get one before I leave? I'm in the US now. Also, if I order from the manufacturer or an online shop like FeminineWear or Zanashop how long do they typically take to arrive in the US? I'm just worried that even if I order one now it won't arrive until after I've left.

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juliiie87juliiie87 on June 11th, 2012 12:17 pm (UTC)
Hi there !
First off, YES there are cups with more capacity at the bottom, and those are the bell-shaped cups : XL Meluna, Si-Bell, AND mostly Fleurcup. In the long-sized range, NaturalMamma is super long but fairly narrow for a high capacity cup. Apparently Fleurcup, Si-Bell, XL Meluna & large Yuuki are all pretty close capacity-wise, but you'll have to figure out which size you can accomodate, and what kind of stiffness appeals to you most. Si-Bell =ultra soft ; Fleur = Soft ; Yuuki = Firm

Judging from the pics, I *think* the Yuuki only holds so much because it's so wide... fyi it's not bell-shaped :

As you've probably learned on here, the most important factor upon choosing a cup is determining where you cervix sits while on your period. You can get a rough idea when you think of how high/low your cup rides. Note that larger cups may possibly sit a little higher. And btw, I'm not sure what you mean by wiggle room, but that sounds more like extra room width-wise to me (which doesn't matter that much, since it's all flexible down there). To give you an idea, I knew my cup was slightly long because the stem ended up bothering me in my sensitive region, so I trimmed it a bit and now I can't feel it at all. But you'll probably be fine with any of the larger, slightly shorter cups.
Seerysirigorn on June 11th, 2012 01:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your help!

I can reach my cervix but it's a bit of a stretch - maybe 3-4 inches? I've never had trouble reaching my DivaCup but towards the end of my period it rides rather high, making me think that I wouldn't want a much shorter cup for fear that it would be hard to get a hold of. I did cut off most of the stem because it was pokey.

By "wiggle room" I meant I could handle a little more length than I have now (the stem was poking me but I think a rounder, wider shape wouldn't bother me). But from what you say it sounds like a bell shape would be better anyway.
juliiie87juliiie87 on June 11th, 2012 02:25 pm (UTC)
Mmh in this case take a good look at the pics, I believe most of these are actually just slightly longer overall than the Diva, because of the longer stem... Good luck in your research !
Miaankhst on June 13th, 2012 11:59 am (UTC)
I will send to Japan, no worries (from NZ). I can post to the US too but I'm not sure how long it will take.

Miaankhst on June 13th, 2012 12:02 pm (UTC)
Ah...there's my answer... NZ post say 6-10 working days to either country.

Edited at 2012-06-13 12:03 pm (UTC)
Seerysirigorn on June 13th, 2012 01:53 pm (UTC)
Great! That's good to know. Thanks :)
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on June 12th, 2012 06:03 pm (UTC)
as for ordering, people say shipping from femininewear takes about a week to the US. may well take longer to Japan though they do ship there, and I'm sure so do meluna and fleurcup. i think it's better to make up your mind asap, so that you could try it out before your new job starts.
i agree that the best options are XL meluna and large fleurcup. i'd probably go with the large fleurcup because it's the more rounded from these two. like, it has the same shape and length when turned inside out. for example i remember someone with a low cervix saying that the miiinor difference in the shape makes a difference for them.
Seerysirigorn on June 13th, 2012 02:14 pm (UTC)
I may order one soon, then, just so I have a chance to try it a cycle before I have to start work, like you say.

I was leaning towards the large Fleurcup as well, so I'm glad to hear that you agree that it's a good choice.

Thanks for your help. :)