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neetzsche
16 June 2012 @ 12:20 pm
This is my first cycle using cups and I am very happy with them. All signs point to my Meluna medium fitting well, except for this 6 hour stretch on my second day when I have a very heavy flow and need to clean it every other hour. I'm willing to admit some of the leaking is probably part of my inexperience, but it's annoying. Usually I wear a pad during this time, but I bought cups wanting to eventually stop using external products.

So I think I need a larger cup for then. The thing is, I'm 23, exercise regularly, and have not been pregnant. I know cups can be too big, at least length wise, but can they actually be too wide? I'm about 55 mm to the very back.

I also wanted to buy a silicone cup, since I know the cheaper ones can work for me. I'm considering the large Si-Bell or Fleurcup, but I don't want to risk it being too big. I'm wanting as close to a 30 ml capacity I can get without breaking myself.
 
Arrow_Brightarrow_bright on June 16th, 2012 08:39 pm (UTC)
Generally, I don't think cups can be too wide (at least, of the ones available). Obviously it's up to personal preference (for example, a wide and stiff cup might press into your bladder more than a narrower cup, which can be uncomfortable), but you won't break yourself. Virgins who have never inserted anything wider than a tampon generally tend to get narrower cups because the tissues haven't been stretched before (though I think it's mostly because narrower ones seem less intimidating), but it shouldn't be a problem since you've used a cup before. I've been told that shape (and probably stiffness as well) is more of a factor in how "wide" a cups feels, rather than the actual measurement, though I don't remember which shape feels wider.

Length is generally the only key measurement. In fact, with a wider cup you can sometimes get away with a little longer cup because it's able to fit better around your cervix.

Have you seen the size charts? http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/

At 55 mm, I don't think you'd have any problem with a Fleurcup or Si-Bell.
neetzscheneetzsche on June 18th, 2012 05:34 pm (UTC)
I've heard about the width not mattering, just wanted to double check.
I think intimidation is a big factor, too. 46 mm across would be pretty close to the biggest thing I've put in there (not like I've measured, just eyeballing my ruler) and I have some trouble with that, even when I'm aroused. (TMI but yeah)
juliiie87juliiie87 on June 17th, 2012 05:27 pm (UTC)
I second the reply above, you won't break yourself ! Your vagina is made to stretch, think of what it's meant to do ! And cups are soo soft and gentle... it's not like you were trying to pass a solid ball into your vagina (which some people do, for pleasure). And, oh, I think I'm about 55 mm to the tip of my cervix on my lowest day, and I use a large Cuplee with half of the stem trimmed off, it's 25 ml to the holes. This might be the maximum you can safely go lengthwise.

I'd say go Fleurcup, people with much shorter vaginas sing the praise of this cup. Si-Bell is currently the softest cup ever, which is nice comfort-wise, but I'm afraid being yound and athletic, you might crush the cup during exercise. Just a thought. By the way, which Meluna are you using, soft or classic ? Compare stiffness here : http://menstrualcupinfo.wordpress.com/cup-stiffness-comparison-chart/

Edited at 2012-06-17 05:30 pm (UTC)
neetzscheneetzsche on June 18th, 2012 05:49 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm using the classic. Didn't think to check the squishiness chart, but in that case, I'm wondering if Lunette would be better. (8 vs 2)
Mostly I'm worried about expulsion while exercising. I do martial arts and I need something that can withstand what is basically an hour of squatting exercises.
juliiie87juliiie87 on June 18th, 2012 06:16 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure what to advise, since I'm very much a soft cup person. From what I've heard, the large Lunette is a great cup, it's just a bit firm, but many people love it so... only you can tell if you think you'd like a slightly firmer cup. How did your Meluna withstand practice ?

Fyi, my best friend practices brazilian jiu-jitsu several times a week, which is basically about rolling on the floor, if you ask me, and she uses a Naturcup, because she was weary of firmer cups (though I think I've read somewhere the rim compares in firmness to a Lunette's, she said it's a bit rough at removal). No leaks though.

If I were you, I'd be tempted to try an XL Meluna, given you already know you like classic Melunas, the fact that they're pretty cheap and you can find them easily on mc-sales... It seems huge but there's actually some chance it'll fit stemless or inside-out, being larger it could sit higher. Although it might be wise to try a Lunette first.

I know what you mean by having trouble inserting "stuff", but we're talikng about inserting a fairly soft, folded cup, not the full on 46 mm ! Insertion is only difficult until you reach the pubic bone, then it's all flexible after that. Plus cups can be partially folded for removal too, or using the "one edge at a time" technique.
juliiie87juliiie87 on June 18th, 2012 06:30 pm (UTC)
Seems like you're very near to the cup of your dreams now, all you need is to take a good look at them and pick one up ! :)

http://menstrualcups.friendhood.net/f52-moderator-s-photo-library
neetzscheneetzsche on June 18th, 2012 07:26 pm (UTC)
I go during week days so I shall see tonight or tomorrow! I did practice at home and it stayed in place. And I suppose the Lunette should work the same. All that's left is to order it.