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10 July 2012 @ 10:01 pm
Originally posted by foggyimage at Which Menstrual Cup is Best For You?
This quiz will hopefully help you decide which menstrual cup is best for you. Check out the professional website though because I use a generic rule that 30 years or older is usually a size A, Size 2, or Large where as in LadyCup, the rule is 25 years of age.

Note: This is sort of a dichotomous key because I could not find an actual quiz site that would let me have multiple questions or multiple answers. To figure out the result, remember your answer then look down below and compare!

1. Are you younger than 30 and have not given birth (except by Cesarean)?
Yes
No

2. What length is your vagina?
Short ( EASY to reach with middle finger)    Note: This will mean you probably looking for a short cup (40-50mm without the stem)
Medium/Long         Note: this will be a cup bigger than 50 mm excluding the stem.

3. Which size do you prefer? (Diameter size)
Narrow - For younger than 30 (under 42 mm)
Medium - For all (42-45mm)
Wide- For women older than 30 (46mm and up)


If you answered:  Yes, Short, Narrow ; You should look at Small Fleur Cup, Small LadyCup, Small Lunette, Small Meluna, Small Si-Bell, Yukki Size 1, CupLee Small (This is not out yet and may never come out), Small MiaLuna, JuJu size One, Small Iris Cup, Small Mini Meluna

If you answered: Yes, Short, Medium; You should connsider: FemmeCup, Medium Meluna, Mooncup UK B, Natu 1 (this is a hard brand to find), Iris Cup Large, Medium Mini Meluna

If you answered: Yes, Short, Wide; Consider: Mooncup UK size A,  Natu 2 ( a hard brand to find), JuJu 2
Note: Even though you answered young, these cups are all for women over 30 because they are wide but there is discussion that it really just depends on if you are comfortable with wide cups even though you are young

If you answered: Yes, Med/Long, Narrow; Consider: NaturCup 0, Miss Cup B, Diva Cup 1

If you answered: Yes, Med/Long, Medium; Consider: Keeper B, Mooncup US B, She Cup (One size fits all), Naturalmama (One size fits all), Mia Cup 1, NaturCup 1

If you answered: Yes, Med/Long, Wide; Consider:  None... Good luck. You know this is all because you wanted it wide :) Well try again!

If you answered: No, Short, Narrow; Consider: None, this is because you chose narrow. Normally women older than 30  use a medium or wide.

If you answered: No, Short, Medium; Consider: FemmeCup (One size), Large Iris Cup

If you answered: No, Short, Wide; Consider: MoonCup UK A, Natu 2, JuJu 2, NaturCup 2(not specified what the real length without the stem is! This brand does not have a lot of information available)

If you answered: No, Med/long , Narrow; Consider: None. Try a medium or wide width

If you answered: No, Med/long , Medium ; Consider: Diva 2, MissCup A, She Cup(one size fits all), Large CupLee, NaturalMama (one size fits all)

If you answered: No, Med/long , Wide; Consider: Large Fleur Cup, Keeper A, Large LadyCup, Large Lunette, L Meluna, XL Meluna, Mooncup US size A, Si-Bell Large, Yukki 2, MiaLuna Medium, MiaCup 2, NaturCup 2

EDIT: For heavy/ medium flow periods, the listed cups hold somewhere in the range of 25ml to 35ml from base to the top: Diva 1 and 2, Femme, Fleur S and L, Keeper A, LadyCup L, Lunette S and L, Meluna L and XL, MissCup A and B (I think),  Mooncup UK A and B, MoonCup US A, Si-Bell L, Yukki 2, CupLee L (and potentially the small if it the design is finished),
Naturalmama, MiaLuna S and M, JuJu 2, MiaCup 1 and 2, NaturCup 2.

All the other cups listed I would consider to be more for light periods (or if you do not mind changing more often and have a medium flow). Thus meaning the cup will only hold anywhere up to 24ml from base to top.

Please check the actual website to learn the exact capacity of the cup.

I hope this helps at least one person since it took so long to make! In the end, the cup you choose is up to you, but this idea came to me when I was struggling finding my next cup because of my specific bodily needs! If you have any quesions, ask me! Some helpful sites that I also used were http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ and http://menstrualcups.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/www-clothpads-org_cupcomparison_8-11-11_1b.png
 
lovinggirl88lovinggirl88 on July 11th, 2012 06:47 am (UTC)
You should add the Meluna MINIs to the short wide category. The small MINI is shorter than the regular small but as wide as the medium and the medium MINI is as short as the small but as wide as the large. Just a thought.
foggyimagefoggyimage on July 11th, 2012 06:52 am (UTC)
Okay, I will. Thanks for that suggestion! I couldn't find the website for them on my initial search so I didn't add them.
lovinggirl88lovinggirl88 on July 11th, 2012 06:54 am (UTC)
Their website is www.meluna.eu
foggyimagefoggyimage on July 11th, 2012 07:01 am (UTC)
Awesome! I found them. I added the medium mini as medium width in case you were wondering because I found a few cups with a width of 53 so I extended the usual "Wide" range from 45-47 to 46-53. Thus leaving the M mini in medium width :)
luxurymoonluxurymoon on July 11th, 2012 09:10 am (UTC)
Finding this really useful thank you. Natu cups are readily available from this supplier: http://menstrualcup.co/allbrands/natu/

foggyimagefoggyimage on July 11th, 2012 04:03 pm (UTC)
Wow you are right! They do supply those! Thanks for the link.
juliiie87juliiie87 on July 11th, 2012 11:12 am (UTC)
Not to be a buzzkill, but I find it a pity that you don't include capacity... I mean, the "over 30 rule" is just a guideline the companies use, but in fact, anyone with a heavy flow would benefit from a large cup, for extra capacity. Especially if someone has a low cervix and a heavy flow, they'd benefit from a large Fleurcup / Si-bell, which due to their width, can fit people with short vaginas by fitting high around the cervix.

Just like people with a long vagina should get a slightly larger cup (large Meluna, Cuplee, NaturalMamma, Diva, Mia) because they are often longer. I just wish young girls/vrigins would stop getting the tiniest small cup because of this rule, and end up going to the ER or come here in a panic because "it's lost up there". And also, the small Cuplee doesn't exist, and probaly never will. I'm 25 and use the large just fine.

So... it's not an exact science, but this is a pretty good start ! Thank you for your hard work ! :)

Edited at 2012-07-11 12:09 pm (UTC)
foggyimagefoggyimage on July 11th, 2012 03:59 pm (UTC)
You know, I agree with the capacity thing but this was more just for a "better fit" for some people. While capacity is a huge determining factor, it is hard to group high capacity and low capacity because some people would consider 21 ml to be high capacity and I wouldn't. I agree with you that it's definitely not an exact science but I figured this might help someone who was trying to chose their first cup or something. A lot of people are on here with issues about fits because they went out and bought the first cup they could find (mostly the Diva) and they find that it is too long or something. I think your point that some people can wear a Large Fleur even with a short vagina and a heavy flow but I can't. I know this seems weird but it is just too long for me even without the stem. So really at the end of the day, the person themselves gets to pick and choose :)
foggyimagefoggyimage on July 11th, 2012 04:05 pm (UTC)
http://menstrualcup.co/allbrands/cuplee/ Hey I think I found the small cuplee. It is also called a size 1 though. So I guess that is a little confusing.
juliiie87juliiie87 on July 11th, 2012 04:43 pm (UTC)
Nope, this chart is a new one, and it still needs to be perfected. The small Cuplee is purely theoretical.

http://cuplee.com/choosing-the-size/

"At the moment only large (L) CupLee cup is manufactured.
Smaller cups (S) are expected in November or December."

Yeah, that was last year. And the company confirmed since (to Teresa from Femininewear who now sells the large, amongst others) that they have no intention of bringing it out for now.

Actually, I think your questions could be close to perfect with just a slight variation, as simple as "under 30, no children, light to medium flow" or "over 30, had a child, or very heavy flow". And perhaps put the length first ? Just some suggestions, I find the idea very good !

Interesting point about the large Fleurcup ! Do you know approximately how low yours is ? So I'll stop recommending it to the wrong people. :)
foggyimagefoggyimage on July 11th, 2012 05:26 pm (UTC)
Mine is only to my second knuckle on my middle finger. I have small hands so its about 47 mm long. Granted I also have a Diva (57mm without stem) and I sometimes wear it. It doesn't really bother me but just the fact that something is sticking out of you is kind of mind meddling, Pretty short! lol I might try to revise the questions but right now I'm really burnt out and lazy! It may take a while lol
juliiie87juliiie87 on July 11th, 2012 05:57 pm (UTC)
Funny mine is about that as well, but on my fingers I'd say it's between 50 and 55 mm. I use a Cuplee with half of the stem trimmed off, so approximately 63 mm total. I could probably go shorter but it doesn't bother me as such. Funny that you can wear a Diva too. It would probably be perfect flipped inside-out, I guess. Maybe it's a shape issue with the large Fleurcup then, because m03m says she can wear it, with the grip rings filed off, and her cervix is probably lower than that, 30 mm or so.
m03m on July 11th, 2012 06:06 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, someone on the internet knows my vagina length by heart! :-D
juliiie87juliiie87 on July 11th, 2012 06:09 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry, it does sound creepy... ^^
foggyimagefoggyimage on July 11th, 2012 06:12 pm (UTC)
haha!
foggyimagefoggyimage on September 11th, 2012 01:59 am (UTC)
Just thought this was worth telling you:) My friend just convinced me to try my L Fleur again! She thinks it might have been just a bad period that made me prejudice. We will see how it goes (she might be right lol) ~ I think I might refile off the bumps and make sure to remember to flip it inside out. Here's hoping I like it better this cycle! :)
trainerfevertrainerfever on July 12th, 2012 06:58 pm (UTC)
wow what a nice quiz! I just got lucky and picked one. I would recommend more people do their homework.
foggyimagefoggyimage on July 12th, 2012 08:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I just picked one when I was new too. Unfortunately I was one of the people who didn't do their homework. I didn't realize how many brands there were. I bought a ladycup and it is fine but I thought that new people would benefit from at least having something to go off of when buying their first cup!
Charissacharissa on July 13th, 2012 10:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks for outlining this - this helped me choose a new cup that I ordered today. I tried the Divacup before and the sizing didn't work for me. The chart is slightly overwhelming and hard to narrow down with multiple sizes for everything.
pinkpearls36pinkpearls36 on July 18th, 2012 12:54 am (UTC)
Thank you for putting together this guide--it's a lot better/more helpful than one of the quizzes I found. The only other factor I'm really unsure about is cup flexibility. Some of them say they are super soft, others say they are really firm, and some are medium. Is one more protective against leaks thank another? This is one thing I'm concerned about.
foggyimagefoggyimage on July 18th, 2012 02:26 am (UTC)
I don't think any cup is less or more prone to leaking than others. Personally i think the fit of the cup effects how much it leaks. Different cups are more suitable for different bodies
irishwildflwr on September 7th, 2012 03:49 am (UTC)
I just wanted to thank you so much for making this quiz! I found it extremely helpful! Before today, I had never heard of menstrual cups. The first one I came across was the diva cup, which I was going to buy. I'm so glad I didn't after reading this post, it would have been a nightmare with a short vagina! Thanks to your help, I now know which cups to consider for my body type. :)
foggyimagefoggyimage on September 7th, 2012 10:20 pm (UTC)
That is so great! I'm glad I could help. My sister blindly bought the Diva as well and said she didn't like it. Happy cupping and I hope you have a success story!