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06 September 2012 @ 10:39 pm
Hello Everyone! 

I'm new to this community and menstrual cups. Before today, I had never heard of menstrual cups. At first, I was completely grossed out, but now I am sold and excited! I love the fact that it is reusbale to help reduce waste and I'm sure it will help me get more in touch with body. During my research, I found this site to be by far the most helpful! It saved me from certain agony if I had bought the first cup I found, the diva, since I discovered through here that it would not work well with my body. I have looked at the measurement and soft/hardness charts as well as a quiz that member foggyimage posted. I came to realize that my vagina is considered short, as I was able to reach my cervix to my 2nd knuckle on my middle finger (about 5.5cm). I am 24 years old, not a virgin, and have not had a child. Despite being a virgin, my vagina is pretty tight. It is always difficult at first having sex until my vagina gets stretched out. I'm not sure if this is because I'm naturally small and my husband is rather large. As a result of my body type, I decided the best cups would be ones that were shorter and narrower. Based on the suggestions of cups from foggyimage's quiz, I am deciding between a Small Lunette, Small Meluna Classic, or a Small Meluna Soft. I decided on these because I liked how they had ridges on the bottom of the cup to help with grasping during removal. I know these three range in softness levels, which is my biggest obstacle right now in choosing. I also have some incontinent issues, which I guess means my pelvic muscles are very weak. I'm not quite sure, which softness or hardness level would be best for someone with weak pelvic muscles, but a tight vagina. I'm not sure if it is even possible to have both! I should also note, that capacity is not a big issue for me. I have a pretty light period due to being on birth control pills. I change out a regular tampon about every 6-8 hours. I would greatly appreciate if anyone that uses these three cups or anyone with similar body type/issues could offer their experiences and advice on what cup they have found to work the best. Thank you! :) I look forward to hearing from you all and the continual learning on mentstrual cups! 
 
OmniAliaomnialia on September 7th, 2012 06:32 am (UTC)
Hiya I also have a very low cervix. Your choices are a bit of a hard choice though!

I have a lunette currently and am switching to meluna soon. The lunette is very stiff and COULD irritate the bladder if your vaginal walls are weak, but yours maybe fine since you have a tight wall and haven't had children. A small lunette may not cause problems though and it'd more narrow than the Meluna.

The meluna however is in many sizes and also has the mini, its soft and and medium soft.

Slightly wider shape but has more size ranges than the Lunette so you have more options, especially if capacity isn't a big issue.

Hopefully someone else has more feedback. :)
moonhoney925 on September 7th, 2012 07:32 am (UTC)
The small Lunette is actually quite soft, the large is quite stiff. If you are considering a small Lunette then you might also want to consider the small Fleurcup as it has similar dimensions as is also quite soft. I just received an email from Fleurcup and they currently have a sale with their green coloured cups (cup + pouch for EUR14.99 + postage EUR3.99). I have both of these cups.

I cannot comment of the melunas as I do not have these cups.

For incontinence you better start doing kegels as you don't want this issue to get worse after childbirth and older age. You might want to get some kegel balls to assist.

Edited at 2012-09-07 07:33 am (UTC)
juliiie87juliiie87 on September 7th, 2012 10:25 am (UTC)
Your description is so much like me !
25, about the same vag length, light flow, no kids !

So... for your "tight entrance but weak pelvic muscles issue" I definitely recommed looking into softer cups. I got a large Cuplee as my first cup because I wanted something extra soft with a good length to reach easily, and I wasn't dispointed, although it's probably the maximum length I can accomodate, I just had to trim off some of the stem, and now nothing pokes out. Then I got a couple Melunas, and I can definitely recommend the medium, both soft and classic depending on what you think you'd like best. The small is really tiny though, so I wouldn' bother with it, unless you were a virgin with a lower cervix. Other relevant choices include the small Miacup (similar to the Cuplee) and small Fleurcup, also amongst the soft cups. There's the small Ladycup too, but I wouldn't bother with such a low-capacity cup, and it's known to be a slippery little beast. Enjoy your transsition to cups ! :)
wireni on September 8th, 2012 08:37 am (UTC)
You write "which I guess means my pelvic floor muscles are very weak". Did you know the pelvic floor can also be overactive? I had physiotherapy for this. My physiotherapist told me that some can have incontinence problems with that, too. Have you ever seen a doctor for this?
Sorry I am of no help with your question, I have chosen a Lunette, no problems in the first 2 months, although later I read softer cups (like Fleurcup) are gentler for women who have UTIs often.