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It would be nice to be able to get them menstrual cups as presents but which sizes/brands to get? How much do things like age, build, sexual history and (nonexistent) childbearing history actually affect how wide or long someone actually is down there. I've just gotten into the cup scene after stumbling across them on the net. They make so much sense and this community is flippin cool! You've taught me so much, thanks! I wanna share the love to my mates.
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on September 13th, 2012 12:21 am (UTC)
Go to one of the various guidelines/size charts sites and casually ask them "What would fit you?" while you're pretending to figure out which one would fit/suit you best.

Oops, I hit POST too soon.

Length has little/nothing to do with external dimensions. "How easily can you reach the end of your vag?" is probably your best guide. Width and shape are probably best determined by personal preference and how comfortable they are inserting things for either function or pleasure.

http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/


Edited at 2012-09-13 12:26 am (UTC)
wireni on September 13th, 2012 12:25 am (UTC)
I mean to tell my friends and sisters, too. I would be very angry if I found out they have known cups for years and did not tell me!

Most brands have two sizes, one for under 30 and not given birth and one for over thirty (or over 25) or have given birth (even caesarean). You probably know all that about them. You also know their favorite colors, and whether they do sports that strengthen the pelvic floor (such as horse riding or yoga, which call for a firmer cup). Maybe you know if they have had UTIs frequently (softer cup recommended). The thing you don't know is the height of their cervix (unless one complained about a big penis poking her, but I haven't gotten that personal talking with my friends - my sister, yes). For what I get from here, the chances are higher that they would have problems using a long cup with a low cervix, than problems with a short cup with a high cervix, but others may want to correct me. It is risky. Personally, as much as I would have wished someone told me years ago about cups, I would like to choose the one that goes into my vagina myself.

You could always get them gift certificates for a shop that carries cups. Maybe together with a hot water bottle or special herbal tea or something else to make the period nicer.
mech_chick on September 13th, 2012 01:49 am (UTC)
We don't really have stores that sell them here but vouchers are a nice idea. I feel like my mates might me more keen to jump that scary first hurdle and try it if they didn't have to go through all the trouble of buying something from the Internet. Not that it was a problem for me because I warmed up to the idea pretty fast and got way too excited. I'm definitely planning to bring it up in conversation anyway. Maybe I should just buy a whole bunch (probably melunas cos they're cheap) and have a return policy, I think I'd find homes for them eventually
juliiie87juliiie87 on September 13th, 2012 03:38 pm (UTC)
Like I said int the post right above yours, Meluna classic bundles (two sizes in classic, one purple, one clear, cheaper than buying seperately) are a good deal, especially the M+L which offers a good middle of the ground choice, unless your friends would feel more comfortable with a softer cup, which is my personnal preference. Be careful that you can't really return used cups or swap until they find one that fits them.

But ultimately I'd tell them there's one trick to picking a cup, and that's how deep their cervix sits on their period. Once you know that, you can help them narrow it down by heaviness of flow and stiffness preference. Note that if they aren't comfortable with inserting a finger for scientific purpose, they shouldn't be considering cups, as it is to be expected that they'll have to retrieve their cup inside their vaginas.