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I have heard about menstrual cups and I really want to try them. I tried the Instead soft cups during my last period and I could not ever get them to open. I have always been very small in my vaginal area (despite having 4 kids and being over 30) and my uterus is tilted back, which makes my cervix hard to reach. I have researched many different cups, but I don't know how to tell which one is right for me. Any help or suggestions? Thanks. :-)
juliiie87juliiie87 on October 3rd, 2012 09:57 pm (UTC)
Hi there ! In my opinion, the most relevant information in choosing your first cup is the distance from your opening to your cervix while on your period. By "small" do you mean your canal is short ? If so, then you'll need a rather short cup. Next is relevant how heavy your menstrual flow is (like how often you need to change protection and the absorbency you use), and finally, the shape of your muscles down there : tight and athletic, or loose, or very sensitive to pressure and pain, or even damaged by birth. Then you can compare this information with the charts, and voilà !

Here is where you start : http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/

And this is to compare softness/stiffness of various brands and sizes : http://menstrualcupinfo.wordpress.com/cup-stiffness-comparison-chart/

Don't hesitate to ask more specific questions ! And happy cupping ! ;)
motherslove311motherslove311 on October 3rd, 2012 10:16 pm (UTC)
By small I mean narrow. My cervix is hard to reach. I have even had OBGYNs comment on how far back it was. So it's narrow and long. I will check the size chart. Thank you.
ozonemamaozonemama on October 3rd, 2012 11:20 pm (UTC)
I would say a naturalmamma would be one to consider then, but keep in mind this cup is VERY soft.
anh06005anh06005 on October 3rd, 2012 11:47 pm (UTC)
Narrow and long makes me think of diva cup. Its one of the longest brands (not sure anymore with all of these new ones!) and they are pretty narrow. When guesstimating your flow remember most people who start using cups say they don't bleed nearly as much as they thought. So think of how many pads and tampons you use and what size they are and check the cup capacities.

Lucky for you divacup is very accessible if you are in the US. They are the only ones my local natural food store carry
eollieeollie on October 4th, 2012 12:52 am (UTC)
I have a tilted cervix ..... i like the MeLuna cup and my Lunette. The Diva is alright but I like the other two better. Check the charts...they are amazing.
juliiie87juliiie87 on October 4th, 2012 09:18 am (UTC)
How "tight" your body feels is a function of your PC muscles, and you'll need to relax them to aéllow the cup to get in and expand, as well as to bring it down and get it out. If you think those muscles are strong and would easily crush a cup with a death grip, then look for slightly firmer cups. Fyi, the Diva is the longest cup body-wise but its stem is fairly short. Natural Mamma and L Yuuki are long cups with a good stem. Si-Bell is very soft with a long stem, and from what I hear, very easy to remove.

See them here : http://menstrualcups.friendhood.net/f52-moderator-s-photo-library
juliiie87juliiie87 on October 3rd, 2012 10:06 pm (UTC)
... On the other hand, if your cervix is hard to reach because it's a long distance from your opening (say, longer than your fingers), then you'll definitely want one of the longest cups.

Also, could you please remove the comments screening option so everyone can read them ? :)
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on October 4th, 2012 10:31 am (UTC)
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Hi! Could you please edit this post so you're not screening by default? Thanks!
greanfreekgreanfreek on October 8th, 2012 03:40 pm (UTC)
How is this adult content? I was afraid to open it thinking there might be real live pictures or something .. xD

This might not be of much help if you're already fully converted to cups but Insteads need to be completely past your pubic bone in order to open, and even if they're not 100% round once inside, as long as it creates a seal, it wont leak.