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21 November 2012 @ 12:25 pm
Hi everyone,

I've been reading and reading all the entries and am still utterly bamboozled by which cup I should try so I thought I'd cut to the chase and ask for expert advice direct.  I hope this isn't an annoyingly repetitive post. 

I've tried a mooncup uk, mostly because it was the only one I'd heard of until recently.  It's ok, but I find I have to wear it very high up or else it is uncomfortable and I can push it out accidentally.  All the indications are that I am high of cervix and long of vagina.  Interesting to know.  I also found it a bit too stiff, and the rim a bit bulky.  I'm 38, have no kids, medium flow.

So I think I want something longer, softer, and with less of a pronounced rim. Any suggestions??

Much appreciated. x

Update:  Thank you very much for the thoughts and advice.  I've bought a large si-bell and lunette from Femininewear (I saw the coupon code too late).  I'm sure one of those will fit the bill, so to speak, nicely!
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on November 21st, 2012 01:48 pm (UTC)
Over at the Community FAQ http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/tag/faq there are links to several size charts, squishiness charts and sites with side by side comparison photos. Compare the cup you have to others and pick another that you think would suit you better using actual dimensions, shape and features.

Yes, it sounds like you would like something a little longer, without a flared rim and overall a little softer. There are many that could fit the bill. Eliminate the ones you don't think would work and go with your gut from those that remain.
teacupcake89 on November 21st, 2012 02:29 pm (UTC)
despite what the instructions say, cups are designed to sit directly underneath or around (0) the cervix, so your cup feeling comfortable higher up is normal! if you struggle to reach it for removal then yes a longer (body and stem) cup would be good.

have you tried finding where/how high your cervix is on a period so you know where to aim the cup towards? :)

the mcuk is quite a stiff cup (7.5 out of 10) so most others are softer (good for you!)

the mcuk rim design is quite old so avoid cups that look similar such as the femmecup and the keeper and keeper mooncup.

got to dash but on the top of my head cups that are long and softer than your mcuk are the Diva cup (small and large, both 4/10 stiffness), natural mamma, XL Meluna soft with a stem and Si-Bell (both small and large and have nice long stems and are very soft).

have a look at them and other cups in the side by side comparison photo albums here: http://menstrualcups.friendhood.net/f52-moderator-s-photo-library

cupapallooza on November 21st, 2012 02:55 pm (UTC)
That's exactly what I needed to know, thank you. I found it confusing that they stress that the cup should sit low in the instructions. Definitely bit of trouble reaching the end for removal when it's in the right place.

Thanks for clarifying for me that the mcuk is not completely typical. I'll give one of the cups you suggest a go. I'm sure I'll have a much happier period next time!

teacupcake89 on November 21st, 2012 03:17 pm (UTC)
no probs! my first cup was a small MCUK and I only realised after having problems with it :) I think they say that to stop putting it in too far and make getting it out easier, but if you have a long vagina any cup will ride up if there's space no matter how high/low you place it :)

it's also normal to have to 'bear down' with your muscles for removal i.e. pretend you are giving birth to the cup until you can get a grip on the stem. that might make your mcuk more bearable until you get a new one! :)

in terms of buying cups: if you're in the UK, your best bet is www.femininewear.co.uk -sells most brands(apart from the fleurcup) and has free uk delivery, and Teresa who owns it is great and I'm sure could also answer any questions you might have :)
juliiie87juliiie87 on November 21st, 2012 07:52 pm (UTC)
I agree with the above recs, definitely look for something long (at the bottom of the charts here, say large Fleurcup and under : http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ and soft. Be careful that the Diva (and Naturcup) actually have a tiny nub for a stem, so not the longest overall, if you need to really reach for it. The comparison pics will tell you which are the longest, I particularly recommend Si-Bell, Mamicup, Natural Mamma and, well I <3 my super soft Cuplee but as you will see in the pics, several cups are slightly longer overall.

Femininewear is a good place to buy, definitely. If you decide to get a Si-bell, compare her price with the Si-line website (the original brand), as they are having 3 euros off using the coupon code SIBLOG. Luxurymoon.co.uk also sells several brands at a slight discount, and Cuplee can be found here as well : http://shop-wb.com/en/personal-care-hygiene/1-coupelle-menstruelle-cuplee.html

Edited at 2012-11-21 07:55 pm (UTC)
Megan: JazzHandshdsqrl on November 21st, 2012 05:49 pm (UTC)
I may have lucked out, but the first and only cup I've tried is the Diva and it's worked out great. I'm 41, and HAVE borne kids, but still seem to be a little small, width-wise, though perhaps average-to-long, length-wise. The large Diva's working perfectly for me. :)
teacupcake89 on November 22nd, 2012 02:14 pm (UTC)
just to add: I don't know what size you bought but the large Lunette is slightly stiffer (8/10) than the MCUKs (7.5/10)but the small lunette is softer (4/10), the sibell is very soft so I'm sure that will be comfortable! :)