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10 December 2012 @ 11:04 pm
I have been reading the information on your site for a while, trying to decide whether I can find a menstrual cup that will work for me. I am hoping that some of you may be able to offer some advice, as I am still confused on the best cup for me.

I am 37 and have never given birth. I am in pretty good shape and think I probably have tight/strong pelvic muscles. I think I am a bit on the short side (between 50.8 - 70mm with the "finger" test), although after reading the various posts, I realize I may have a "dangly" cervix. I have usually one or two days of fairly heavy flow and the rest of the days are moderate to light. I have only ever used tampons, with an occasional panty liner.

When I got fitted for a cervical cup in my teens, my old OB-GYN told me that I had a small cervix. Now, I imagine that the cervix grows as you age, but I am still wondering if I should try a cup with a smaller diameter than is usually recommended for someone my age. I haven’t been able to find a good method for how to determine the best diameter size for the cup, except trial and error and knowing what flow you usually have.

Which cups do you think would work best for me? Also, I just found out that my local store carries the Diva Cup and is willing to give me a refund if it doesn't work for me. Do you think the Diva Cup would be a good option for me?

Lastly, after reading one person's post about using a diaphragm as a menstrual cup, I have been tempted to get fitted for one as this seems like a more exact way to find the right sized cup. Has anyone made the switch from a standard cup to a fitted diaphram, and thought this was a good change?

Thank you very much for your help with choosing a cup!
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on December 11th, 2012 03:02 pm (UTC)
As for using a diaphragm as a menstrual cup, Instead Softcups are very similar in design to them. I've seen diaphragm sizing listed but don't remember exactly -- ranging from about 50mm to 80-90-ish in diameter??? Insteads are 70mm in diameter and the flexible plastic pocket is deeper than diaphragms. They are "one size fits many" (but not all.) They are designed with period sex (PIV) in mind as well as just a menstrual product. Personally, I find them to be much messier to remove than cups. And there's no reason that they can't be washed and reused. Of course they want you to throw them away. They'll sell more that way. Alternate two -- remove the one you're wearing, pop in the fresh one, wash the first one for next time.

Insteads are inexpensive enough to buy a small boxful and try them. They're individually wrapped so you can share a box with curious friends. I don't care for them as period protection but use them to administer yeast infection goop, etc.

On the other hand, there are several here in this community who use and love them.

A menstrual cup is very similar to your cervical cap, but deeper to catch flow. Despite what the directions/illustrations say, they will eventually settle (O) around your cervix but not as tightly as a cap. The seal just needs to be leak-proof, not sperm-proof.

You asked about the Diva. The Diva is the longest of all the brands and it's too long for many. But it is most easily flipped inside out to shorten it if it's only too long on your low-cervix days. It's perfectly OK to wear it that way if you find that's how it fits you best.

Edited (again) for wording.

Edited at 2012-12-11 03:08 pm (UTC)