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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!
nocebo_domingonocebo_domingo on December 12th, 2012 12:39 am (UTC)
Hey! I was also fitted for a cervical cap as a teen. That was circa 1982 and so far as I can tell my cervix hasn't moved or grown in 30 years. The experience of insertion and removal is very similar and the skills translate. Reach waaay back to insert: check. Bear down hard to remove: check. If your cap experience is like that, you probably have a high cervix, in which case a Diva will be fine as will any cup of at least medium length (say 52 mm) or longer.

The biggest difference is in how they seal. The cervical cap is fitted closely to your cervix. The menstrual cup fits to your vaginal walls. There is more leeway sideways and as someone with a sometimes heavy flow you will benefit from the additional capacity of a larger cup. Since you have plenty of experience with insertion and removal you should have no trouble tolerating a larger cup. So: my suggestion is go with a large, whether it's a Diva or another brand.