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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!
juliiie87juliiie87 on January 5th, 2013 01:28 am (UTC)
Re: Thanks and follow-up regarding Diva Cup
Have you tried cutting the stem off and filing it down neatly ?

See the charts http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ and the one I linked in the above comment for stiffness comparison.

The Diva is amongst the longest cups, and the fact that it's V-shaped as opposed to more rounded U-shapes makes it lower capacity by default. So similar width, a bit shorter and slightly softer, with more capacity there's the large Fleurcup currently on sale (real cheap!) at fleurcup.com. Other than that... there's a bunch of cups that are slightly shorter than the Diva, as you will see on the charts, but I'm not sure how they compare capacity wise... they should be about similar.
calicoastgal on January 5th, 2013 03:34 am (UTC)
Re: Thanks and follow-up regarding Diva Cup
Thanks for the response. The Fleur cup looks like a good one, but I was concerned about the ridges. I really noticed the ridges on the Diva Cup, but perhaps this was because it was so long on me.

Have you found that the ridges can make the Fleur cup uncomfortable?

Other cups I am considering are: the femme cup, size A moon cup (from the UK), large Iris Cup, large si-bell, large ladycup.

Do you think these would work? Any of them you think may be a problem for me?
juliiie87juliiie87 on January 5th, 2013 01:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Thanks and follow-up regarding Diva Cup
Have you loked at the charts ? because those cups are as different as can be... I'd rule out the Mooncup and Femmecup because of their thick rim and low capacity design (seriously, the large Mooncup holds as much as a small Diva). Large Iris and Ladycup are very similar if I remember correctly, except the Lady has low holes so potentially a loss of capacity there, and it's known to be slippery. The Iriscup is fairly expensive to ship.

Large Si-bell sounds like a clever choice : it's pretty much identical to the Fleur, only softer and without the grips ! I haven't worn the Fleur, I have one here but it's my roommate's and she has yet to try it ! (Note that some people file down the grips or just wear it inside out.) But I've seen a small Si-bell in person, I'd totally recommend this brand, it's very soft and a velvety frosted texture.



Edited at 2013-01-05 01:44 pm (UTC)