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03 January 2013 @ 02:08 am
I am looking to buy my first menstrual cup. I tried the Instead Softcup and it would pop out of place and I could feel it, which hurt. The pressure also seemed to make my cramps worse. Hopefully, menstrual cups are still an option for me and don't feel the same as the Insteads.

Also, I am trying to accurately determine the length of my vagina in order to pick the right cup. When I tried to reach the end of my vagina with my index finger, I definitely could not. I have short fingers though! Despite the length of my fingers, does this mean I have a longer vagina? I felt like I wasn't even close to the end or my cervix. I was not on my period when I tried this though.

So, if it is true that my vagina is long and I have had a child vaginally then is the Femmecup a good option? I'm drawn to this one after looking at charts and watching videos about it.

Thank you!
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on January 3rd, 2013 08:51 am (UTC)
If you have a long vagina, this cup will be too short. also, it has a pretty useless stem. and a low capacity.

yeah, high cervix is basically unreachable. try again on your period.
juliiie87juliiie87 on January 3rd, 2013 12:49 pm (UTC)
It might be shorter while on your period. Oftentimes Insteads pop out of place because you're vagina is not the right length (too short?) for them to fit. Cups work entirely differently, it's the length from rim to base that matters. I vote against a femmecuo for now too. Have you seen the charts ? They will come even more useful once you get a better idea of how long it is while on your period : http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/
Darling Nikkijessiebanana on January 3rd, 2013 05:37 pm (UTC)
You've got to try on your period. My cervix is so much lower on my period.

In the mean time you could go with an average length cup with a decent stem. Most women don't have a freakishly high or freakishly low cervix. Worst case scenario is you buy two cups.

The size charts are great, but it's just a bunch of numbers if you don't have anything to compare them to. If you get an average one and it doesn't work, than the size charts will be great cause you'll know which way to go from there.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on January 5th, 2013 12:44 am (UTC)
Yes, measure during your period because that's when you'll be using the cup. ;o)
tjstjstjstjstjstjs on January 5th, 2013 10:38 am (UTC)
I think I have a fairly short Vaginal canal. I can reach my cervix, and around it, with my finger - although I do have to be in a certain position, and I can perfectly fit the MoonCup (UK) in the small size (B), but with removed stem. It seems like you have a longer vagina so you could go with a longer cup, but I think even if your cervix moves down during your period you could probably still fit a cup the length of mine. I personally would suggest getting a cup that isn't too long, but does have a long stem. That way you can keep the stem, or cut it if your cervix is lower during your period.
It might be worth getting something longer than your finger and measuring yourself - during your period. But make sure it is something safe to put in there though!

Another thing to consider is a MeLuna soft cup. You might want to try two: a "classic" firmness and a "soft" firmness. I suggest this because you say the Instead cup was uncomfortable, so a soft MeLuna might work for you if you are sensitive inside.

(Yes, the instead soft cups are strange. They work rather differently from a regular menstrual cup because their shape is so different and because they are soft and your pelvic bone has to hold them in. If the length of your vagina from the cervix end to your pelvic bone isn't just the same size as the instead soft cup, then it just won't work. I'm not a fan of them. Plus, they are NOT environmentally friendly)