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09 February 2013 @ 07:40 pm
Hello everyone,

New to the community and menstrual cups! I'm very excited though to have found this group and to be looking at options beyond disposable pads!
I am looking for advice for buying decisions because really it's all overwhelming. They all seem to be pretty good in terms of material, ethics, etc. so I don't know which one to choose!

I am 25 and have never given birth. Sexually active but generally no penetrative sex, and I have found tampons uncomfortable when I have used them in the past (which has me concerned about cups). I think I have a long to medium sitting cervix.Typically my flow is medium or light and doesn't last more than four days. I have been considering the Mooncup specifically although I have also heard good things about Divacups. Any input from you wonderful folks? Thank you!
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on February 10th, 2013 12:55 am (UTC)
There are various size charts at the Community FAQ and also http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ Use them to eliminate the ones that you don't think will fit and then use side-by-side comparison photos to pick the shape that calls to you from the ones that remain. Your best guess as to fit will probably be the right cup for you. Trust your intuition, go with your gut.

"My favorite food is lasagna, my dog's name is Sparky, I'm a champion clog dancer. Which cup should I get?" We are all different so just because someone LOOOOOOOOOOVES their cup doesn't mean it will fit/suit you.
juliiie87juliiie87 on February 10th, 2013 10:52 am (UTC)
Yeah, agreeing with Kuradi8 : if I were to give you detailed advice I'd rely mostly on the chart to pick a medium to long cup (say in the Miacup range) and a fairly soft one just because I like them better, and it limits the potential for the "ouch, my cup makes me feel like I need to pee!" situation. So if I were to base this on what you say and my experience, I'd recommend a Cuplee just because I <3 mine. But obviously there are several other brands that will suit you. And oh, I don't generally recommend the Mooncup, because firm rim, small holes, blah blah.

Edited at 2013-02-11 03:31 pm (UTC)
m03m on February 10th, 2013 11:25 am (UTC)
Hi, welcome! Here's a general tip that may be helpful:

While yes, careful considering is a good idea, bear in mind that most cups will work for most users.
tinkerandcrabtinkerandcrab on February 10th, 2013 02:01 pm (UTC)
Another factor is how heavy your flow is... mine is quite light so I have many options and don't have to worry about capacity as much. I love my SMALL Lunette Selene, it's my goldilocks cup, but I've heard that the LARGE Lunette is a much firmer silicone, so I don't know if I would find a firm cup like that to be comfortable. My first cup was a Keeper Moon Cup, and I had a very negative experience with it... I could feel it in there at least half the time and it felt abrasive on my insides. But maybe part of this was because I was still in the menstrual cup learning curve at the time? Hard to say... I need to pop it in again this coming period and gauge my experience now that I've been using cups for a year and a half.

But still and all, I'd recommend you give the small Lunette a try... I think a lot of people are satisfied with this cup. But definitely look at the charts and the video reviews and see which cups really "speak" to you!