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steph_444
09 February 2013 @ 09:12 pm
Hi :) I'm new to this community and livejournal in general so please bare with me if I'm doing this wrong! I've been doing a lot of research into menstrual cups. I am getting tired of pads and tampons and just in general feel like using them is very wasteful and inefficient so I've been looking to get a menstrual cup.

The problem is, my vaginal cavity is very short and my cervix is quite far down, especially on my period. I can very easily feel my cervix. When I'm on my period only half my finger needs to be inside to feel my cervix (I checked). And I can feel all the way around it. I'm 19 and have never had sex or had a child.

Would all menstrual cups be too long for me? I have a medium/heavy flow but very short vaginal cavity.

Does anyone have any suggestions for me? I looked at the picture comparison and am thinking, maybe the small meluna,lady cup, or lunette cup? But I'm not sure if those would be too big for me. Help? :(
 
mood_swinger23 on February 10th, 2013 02:24 am (UTC)
I'm a longer-cervix owner so I understand the frustrations of feeling like you won't find the right size. For super low cervixes, the Meluna Mini's are often recommended. Someone else will have to speak for them, though!

Have you seen http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ ?

You can use it to compare sizes as well. Capacities is also listed there!

Don't feel discouraged, you will find something that works for you!

And if for some reason cups don't work, there's always reusable cloth products! :)
Charissacharissa on February 10th, 2013 07:47 am (UTC)
Mini melunas for sure! The capacity is kinda meh though depending on your needs, but with a short cervix sizes cups, capacity will be always low.

Fleurcup is also a great option - it's a short cup with good capacity. I get away with the Large Fleurcup.

all fails, you can resell your cup on the MC_sales forum here on LJ.
juliiie87juliiie87 on February 10th, 2013 10:39 am (UTC)
Depending on what finger length we are talking about, that may almost put you in the "medium length" range, so there are plenty of options to consider! Remember you can always trim the stem, so only the measurments of the cup matters, and chances are a cup will sit somewhat around your cervix so you'll win a few mms there.

First large Fleurcup (& Si-bell, which is pretty much identical shape but softer) is the standard rec for a medium-low cervix and heavy flow. If you don't mind having to empty more than twice on a heavy day (potentially, your heavy might be another person's moderate), there's the whole range of "small" sized cups : Fleurcup, Si-Bell, Lunette, medium Meluna, and now Sckoon cup. I don't usually recommend Ladycup due to its low capacity and slippery texture, but it definitely has its happy users. Thn if capacity isn't a concern and you could deal with similar capacity as tampons, there's the Mini Meluna to consider, in your case the small might be unecessary short & low capacity. Hope any of my ramblings help ! :)

Edited at 2013-02-10 10:41 am (UTC)
steph_444steph_444 on February 11th, 2013 05:37 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for all your wonderful suggestions!

I'm thinking I'll start with a small just in case and if it doesn't work out for me move up to a bigger one? I mean I'm spending probably 10 dollars a month on products that are use once so I don't feel like it's a big loss to buy a couple cups.

Even though I have a low cervix have no problem using regular or even super absorbency tampons. Does that mean I could be okay with a not so tiny menstrual cup? I've noticed my cervix moves up and down a bit depending on the day of my cycle.
juliiie87juliiie87 on February 11th, 2013 03:28 pm (UTC)
Cups definitely work differently from tampons. My cervix sits about 2 knuckles in (2") and I used regular Tampax but I realised that I angled them past my cervix on one side (which is not the best way to use tampons btw), because I could feel a resistance and thought I should tilt the applicator in order to insert it "all the way". Cups sit around the cervix, so there's some leeway. Now if you're talking about width... again that's different because cups are squishy, and the general consensus here seems to be that width doesn't matter so much as length, after all vaginas are flexible, not a set width. All in all I think you'd be fine with both a small or a large bell-shaped cup, because those provide more capacity towards the bottom, if your cervix is stealing capacity inside the cup.

Another option would be to get both a small and large size, for instance Fleurcup has deals on 2 cups : www.fleurcup.com/en
steph_444steph_444 on February 12th, 2013 03:41 am (UTC)
Thank you for so much awesome help. I'm in Canada though, and if I'm not mistaken fleurcup doesn't ship to north America? I'm hearing a lot of positive things about that brand though so it's a shame if they don't. Next to the fleurcup what do you think would be best?
m03m on February 12th, 2013 10:00 am (UTC)
Fleurcup does ship to the US and Canada.
http://www.fleurcup.com/en/fleurcup/paymentdelivery

I've heard others assuming that they don't. I wonder why... maybe it's not clear enough on the website?
juliiie87juliiie87 on February 12th, 2013 12:23 pm (UTC)
Back when Melissa did her youtube review, they didn't... they were also much firmer back then, so that maybe why people always assume this.
juliiie87juliiie87 on February 12th, 2013 12:29 pm (UTC)
Fleurcup does work for many people and provide awesome capacity for its size, so that's an idea. Si-bell is an obvious alternative because it's very similar in terms of shape and dimensions (in fact almost identical) but a bit softer. Medium and large Meluna are also in the same size range and bell-shaped. Finally there's the brand new Sckoon cup... but don't just take my word for it, check them out ! :)
steph_444steph_444 on February 13th, 2013 04:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for all your awesome help you're the best :) Very helpful. I'm thinking I'll go with meluna because there's so many different options and it's a bit cheaper. I've been torn between meluna and fleurcup, I think it's the stem on the fleurcup that's made me lean a bit towards meluna. I don't want a stem that sticks out the bottom and don't trust myself to trim it.

I'll let you guys know how it goes when I get my cup :)