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20 February 2013 @ 04:42 pm
Hey everyone! I'm baaaack! I've been reading up and lurking for a while now and have had a positive few months with my menstrual cup. It's gotten me through a week-long hospital stay, a few fox hunts, and all sorts of things. I can't complain! I'm hooked on cups, and it's very true. You don't go back! I still have an unopened box of tampons from months ago that I never used because my cup came just in time. I ordered a Ladycup (small) a few months back.

But now, I think I may need something new now that I'm no longer a cup virgin! After all, Ladycups do look to be the smallest regular cups around! (Besides the MeLuna mini cups!)

I've had no issues with insertion at all and although I hate removal I've gotten used to it and it's no problem for me. I'm 18, a student and am a virgin (so no children!)! So the Ladycup was what I got because let's face it, cups are sort of intimidating at first! Well now, I've definitely gotten used to it and I think I've gotten over the learning curse. I don't feel it at all and it's very comfortable. I did trim the stem a bit, but it was never an issue. I use the push down or punch fold.

I'm not to thrilled with having to empty my cup every hour or so! No one has time for that! I'm a competitive horseback rider, so I'd say my kegal muscles are pretty strong. I think my cervix is in the medium to long range. I'm 5'8" and 130 lbs. Really, I'm looking to find something with more capacity for my heavier days. I'm happy with my Ladycup on my last 2-3 days, but the first 3 are killer. I was thinking the small Divacup, but from what I understand that's a pretty big leap and I don't want to get something I can't use. I'm going to Florida on Friday and my period crept up on me so I'm only NOW thinking about getting something larger! I mean, I admit, my period is something I forget about. It's when I get it I'm looking for my cup and so unprepared! I blame my busy schedule. I can get a Diva literally 5 minutes away (we have a Natural Foods store in town) and it's currently what I'm think I may go do right now. So I can at least have a full 2 days with it before to see how it goes/if it is comfortable, ect.

I'm pretty desperate right now and just wondering on the professional cup users thoughts on me getting a Diva. To big? Help?
juliiie87juliiie87 on February 20th, 2013 09:55 pm (UTC)
The nost important factor upon picking a cup is length, so "medium to long" has to be compared, preferably in actual numbers, to cup length : http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/
Then once you've picked a range, there's capacity and stiffness to consider. I can already tell you that the small ladycup has on of the lowest capacities on the market, so hopefully any cup will hold more. The Diva is mostly a lot longer than your LC, but it's not the highest capacity for its dimensions. due to its tappered shape. Bell-shaped cups such as Si-bell, Fleurcup & Meluna will provide the most capacity for their size. And the sizecharts page I linked also links to Melissa's blog for stiffness comparison. Good luck and don't hestitate to ask more questions ! :)
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on February 20th, 2013 10:22 pm (UTC)
Have you seen the comparison photos? They might be helpful. (Violet small LadyCup comparison photo is about 1/3 down the page.) http://menstrualcups.friendhood.net/t231-divacup-comparison-photos

I have both a small LadyCup and a small Jasmine, which is basically a Diva knock-off. The extra width of the Jasmine doesn't really bother me, but it is firmer throughout the body than the LadyCup and has much smaller suction holes, so I find that getting it to pop open (and then release suction when I want to take it out) is a bit trickier. Also, if you had to trim the stem on your LadyCup, I don't think you have a high cervix and it's possible the Diva will be too long, as it's one of the longest-bodied cups available. Again, the photos should be able to address that question. If it's any help, most cups do work for most people. :-)
moonhoney925 on February 21st, 2013 01:27 am (UTC)
I'm not sure if a Diva is right for you either seen that you trimmed the stem of a small Ladycup. Maybe a large Fleurcup or large Lunette if you're after a higher capacity cup, both have a short length for high capacity cups.

The Fleurcup is softer but since you're a sportsperson a large Lunette should be ok for you given you have strong pelvic floor muscles. The stems are easy to trim on both cups.

Maybe purchase one from mc_sales to see how you go. Fairly sure there are a couple available.