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27 April 2013 @ 02:17 am
Due to developing allergies to conventional tampons and pads I am exploring other options and am very interested in the cup with cloth liners as backup until I get used to the cup and don't mess up! The only problem is there are so many and I don't know where to even begin. I have PCOS so my period can be a little crazy at times. I'll have one that is light then the next time it's pretty heavy. I am 31, no kids, and not currently sexually active though I have been in the past. I'm on a budget so I'm nervous about gettin one and hating it, though I know it may take trial and error to find the perfect one. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on April 27th, 2013 06:21 am (UTC)
OK, first of all, don't panic. Even though we talk a lot about "Goldilocks cups" here, in point of fact most people can use most cups pretty successfully. Second, have you checked out mc_sales? A lot of people offer brand new cups or ones they've only slightly tried on for a discount, which can lower your costs. Also, focus on you and your body, first. Do some exploration and thing about how your body will fit with a cup. Is your cervix high or low? (Check this during your period if possible, because your cervix drops down when you're on it). Do you feel like you'd like something firmer or something softer? Would it be more annoying to have a big cup or to have to empty it more often? Stuff like that can help you narrow down what you likely want, and then you can check sizecharts and the community archives and so on to find cups that fit that description. It's easier than sorting through dozens of slightly different cups :)

Edited at 2013-04-27 03:28 pm (UTC)
Sararubymermaid on April 27th, 2013 06:29 am (UTC)
I have both a Diva and a medium Meluna cup and both work great even though they are completely different cups in terms of firmness and size. I flip my Diva inside out and it's more comfortable that way. Honestly I think most cups are probably usable.
neumeindilneumeindil on April 27th, 2013 06:35 am (UTC)
I'm pretty sure I'm allergic to something in conventional blood catchers, and I also have cysts and endomitriosis. It's been an interesting 10 year trip, figuring out my girl parts.

I think, if I were to start over again, I'd spend a month checking things like cervix height and amount of discharge/flow daily to get an idea of how the plumbing's gonna work at a given point. From there, it's easier to figure out if you need a long cup or shorter one, something made of stiffer material or something squishy, or one that's rounder v pointy and use the nifty pics and charts linked in the user info here to figure out which specific cups to try. Once you've got a couple of specific cups in mind, hit that mc_sales link above and see which ones are available at a reduced price so you're only investing $20-$30 at a time instead of the $50-$60 some of them end up costing.

One thing I can say from experience: having more than one of them is a *great* thing, as is having an opaque carry bag for them both. I've had to have my other half bring me a cup and change of pants at work more than once, and it's uncomfortable. Now that I have two, I can keep one in my locker at work and one in a purse or the medicine cabinet and be within reach of one at any point I end up needing it.
ohletmeteluohletmetelu on April 27th, 2013 12:42 pm (UTC)
Congrats on making the switch! I have some pads that are in "like new" contion that I'm selling for cheap so you can try various brands/sizes without breaking the bank ;). You can find them here: http://cloth-pads.livejournal.com/
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on April 27th, 2013 02:47 pm (UTC)
I second the recommendation to check out the sales board. There are currently a whole bunch of new cups available -- you can get a set of new Fleur cups (one small, one large) for $27, which is a great way to start. Fleur cups are pretty popular and work well for many people because they're fairly soft, have a short cup body but long stem (trimmable if you have a low cervix, reachable if you have a long one), and will give you an idea of the difference in fit between small and large cups.
pascallewest on April 27th, 2013 04:32 pm (UTC)
Check out Justfussy.com for cloth liners/pads. I use the 7" and 9" liners (wool-backed) for cup backup and for the days that I am waiting to start my cycle, and the 10" pads for overnight sometimes. The woman who makes them is really nice and is totally open to answer questions or make custom orders, etc. I can't say enough about how great and quality made her product is. You can get them in different colors OR un-dyed, and fabric options include organic materials as well.
I would also check out Fleurcup and Meluna, both of which I believe have deals where you can get two different sizes, which could be helpful to you.
rc1981 on April 28th, 2013 03:24 am (UTC)
Thanks for all the help!
drawing_dwarfdrawing_dwarf on April 28th, 2013 08:54 am (UTC)
If you think you want more time to make a decision, you might be able to tide yourself over with more natural disposables which might not give you a bad reaction. I used to use Natracare and Seventh Generation which are both chlorine-free. You should be able to find them at a health food store or somewhere like Fred Meyer/Kroger should have some in their natural food section.

Totally hopping on the cloth liner/pad bandwagon, they're so comfy.

You can also get a deal on two Yuukis at menstrualcup.co
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on April 28th, 2013 07:38 pm (UTC)
No need to be overwhelmed. Others have pointed you to the guidelines and size charts at http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ Eliminate those that you don't think will fit you then go with your gut from the ones that remain. Since you are comfortable inserting things, a medium to wide cup will probably suit you. And "How easily can you reach your cervix?" will determine the length.

If you are an ebay'er, http://www.ebay.com/itm/160940197470 is a cheap knockoff. We have ethical issues with them for copying/stealing intellectual property but the cups themselves are probably just fine.
tjs77tsa on April 28th, 2013 10:13 pm (UTC)
You can get that same one from a coop for around $5 if your interested message me.

Edited at 2013-04-28 10:14 pm (UTC)
torsornintorsornin on May 1st, 2013 03:30 am (UTC)
lots of good suggestions - nothing useful to add - just wanted to say

*fist bump fellow allergy to girly stuff sufferer*

I also recommend switching out to a allergy free soap and do a double rinse on all undies

feel better
rc1981 on May 1st, 2013 03:53 am (UTC)
What kind of soap have you found that works well? My sister is into Organic and natural stuff and orders everything from soap to deodorant somewhere online but I'm not sure how costly the stuff she orders is.
torsornintorsornin on May 1st, 2013 04:00 am (UTC)
actually I use purex free and clear I think it is called - I also use half the recommended amount - sometimes even less - I also ALWAYS do a double rinse god help me if I dont! I get the purex at the regular ole grocery store. Natural is nice - but currently I am woefully poor

feel better