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Hi there,
I am new to this community. I'm a fifteen and a half year old virgin. I have never used tampons. I recently sent off for a MiaCup model one (the smaller one) which is 5cm/2" long. Having felt around for my cervix I have come to the conclusion that it is about 7.5cm/3" up there (this measurement taken approx halfway between periods). I don't know how high it is when I'm having my period. Is my cup going to be too long? I'm not too keen on having to trim my stem....
Thanks in advance for the comments.
kathrynsakathrynsa on April 30th, 2013 12:35 pm (UTC)
If you do find that your Miacup model 1 is too long for you, and you want to specifically avoid trimming the stem, the Meluna brand of cups is now also available in South Africa and their shortest overall cup length is a Small Meluna at 55mm whereas Miacup models 1 and 2 both measure 70mm according to the cup comparison spreadsheet found at http://menstrualcups.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/www-clothpads-org_cupchart.xls

You can find them by typing "Meluna South Africa" into Google. They only keep stock of Ring-stem Melunas, but they can special order for you if you require a different stem-style.

Hope this helps :-)
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on April 30th, 2013 02:19 pm (UTC)
I think you'll be fine! My cervix is also about 3" in (medium-high), a little lower during my cycle, and the Cuplee, which is very similar in size to the MiaCup, is the perfect length for me. If it does turn out to be too long, trimming is incredibly easy. You can use any pair of sharp, clean scissors and file down the edges if they're rough. I'm guessing that you'll either not have to trim at all, or trim just a little.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on April 30th, 2013 02:20 pm (UTC)
Measuring your cervix height is a lot like the one-armed fisherman extending his arm and saying, "I caught a fish this big." Yeah, OK, measured from where on the other side?

Next time after you go pee, insert your finger and contract your muscles to give it a squeeze. Those muscles are your (PC) pelvic floor and they form "a hammock" on which the base of your cup rests. If your cup is too short to be stable in the space that remains, it can shift and leak. If it is too long, the base will poke through and feel like it's trying to escape.

The only way to know is to try it -- but being a "medium" length cup, the Mia that you have already ordered will probably be fine with plenty of room for error in either direction. It's not an exact science. Close enough is good enough. :o)

Edited for wording/clarity.

Edited at 2013-05-02 08:40 pm (UTC)
juliiie87juliiie87 on April 30th, 2013 02:49 pm (UTC)
There's no way for us to predict where your cervix will sit while on your period, but yeah, most likely it will be fine. Having to trim is not the end of the world : would you rather feel the stem constantly rubbing and poking out or not feel it at all ? Just give it a try, for a whole period preferably, unless you absolutely can't stand it, and see how it goes.
jwthemathsterjwthemathster on April 30th, 2013 05:16 pm (UTC)
It's true that many people find their cervix will be highest mid cycle, and lowest (generally) during their bleeding. Even so, given your measurements, I think you will have little problem with the length. Even if you think the stem is irritating, do not hesitate to trim it, a little at a time if you're not sure. I, along with many of us, find most stems bothersome, regardless of them sticking out, and completely remove them. Stems, like that on the MiaCup, are designed to easily be trimmed or completely removed to suit the individual. Like others here have said, it's as easy as using a small, sharp scissor and a little file to smooth the edge. Manicure tools (clean, of course) do this perfectly.
Abigailwildgirlza on May 1st, 2013 09:02 am (UTC)
Thanks all for your help. I will try it for a whole period before trimming, should I find such an action necessary.