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Heather
19 May 2013 @ 06:49 pm
I'm 33 years old, but I have no children. I have been reading about the nasty things tampons can do to your body, like Toxic Shock. Apparently the way I wear a tampon is just asking for death because I have such a light flow I can get away with just 4 OB regular tampons my entire cycle. Buuuttt, I'm not supposed to wear them overnight or as long as it'd take them to full up. So I'd like to either switch to organic cotton ones or a cup. My gyno says that I have a pretty short vagina and tilted uterus (she comments on it every exam). Since my flow is so light and adding that to the fact of the short vagina and tilted bit, I figure I'll need a pretty small cup.

The research I've done in this community points me to a small or mini Meluna, a small Sckoon, or a small Lunette. I'm very familiar with my body and I'm not squeamish at all, but I really don't want to pay for a cup that won't work for me. Who here has tiny insides and can weigh in?
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on May 19th, 2013 11:44 pm (UTC)
I am also "over 30" and no kids with a shortie. I have a mini Meluna for spotty days but its capacity is really low, an old UK Mooncup for light days and a large Lunette for my gushers. I tried a small Lunette for a while but it just didn't fit me right -- which doesn't mean it wouldn't be your Goldilocks cup. (Juuuust riiiight!)

Since we're probably built kinda the same, also check out the (one size) Femmecup. It's nearly identical to a UK Mooncup but usually a little cheaper -- straight from the manufacturer. It is 45x50 so its flared rim will give you the width that you will probably "grow into" but the body is still short and fairly narrow. As you can see in my user-pic, the stem on mine is trimmed down to a nub to accommodate my tilt.

BUT... the flared rim and tiny anti-suction holes might extend your learning curve a little. The key is to be patient when it comes to getting it to pop open or enlarge the holes. Something like a (2mm or 12g) punch works better than scissors or drill bits which can leave ragged edges.
Heathersequiro on May 20th, 2013 12:07 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, I'll add that to my list of research. I think my main worry of the meluna and the sckoon is that they're so soft and getting them to open fully might be a bit of an issue. I'd really rather avoid cramming a whole hand in to open the darn thing every time. :P
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on May 20th, 2013 12:32 am (UTC)
Looking at recent Femmecup photos, it looks like the latest version of it has larger holes than it used to. If you decide to get one, you probably won't need to enlarge them after all.

But just because *I* like it doesn't mean you will. Go with your gut. Don't get a cup that fits me, get one that you think will fit YOU! ;o)
Heathersequiro on May 20th, 2013 12:41 am (UTC)
Hehehehe. I've never even seen any of them in person, I would have zero clue what I think would fit me at all. Thank goodness for this community or I'd have tried )and likely failed) a Keeper or a Divacup. Totally too big!
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on May 20th, 2013 12:48 am (UTC)
Well, you have a general idea of length and width so go with your gut from the ones in those categories. Don't obsess too much. "Close enough" really is "good enough."

It sounds like you've already been to http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ It has been recently updated with new cups but there's a bunch of them that we don't know the dimensions of yet.
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on May 20th, 2013 01:11 am (UTC)
I think you might do well with the mini Meluna small soft. I have one, and unlike the volume optimized small soft Meluna, the mini is really easy to pop open and should offer enough capacity for you. It's also the shortest cup available, especially if you choose a ball stem.
Heathersequiro on May 20th, 2013 01:17 am (UTC)
Thank you!
juliiie87juliiie87 on May 20th, 2013 10:48 am (UTC)
Define "short" and "tiny". Most of us only really get a close look and feel of our own genitals, so it's hard to guess what any person may call "tiny". This is where actual measurments come in handy : http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/

You can wear a tampon, so you could probably wear any short cup just fine. I wouldn't go uner a medium Mini Meluna just for capacity's sake, and if you're comfortable with your anatomy/inserting things you don't need the most narrow diameter. See this pic were Mini Melunas are next to a tampon : http://meluna.eu/meluna/meluna-classic/meluna-mini-classic.html Cups sit around the cervix usually so that gives you a bit of leeway around it. To give you an idea, I can insert my middle finger just past my 2nd knuckle when reaching for my cervix, and I can wear medium cups (53 mm long). If you pick a cup that is too short, that's when you'll have to "cram a whole hand in there" to get it out. So if you go with Meluna, the safest first choice is to get a traditional stem, so you can trim it to fit your actual needs. Personally, all I need to unfold my very soft cups is the right fold and one swift poke with one finger. Also Melunas come in soft & classic (& sport), so no, they are not necessarily "so soft", unless you get the "soft" variety.

Sorry edited to remove assumption on my part.

Edited at 2013-05-20 10:50 am (UTC)
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on May 20th, 2013 01:55 pm (UTC)
I dunno...I have a pretty average cervix height and can wear quite long cups (Diva, Cuplee) without trimming, yet I don't have a problem getting the small Meluna mini out. Long fingers help, but the last segment of the stem is never that hard to locate and tug gently on. I do have the one with the traditional stem rather than the tiny ball stem. The Meluna mini also doesn't suction very tightly, which is nice.
juliiie87juliiie87 on May 20th, 2013 02:26 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I meant the Cuplee as well.

Sure, a good stem (and experience mostly!) will allow most people to use most cups.
Heathersequiro on May 20th, 2013 02:40 pm (UTC)
::shrug:: When I wear a tampon so that I can't feel it, it actually sits a little past my cervix, and I can push them out without yanking the cords most times. I'm not saying I'm shorter than any other woman ever, I'm just saying that I don't feel I could wear a large cup without feeling it every second it's in there.
juliiie87juliiie87 on May 20th, 2013 03:00 pm (UTC)
Funny, I used to do that with applicator tampons too!
In fact cups often sit around the cervix, that's why they're so great even for low cervices. But I wasn't suggesting going for the largest cups either! Just that you consider all of your options.
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on May 20th, 2013 07:27 pm (UTC)
Of all my cups, the Meluna small mini is definitely the least conspicuous -- it often takes me a moment to remember I even have it in! I used to switch to cloth pads for spotting days or when I was expecting my period, but now I usually just use the Meluna.