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Ellias Ashland
03 June 2013 @ 08:29 pm
I'm 20 years old, nonvirgin, and looking for a reusable cup. I've tried the Soft Cups and had issues getting them out (although I eventually figured it out by bearing down) but I want to move to a permanent cup. I have no idea how high/low my cervix sits. Although I know a lot about my body, I either can't reach it or I can't find it (which makes me believe it is high, as I've used the NuvaRing too and I have never noticed it). I think I'm going to get a Lunette because I get free two-day shipping from Amazon on the Lunettes and DivaCups. I usually experience a three day period, where the last day is light/spotting and the first day is my heaviest (but still moderate). Although I have not been pregnant or given birth, my husband and I plan on trying in the next few months so I don't want to risk getting a small cup if it will only work for me for two months. Everything I have read seems really confusing and I keep flipping back and forth between the small and large cups. I like the idea of it being smaller/less stiff but I don't want to purchase something that will not work for me. Does anyone have any advice for me? Thanks in advance!
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on June 4th, 2013 01:15 am (UTC)
If you're considering the Lunette, also consider the Fleurcup.

The Fleurcup has the same dimensions, small or large.
The Lunettes are a little pointy, the Fleurs are more rounded.
The smalls are equally squishy but the large Lunette is a stiff-bodied cup while the large Fleur is squishy.

Compare other cups to them as well. There are many size charts at the Community FAQ and at http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ There are also links to squishy-ness ratings and side by side photos.

There was a recent post that Fleurcup is having a sale. That would be a good opportunity to pick up a small/large pair and save on shipping in the process.
juliiie87juliiie87 on June 4th, 2013 12:52 pm (UTC)
Seconding Fleurcup, but if you're determined to buy either a Diva or Lunette (which would likely turn out more expensive anyway, so study your options carefully...femininewear.co.uk ships most brands worldwide, meluna.eu is pretty cheap & luneshop.com has the best prices on Lunettes), then perhaps the Diva, being one of the longest cups in the body would be best considering your high cervix ? Btw, have you tried looking while on your period? because that may vary over a cycle. Adding the comparison pictures to the sizecharts : http://menstrualcups.friendhood.net/f52-moderator-s-photo-library the albums near the top are more up to date.
Ellias Ashlandwindsangel15 on June 5th, 2013 03:06 am (UTC)
Thank you all so much for the information! I guess I'm not set on any brand exactly. I just liked that I could get the Lunette in two days from Amazon. I'm interested in the colors, but I worry that it won't be safe? The Lunette website made it seem like they were the only ones with safe dyes. I live in the United States, too. I haven't tried while I'm on my period, but I will do that on my next period so I guess I'll use disposables one last time! I do really like that the Fleur comes in two packs, but is there a reason it is so much cheaper?
I really would like a colored one, preferably with a non-hollow tip. I love the colors of the Lady Cup but I don't like that the tip is hollow:( I'm so confused now, haha.
juliiie87juliiie87 on June 5th, 2013 07:07 pm (UTC)
When confused, procede with order : length is usually considered the most important factor : a cup that is too long for you will be uncomfortable, one that is too short will be harder to reach & remove. To answer your questions, the small Ladycup is short with a grip-less stem, so not the best choice for high cervices. It's also one of the lowest capacity cups. Fleurcup typically woks well for those with a low-ish cervix but heavy-ish flow, because it's so wide and rounded, it makes for optimal capacity.

Second comes stiffness and/or capacity, depending which is more concerning to you (heavy flow/sensitive bladder, etc.). Capacity is listed for comparison ont he sizecharts page. Stiffness here : http://menstrualcupinfo.wordpress.com/cup-stiffness-comparison-chart/ Softer means less likely to be felt & put pressure in the wrong places, firmer means a more straight-forward unfolding and it'll hold its shape better against strong muscles. Small Lunette & Divacup are considered about medium. Fleurcup is soft but pops open fairly easily due to its shape. melunas can be more tricky for some. So it is a matter of preference.

Finally shape, stem style and colors can help you make a final decision, once you're in the correct ball park for your needs. Feel free to ask questions!