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17 June 2013 @ 04:30 pm
Hi everyone! I'm looking to buy my first menstrual cup! I'm 19, sexually active but have not given birth, cervix at least 6 cm up during my period (can't reach it the rest of the time). Mostly I'm unsure about how soft/sturdy a cup I should get. I used to bike quite often. Does anyone know if biking significantly strengthens pelvic floor muscles? Please feel free to give recommendations for your favored cup as well! Thanks!
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on June 17th, 2013 09:06 pm (UTC)
The strength of your (PC) pelvic floor muscles doesn't really matter except if they're too weak to hold a cup in. That's more likely as you get older and/or have had several kids.

Despite what the descriptions and instructions say, a cup will sit with its rim (O) around your cervix and where the base rides depends on the length of the cup and your vag. Ideally, you don't want it to be too short so that you don't have to dig too deep to remove it. And not too long so it tries to push through your pelvic floor. Use the various size charts at the community FAQ or http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ to figure out which brand of cup you think will fit and suit you best.

Capacity, shape and stiffness are all secondary to length.
Marylifeflowson on June 17th, 2013 09:20 pm (UTC)
I use the Diva cup and love it. No waste, way cheaper, non toxic
m03m on June 18th, 2013 08:38 am (UTC)
You know you're in a menstrual cup comm, right? You don't need to convince anyone here that cups are no waste, way cheaper and non toxic. The Divacup is actually not all that cheap as compared to other cups.
juliiie87juliiie87 on June 18th, 2013 01:02 pm (UTC)
With 6 cm length, you can safely start looking at the bottom of the charts, and consider cups between roughly 50 mm and above, preferably with a good stem & grips. Whether you want a cup to be large or narrow depends mostly on the capacity you'll need : the heavier your flow, the more you'll be thankful for a larger, higher capacity cup. Feel free to ignore the "given birth or not" guideline.

I would consider comfort/personnal sensitivity in the bladder/rectum more than how much exercisize you use to do, and avoid the stiffest cups just to minimize any potential discomfort associated with them. Cases of people crushing cups with their muscles are overall pretty rare and involve people who specifically do a lot of kegels, yoga, pilates, weightlifting and such specific, hard-core exercize.

My favorite cup is the large Cuplee, I love how very soft it is, a friend of mine had a similar length as you & she tried the Naturcup II & small Si-bell, both were a success but she noticed the firm rim on the Naturcup made it more difficult to fold back down for removal and therefore a bit ouchy.