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eamw1243
Hi all, thanks already for the advice in all the great posts I've read here in the community. As stated in my title, I am the owner of a short vagina (as told to me by my gyno—I presume that means I have a low cervix especially during my period, as well, which I think is true since I can feel tampons when I insert them even partially). Ever since I got my IUD and and even after having it removed (~3 months ago, due to improper insertion D:), it is also cranky and tends to cramp when I insert regular cotton tampons. For this reason, as well as that of sustainability, I am looking to get a comfortable cup. (I have been having mostly crampless success with natural sponge tampons, but am concerned that they are difficult to clean.) From reading posts on here, I was thinking of going with a MeLuna Soft Medium—even though I am a small person (5'2"), I read that using a too-small cup (like the Mini, which I originally wanted to buy because I thought anything bigger than necessary would make me cramp) can touch the cervix itself as opposed to the sides and lead to cramping that way. I'm wondering if I should go with a regular, though, since as a first-time user I probably don't know how to properly unfold it yet, and I've read it's trickier with the soft ones. FWIW, I'm in my early 20's, nulliparous, not a virgin, and totally comfortable getting up and personal with my bits. Thanks in advance!
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on June 26th, 2013 06:24 pm (UTC)
You seem to be on the right track. Compare the dimensions of the cups you've picked out to others at any of the size charts at the Community FAQ or http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ and also side by side photos to compare shapes.

Since you are comfortable with insertion, don't be afraid of wider widths that could be helpful in supporting a "dangly" cervix. Despite what any of the instructions say, any brand of cup should sit (O) around your cervix and the base should be comfortably supported by or slightly above your PC pelvic floor muscles.
Luceafaraluceafara on June 26th, 2013 10:09 pm (UTC)
I only have the soft S, and after a few days of usage feel that unfolding gets easier. I have nothing harder to compare it to yet, just thought I'd let you know that the soft worked out for me as a first cup in terms of unfolding.

The minis are made specifically for low cervixes.... could it be that you meant small when you wrote mini?
eamw1243eamw1243 on June 27th, 2013 03:27 am (UTC)
No, I meant the Mini. I was just worried that a Mini would be too small—even though my cervix is low, cramping is my number one concern and I was worried that a smaller-sized cup would press against my cervix. Maybe I should get a soft Mini in a size medium? That way it'll be both short and wide. Is there such a thing as a too-wide cup?
Luceafaraluceafara on June 27th, 2013 04:30 am (UTC)
For me, there is such a thing as a too wide cup, I think, because I just so manage to fit a Meluna S width-wise. I have two M's on the way, but I'm not too hopeful I'll be able to use them.

This is probably not a common problem, considering how many brands only have one or two sizes....
mech_chick on June 27th, 2013 05:06 am (UTC)
How short are we talking? I'm about your height and age and also consider myself to be rather short down there too. My mini meluna small fits me the best out of the cups I've tried and is really confortable but it doesn't have great capacity so if you can afford to go longer and wider then do. I'm not sure about your cramping issues though. Stick to softer cups perhaps.
juliiie87juliiie87 on June 27th, 2013 03:46 pm (UTC)
I second the "how short are we talking" question because that info would be the most relevant in picking a cup. What you consider low could be "Mini Meluna only" low or "any shortish cup really" low, and only you can measure that up (since you're comfortable with your body. ;)). And on that note... don't fear soft cups if your bits are cranky. All the more comfort for them! I only used super soft cups from the start (Cuplee, Meluna soft, and lately the not sooo soft large Fleurcup) and I have nothing but good things to say about them. All it takes is the right folding technique and perhaps some patience until you get your method down. Another factor that could play a part is capacity : if you have a heavy flow you might want to avoid the Mini Melunas if at all possible, since they have a rather low capacity.
greyidmom on July 1st, 2013 09:40 pm (UTC)
I use a Meluna Mini M for all the reasons you mentioned. It's wide enough to give me a good fit and seal, but it's short enough to accommodate my short vag. My doctor confirmed that I do have a low cervix.
eamw1243eamw1243 on July 1st, 2013 10:56 pm (UTC)
Awesome! Thanks so much. That's the push I need to get the (soft) Mini M.
eamw1243eamw1243 on July 1st, 2013 11:28 pm (UTC)
greyidmom, can I ask you if you have any kids via natural birth? Did you successfully use the mini M soft before having kids, if so?
greyidmom on July 2nd, 2013 12:15 am (UTC)
I've had two kiddos via vaginal births. I didn't use a cup before the kids. I wish I would have known about them back then. Oh...and I don't have a soft Meluna. I have the classic firmness.