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I'm 23, almost 24, years old and still a virgin(shocking I know) and I came across menstrual cups a few years ago while I was bored and on youtube. Not sure how I wound up coming across it in the first place. They piqued my interest, but I was too apprehensive to buy one at the time. Wasn't sure how my mom would have reacted if she found it, since she is fairly conservative. I've done research on some of the different popular brands, but am still too nervous to try one, but I am finally and completely fed up with tampons and pads and the associated mess and smell. Not to mention having to worry about timing and the pad leaking through to your clothes, or sitting wrong and bleeding through your clothes.
Which brand would you recommend for a first timer? After doing my research I've narrowed it down to mooncup UK, lunette, divacup and the new sckooncup. I like the mooncup for it's smaller size, and that I've not read too many bad things about it but am worried that it might be too small for some of my heavier days. The divacup I've heard mixed reviews about, and lunette is kinda large. I've not read anything about the sckooncup yet, possibly because its a newer brand. Which brand is the best for a first timer who is still a virgin? Any recommendations?
juliiie87juliiie87 on July 8th, 2013 09:00 am (UTC)
There's no such thing as a beginner's cup I'm afraid. Although if you want my personnal opinion, that would not be the Mooncup for several reasons (low capacity, thick firm rim). Everyone is different, and what matters here are the facts about YOU. Cups fit inside the vagina, so the first thing to consider is your anatomy : you want the cup to not be too long, and also not be so tiny vs. your anatomy that you can't reach it to remove it. So what I mean by size is mostly length (*preferably measured while on your period to be most accurate, because that can vary), vaginas don't really have a given width, they're usually closed and stretch to accomodate things. Start your research here : http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/

Consider actuall size and capacity, NOT what they are called. As you can see, there's a world difference between a small Sckoon and a small Diva, which is closer to a cross between a large and an XL Meluna. If you have a heavy flow, try to avoid lowest capacity cups if you can (Mini Meluna, Mooncup/femmecup, small Ladycup). You might find a large sized cup will work better for your size and flow. That's perfectly fine, cups are folded on the way in, and possibly onthe way out as well.

Once you've considered in which size/capacity ball park you fall, narrow it down by stiffness : http://menstrualcupinfo.wordpress.com/cup-stiffness-comparison-chart/ I personnally believe softer cups are easier to fold tightly for insertion and removal, less likely to put pressure on your nether regions, and not much difficult to use at all.

Good luck and welcome ! :)

Edited at 2013-07-08 09:15 am (UTC)