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08 July 2013 @ 10:01 pm
I came across menstrual cups years ago whenever I did gymnastics, but never ended up going for it.
I thought of them again, particularly due to the fact that you don't have to change them for up to 12 hours which seems fantastic for me, especially in some occasions in which my lifestyle really doesn't permit to me changing a product for over eight hours.
However, I am a young virgin who doesn't know what cup would be best.
My cervix is about 2 inches up there whenever I am not on my period. I will be seeing during my period, but for now this is all the information I've got.
My period is heavy. On the heaviest day, I change a super tampon every 2.5 hours in the beginning of the day and more towards 3.5 the end. The next day I change supers every 4 hours, the next day regulars every 4 hours, and the rest isn't that important.
I do want a cup with a good capacity, but I would rather have a cup that is comfortable. The way I'm looking at it, I would rather have a small cup that suits me really well for the last couple days of my period, rather than a cup that I can't insert at all.
I'm pretty comfortable with my body and I believe that I'll be able to figure out how to put it in and get it out, but I'm concerned.
I assume I would like a "medium" firmness. I'm not too sure, but I'm thinking too soft or too hard is just harder to use.
If we're being picky, I would also prefer a colored cup, because I'm just not digging the clear.
Also, I am on a budget. I am comfortable with paying a bit more for a cup, but I want to be fairly certain that the cup will work for me before purchasing. I do not want to blow 30-40 dollars on a cup that I simply cannot use.
Sorry for the scattered post, but I need help.
ginny587ginny587 on July 9th, 2013 03:35 am (UTC)
Checking where your cervix is during your cycle is pretty much the most important thing you can do, and will really help you find a cup that works. I checked mine before a cycle, and that's how I blew $45 on a cup that didn't work so well because mine is weird and apparently hangs out by my ribcage during cycles (j/k, but seriously, I can't find it at all). It was a very short cup.
Size charts are awesome: http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/
Find your cervix during your cycle, figure out whether or not you think you can handle width (you will know better than anyone else), and that will give you an idea of which cups are good options. We're always happy to help with narrowing of the options-but checking out your sizing first is the best way to go.
juliiie87juliiie87 on July 12th, 2013 10:39 am (UTC)
This. And also, if your flow is heavy at all, it's best to consider a larger width and try to avoid the lower capacity cups such Ladycup, Mooncup, etc.
m03m on July 9th, 2013 06:08 am (UTC)
This may not be what you want to hear, but...
The 'up to' part of the 'up to 12 hours' thing is important here. It means that the cup can safely be worn for twelve hours or less.
Safely means that during that time, the cup will not give you infections; it does not mean that the cup will always, for everyone, have the capacity to last all day.

Realistically, you can expect a large-capacity cup to last twice as long as a tampon.

I second the acvice to check your cervix height first. And keep in mind that while cups differ, most brands will still work for most users. It's not like there is only one cup out there that will fit you.
Good luck!
Kathlynekathlyne on July 12th, 2013 05:02 pm (UTC)
I want to second m03m. With a heavy flow you aren't going to get 12 hours out of the cup.

And balancing out size and capacity is best done when you know your cervix height/how long a cup you can use.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on July 9th, 2013 01:20 pm (UTC)
There are over 30 brands now -- and many of them are unique sizes. As the others have said, use the size and capacity charts to figure out what cups will fit/suit you best. Then use side by side photos to narrow it down to your choice from those.

Length is often more important than width -- and don't be afraid of "long" length if you think you need it.

Also check out the virgin's guide to cups at the Community FAQ.