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16 July 2013 @ 05:53 am
Hello all! I'm a non-cup user, but I hope to change that soon! I've been looking into menstrual cups for awhile now and have completely fallen in love with the idea of them. I am 15 years old and am going to embark on a 10 month long journey soon. The problem is that it is suggested that I bring my own supply of menstrual products because the same things will not be offered where I am traveling. Hence why I am here! A cup that I cannot not get my eyes off of is the Sckooncup. I know it is relatively new, but I was wondering if I could get some feedback on it. Also, it is just a plus that it is made in the states where I live. I am a little pressed on time. I feel that this cup might work well for me because it is short and my cervix isn't very high during my period. I can reach it with little to no effort. I apologize that this post is all over the place and has no organization what so ever. But if anyone can offer this newbie some advice, insight, or commentary I would greatly appreciate it! Thank you for taking the time to read my post!
 
juliiie87juliiie87 on July 16th, 2013 11:39 am (UTC)
Have you seen this? that's the place to start choosing a cup that is right for you : http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/

Don't feel like you have to limit yourself to american brands or "small" sizes. If you have a heavy flow, you might be better off with a "large" for capacity's sake. A softer cup is a large size would be just as comfortable and fold easily for insertion and removal. And when you say your cervix is low... use actual numbers to determine what cup length would fit you. We all have different notions of what "high" and "low" can be, but numbers don't lie. Good luck and feel free to ask more specific questions! :)
ejcacartz on July 16th, 2013 02:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks I will definitely check the chart out! I had to wait sometime before I could do so though because I needed the measurements. Took forever! I have a dilemma though. My flow can be quite unpredictable. Sometimes it is light and I forget I am even on my period (like this past time) and other times I don't ever want to go anywhere because of it. With that in mind, should I invest in a cup large to hold my heavy flow or possibly 2 different cups (one for lighter days and another for heavy days)? This probably something I should be asking after I start using a menstrual cup, but I like to think ahead.

Edited at 2013-07-16 02:07 pm (UTC)
elle2013elle2013 on July 16th, 2013 03:18 pm (UTC)
You mentioned that you'll be traveling, so bear in mind that it can take a while for cups to arrive - particularly if you're in the USA and ordering from abroad. There's also (usually) something of a learning curve, so make sure that you're giving yourself plenty of time to 1) get your cup and 2) learn how to use it well.

As Juliiie87 mentioned, you kinda can't pick a good cup without knowing where your cervix is. If it's average to high, then maybe start with a larger-capacity cup that fits your dimensions, since that will work regardless of your flow (that's the good thing about cups - you don't HAVE to scale back to a small cup on light flow days like you do with tampons).

If your cervix is lower, than really rely on the size charts Juliiie87 linked to see what your short cup options are, and try to find a good balance between length and capacity.
ejcacartz on July 16th, 2013 03:29 pm (UTC)
It seems that balance is key... The highest I found my cervix to go was about 7 cm and its low was about 4. Luckily, my traveling isn't me moving around continuously for 10 months, but rather me moving to a country and living there for 10 months. So I am not doing a lot of moving around. Do you think there would be any issues with learning while I'm abroad? I doubt I will have enough time at home for the initial learning curve.
juliiie87juliiie87 on July 16th, 2013 03:47 pm (UTC)
I think you'll be ok with any of the shortish high capacity cups such as large Sckoon, large si-bell/Fleurcup, Rubycup, etc. Cups usually sit (o) around the cervix so that gives you a bit of leeway past the tip of your cervix. The large Fleurcup for instance is known to fit people with a cervix lower than the actual length of it. As long as you can wear a liner or pad for back-up and access a private bathroom with sink twice a day you should be fine.

Bonus tips for a quicker learning curve : http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/1243131.html and http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/2618390.html

Edited at 2013-07-16 03:49 pm (UTC)
juliiie87juliiie87 on July 16th, 2013 03:42 pm (UTC)
That's the beauty of cups, you're not wasting anything by using a larger cup on a light day! unless your cup is too big/firm for you and you get sore after a while. Hence my love of softer cups. Check out the stiffness chart linked on the sizecharts page too.
ejcacartz on July 16th, 2013 03:43 pm (UTC)
I most definitely will! This community really is as helpful as it seems. And thank you so much for the tips. I greatly appreciate it!

Edited at 2013-07-16 03:53 pm (UTC)
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on July 16th, 2013 03:19 pm (UTC)
Since you like the Sckoon, how about a large instead of a small? That way you'll have the capacity if you think you'll need it. And width-wise, the couple of mm really don't make a difference. And at 50mm in length, it's nice and short, which you claim to want and need.

It's a "new" cup but initial reviews say it's soft and squishy so it's comfy. Therefore it takes a little coaxing to get open but just be patient and you'll figure out a technique that works best for you in no time.

It also comes in pretty colors. ;o) Personally, I like light colors because it's easier to see how full the cup is or isn't in the middle of the night in a dark bathroom so that I can gauge when I need to attend to it again. Dark on dark in the dark is hard to see.
ejcacartz on July 16th, 2013 03:46 pm (UTC)
There are some lighter looking colors. They seem like they might be sort of foggy for looking through though. I was considering a lighter color, I think they look better. Even though most people prefer the bright vibrant ones over the pale subtle ones.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on July 16th, 2013 05:04 pm (UTC)
You don't need to look through them. My point is that I think it's easier to see the color contrast of dark blood against a light cup. But get what YOU like!
ejcacartz on July 16th, 2013 05:17 pm (UTC)
That comment made no sense on my part. Please excuse my silly thought. It sort of just popped in my head and I just kept on typing. Sorry about that one!
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on July 16th, 2013 07:42 pm (UTC)
No, it DID make sense. Not silly at all! And I DO look through my cups because I want to see the measuring lines. (I had a bleeding issue and needed to keep track.) But you're right, you don't need to be as exact if you just peek in to figure out when you need to check in on your cup again. For example: "Oh good, looks like things are slowing down."
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on July 16th, 2013 04:41 pm (UTC)
Wow, the trip sounds awesome, where are you going? I agree with everyone else that you don't need to be afraid of a larger cup as long as it's soft (I'm not experienced with the Sckoon myself, but I have a FemmyCycle, which is quite a bit wider than most cups but quite soft)...capacity will be more important anyway if you're doing a lot of running around and sightseeing while you're gone. Welcome and enjoy your trip!
ejcacartz on July 16th, 2013 04:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I plan on studying abroad in China for the upcoming school year.
trejoytrejoy on July 17th, 2013 12:34 am (UTC)
I really like my large Sckoon cup. The rim is slightly thicker than the body but still very flexible (as opposed to a femmecup or ladycup whose rims are noticeably springier/firmer than the body of the cup). It is very comfortable and fairly small for having 30ml capacity. The Sckoon is one of the few cups that hasn't leaked for me.

Hope you have a great 10 months and success with your cup experience!