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17 August 2013 @ 01:06 pm
Hello lovely community!

I've been lurking on and off this community for just about a year now, and loving every second of my cup! However, it's time to move on to a bigger (literally) and better (hopefully) cup!

I guess I should start with the basics. When I first came here searching for a cup about a year ago, I was recommended a Small LadyCup, since I was a petite beginner. I ordered it and it only took me a few months to get over the learning curve. Now I've got zero problem with insertion and removal, everything about it is a snap! The problem? It's just to small for my heavy days! Now that I have the hang of cups and have mastered the techniques with the help of you all, I'm fairly certain it's time to find my permanent cup for my period.

I'm 18 years old, and I'm headed to college in just a few days. I'm 5'8", 135 pounds, and fairly long and skinny. And no, no children, and I am a virgin, though after learning with the LadyCup I'm far more confident in my abilities to use a cup now. It's already been determined that a Diva is not the way to go, they are just to long and shift and cause leakage that I just haven't had with my LadyCup (besides overflows, but thats not the cups fault). I did have to trim the LadyCup stem a tiny bit for it to be comfortable, and I'd say my cervix comes down on the first day or so and then moves up, but still not enough to accommodate a Diva. I'm sure I'll still use my LadyCup on my lighter days at the end, but for the first 2 or 3, I just need something with more capacity.

I'm also very active, I'm an EMT working crazy hours, and I'm a competitive horseback rider and have been doing so for  years and years. So stiffness is not really the concern I have because my pelvic floor muscles are so strong as they'll get!

I'm hoping some of you will have some recommendations for me! Really my big thing is I think I just need something with more capacity but not the length. I just don't know where to start with my search! And of course, I value the opinion of you all. You helped me last year and I have no doubt you will help me pick the perfect cup!
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on August 17th, 2013 05:22 pm (UTC)
Oh, you have far more brands than just the Diva to choose from! :oD

Compare the dimensions and capacity of your cup to other brands at http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ or at any of the charts at the Community FAQ. Then use side by side photos to compare the ones that you like the dimensions/capacity of so that you can pick a shape that you like. Since you are already an experienced cup user, use what you like/don't about the cup you already have to determine what you think would fit/suit you best as your next heavy days cup. And keep the one that you have as a light days cup.
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on August 17th, 2013 05:29 pm (UTC)
Mod note
Hi emeraldsongs. Please remove the gendered language from your post. Thanks.
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on August 18th, 2013 02:35 pm (UTC)
Hi there! I also love my small LadyCup but occasionally need something with more capacity. The good news is that almost any small cup will have more capacity (due to the LadyCup's lower set of holes), so if you want pretty much the same shape but 5+ mL capacity, there are lots to choose from (Lunette, Yuuki, Bella). If you're okay with round bottomed cups (I don't find them as comfortable), then there's the Fleur, the Sckoon, medium Meluna. I assume you weren't interested in the large LadyCup because of the diameter? There are some medium-sized diameter cups (43-44mm), including the Cuplee and (I think) MiaCup...probably a couple of others.

My perfect higher capacity cup ended up being the Cuplee. It's between the LadyCup and Diva in shape (shorter than the Diva, longer than the LadyCup). It's a softer cup, but I'm fairly active and haven't had any issues with leaking. I think my cervix might be a little higher than yours, however, as I can also use the Diva without any problems. Helpful photos here: http://menstrualcups.friendhood.net/t498-cuplee-comparison-photos
emeraldsongs on August 18th, 2013 08:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the help and ideas, everyone!

I've been looking around and I'm a bit afraid to order something that is going to be to long, but it's between a Large MeLuna or a Large or Small Lunette, I'm thinking.

The Lunette seems to be what I'm leaning towards, with both a smaller diameter and length from the MeLuna (and also a large LadyCup) AND still has a slightly higher capacity. Seems to be the winner in my book. But I'm iffy on wether to go for the Small or the Large. I think I'd be okay with the Large, but the Small is a lot similar to the Ladycup in size with a higher capacity. But those few measly mL of the Large are tempting. I've heard it's firmer, but I don't think that will be a problem. It's more the few mm of length of the cup that's worrying me, but I need more capacity and it seems to be the best bet for a shorter cup.

What do you all think? Good choice or should I keep looking? Small or Large? I hear Lunette's are a lot easier to remove than LadyCup's too for many reasons, so I'm thinking if the Large is a tad long with the stem trimmed if I trim most of it off it may be okay. But them I'm thinking, a large LadyCup is same capacity as a Large Lunette but it's shorter, so should I just go with that...? I have no idea!
m03m on August 19th, 2013 10:54 am (UTC)
Keep in mind that a wider cup can be longer without giving you problems, since it can sit around the cervix instead of on top of it, like a hat.

Have you considered the large Fleurcup? That's my personal favourite (I have a low cervix). I did remove the stem and almost all of the grip rings, but I could have gotten pretty much the same results by cutting the stem off and flipping the cup inside out.