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14 September 2013 @ 05:06 pm
I've been having some trouble with my cup the past few months, to such an extent that I'm thinking I need a new one.

Background info: 27 years old, sexually active, no kids, 5'6" and very skinny, very active. Long, narrow vagina with a very low cervix during the beginning of my period, which returns to its very high normal position at the end. Currently using a Lunette model 1, which worked pretty well for the past 4 years or so.

Ideally, I probably need two cups, one for the beginning of my period and one for the end. In the beginning I have always had difficulty positioning the Lunette comfortably without it leaking, because my cervix is that low. Toward the end, my cervix is so high I have to go digging to find the stem when it's time to clean my cup.

Of course, the problem there is that my flow is pretty heavy in the beginning, and I don't really want a smaller cup. It's so light by the end I don't really need a bigger one.

The more significant, new problem I've been having is getting the cup to stay open. I can put it in, feel it open, stick my finger around and confirm it is open, I have even removed it and put it back in just to confirm it was open and I'm not crazy. But after an hour or so of wear, it will start leaking and when I remove it, the side is collapsed back in. This happens at all points in my period.

It would seem I need a firmer cup, maybe narrower? But I'm not sure how that would work out in the beginning of my period, with it needing to sit so low. I have historically had difficulty peeing with the cup in during the start of my period as it is, although that seems to be mostly an issue of positioning. Any thoughts?
 
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on September 15th, 2013 11:04 pm (UTC)
Hmm, I'm not experienced with stiff cups but one possibility that popped into my head for a long, narrow, stiff cup is the Keeper Mooncup, if you think you'd like to buy a new one! (Or I guess you could get the actual latex Keeper, if you want ridiculously stiff)
juliiie87juliiie87 on September 21st, 2013 07:53 pm (UTC)
Hum, there's not much choice in terms of narrower cups really, and narrower means very low capacity. Fimer, yes, there is... but hum, most are not shorter either. But you may want to try a wider, slighlty longer one, simply because it may be able to sit higher around your cervix. And again, a shorter one would be a very low capacity anyway.

In the longer, firmer, and narrow-ish size, you have several options : keeper moon cup smaller size, small Yuuki (the firmer version). Meluna comes in 6 sizes and their "classic" stiffness should be a little firmer than a small Lunette. The medium size is the closest to the small Lunette, so you may want to upgrade for more length.

In the short but high capacity cup, you have a choice between several cups, which differ mostly in stiffness and somewhat in shape : large Lunette (firm), large Fleurcup (medium soft, pops open like a champ), large Sckoon or Si-bell (soft), large Ladycup (not the best capacity for its size, soft with a firmer rim). Difficulty peeing indicates you may want to stick with cups that aren't too firm, at least in the base. Does that help at all ? To narrow it down further, use the charts and comparison pictures linked here : http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/