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20 September 2013 @ 11:52 pm
Hello! Trying to look for some buying advice. I've read around and found a size chart, not exactly sure what to buy though.

I'm 22, sexually active, no pregnancies, 5'5", 115lbs.
I'm not really sure where to measure when people say to find your cervix - I can touch it at about 2.25" from the entrance of my vagina, but there's still a fair bit of space behind that. Plus the depth varies depending on position - that's kneeling, sitting it angles in a way that's harder to reach, if that makes sense. This is measured in the middle of my cycle, 1.5 weeks from the start of my next period (on birth control, so they're regular).

I'm pretty sensitive downstairs. I can and have used tampons and have very little problem with them, but I've been sensitive to most types of soap (if applied too closely) and one normal water-based lubricant. Around the entrance has always been pretty easy to hurt, both physically and chemically, though deeper in I'm usually fine.

I tend to have a pretty light flow - I only use Regular-size tampons, on any day other than the first I can leave one in for 4-5 hours without it soaking through, though on the first day it's more like 2-3 hours. More than 4-5 hours would probably be fine on later days, but I avoid that to avoid TSS.

So, any recommendations on brand/size? Also, would you recommend I get some extra lubricant, or does that not do much?
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on September 21st, 2013 11:57 am (UTC)
Since capacity is not a high priority and you're not sure about length, then aim for something "in the middle" in length and width. It sounds like you've already been to the size charts (at the Community FAQ) so look at some side by side photos and go for a "middle" cup whose shape appeals to you.

Since you already have lube, use what you have and then decide if you want more or something different.
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on September 21st, 2013 03:36 pm (UTC)
sounds like your cervix is dangly. some compare it to a small penis hehe. basically, it will probably take up some space in the cup, as the rim will be where you can reach around it - maybe as deep as it will go, maybe not, but definitely not below your cervix.

you seem very comfortable with your body, so i think a wide "large" cup would be the best, for some good capacity and just so that it didn't sit tightly like a cervical cap - this can be uncomfortable.

also, unless you're very eager to get it before your next period, i recommend waiting to check where your cervix is. it can vary greatly within the cycle, and my cervix is superlow as it is but when i was on hbc it was even lower than now.

but assuming your cervix won't change position, a large fleurcup should be a good choice, and there are pretty much always discounts for some fleurcup colours. or also a large meluna. these have a rounded bottom so it should give you some extra capacity despite your dangly cervix :)
juliiie87juliiie87 on September 21st, 2013 07:32 pm (UTC)
I would say, look for a cup that is about 2.25" (~50+ mm)long with a good straight stem that you can trim if need be. But I also second waiting for the beginning of your period before buying, just in case it gets lower then. This chart has more brands : http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/

If you have a water-based lubricant that you don't react to (I think I react to propylene glycol in those), or just coconut oil, that could help, but blood/water/spit are enough for most people. if you're sensitive you might want to pay close attention to stiffness as well as length : http://menstrualcupinfo.wordpress.com/cup-stiffness-comparison-chart/ I find softer cups are easier to fold smaller for insertion and removal especially.
erajingle on September 22nd, 2013 03:42 am (UTC)
Thanks for the advice so far :) I will probably wait until my next period, just in case.