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28 September 2013 @ 04:12 pm
Hello Menstruation Nation,

I purchased my DivaCup (size 1)about 5 years ago, but have only been using it steadily for about 3 years.  It has served me well, but I feel it is time to add a second cup to my arsenal. I've been using it since I was about 21-22, and now I'm 25. I'm a bit stumped as to what size I should buy next. Most of the brands have 2 sizes- one for those under 30 who haven't given birth, and one for those over 30 or who have given birth. Some brands have the cut off age for changing sizes at 25, so now I'm even more confused. I'm not sure as to which size I should choose, since I don't plan on getting pregnant any time soon, and most likely this cup will last me well into my 30s. Do I stick with the smaller option, or should I invest in the larger size? I should note that I have already tried the DivaCup size 2 and it still doesn't fit me right. So, just for the record: I'm 25, not sexually active, still tight like a tiger, I don't plan on getting pregnant any time soon, I have a medium flow that is heavy for about 18 hours then tapers off, and I'm looking for something that I can use into my 30s. Which option should I go for, size 1 or size 2?
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on September 28th, 2013 08:40 pm (UTC)
Don't worry about what the size is called. Check out the various size charts at the Community FAQ and go with dimensions that you think would fit/suit you best. Also use shape to make your final decisions from those that you think will fit you.
juliiie87juliiie87 on September 28th, 2013 11:48 pm (UTC)
Many people in this community, and myself for one believe the most important factor upon choosing a cup is the length of your vagina while on your period, not your age. Next in line would be the shape and health of your pelvic floor, and how heavy your flow tends to be. All factual parameters you can find out for yourself and report to the charts comparing brands such as @ sizecharts.livejournal.com. The Diva is one of the longest cups, the small size is as long as the... XL Meluna. So, go by actual dimensions instead of what the company calls them. I can't type much atm, but feel free to ask more questions if you have any.
Luceafaraluceafara on September 29th, 2013 12:51 am (UTC)
Apart from everything that was already said, I wanted to share my personal experience: I am in my thirties and use cups as small as the small Meluna mini and as large as the Meluna M and Fleurcup S, and Si-bell S.
Anything bigger would probably be uncomfortable, and I don't anticipate this changing within the next decade.
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on September 29th, 2013 09:20 am (UTC)
a little about tightness: http://www.scarleteen.com/article/advice/a_few_choice_words_about_tightness
also note that most "small" sizes are narrower than the diva. ladycup and lunette started this trend and now some companies even call 43-44mm wide the large size. i don't think it's a good idea to get something tiny, both in terms of length and width.

it would help if you clarified what exactly are those small or not so small annoyances with your existing cups, especially the larger diva. as it is, i think you should look at something softer (which actually matters more wrt how large a cup will feel and whether it causes pressure). see this stiffness chart: http://menstrualcupinfo.wordpress.com/cup-stiffness-comparison-chart/

also, it's not like you're wasting anything if you get a higher capacity cup despite not needing the capacity after your first day. and there's always the possibility of your flow changing.
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on September 29th, 2013 09:23 am (UTC)
*i mean it's better to get something that's about the same width as your diva... probably softer and shorter though. some specific examples would be the cuplee, the miacup or the large meluna soft (called large because they also offer an XL, actually more of a medium-sized cup than anything else called medium).
nemesis27nemesis27 on September 30th, 2013 10:50 am (UTC)
small size
I think you need a small size, if your pelvic floor is good and you don´t have a very very heavy period, it´s not necesary for you the large size.
I have large size in all my cups because I have a very heavy period, my cup overflows always in the first or second day.., several times..., so I need much more capacity.

have a look in my blog, to see my comparison of the cups.