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09 October 2013 @ 02:59 pm
Hi all!

What an encouraging, supportive community here! I'm completely new to the menstrual cup world, but I've done some searching and want to buy my first. So excited to stop using tampons!

Anyways, I'm 20 years old, pretty petite-- 5'3" and 120 lbs-- not a virgin, and an athlete. My cervix seems to be pretty high-- I can just barely touch it at the start of my period. My flow is usually light to moderate-- the heaviest it ever gets is on days 1-2 of my period, when I fill up a super tampon in around 4 hours. After that, it's pretty light for a few days.

Based on the size chart and the research I've done, I'm deciding among a small MeLuna, a medium MeLuna, and a small Fleurcup. Any recommendations or personal experiences with these or others?

Thank you!!
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on October 9th, 2013 10:01 pm (UTC)
If you can barely reach your cervix, why have you chosen such short cups?
katie_bug12 on October 9th, 2013 10:10 pm (UTC)
I dunno, maybe I'm just bad at using the size chart! Like I said, I'm a total newb. I'm a pretty small person, so I was looking at width as well. Those seemed like good middle of the road choices. Also, as it's my first cup, I'm looking to get one of the less expensive ones. But please let me know if you have better suggestions!
Herdaladoir on October 10th, 2013 12:08 am (UTC)
I'd also like to say that the small Meluna is absolutely tiny and well... yeah. It's so small that I only use it for when my period ends and I'm just spotting because it just doesn't hold very much (my period is also light to moderate and actual bleeding only lasts about 3-4 days), and wouldn't last more than an hour on my heaviest day.

(This is just personal experience though)
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on October 10th, 2013 12:09 am (UTC)
I don't think you'll have a length problem with the Fleur or with the Melunas (as long as you pick the traditional stem rather than the ball or ring). The Fleur's stem is fairly long and very grippy. I'm trying to remember if anyone on this board has ever been unable to get it out...I don't think so? The small Fleur is a pretty springy cup, so it pops open easily. I find V-shaped cups more comfortable than U-shaped cups like the Fleur, but that could just be me.

The Melunas are made out of TPE, which I find harder to pop open than silicone. I've only had experience with the Meluna soft, but I don't recommend the small soft (volume optimized). I had a hard time getting it to open, and it was more prone to leaking than my other cups, particularly when I exercised. Also, the small is pretty low capacity, so if you'd like to go longer without emptying it on your heavy days, the medium is a better bet.
ant1matterant1matter on October 10th, 2013 03:07 am (UTC)
I second what noteasy2begreen said, if you're going to go with a small or medium Meluna make sure you order the traditional stem. I have a medium-high cervix and I still sometimes have trouble fishing my large Meluna out of there. That said, mine has a ball stem, which is very short. It's not terrible or impossible, just a bit of a pain on certain days.

I think the large Meluna is fairly narrow (I'm pretty narrow and I rarely have trouble getting it in), so if you decide you do want a longer or larger capacity cup it may be an option.

Good luck!
m03m on October 10th, 2013 07:56 am (UTC)
I have no Meluna experience, but I think the small Fleurcup would most likely work for you.
teacupcake89 on October 10th, 2013 09:49 am (UTC)
I think a small si-bell (comes in clear and a light fushia pink) would be a good option too, same size as the small fleurcup, only a bit softer and with a slightly longer and thinner stem in case you find out you could do with a bit more stem for removal on your high cervix days.
juliiie87juliiie87 on October 10th, 2013 12:23 pm (UTC)
As others have said, DON'T get a teeny tiny small Meluna with a high cervix. You'll just have a heckuva time fishing it out. Why not look at longer cups ? A few extra mms width (mms are tiny, welcome to the metric system ;)) won't make a difference, at least not on a fairly soft cup. And get one with a long, grippy stem. Out of those you listed, the small Fleurcup or medium Meluna with a straight stem could do, but I would rather suggest a few longer cups : Cuplee, small Miacup, small Yuuki, Natural Mamma for a higher capacity. Since you're an athlete, you might want to avoid the softest cups if you have very strong core muscles.
moonhoney925 on October 11th, 2013 01:37 am (UTC)
If you're an athlete, have a heavy flow and have a high cervix. I'd be looking at large stiffer cups such as the large lunette not the three that you've mentioned.
luxurymoonluxurymoon on October 11th, 2013 09:02 am (UTC)
As as athlete I would think a firmer cup would be better -so not a soft Meluna, Si Bell or CupLee. I have strong muscles that make soft cups collapse.
Luceafaraluceafara on October 13th, 2013 03:32 am (UTC)
If you do get a Meluna, get a "classic", not a "soft" cup. I have a few different sizes of both, and when I exercise, I have to use either the classic Melunas, or my small Fleurcup (about the size of the medium Meluna) or my small Si-bell, which holds up well despite its softness.

I personally like the U shape of those cups, so it is definitely a matter of personal preference.

ETA: Meluna also make a stiffer cup than the classic one: the "sport". I have never tried one, but depending on what kind of sports you do, you may want to consider it.

Edited at 2013-10-13 03:34 am (UTC)
katie_bug12 on October 14th, 2013 08:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks everyone so much! That's all very helpful. I'll look into cups more on the medium/ long end, and let you know how it goes!