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16 October 2013 @ 08:44 am
Up until a month ago I had no idea cups existed, it was on a pain driven google search for cramp relief that I stumbled upon this site with mention that for some of you using menstrual cups reduced or eliminated the pain of an angry uterus. Not exactly the immediate relief i was seeking, but it did plant a seed. I have never really been happy with my perceived options for periodwear, tampons are uncomfortable and not particularly effective, the only pads that work for me are the "heavy" bulky things that i swear you can see through your pants, and either one was a pain to deal with purchasing and disposing of in a shared bathroom environment.
So here I am! After much reading, lurking, and a cervix hunt later I thought I had narrowed my choice of first cup down. But then the "what about This one" and "oh wait that chart says..." crept in and my narrow list is not so narrow so I would like some feedback for you oh so knowledgeable ones!
Basic me info: 27y, no kids, virgin(doesn't really matter right?), lowish cervix mid period= 2" straight in, thought i had a heavy flow first few days but compared to what others have described maybe only moderate. My main cups in consideration were small lunette, small sckoon, maybe a small yuuki? But then i saw several posts about a large fleur...
Sothere you have it, my confusion in a nutshell. As you all know these things don't come cheap so i would like to get as close to my perfect cup as i can since s repurchase is not likely in the near future.
Thanks a bajillion in advance for all of your advice and for all the support you have already given!
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on October 16th, 2013 04:44 pm (UTC)
LOL! It's a tough decision, isn't it??? The hard part is done... you've determined that a cup in the short-to-medium length range will probably fit you best. Use side-by-side photos to compare their shapes and then go with your gut from those choices. Get the one you wish you'd gotten if you got something else instead. ;o)

As for cost... whether it pays for itself in 3 months or in 9 (over disposables) won't matter 5-10 years from now so don't be afraid if the one that you really like happens to be a more expensive brand. Another option is "gently worn" from mc_sales -- cups others have tried but decided against.
pascallewest on October 16th, 2013 05:57 pm (UTC)
juliiie87juliiie87 on October 16th, 2013 07:57 pm (UTC)
2" that's roughly 5 cm. It basically depends how comfortable you are with the idea of a larger cup, you say you're a virgin, but what really matters in the end is how comfortable you are with your anatomy, and if you aren't, well, cups will help you anyway! Another factor to consider is stiffness, it's going to be the main difference between cups that you can find in the "short to medium length" cluster. Softer means less likely to be felt, put pressure on a sensitive bladder and overall area, which might be something to take into account if your uterus is the angry type. I swear by softer cups (meluna soft, Cuplee, Si-bell, so I'm biased). Of the ones you mentionned, I'd rank small Yuuki first, because I've heard nothing but good things about it, small Sckoon second because I like the shape and hole placement less but overall there's some raving reviews too, and small Lunette last because it's supposed to be more of a medium stiffness.

Yet another factor is shape : some cups have a more rounded bottom, like the Fleurcup, while others like the Lunette or Yuuki are more tappered, that's a personnal preference. I will say that I find the large Fleurcup more cumbersome to remove, despite it's excellent capacity and shape, which makes it a favorite of many.

Edited for typos.

Edited at 2013-10-16 07:59 pm (UTC)
Lebannen Luitreathlebannen on October 16th, 2013 09:01 pm (UTC)
I also have a large fleurcup that I only use on my heavier days because I also find it hard to remove, and not always as comfortable as my other, smaller, cup.

I bought a small cup, liked it, then a year later got a copper IUD which made my periods massively heavier, which is when I bought the fleurcup. Now that I don't have the IUD any more, I *could* go without it, but overnight or if I'm busy at work on a bad day, it does give that little extra feeling of security. For contrast, I was briefly on the pill, and could leave the small cup in for twelve hours, but when I had the IUD it only lasted 3.5 hours on a heavy day; now I'm somewhere inbetween.
nemesis27nemesis27 on October 17th, 2013 02:56 pm (UTC)
small and soft
I swear by softer cups, and I think a small works for you better than a large one.
I don´t recommend the fleur cup, in my opinion is very uncomfortable.

teh_mijiteh_miji on October 17th, 2013 09:28 pm (UTC)
Hmm...i find myself leaning towards the sckoon, it looks squishy and comfortable but interweb pictures and reality can be rather different things. I saw that yuuki sells a pack with a small soft and classic and a little cleaning microwave box all for the same cost as the sckoon so thats pretty tempting too....gah. just watch im going to end up with a drawer full of cups :P