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17 October 2013 @ 09:46 pm
So I am extremely interested in purchasing my first menstrual cup, and almost purchased a Diva Cup online today until I decided to do some more research. Although it seems like a good choice, I saw all of these things about sizing and it made me pretty confused. Now I don't even know what cups to look at!

I measured my cervix today, and I'm not on my period but I'm pretty sure it will be starting tomorrow. It seemed pretty long; my finger didn't seem to get anywhere near close to the end (although my fingers are kind of short). I'm sexually active and have always worn tampons so I don't really have a problem with sticking anything up there. My flow is usually moderately heavy during the first couple days of my period, and I can go through a super tampon in about 4 or 5 hours, but it does calm down around the third day and is pretty light. The main reason why I want to switch to a cup is I'm so tired of leakage (this happens to me mainly because I don't change my tampon enough), so I definitely don't want anything that's going to leak, and that's going to have a good capacity. I'm pretty petite, about 5'3", 100 lbs, but I'm not sure if that has much to do with anything.

The number of choices in cups is so overwhelming and I'm not sure what brands to even look at. I'm considering a small Diva, large Fleurcup, or large Lunette. These were just the first ones to pop out at me so there's no special reason I chose these ones.

Please help a newbie sister out!!
 
teh_mijiteh_miji on October 18th, 2013 08:57 am (UTC)
Now i havent bought mine yet But I would say the first place to start would be to locate/measure your cervix while actually on your flow, then head on over to the sizing charts and comparison photos to see what would be a good fit. Since the cervix tends to wander over the course of a cycle you'll want to know where it likes to hangout during your actual period, that isnt always straight in either dont forget to check to the sides. :)

http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/1285963.html
nemesis27nemesis27 on October 18th, 2013 09:39 am (UTC)
femmecup

I recommend you the femmecup because you don´t have a very heavy period, (4 or 5 hours a super tampon is light for me).

this cup only have a size, it´s very beautiful, recently I have mine and I love it, I think is perfect for someone who has a "normal" period like you.


I invite you to visit my blog, I write about cups I used.


http://cupsss.blogspot.com.es/
juliiie87juliiie87 on October 18th, 2013 12:33 pm (UTC)
I agree with the others that the length of your vagina is the most important information to start. If you can't find your cervix at all while on your period, then let's assume it's fairly high/far in. If you were able to insert tampons as far as the applicator will allow without bumping into anything uncomfortable that may also be a clue that it's fairly high. So I would just avoid the "shorter" area of the charts altogether, and look for cups at least as long as your fingers.

The main difference between the ones you're considering is stiffness, and shape to some extent. As you can see on my tiny icon picture, cups come in differenbt shapes, more rounded like the large green Fleurcup or more tappered (V-shaped) like the clearish one (a Naturcup, similar to a Diva). Both have perks : the Fleurcup is a favorite of those with a lowish dipping cervix in need of a high capacity. I'm more medium with a light flow and I find mine a bit bulky to remove, I prefer V-shaped cups for that reason. If you're considering a Diva, you might want to consider a Yuuki since it's a similar V-shape, also clear, but comes with a longer grippy stem, which can prove useful if your cervix is indeed far from reach. Miacup and Cuplee have similar V-shapes, and so does Lunette to some extent, but I'd warn you that the large is known to be a particularly firm cup, which some people may find uncomfortable : menstrualcupinfo.wordpress.com/cup-stiffness-comparison-chart/

Edited at 2013-10-18 12:51 pm (UTC)
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on October 18th, 2013 12:35 pm (UTC)
Unlike you, I *can* reach my cervix easily and therefore the Diva was too long for me. That was my first cup and I didn't know any better. So I got a large Lunette. And I LOVE it but... it's a fairly stiff cup and sometimes it feels like I've got a bowling ball up there. I often wonder if a large Fleur wouldn't be more comfortable because it's a squishier cup.

So for you... start with a large Fleurcup. If you like it, you'll probably get curious about other cups and pick up a second light days cup down the line.
bubblegumsplash on October 19th, 2013 12:06 am (UTC)
Thank you all so much for your advice! I'm so grateful for it, because I measured my cervix now that I'm actually on my flow and it has lowered significantly. I can actually feel it now without having to stick up my finger super far. I think it's also a little bit tilted to the right. I have also been paying attention to how long it takes me to fill up a super tampon today, which is usually the day it's the heaviest, and it's not taking me as long as I thought. So, I guess my period is lighter than I originally thought. Thinking about stiffness, I think I would prefer something squishy because I'm not that active at all and it just sounds like it would be more comfortable.

So now I am just all kinds of confused and I don't even know what to look at!!
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on October 19th, 2013 08:52 pm (UTC)
It might be helpful to keep in mind that most cups will work for most people, so picking the 'right' one isn't as hard as it sounds. I have tried quite a few different cups, and since my cervix is a pretty average height, almost all of them work fine, though some are better than others as far as comfort or capacity. For example, I can use cups as long as the Diva (relatively firm) or as short as the Meluna mini small (super squishy). I use my larger diameter cups (small Diva, large Cuplee) on heavier days, and my smaller diameter cups on lighter ones.

My favorite medium capacity, squishy cup is the Cuplee. Comfy, not too hard to pop open (some soft cups are tricky), not as long bodied as the Diva, V-shaped for comfort. Never had a problem with leaking, either.