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18 October 2013 @ 05:54 pm
Hi Everyone,

I've been considering a cup for a while now, but I didn't realize they are now considered safe with IUDs. So, on to the questions:
1. I have a very low cervix. I can't see any way I can use a cup without my cervix being inside it at least to some degree. Problem?
2. Anyone gone swimming with a cup?
3. For folks in western Canada, I've only ever seen diva cups. Any other brands around? I have a latex allergy, so anything latex based is out.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on October 19th, 2013 02:02 am (UTC)
There are size charts at http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ which are "almost" complete -- missing a few newcomers and knockoffs. That will give you a good starting point to decide what might fit.

Yes, despite what the instructions say and illustrations show, a cup will usually settle (O) around a cervix. So measure from the top, not from the lowest dangly part. It's perfectly OK for a cervix to dangle in. Some say that wide blunt based cups work are best suited for those that dangle more than others.

If you can swim with tampons, you can probably swim with a cup.

The only latex cup is the Keeper from the US. All of the others are made of either silicone or TPE.
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on October 19th, 2013 05:19 am (UTC)
I swam every day this summer with a little help from my cup. I really didn't have any problems, either with leaking or with water getting in. If you have super strong core muscles, you might want to avoid the super soft cups, though.

If you have a low cervix that is likely to take up room in the cup, you'll probably do better with a wider, higher capacity cup that will sit around your cervix, yet offer plenty of capacity. The large Fleur seems to be pretty popular for this.
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on October 19th, 2013 09:48 am (UTC)
I swim all the time with my cup. It's really not a problem.
juliiie87juliiie87 on October 19th, 2013 11:41 am (UTC)
I agree with the others, large Fleurcup or similarly shaped cups (Sckoon, Si-bell, Gaia, ...) are your best bet with a low, dangly cervix. On the other hand, the Mini Meluna (small and medium,) are the shortest cups, but they are fairly low capacity, especially with a dangly cervix. Most cup companies will ship worldwide from their website, and the few that don't (Si-bell is one) can be ordered from resellers, such as femininewear.co.uk.
terriqat on October 20th, 2013 05:06 am (UTC)
Thanks for the info everyone!
nemesis27nemesis27 on October 21st, 2013 07:58 am (UTC)
I swim with my cup and it's not a problem. I do pilates with my cup too, no problem.

the cervix I think it moves, don´t worry about that for choose a cup.

the cups are made of silicone, only one, the keeper, it´s made of latex, so, don´t buy the keeper one.

There are many cups, soft, firm, large, small,in the cup´s web site you can find the indications to choose.

I write in my blog about my experience with the cups I have tried, maybe it helps you.

Gluppit the prawling strangles, thereelettaria on October 21st, 2013 10:17 am (UTC)
Make sure your IUD strings are tucked out of the way, and be very careful when breaking the seal. I accidentally yanked out an IUD when removing my cup years ago, and I've met other women who've done this too. There's no way of formally recording that this has happened, it's not like logging a side effect to medication, so the menstrual cup companies pretend we don't exist. I have continued to use cups with an IUD, though, so I do think it's perfectly possible, just be careful about it.