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24 November 2013 @ 11:28 pm
I have been researching menstrual cups a lot and have found many horror stories about the Diva Cup being too long or not fitting right. I know there are many options for menstrual cups, but the Diva Cup seems to be the most advertised and talked about. I have never used a menstrual cup and am fascinated by the concept. I would love to buy one, but am unsure of which one would work best for me.

I am 16 years old and a virgin. I am very petite (5 foot 0 inches). Although I am very active (running and softball), I have weak pelvic muscles. I tend to stay away from tampons when I can because I can feel most. I don't know the position of my cervix and am not sure how to find it. I have a fairly normal flow so capacity isn't a huge issue, but I do spend around nine hours at school each day so I am looking for a cup that can hold that amount.

Do you have any recommendations or suggestions?
 
nemesis27nemesis27 on November 25th, 2013 07:50 am (UTC)
have a look
http://cupsss.blogspot.com.es/

I´ve tried several cups, for me the most comfortable is the ladycup, I´ve just tried and it´s very very comfortable, more than the diva cup.

this week I´m going to add my ladycup review, it´s the last cup I´ve tried.

but if you want a cup with a big capacity ( for all the day) the LuvUr is perfect for this!!, and it´s made with soft silicone, it´s comfortable also.



Edited at 2013-11-25 07:53 am (UTC)
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on November 25th, 2013 02:12 pm (UTC)
There are now over 30 brands plus knock-offs of brands of cups to choose from -- and they vary greatly in size and capacity. Your outer dimensions have little/nothing to do with your inner dimensions. Check out the charts at http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ or others at the Community FAQ. Eliminate those that you don't think will fit you and then use capacity, shape and other factors to narrow it down to your final choice.

While you're at the Community FAQ, also read The Virgin's Guide to Cups, the post about the Myths and others about folds, insertion and removal.

As for holding 9 hours worth of flow... that depends on the capacity of the cup and how heavy your flow is. If like me you have a heavy flow, even a high capacity cup will need to be emptied in that time. And if you don't need to pee in those 9 hours then you're not drinking enough during the day.
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on November 25th, 2013 03:40 pm (UTC)
Hello! I think you should first have a go at finding your cervix. Length is probably the most critical factor in how well a cup fits. (By the way, I am 5'2 and tiny, but the Diva works fine for me because my cervix is fairly high.) Wash your hands, insert a finger, feel around for something that feels like the tip of a nose. High = can barely reach it, or can't reach it at all. Low = within half a finger of the opening or so. It's better to do this during your period, as your cervix can be higher or lower at different times in your cycle. Once you know about how high your cervix is, you can start eliminating cups that definitely won't work.

Also, while the selection might seem overwhelming, it's important to keep in mind that most cups will work for most people. My first cup was a small Lunette, and I could have easily stopped there.
justice_02justice_02 on November 25th, 2013 10:50 pm (UTC)
The small or large Si-bell and the small or large Cuplee would probably be good choices for you. I recommend them because they are both soft cups that pop open very easily. I have tried both cups. I also like the Shecup, but it's capacity is kind of low, so it's best used for light-flow days at the end of the period. I have tried a lot of cups so let me know if you have any questions. I can always let you know my experience with the cups I've tried, but your experience may vary!
n0m_de_plum on November 26th, 2013 12:50 pm (UTC)
To check the position of your cervix you have to touch it. Ideally during your period because the position can change depending on where you are in your cycle, and tends to be lowest during your period.
Relax as much as you can, make sure your nails are filed and any hangnails trimmed, and go slow and follow the shape of your vagina (it doesn't go straight up, it's somewhat curved).
Your cervix should feel like the tip of a nose but softer.

Capacity shouldn't be a problem. I have heavy flow but a cup will easily last me all day.

Edited at 2013-11-26 12:52 pm (UTC)
Luceafaraluceafara on November 29th, 2013 04:27 am (UTC)
In regards to: Firmness vs. softness when exercising, below is my personal experience, which may or may not apply to to you

While I think that softer cups seem less intimidating at first, I find that when I go running, firmer cups are more leakproof for me. Especially on days with long runs planned (weekends), I rely on classic Melunas, and, sometimes, on small Fleurcups (Fleurs are soft but firm at the same time, because the walls are thicker than on my other silicone cups).

FYI: I have a bunch of different brands in XS*-M sizes, which I use regularly, and I love them all, as they all have their advantages and disadvantages. I was apprehensive about getting firmer cups, thinking that they may be uncomfortable, but for me, that is not the case. It may help that they are all small sizes - larger firmer ones may be a different cup of tea. Right now, I only use the softest ones (Si-bell, Meluna soft) when I know for sure I won't run that day.

*Meluna mini S are like XS in size.

Edited at 2013-11-29 04:30 am (UTC)