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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?
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.