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17 December 2013 @ 08:31 am
Hello all! I am new to LG and to menstrual cups for that matter… I think I accidentally started this discussion in the MC sales so I wanted to post it here. I need some help! I am 26 and am ready to give cups a try, I have been lurking on here for a while and it seems that the softer cups are more comfortable (especially for a noobie) I am open to suggestions but I was looking at Si-Bell, Sckooncup, and even a lunette…I feel like I am kind of stuck. I have no children and am not sexually active …which leads me to pick the smaller size cup but I have a moderate-heavy flow( especially on the first 2 days) and I getting closer to the 30 year mark…which makes me think larger. I haven’t checked where my cervix is on my period, but I have no trouble inserting a super/ super+ tampon, off my period I can’t reach it without bearing down…(sorry if this is all TMI but I really appreciate a place to talk openly about this stuff!) Do I just have to suck it up and get a smaller size cup and possibly change it more frequently? Like I said I am totally new to cups, but any and all suggestions would be so helpful! I know it sounds lame but 30- 40 dollars is an investment for me…I just want to find something that works! You guys are great…thanks!
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on December 17th, 2013 02:13 pm (UTC)
There are guidelines and a bunch of size & capacity charts over at the Community FAQ. Start there. Don't go by what "size" a cup is called, use actual dimensions. Figure out which ones you think you fit and suit you best, then narrow your choices down by capacity, shape and other factors. If you are comfortable with insertion, then a medium to wide cup will probably suit you best -- especially since you have moderately heavy flow.

IGNORE what the directions and illustrations show. For most of us, they are just plain WRONG. ANY cup will settle (O) around your cervix and the height of the base of the cup will be relative to the length of your cup and the length of your vagina. The base of the cup should sit comfortably above your PC pelvic floor. If it is too high above, you'll have a hard time removing the cup. If the cup is too long, the base feel like it's trying to escape and be uncomfortable. My point is -- don't be afraid of length if you think you need it.

Use the charts, not their sales hype, to pick your first cup.
itsallstraw on December 17th, 2013 03:01 pm (UTC)
Cup too soft??
D you think a cup can be too soft that it won't open properly? Or is it all in technique and time...maybe there is just a learning curve!
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on December 17th, 2013 03:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Cup too soft??
There's a really good post about that at the Community FAQ.
moonhoney925 on December 18th, 2013 01:53 am (UTC)
If you're a moderate to heavy flow and you prefer a softer cup, maybe try a large Fleurcup. Large Lunettes are quite stiff.

I think the website is fleurcup.com they have sales quite often and you can pick one up easily for 9.99 + 3.99 (postage)euros.

Good luck.

Edited at 2013-12-18 01:55 am (UTC)
juliiie87juliiie87 on December 27th, 2013 08:42 pm (UTC)
As Kuradi8 said, I would take the time to look for your cervix and choose a cup based on their actual dimensions, not guidelines. I don't think there's any reasons you couldn't get a large size if you think that'll fit you lengthwise and you'll be comfortable with a few more mms to handle (and most likely you will be, vaginas are stretchy and amazing). I'm personally a huge advocate of softer cups, started out at 24, no babies, with a large Cuplee and haven't regretted my first choice. I like how gentle they are to pop open (strike that, to unfold... you kinda need to give them a little push, but that's OK with me) and how easily I can grab them and refold them for removal. I could advise you a bunch of brands and models based on my preferences, but I think it would be best for you to figure out yours first... and feel free to ask more questions if you have any! ;)

Edited at 2013-12-27 08:45 pm (UTC)