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31 December 2013 @ 04:07 pm
I'm 17 and wanting to buy my first cup. I've had the wort time with pads and tampons. I have a heavy flow,my cervix is just a bit on the low side, and i get god awful cramps. Plus i'm so busy it makes tampons and pads just the worst. I have to wear super plus tampons. Not only are they over full in maybe two hours but they make my cramping even worse. Pad are just messy and too bulky for me to realistically use. Recently I've been using softcups. They're better but i have a problem with leaking. I'm thinking that a menstrual cup will be the best option because they form a seal. Here's the thing, what kind? I've been looking at the Sckoon cup and the Meluna. i want something with a more settle rim (the diva and keeper cups look insane to me) plus if i'm buying a cup i might as well get a pretty one :) I've been leaning a bit more toward the Sckoon because i can get it on amazon even though its a bit more expensive. Also what size? i know it says small for pre-birth, but i'm worried about capacity. I know the MeLuna comes i'm more sizes. Or is there something even better out there? HELP.
 
beachgrrl248 on January 1st, 2014 07:21 am (UTC)
Although I can't say much for the two cups you mentioned simply because I do not use them (although I have heard Melunas tend to sit up high and would probably surround your cervix, like so (0), therefore decreasing the cup's capacity), I will say that just because a website may recommend the larger size to those who have gone through childbirth doesn't mean that you can't use it. The vagina is meant to stretch anyway, so if you need a larger cup to accommodate your flow, I say go for it!
As for choosing which cup, go with which you think would work for you the best, not whether or not you can get it on amazon or not. I think buying the cup that is right for you on the first try over convenience is a better use of your time and money. Anyway, good luck with your decision! Either way you'll be getting a cup, and any cup is really a lot better than a disposable menstrual product! :)
elisamba on January 1st, 2014 07:21 am (UTC)
For your cramps, make sure you get a cup with a wide enough diameter that it won't rub your cervix and make things worse.

Shortish and wide: the large Fleurcup. It gets a lot of good reviews for springiness, softness, and capacity. I have read some reviews that the Sckoon can be hard to open, which can be discouraging in your first cup.

The Diva rim isn't actually that pronounced, maybe just looks like it in the pictures - have you held one in your hand? But regardless, if your cervix is low, the Diva is not your cup. :)
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on January 1st, 2014 02:05 pm (UTC)
There are now over 30 brands plus knock-offs and they all have unique dimensions, capacities, shapes and features. Use the various size charts and guidelines found at the Community FAQ to figure out which you think would fit/suit you best.

FYI, for comparison, the Instead Softcups you've used have a rim width of 70mm so even the widest menstrual cups are much smaller in comparison.
moonhoney925 on January 5th, 2014 04:06 am (UTC)
Hi,

I'm a bit older than you but like you I also have heavy periods especially on the first couple of days- I remember those super plus sized tampons well and do not miss them one bit.

I have had good experiences with the large Fleurcup as it's soft (should be fine for your cramping), wide and has a high capacity and yes, they also come in pretty colours (mine is green). You can purchase them from their website and they are quite cheap. The manufacturer (French based) also has sales quite often when the price can be as low as 9.99EUR, I think they're usually 12.99EUR. 3.99EUR is the shipping charge worldwide.

I also have a large Lunette but it is quite stiff and maybe not the best if you have a lot of cramping. The capacity is good though.

Capacity is more important than being pre-birth when it comes to cups so your gut feeling is right- large would definitely be suitable for you.