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07 January 2014 @ 12:37 pm
Hi all. I've been trying to find the perfect cup. I started w/ a small Diva Cup, and while it seemed like it fit well enough, it would start leaking before it was even half full. I next tried the Sckoon. I had really high hopes for it. A lot of the reviews on Amazon were from people who had started with the Diva and weren't satisfied with it, then tried the Sckoon and loved it. But I had the same problem - leakage even though the cup wasn't even close to full. On a heavy day, I had to empty the cup about 4 times. Not very convenient at work or when out and about! Also not good for overnight use. At least I finally figured out that part of my cervix is sitting in the mouth of the cup and taking up much needed space, which is what is causing the leakage.

The Diva cup's length is 57mm, the large Sckoon is 50mm, so I really thought that it would be short enough. I've been looking at comparison charts, and I've only seen a few cups that are much shorter than 50mm, and they are generally the smaller size. That's another thing I'm not sure about - I don't know if I need a wider cup. I'm almost 35, but I've never had kids. I moved up to a wider cup after the leakage w/the Diva, because I thought it wasn't wide enough. The large Sckoon certainly wasn't uncomfortable, but it didn't pop open as easily as the small Diva that I'd had before.

I really don't want to go back to tampons, but trying a new cup every month is getting expensive! I would love whatever advice you ladies can give. It seems like cup length isn't necessarily the only thing to consider with a cervix that sits low. Besides, it seems like the cup ends up sitting wherever your body wants it to, and my body seems to want the cup to suction onto my cervix!

Thanks!
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on January 7th, 2014 06:19 pm (UTC)
Because the long bodied Diva fit you well enough, you don't really have a short vag, which many around here call a low cervix. But you probably have what we call a "dangly" cervix -- one that dangles into your cup and takes up room where flow should go. That is usually combated with a wide cup that is comfortably long.

Despite what all of the instructions and all of the illustrations show, ANY cup will settle (O) around your cervix. The height of the base of the cup will be relative to the cup's body length and the length of your vagina.

It sounds like a wide cup in the medium to long range will probably suit you well. See if you like any of them.
paleoistapaleoista on January 7th, 2014 06:46 pm (UTC)
You're right, definitely not a short vag.
I liked the width of the Sckoon (45mm). It seemed like a good fit. If I'm reading what your wrote correctly, it makes sense to have a longer cup since my dangly cervix is already taking up some of the space in the cup?
In that case, it seems like the Diva size 2 would be the best bet - 46mm diameter and 57mm long. What do you think?
teacupcake89 on January 7th, 2014 07:05 pm (UTC)
I'd go for a wider but round bottomed cup like a Fleurcup, Si-bell, Mami cup, Sckooncup etc as the shape means it will still have good capacity even with your cervix sitting in the cup until cups with the 'pointy v' shaped bottome like the Diva where there is hardly any capacity at the bottom of the cup.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on January 7th, 2014 07:08 pm (UTC)
I don't know. You'll have to judge that for yourself based on how the small Diva fit you. The overall additional width of the large might make it seem a little longer so if the small Diva was at your maximum comfortable length, then maybe a slightly shorter wide cup will suit you better. But if you think you had another few mm to spare, then go for it. Go with your gut feeling, it's probably right.
Kathlynekathlyne on January 8th, 2014 02:48 am (UTC)
I'm going to second teacupcake. I have a dangly cervix myself, and the large fleur cup works best for me. I started with the Diva size 2--and had a lot of leakage problems. I've also tried the Yuuki and the Lunette (both large). They were okay, but I do think the Fleur's less-pointy bottom works best with my dangly cervix.

Also, just keep in mind that even though they say the cup can be worn 12 hours, if you have heavy flow it will fill faster and you'll have to empty it sooner--the large fleur cup has more capacity, and will give you a little more time than the small.

Best of luck. I hope your next cup is your goldilocks cup.
elisamba on January 8th, 2014 06:03 am (UTC)
I second the large Fleurcup, otherwise another long wide cup with more capacity and softer than the Diva 2 is either of the Gaiacups (there is hardly any difference between large and small). That is my "duo" for heavy days.
paleoistapaleoista on January 8th, 2014 01:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for the responses! It seems like the Fluercup is the winner. I was looking at the shape of the Sckoon compared to the Fleur, and was thinking that the Sckoon is already wide at the bottom. But then I saw that the Fleur is a bit longer and has a higher capacity, so it makes sense. It's also a tiny bit bigger in diameter, which could help as well. I'm going to give it a shot. :)
I definitely don't expect to be able to go 12 hours in between emptying the cup on heavy days, but I was emptying the Sckoon as often as I would've changed a tampon. It does great on my lighter flow days though.
juliiie87juliiie87 on January 8th, 2014 06:44 pm (UTC)
Take a look at the large LuvUrBody cup too : it's about as long as the Diva but wider and also fairly rounded and very high capacity. Femininewear.co.uk stocks them.
pineapplewhippineapplewhip on January 8th, 2014 02:46 pm (UTC)
my favorites
I know everyone is different however, I have been very fortunate, I first read about cups on Amazon, so knowing very little I bought two, a Lunette small and a USA Mooncup. My mooncup is ok, not one I use often, but the lunette, I can't complain. I have two small, and I highly recommend those. However, I have ordered a large fleurcup for heavy days. D- Happy cup days
teacupcake89 on January 8th, 2014 08:51 pm (UTC)
Re: my favorites
just adding for the OP that a small lunette or either mooncup are not great for low cervixes :)