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17 March 2014 @ 11:31 pm
I was sent to this page by a post a read on another online image forum. It sounded like a great idea!!! I am just beginning to work in a medical field (will be a real RN soon!), and I'm not sure when I will ever have time to change a tampon once I'm working (not many people even take bathroom breaks). The cup would be a dream come true!

Anyways, I've been reading around the page for a few weeks, but I am a little scared of my lack of knowledge (even after all my lurking/reading). I'm not sure even where to begin on buying a cup (26, non-virgin, no children... heavy flow for 2-3 days in the very beginning of my period). Also I am unsure about the leakage it seems like everyone has. Is it pretty common when you are first starting to use a cup??

I appreciate any and all help or advice that comes my way :)
 
elisamba on March 18th, 2014 06:27 am (UTC)
In a nutshell:
1) Find your cervix on your period (it moves higher at other times). Notice how far in your finger is in and use that as a basis to choose a cup length, important for comfortable removal.
2)Generally speaking, strong vaginal muscles need a firmer cup. If that is your case, you can find (subjective) cup firmness comparisons on menstrual cup blogs and choose that way. YT videos also help somewhat, where people squish their cups against each other to compare.
3)Get a larger capacity (at least 25 ml, preferably 30 ml) *to the holes* for your heavy flow. Good size charts will distinguish capacity to the holes and total capacity of the cup.
4) Clotty flow - go for larger holes. Fluid flow - smaller holes should be ok (and can be enlarged if need be).
5) Shape/colour - here just go with your personal taste!
6) Take into account any ethical concerns or allergies you have: Keeper is biodegradable and latex, some brands are vegan, etc.

Leaks are common at first because we are learning to get our cups to unfold properly inside us, or because we are getting a feel for their capacity and how long we can go without emptying them.

For a beginner I can recommend the large Fleurcup, which seems to be "one size fits most" and is soft yet springy and with good grip rings for removal. I also love my first cup, the small Organi, or for a high cervix, the small Gaiacup, also soft yet springy and just plain pretty :)