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Hi, beautiful ladies! You are all amazingly helpful. I've been reading everything on this forum trying to figure out which cup to buy first, and I think I've found a couple good ones, but I'm brand new and I'd love to hear from someone who has experience.

Okay, so, here are the details: I'm 22, sexually active, no babies; I've regularly worn disposable pads rather than tampons; average flow; I have a high cervix (I've tried several times to reach it throughout my cycle and never have), and I'm not incredibly active so I'm not sure how strong my pelvic floor/muscles are.

I'm thinking that the model 1 Si-Bell (or the Natu cup, since I don't know of any differences between the two brands) could be good for me because although the cup itself is not very long, the cup plus the stem is pretty long. Also, I read here that some women have been able to take out the Si-Bell just by pulling on the stem, rather than having to grab the bottom of the cup. And since, having to grab the actual cup itself (which apparently you wouldn't need to do with the Si-Bell) is why women with a high cervix are advised to get a longer cup, maybe the short Si-bell cup (with it's helpful long stem) would still be preferable for women with a high cervix. ..?

Next, softness/squishiness of the Si-Bell cup. It seems that most women find the softer cups to be more comfortable, but generally they take more time to get to open. I don't mind having to take a little bit longer on my learning curve, as long as it's not always going to be a hassle.
Something else I've heard is that if you have strong pelvic muscles and a soft cup, the cup might not have room to open up all of the way or it might move out of place because your super strong muscles are crushing it. I'm not currently very athletic/active but I'd enjoy having the option. I think I'd prefer the comfort-ability of a soft cup, but not if I'd have to worry that the cup would cave in and not stay properly open and then leak. Does anyone have any advice on the Si-Bell cup and how it holds up in general or if you're active/have strong muscles. Some advice on the strength of the pelvic muscles in relation to soft cups in general, or how to tell if you have strong muscles, might also be helpful.

Short Story: My main concerns are, if the Si-Bell (or Natu) cup would work with a high cervix (meaning, can you easily reach and remove it) even though it's a smaller cup, if you can figure out how to insert and open it without always having to fuss with it, and if you can be active with it without it being squished by your muscles, moving out of place, and then leaking.

Thank you for reading all of this and offering advice if you have any. :D
 
Luceafaraluceafara on April 15th, 2014 03:40 am (UTC)
Hi, the Si-bell and old-style Natu pop open easily despite their softness, because of their totally awesome design: they have four indentations that go vertically along the entire length of the cup.

I say old style Natu, but it is still being sold as "the" Natu in many places. In pictures, it looks identical to the Si-bell, but it is a tiny tiny bit thinner walled, thus a tiny tiny bit softer than the Si-bell. I have both and them being soft poses no problems for insertion, and makes breaking the seal indefinitely easier (not that breaking the seal of any of my cups is difficult, but i have a low cervix and can reach the bases of all my cups anyway).
To see comparison pics, click on the Natu tag on the right-hand side. I posted a comparison a while back.

I have not tried out the new Natu, which came out recently. The Italian web-store (with very good prices, BTW) coppetta-mestruale.it sells both, if you want to check out pics of the new Natu. It is still reported to be super soft, but the design is a bit different now.
(ETA link, don't mind the wonky English translation on that page:
https://www.coppetta-mestruale.it/coppette.php )

Neither my Natu, nor my Si-bell have moved out of place or were squished by my muscles ever. It's hard to explain or understand how the suction can be so easy to break, yet why it holds suction while you wear it, even after a full day in the ocean.

Edited at 2014-04-15 03:42 am (UTC)