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Adele
16 April 2014 @ 05:58 pm
Hi everyone! I've been reading through posts about cup sizes and brands and how to choose the right one but am still so lost! I'm 26, sexually active, no children, average to heavy flow (at the heaviest, change an ultra tampon twice a day). I'm three days in my cycle and just checked my cervix. I have to put my finger all the way in to touch my cervix with my fingertip. I'm not super athletic, but I do kegel exercises regularly so I'd say my PC muscles are average. I assume all this means I'll need a long, moderate-softness cup. I'd also prefer silicone, as it seems this is the most body safe material. As for actually buying the cup, I live in the USA and would like to avoid shipping from over seas. Anyone have any recommendations for me? Thanks!
 
elisamba on April 17th, 2014 05:22 am (UTC)
There are four brands sold within the USA, the longest being the Diva. Just be aware there are lots of brands with free international shipping. Some of them are at shop.menstrualcup.co. Also even.with shipping, some overseas brands end up cheaper than ones sold within the US.
Adeleadele_1 on April 18th, 2014 01:28 am (UTC)
Ok, I won't rule out international brands then! Thanks!
elisamba on April 18th, 2014 06:31 am (UTC)
The only thing about ordering from abroad is any returns you might need to make. In my part of Europe you can't return a product unless it's defective, basically.
pineapplewhippineapplewhip on April 29th, 2014 01:57 am (UTC)
agreed
I have never had a real Diva cup, that being said, the Euro ones are better, at least for my body. Although you can get Lunette on Amazon.
m03m on April 17th, 2014 06:36 am (UTC)
What is your reason for wanting to avoid shipping overseas? Most cups happen to be made on other continents.

With your measurements, most cups that are not super short and super small will probably work for you. I know that doesn't exactly narrow it down, but it may help you feel more at ease :-)

Since you've been reading about cups for a while: which ones are you interested in?
Adeleadele_1 on April 18th, 2014 01:39 am (UTC)
Overseas shipping takes longer of course, and I assumed the shipping cost would make it more expensive. It sounds like that might not be the case at all stores.

So far, the Meluna medium, Diva small, and Lunette large have stood out to me. I'm thinking the Lunette large might be the best place to start since its length is between the other two.
Ashatenlegspider on April 17th, 2014 10:13 pm (UTC)
I know people here say it's important to check the size charts and pick the right cup, but there weren't always dozens of brands to choose from and plenty of people still just pick up the one that's in their local healthfood shop. Mostly it's not a problem.

So, you know you don't want a very short cup because it would be harder to reach, and capacity is something to think about but you're not going through tampons annoyingly fast and just about any cup will take longer to fill, so it's not a big concern. I think that's all you can know about suitability at the moment, and it leaves most cups available. Get the one that's cheapest or you like the look of and you'll probably be fine. If you find it doesn't work for some reason then you'll have some idea of what you want to be different and you can use the charts to find an alternative.