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06 July 2014 @ 12:54 pm
I've been looking into menstrual cups and I am rather frustrated. I'm young (under 20 but over 17), a virgin, have never used a tampon or had anything up my vagina. I don't think I have my hymen anymore (incident). I have noticed that women who laud menstrual cups have had to try different ones before getting them to work (way expensive), and those who are trying are constantly dealing with leaks and troublesome/painful insertion or removal or both. This is despite all the research they have done. It's not like they are cheap, or there is a one size/stiffness/length fits all. But I really liked the idea. Honestly, looking back at ur menstrual cup experience, or going thru it now, was it really worth it?
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on July 6th, 2014 05:54 pm (UTC)
Those who struggle have usually chosen cups that don't fit them well and/or are not comfortable mentally/physically with inserting things into their vaginas in general.

There are fitment guidelines and size charts at the Community FAQ to help those new to cups pick one that will fit and suit their needs. Use actual dimensions, not what size they're called or their sales hype to pick a cup. Shape figures into it as well... pointy or blunt? Flared rim or not? Etc.

But just like with shoes or clothing, even though it's "the right size," sometimes a particular cup just doesn't fit right. Unfortunately, there is often some trial and error involved. mc_sales is a good place to buy, sell and trade "gently used" cups that didn't work out.

In my case, the first cup I bought was entirely the wrong size. Had I known of the guidelines and size charts, I would have chosen another. My next cup fit right but didn't feel right. I traded that for one that I love. And then I picked up another "for light days."

On the other hand, others pick a cup without considering its dimensions at all and get lucky with how well it fits and suits them.

So go to the Community FAQ and read posts like the Virgin's Guide to Cups, the Myths, the Commonly Asked Questions, the various guidelines and size charts, and the ones that show various folds. Then decide whether or not you want to pursue cups and which one might fit/suit you best.

As for cost, yeah, it's a big initial outlay but most cups will pay for themselves in about a year over disposables. With reasonable care, they can last 10 years or more. Here's a post with lots of great replies as to their Benefits: http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/2069973.html
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on July 6th, 2014 07:14 pm (UTC)
Was it worth it? YOU BETCHA!