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08 August 2014 @ 01:29 pm
Hello everyone, I am very happy I came across this little gem of a page. I have heard about cups in the past and have always been curious so today, as I sit here on my period using a disgusting tampon because I'm out of disgusting pads, I decided to order my first menstrual cup. I've read over a few posts, looked over some pictures and did some digging just to find myself a bit overwhelmed with all of the options, sizes, numbers, etc.
I need some help in deciding which cup to choose as my first.
I am 24 years old, married, with one child. This is my second period since I gave birth 11 months ago.
I'm not really sure how long my vagina is or how high my cervix sits.
Before baby, my flow was normal (as far as I know), lasting 5-7 days with small clotting during heavy days. My first period postpartum was nothing out of the ordinary and this one seems the same just more crampy.
Basically, I'm sure this has been asked by many before me but I would like advice on which cup is recommended for first time users.

Thank you so much, I appreciate any replies!
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on August 8th, 2014 09:51 pm (UTC)
There are sizing guidelines and a set of size/capacity charts as well as a link to a page about commonly asked questions at http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ If you don't like those charts then there's a bunch more of them at the Community FAQ.

Analogy: My dog's name is Sparky. My favorite food is lasagna. I like to swim. What size bra should I wear? And similarly, there is no way that we can tell what cup would fit/suit you best. As the guidelines say, "just get into the right ballpark" when it comes to size and your chances of success with it will be much greater than if you had just chosen one at random because you liked its sales hype.
13grace13 on August 8th, 2014 10:03 pm (UTC)
I am familiar with the sizing chart, my question was more about brands. I understand that they have differences and thought that maybe someone who has had more experience with the different kinds of menstrual cups could share which they found most successful and I could go from there. I get that everyone is different so what works for one person may not work for me but if majority points to a specific brand I feel like my chances may be better at a successful first time purchase.
trejoytrejoy on August 8th, 2014 10:44 pm (UTC)
There are so many aspects to choosing a cup that a consensus wouldn't help you. Otherwise, a Fleur or Lunette should've worked wonderfully for me (those were the brands that had the biggest, most vocal fans at the time I was in the market for a new cup).

Brand loyalty can have to do with whether the cup is firm/soft, long/short, V-shaped or U-shaped, or even smooth or "peach fuzz" textured. Wish you well in your decision making!
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on August 9th, 2014 02:23 am (UTC)
it's not so much about choosing a brand. all brands claim that one of their sizes will work for everyone, but it's not true.
in your case, avoid the "teen size" cups and choose from those that are 43-46 mm wide. some brands recommend the large size for those over 25, some for everyone who's given birth, some make a distinction depending on whether you had a caesarean or not... this doesn't really matter, tbh. even a virgin at 24 is likely to have a more flexible hymen than a 13 year-old one (i started using cups as a 20 year-old virgin). wider cups have a higher capacity, and you also won't need to look for a new cup around 30-35.

as for the length, see if this post can help http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/3317047.html if you are able to wear tampons, your cervix is probably average or high (unless the tampons sit too low, of course).

then choose from several cups according to the stiffness, stem, shape and whatever significant differences you notice.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on August 9th, 2014 01:15 pm (UTC)
Well, the differences between the brands are their dimensions. And that's why so many of us have made size charts. Eliminate those that you don't think will fit -- like the ones that serpent849 called "teen size" -- and compare those that remain in terms of shape, capacity, stiffness, texture, price, etc.

Narrow your choices down to 2-3-4 and let us know. We can help point out some of the differences that you might not notice or know about. There are pros and cons to every cup -- and they vary from person to person. For example: "I love that it has a slick surface." "You do? I hate that I can't get a grip on it."
13grace13 on August 8th, 2014 10:05 pm (UTC)
Oh and thank you for the link, I find it very helpful. :)
curlydevacurlydeva on August 8th, 2014 10:28 pm (UTC)
well if you want to go by what appears to be the more successful cups based on what many people use. I find that many people here love the Fleurcup and the Lunette cup. I on the other hand have neither of those cups. I picked a cup based on my wants and needs at the time and I found that based on that I had great success. I only ended up becoming a slight cup junkie by choice not because the 1st cup I started with did not work for me. My advice is look at the size charts and see which one calls out to you and go with your gut instinct. That is my advice. Wishing you well in finding you cup.
dhrachthdhrachth on August 9th, 2014 12:06 am (UTC)
I know picking a cup the first time can be confusing, but honestly, there's not THAT much difference between them. I suggest ruling out anything that sounds like it definitely wouldn't work, ie a long cup like a Diva if you have a low cervix, then buy the least expensive of what's left. It'll at least give you a good idea of how cups work and what your needs in a cup are, and it might turn out to be the ideal cup for you on the first go.