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16 September 2014 @ 01:26 pm
I've been intrigued by cups for a while and after the birth of my second child I developed an allergy to almost every pad/tampon I've tried using so now seems as good a time as ever to make the switch.

So far I've only used Instead soft cups (part way through one cycle and for the entirely of the cycle afterwards). The first time was awesome! I wish I'd made the switch sooner and started researching longterm cups. The second time....what an ordeal. My first two days (of 4) are a little heavier (esp the first few cycles postpartum) and it seemed like I was constantly leaking & refitting- even had to switch back to tampons for better security. So far I've seen so much information it seems impossible to make a "best guess" and am really hoping for some experienced guidance.

Does anyone have suggestions on where to start as far as deciding on rim/length/capacity/firmness?

Here's about me:
Age 25, 2 births, 3 months postpartum, high cervix sometimes drops a little during menses (stays between med-high), just fit for a 75 diaphragm. I've had some concern of rectocele which is where my concern about firmness comes in, but my OB/G couldn't identify an issues. Chasing after a toddler, trying to get fit again, and soon going back to work on my feet I'm decently active and want a snug fit without unnecessarily stressing those muscles.

Wow, that sounds a lot picker than I expected... thank for any tips on choosing!
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on September 16th, 2014 09:18 pm (UTC)
There are sizing guidelines and size charts at http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ and there is also a link to some Commonly Asked Questions.

Happy reading!
Kathlynekathlyne on September 16th, 2014 10:02 pm (UTC)
I always second kuradi--and I wanted to add that the Instead is different from a menstrual cup. The Instead is kind of like a drawer with a baggie underneath and a menstrual cup is, well, more like a cup.

The large fleur cup is regarded as a favorite cup for moms. Although I'm not a mom, and the Large fleur is my goldilocks cup...but read through the FAQ before jumping into buying a cup.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on September 16th, 2014 11:59 pm (UTC)
I would second the general recommendation for the Fleur, but if you need something softer (sounds like you might) and have a highish cervix, I'd even more strongly suggest the large Si-Bell, which has the exact same shape but a longer stem (but very soft and thin, basically a tampon string). If you have really strong PC muscles and/or had C-sections, and you don't need so much capacity, you might like the smalls as well.
singanddanceall on September 19th, 2014 05:51 pm (UTC)
First cup suggestions
I use, and like, the Divacup, size 2. I liked that it was silicone, although it does stain, and you just have to get over that.

There can be a steep learning curve, and I imagine that postpartum, with the changes occurring in that area, it might be wrong to assume that any cup is going to be perfect.

It actually took me 3 years to get so my Divacup was reliable (I never tried another, too expensive to keep shopping!). My most awful leaking experience was when I was waiting table. Fortunately my pants and shoes were black, the restaurant was dark, and I didn't stain any rugs. I'll say this, when a cup leaks, it's generally because it has come loose in some way, and it just DUMPS. So expect it to be rocky going for a while. In the end, it was support from a forum that helped me get it right. Now I wouldn't use anything else. Reusable cups are, for me, the best, most convenient, safest and most hygienic form of menstrual protection in every situation. I've backpacked, camped, gone to beaches with no rest room facilities (and no trash bin), long shopping trips. And you save a TON of money. So worth it.