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08 October 2014 @ 12:53 pm
I have used a menstrual cup for 5 years now. I started with a lunette then I went to a fleurcup and now I use a sibell. The sibell is the softest cup I have. When I first started using cups I didn't have this problem. Now I can barely pee when I have the cup in. It also makes me feel like I have to pee all the time. I know that there are softer cups now but I'm not sure which ones. I do have a low cervix so I need a shorter cup but I need a high capacity. The ones I have are larges. Is there one out there that is short, soft and has a high capacity? I've been looking at the softcups. I don't like the idea of using a different one every cycle but I also don't think I should continue using the ones I am. I feel like they would leak more than a regular menstrual cup. Am I wrong? Thanks for any advice!
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on October 8th, 2014 07:17 pm (UTC)
If you are curious about Softcups then buy a box and try them. They are individually wrapped so it's easy to share them with curious friends or re-sell them or donate them to a women's shelter if you don't like them. I think they are available in sample packs. And they occasionally come up for sale at mc_sales -- either as an opened box missing one or two, or in small quantities for those who are curious.

Despite what the instructions say, you can wash and re-use Insteads as many times as you trust them -- whether one cycle or many. I find it easiest to alternate two... remove one, insert the other and then wash the first for next time. For me, they worked better on light days than heavy.

There are size and capacity charts at the Community FAQ. There is another set at http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ and there are also some links to softness charts, though off the top of my head, I think your SiBell ranks as one of the softest.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on October 8th, 2014 11:41 pm (UTC)
Unless there are smaller diameter softcups out there, I think at minimum, you would need a cervix height of at least 3" in order to fit a softcup completely inside and not expel it, because they are 3" in diameter and the opening sits along your front wall...so if your cervix is lower than that (read: you could cut even one notch off the Si-Bell) you won't be able to hold in the softcup. The one time I tried a softcup I could barely fit the whole thing in and I have the World Trade Cervix, if that tells you anything.

Edited at 2014-10-08 11:41 pm (UTC)
~Castiel~thusbands on October 8th, 2014 11:48 pm (UTC)
Hmm that's something I've never considered. I do know that a 70mm diaphragm fits in there. I guess I'll just have to buy a few and see. I guess I was mainly wondering if there were softer cups than the ones I have.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on October 9th, 2014 01:57 pm (UTC)
is 70mm the diameter when it's completely round (like not squeezed in half) or do they measure by circumference? I've never used a diaphragm so I have no idea. According to my tape measure 3" in diameter would be about 75-76mm. It would go around the back of the cervix which would allow it to sit a little further back, but it would still be squeezed together like || inside you rather than rounded like the diaphragm O so you would need at least a med high cervix to fit it all inside.
Luceafaraluceafara on October 11th, 2014 04:57 pm (UTC)
There are two very awesome videos comparing cup softness at the bottom of this page:

It's an Italian seller I bought from twice now, and they compare a bunch of cups they don't even sell, just for the sake of a complete comparison.

Words to know:
Morbido/morbida = soft
Taglia = size
Coppetta mestruale = MC