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06 December 2014 @ 02:33 pm
Hello! I am new to this community as well as re-usable menstrual cups.
I have been interested in getting a re-usable menstrual cup for a few months and now I think I am ready to get one- But I absolutely have no idea what brand or size to get. I have been using Softcups for the past 5 cycles and am not happy with them because after several hours they start to leak. I am afraid that I'll get the wrong kind and waste my money as they are a bit expensive for me to buy more than one. There are also so many brands and I really have no clue as to which brand would be best for me- it makes my head start to spin! And I also don't know what size to get. I'm an 18 year old virgin with an average cervix and average flow. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you all very much!
 
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on December 6th, 2014 08:52 pm (UTC)
Average cervix and average flow suggests that a size 1/small of whatever brand you choose would probably be OK. I guess I'd just avoid the "extremes" of size ranges--like maybe not the Lily or LuvUrBody on the long side or Meluna Shorty on the short side. The only other factor you may want to think about is softness. For me cups have to be very soft or they'll press on my bladder, but if you do athletic activities like yoga, Pilates, gymnastics, a lot of running, etc, you may need something stiffer or your PC muscles will crush the cup.

Also, you can get cups for pretty cheap from users selling cups they have tired of or that didn't work for them, so you might be able to splurge on a couple by checking out mc_sales: http://mc-sales.livejournal.com/

Edited at 2014-12-06 08:54 pm (UTC)
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on December 6th, 2014 08:56 pm (UTC)
There are sizing guidelines and charts at http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ and also a link to Answers to Commonly Asked Questions.

As for PC muscles crushing the cup, I think por-que-no is mistaken about how vaginal muscles work.
titaniumtrinitytitaniumtrinity on December 6th, 2014 09:35 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, there's no information I can give you to guarantee you'll find one that works on the first try! You’ll read a bunch of stories of people who had to try multiple cups before finding their “goldilocks” cup, but then there’s also plenty of people like me who’ve only used one cup and it works fine. So don’t over-think trying to get the perfect cup, the best you can do is make an educated guess based on available information. While it would be a bad idea to go with the cheapest option without considering fit, consider cost as a tie breaking factor. It might be worthwhile to go with an inexpensive option that looks like it will probably work. And if it is not perfect for you, you can save up for another one, while figuring out what you want: longer, squishier, firmer, better capacity. All of those things you won’t really know what you need until you use one for a while. Figure out if you need a long, short, or medium length cup, and make a guess on the other factors. The chance of you ending it with one that’s really horrible for you is, IMO, pretty low.

Here are some links:
Virgin's guide to cups: http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/1243131.html
Size charts: https://menstrualcups.wordpress.com/2010/08/19/cup-size-comparison-charts/
Understanding the cervix: http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/3317047.html

Length is maybe the thing you’ll best be able to determine what you need. Despite what many companies say about the cup sitting “low in the vaginal canal,” for most people it will migrate up to sit around your cervix. Pay attention to your cervix during your period and see if you can estimate how far in it is, and how that compares to the length of the cups you’re considering. It can be hard to picture how long “57mm” really is, it may help use a ruler to draw some lines on a piece of paper and compare those lengths to your finger. If you think your cervix is not especially low or high, then you can look at cups in the middle of the range, and you will have quite a few options that will probably work for you.

For cup width, you're probably not going to want or need a very large cup, so I'd recommend the ones with a rim diameter of more like 40mm (the small option by many companies), because it will be easier to insert and remove.

There’s also how firm or squishy the material is, and how the cup is shaped (whether it tapers to a point, or has a blunt bottom). But it’s not easy to tell what you need for those right now. I would NOT recommend buying the softest one you can find, because it will probably be harder to use.

Almost all of the available cups are silicone, the exceptions being the Keeper (which is latex rubber) and the Me Luna cups which are TPE (thermoplastic elastomer). I know really nothing about those, so if you want to narrow you option, you could just consider silicone cups. Me Lunas tend to be cheaper though.