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sam_schwa
18 January 2015 @ 03:55 pm
Hello everyone! I've been reading darn near everything on this site and elsewhere and am going to give the menstrual cup a try. I've unofficially decided I'm going to get a Divacup 1 and the reason it's "unoffical" leads to my question: In my research on choosing a cup I've read about finding your cervix first, but that its depth changes during your period. I'd rather not have to wait a month and a half to try out the cup (and start getting through the learning curve) but It'll be a couple weeks until my next cycle and I want to make sure I get a good-sized cup for me and I have no clue how much my cervix might "dangle" during my cycle. Should I just get the Divacup and go for it, or choose a cup after I find my cervix during my period?
Another related question I have:
I've heard leaking is common during the learning curve (and sometimes after) and I'm wondering how much? I plan on using my usual liners as backup when I start, but will I need something thicker?
Thank you everyone!
 
Ashatenlegspider on January 18th, 2015 11:42 pm (UTC)
Have you looked for your cervix at all? You might as well, at least if you find it's low off your period you'll know the Diva won't be a good fit.

How much does the idea of having to buy another cup bother you? If it doesn't much, go ahead and get one now. If your first cup doesn't fit at least it'll give you a better idea of what needs to be different.

There are cups which are closer to one-size-fits-all than the Diva, so I don't think it's the ideal first choice if you're not sure about your dimensions, but as one of the first three cup brands, a lot of people have bought it because it was the cheapest or most easily available. Plenty found it better to switch, but presumably many more got along with it well enough.
sam_schwasam_schwa on January 19th, 2015 12:52 am (UTC)
Price/money is a major factor. I was quite relieved to find that Divacup might be a good choice for me (since my cervix has been quite high thus-far) because I can buy it from Target.com with the zillion gift cards I got for Christmas. If I were to buy another cup I'd prefer that it be after I've tried my money's worth out of whatever I get first.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on January 19th, 2015 12:51 am (UTC)
Judging from the number of Divas perpetually up for sale on the mc-sales community, it's a pretty terrible starter cup. For a better chance of a slam dunk, try the Fleur or Si-Bell (maybe the Si-Bell if you think you would like a very soft cup or if you think your cervix will be on the high side). The cups themselves are shortish, but have stems that will be necessary if your cervix turns out to be high (and if it's low--well, you can cut the stem to fit your needs!)
sam_schwasam_schwa on January 19th, 2015 01:24 am (UTC)
The main reason I haven't consider those is because I didn't know anything about buying where a currency exchange might be needed. I just now googled it and will have to look into quite a few more cups.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on January 19th, 2015 08:13 pm (UTC)
When I've bought with currency exchange I just use the converter at xe.com to figure out what the US rate will probably be. I worked abroad for close to a year in many countries so I'm well used to this :)

You can also dodge that issue by buying from other community members at mc_sales - often for much cheaper.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on January 19th, 2015 01:33 pm (UTC)
If the Diva is too long for you, you can flip it inside out to shorten it on your low cervix days. Also make sure that the anti-suction holes are punched all the way through. Other helpful hints at http://kuradi8.livejournal.com/
Kartos Dal'Avier: Avatar - Katara D:kartos on January 24th, 2015 12:03 pm (UTC)
Honestly the only cervix discussion with my body I've ever had was more with the nurses when I had biopsies for a clinical study last year. I never have interacted with it during my period otherwise as far as I'm aware. I also know that I absolutely cannot get the cup in on a "dry run," and for the first half to the first full day of my period I can never get it all the way in properly. I have to deal with it sitting a little low and popping out a bit and being somewhat painfully pressed against everything below. I usually use pantyliners for the first day or two of my period because of that not sitting right issue. (it still works great though, just minor spotting especially if i shift quickly) I've been using the Diva 1 for 9 years (I have 2), and I remember my legs, muscles, and everything was extremely sore from getting use to it the first and possibly second weeks time I used it, so be prepared for that potentially.

Edited at 2015-01-24 12:05 pm (UTC)