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21 February 2015 @ 11:28 pm
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Hey community,

I am new to LiveJournal as well as new to the idea of menstrual cups. I live in America and only just today did I find out that there is an alternative to pads and tampons. Of course I have many, many questions about menstrual cups, but I think I would like to try them. I started searching and I am finding out that there are several different ones out there, and I would like to know how to figure out which one to pick. I am almost 17, I am currently on my period right now so now would be a great time to get all this sorted out.

I have read a lot about them and I am finding that the Lily Cup, Diva Cup, and Lunette are some of the most popular, but I just wanted to ask some questions and figure out how all of this works.
 
Gabs/Gabrielle/Gabbyirisri on February 22nd, 2015 05:59 am (UTC)
I'm 22, no children. I just got the Lily Cup Compact a week ago and I love it. Also new to this scene, but I found this community and a YouTube vlogger who really helped me out making the decision to switch to menstrual cups and which cup to get. If you're interested in the YouTube channel, just go to PreciousStarsPads (that's the user) and then go to her Menstrual Cup Review playlist. Has TONS of them (like twenty). Lily Cup Compact is for light to medium flow, by the way, but it's collapsible and other cups are not. If you want discreet, it's the way to go, but if you don't care, I've been highly considering buying the Lunette as a backup. Let me know if that helps!
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on February 22nd, 2015 08:14 am (UTC)
Welcome to the community! The FAQs on the side are linked to previous posts about cups, so that's a good place to start. When you get to the stage of wanting to try them out, our sister community mc_sales is a good place to find cups.

Edited at 2015-02-22 08:14 am (UTC)
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on February 22nd, 2015 02:18 pm (UTC)
Firstly, figure out exactly how high your cervix is (might involve checking on it multiple days since it moves around during your periods sometimes). Don't do what I did and get a really short cup when you actually have a high cervix and then it takes 3 hours to remove.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on February 22nd, 2015 02:31 pm (UTC)
There are sizing guidelines, size charts and a link to my Answers to Common Questions at http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/

If you're not sure about length, logic says that picking one that's "medium" will have a better chance of fitting than one from either end of the length spectrum.
nayssak on February 22nd, 2015 05:21 pm (UTC)
I am also new to menstrual cups and live in the US. I have just purchased an EvaCup. They are made in the US and FDA approved. I have used it only once and it was very comfortable and easy to use. They are available on ebay or directly from Angian Evacup website and they retail for $22 which is a great price. I am trying a few different ones I'm waiting for a Yuuki & Cuplee (cuplee is from russia and only $10). Do your research but I've only used it one time and I'm sold. I hope to never use a tampon again. Lol!
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on February 22nd, 2015 05:38 pm (UTC)
I like the look of the Eva but the OP needs to make sure her cervix isn't too high for it. Many young and nulliparous girls will have a higher cervix than those of us with a little more age and maybe a kid under our belt. This is probably why Diva has done ok despite the fact that it's a terrible starter cup, statistically speaking. I have noticed my cervix inching ever so slightly lower with age (since I started using cups almost 2 years ago) though it's still considered high and I definitely do NOT have kids, lol.
trejoytrejoy on February 24th, 2015 10:33 pm (UTC)
It isn't quite an exhaustive list, but I recently found the following helpful for comparison (and acquisition) info: https://docs.zoho.com/sheet/published.do?rid=mdngge2336f38104b45a882b500f2e041f196&mode=print