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10 March 2015 @ 07:01 pm

I am new to the world of menstrual cups, and I really don't know why I haven't done this before! I've used cotton pads for ~14 years, and use unbleached tampons, but a cup seems like an even better option.

I've been researching options for my first menstrual cup and have read so many blogs and watched so many YouTube videos I feel like my brain is full!

I'm hoping some of you in the community can give me advice.

I am 35, no kids (yet!), my cervix seems medium-high, and I'm really not sure how strong my pelvic floor muscles are at this point. I've recently started doing PT specifically to strengthen them, and I do some yoga, but I have lost a lot of strength from having Fibromyalgia/CFS for the past 7 years. I'm guessing they are of medium strength at this point. . .

Oh, and my flow is moderate to light, so I don't think I'll need a large cup. (Do I?)

It sounds like it often takes users a few tries to find a brand they really like. I don't have a lot of money, so am looking at less expensive options like the Monzcare R-cup or one of the Yuuki cups to get started. It sounds like I might just have to get one and see how the fit is, and what firmness, length, stem, etc. I need.

Please feel free to post anything that might help.

Thank you!
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on March 11th, 2015 03:02 am (UTC)
Sizing guidelines, size charts and a link to answers to common questions at: http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/
abigail0rose on March 11th, 2015 04:05 am (UTC)
Thank you! I hadn't come across that page yet - I'll check it out.
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on March 11th, 2015 08:58 pm (UTC)
I think you'll be okay with either the small Rainbow (Monzcare is another name for this cup) or the small Yuuki soft. The Rainbow is little fiddly to open because it's quite soft and only has two small holes, so it might not be an ideal starter cup for that reason. If you're patient, however, it's certainly doable and is a comfortable cup. I don't have personal experience with the Yuuki, but by all accounts, the soft Yuuki is more of a medium firmness cup than a super soft one, which can be helpful if you're new to cups.
abigail0rose on March 12th, 2015 02:46 am (UTC)
Thank you! I appreciate the feedback. It is hard to know what firmness will work before trying one, and your comment helps me get an idea where to start! :)
mondabomb on March 12th, 2015 02:48 am (UTC)
The Meluna if you order through the EU website or feminine wear uk site, is around 16-20 dollars. These are great starter cups, good grip rings, different stems, different firmness, and an assortment of sizes not just size one or two
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on March 12th, 2015 11:24 pm (UTC)
I think it's helpful to start with a medium everything cup -- medium firm, medium long. My first cup was a small Lunette, which is pretty much in the middle, and I could really have stopped there. (I ended up trying several different cups, and while they all work just fine, some are slightly more comfortable.) Whatever you get, do give it a few months before deciding it won't work and getting a different cup; it's easy to confuse learning curve issues with specific cup issues until you get the hang of using one.

And just my two cents' worth -- I wouldn't start with a Meluna. They're made of TPE, which is less springy than even very soft silicone, and that can make getting the cup open tricky for someone new to the process.