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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!
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.