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2soya
14 March 2015 @ 11:37 pm
Hello! I am new to this community, nice to meet you all :) I've been heavily interested in menstrual cups, and after much thought, I've decided to invest in one. Today (I am on my period), I tried to figure out the length of my vagina in order to decide the right cup for me. My middle finer, the longest finger, went all the way in without stopping. I don't know if I hit the cervix or not, but I'm assuming I didn't as my finger kept sliding in with no blockage.

This may be an obvious question, but does this mean that I have a long vagina, and that I should get a longer cup? I am 17 and a virgin, with medium flow! Thank you so much! Also, what are some good cups for beginners with my sizes/details? Is softer better, or stiffer better? Sorry for all the questions, and thank you so much!

EDIT: I've come to the conclusion that I may be missing the mark completely.. I cannot seem to find it at all..
 
jchammondsjchammonds on March 15th, 2015 11:02 am (UTC)
I think the Diva Cup is a good one for beginners. It was a little long for me, so it may work well for you.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on March 15th, 2015 12:48 pm (UTC)
If you're not sure, a "medium" length cup would probably be wiser than one from either end of the length spectrum. There are size charts at the Community FAQ and another set at http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ Also follow the link to the Answers to Commonly Asked Questions there.

Stiff and soft each have their pros and cons. Stiff often opens more easily and sometimes seals more securely. Some think that soft is more comfortable.

There is no such thing as a "beginner" cup. It either fits you well or it doesn't. They ALL have learning curves. And if the cup you choose has tiny anti-suction holes (they help with popping open and removal) they can always be enlarged.
yayforcupsyayforcups on March 15th, 2015 03:41 pm (UTC)
Lunette could be good with new longer stem
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on March 15th, 2015 04:36 pm (UTC)
Unless your fingers are quite short, not being able to reach your cervix means that even the Diva might be a bit short for you (it is for me, at least my Rainbow cup of the same length is, and I can reach my cervix, barely, about half the time). I might suggest the Si-Bell, Lily, or iCare (which is designed like the Diva in the body but has a much longer stem and is softer). The iCare is a great bargain if you get it off AliExpress and are willing to wait a month for it to come in from China, like $5 shipped, but if you need it faster a lot of sellers on Ebay and Amazon carry them. The Si-Bell is pricier but a really nice, U-shaped cup with a super comfortable and thin stem. The Lily is very different but also a very nice and long cup, I had one for about a year before my dangly cervix started making it less of a good fit than it had been.
Someone is trying to get rid of a Lily on our sister community, mc_sales: (scroll down about 4-5 posts) http://mc-sales.livejournal.com/
2soya2soya on March 15th, 2015 08:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the info, will definitely look into them all!!!
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on March 16th, 2015 04:48 am (UTC)
FYI if you don't want to wait for shipping from China, here's a 'murican seller (are you in the US?) on ebay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Reusable-Silicone-Mama-Moon-Cup-Menstrual-Cup-Tampon-Pad-Alternative-Sizes-S-L-/271734973286?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&var=&hash=item3f44aaa366 - make sure it's an iCare though and not the Aneer if you don't want something SO soft that it may not pop open. menstrualcups.wordpress.com just posted a review of the Aneer and noted how it was even softer than the Si-Bell...I love me some soft cups but that might be too soft. In the photo it looks thinner than the iCares on either side of it. My iCare is a bit thicker/firmer than my Si-Bell so this makes sense. For the sake of my bladder I would not go much firmer than the iCare for myself, but I am apparently a weird one around these parts :)

(In case anyone was wondering...iCare/iClean/Aneer all have the same molds and all will be about 83mm including the stem, which is the longest traditional-design cup I know of)

Edited at 2015-03-16 04:49 am (UTC)
Yuncloud_and_smoke on March 15th, 2015 04:51 pm (UTC)
Did you also sweep your finger around to make sure your cervix is not to the side?

If it really is waaaaaay up there it might be a good idea to try a longer cup.

Edited at 2015-03-15 04:53 pm (UTC)
2soya2soya on March 15th, 2015 08:21 pm (UTC)
I tried but I've come up with the conclusion that I may be missing the mark completely.. I can't feel it at all even when squatting, and i try to sweep my finger but all I hit are walls..
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on March 16th, 2015 02:13 am (UTC)
In that case, a long cup will probably suit you. The Diva is probably the most accessible long-bodied cup. If you get one, enlarge the anti-suction holes. Or there are several other brands that have short bodies but long stems for an overall longer length than the Diva. The link I gave earlier does not have a chart for overall length. Others have made charts that do but I don't know their links off the top of my head.
unicornaunicorn on March 16th, 2015 04:26 am (UTC)
As someone with a super high cervix, it's totally normal. Until I went on birth control I couldn't reach my cervix at all at any point in my cycle. I agree with others that a longer cup would be your best bet. As for types of cups, I generally don't like the Diva Cup, even though it is quite long, it's a bit too hard for me so I can never really get fully comfortable. I think the Lily Cup might be a better bet for a first time user, it's longer, a bit softer than most, and has smoother silicone.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on March 16th, 2015 04:40 pm (UTC)
Yup, awhile back on this site (I believe) someone mentioned that younger, nulliparous girls are more likely to have a high cervix (virginity doesn't matter), which could just mean there is a lesser amount of hormone circulating? I also remember a dude who was transgender and taking hormones to transition female to male and he said at some point in taking the hormones his cervix just parked super high and stopped moving around. So I'm assuming by that point there was little to no real estrogen circulating, which is why I think less hormones = higher cervix. Makes sense because I am a little bit gifted in the androgen department myself--explains all my bull-headed, high-cervixed fabulousness ;)

Edited at 2015-03-16 04:41 pm (UTC)
Yuncloud_and_smoke on March 16th, 2015 05:14 am (UTC)
HERE is a pretty up-to-date list of cups by length. (somewhere in the middle of the 55-59mm range is a good place to start looking and there are some that are over 60mm)

And HERE you can find other charts where you can compare different cup brands and sizes by capacity.

Edited at 2015-03-16 05:18 am (UTC)
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on March 16th, 2015 12:53 pm (UTC)
FYI, if you run this chart--your small iCare length is incorrect. the Small is about 83mm with stem. I posted measuring pics awhile back when I got mine. It is the longest traditionally-designed cup I know of, and that's valuable information for those who have the World Trade Cervix, like myself and the OP!

Link to thread with pics: http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/3390147.html

Edited at 2015-03-16 12:59 pm (UTC)