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14 April 2015 @ 09:48 pm
Hello Everyone,
I would like some advice. I'm 18, and I've never used a menstrual cup. I'm trying to pick one that will fit me at least reasonably well. I know I have a high cervix. During my last period, I couldn't touch it at all. Just soft tissue up as far as I can reach - except for a small bump on the back wall. I'm pretty sure that's not my cervix though, because the tunnel kept going right on past it. I also think I have a fairly narrow vagina. I've never been able to wear tampons, even the smallest ones, because they were just to painful. I'm assuming that I have pretty strong pelvic floor muscles, because I hike, bike, and dance a lot. I was considering either the Diva (small) or the Keeper/Moon Cup US, as those seem to be the longest, but I'm concerned about them being to wide, and also that the Keeper seems to have no grip rings. Can anyone speak to this? Does anyone one with similar anatomy have experience with whether these cups were a good fit (or which other cups were?)
Thanks,
Rosie
 
starsandmoons89starsandmoons89 on April 15th, 2015 02:24 am (UTC)
The small bump on the back wall is indeed your cervix, congrats you found it! You're cervix isn't actually the end of your vaginal wall, seems to go on for ages, eh?

If tampons are painful for you, you will definitely not want a firm cup. Soft all the way.
Maybe check into MeLuna's. They offer 4 different stem lengths(basic, ball, ring, and stem), all sorts of sizes, and you can choose to have your cup sport(firm), classic(middle), and soft, oh, and they have all sorts of pretty colours to choose from! YAY!
Have you considered the lily cup? it's the longest cup, pretty narrow, and a soft cup, it also makes a super slim punch down fold for an easy insertion. Make sure to use lube, it will help! I have a low cervix but still can use this cup, minus the stem.. The seal with this cup is crazy, I'm sure that whatever kind of exercise or sports you're doing will never break the suction. That being said, this cup, because it's so soft can be pretty tricky to get it to open. I've spent ages fiddling with it, but once I get it open and in place I don't feel it at all, and never have to worry about it
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on April 15th, 2015 03:28 am (UTC)
If it's a choice between the Diva and the Keeper/US Moon Cup, then go for the Diva. The flared rim of the Keeper/MC can be tricky. You'll probably want to enlarge the Diva's tiny anti-suction holes around the rim. They help with popping open and also with breaking the seal for removal.
unicornaunicorn on April 15th, 2015 04:59 am (UTC)
Hey, another high cervix-er! Yay! So there isn't necessarily a straight line from your cervix to the entrance of your vagina, a lot of the time it is actually more angled and can come in from the side/back. It just depends on your body. Here's a good image for how a lot of them (but not all) are with a cup below it: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/9a/Menstrual_cup_pos3.png

So it's likely that what you're feeling is your cervix. The vaginal canal can definitely go further in past the cervix too.

Second, just because you do sports that doesn't necessarily mean that your pelvic floor is strong. Working out and being active can benefit your pelvic floor, but some types of exercise can actually damage it if you're not following the right safety techniques. Kegels are the best way to keep you pelvic floor strong. But since you're only 18 and probably haven't had kids yet, you're probably right that your pelvic floor is healthy and strong.

For a long, narrow cup I would probably go for the Lily Cup (size A). Like Stars and Moons said, it's a really soft cup and really comfortable - since you've had pain with tampons I think a soft cup would be a good bet for you. I don't have any trouble opening the cup up - it has minutely thicker strips of silicone (they call them spines, but you can't feel or see them at all) one front and back that help it open and the rim is really easy to pop open.

I found the Diva cup's silicone to be too hard for me, and the rim's a bit uncomfortable if you have a narrow vagina and a sensitive urethra at the same time. Haven't tried the mooncup though, so I can't help there. :)
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on April 15th, 2015 03:45 pm (UTC)
The Diva might well be too short for you. I have a World Trade Cervix as well and my Rainbow is the same length (70mm with stem) and it's too short about half the time. Highly recommend the following:
Si-Bell
iCare (like Diva, but softer and longer stem)
Lily
I've also heard good things about the CupLee but don't know how long it is.

Edit: if you decide you want to try something firm as well (your strong PC muscles may crush a super-soft cup, actually) someone is selling an Alicia that's 90mm with stem. Even *I* would have to trim some of this off lol: http://mc-sales.livejournal.com/240725.html

Edited at 2015-04-15 03:51 pm (UTC)
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on April 16th, 2015 01:59 pm (UTC)
"(your strong PC muscles may crush a super-soft cup, actually)"

Take a look at some anatomy and physiology books/sites. That's not what they do and that's not how they work.

Your PC muscle is a sphincter muscle, a ring that opens and closes. It regulates the vaginal opening but not the vaginal walls (which contain some muscle but not as much as you think.)

The only way a PC muscle could crush a cup is if it were sticking through the muscle... and that would feel as if the cup were trying to escape. Gross, but imagine pinching a turd in half with your anus.

Tightly packed organs are more likely to be the culprits for crushed cups. And "crushed" is a bit of misnomer too because they're usually only slightly oval, not crushed like a paper cup (unless they never opened properly in the first place.)
trejoytrejoy on April 17th, 2015 03:36 am (UTC)
Cuplee is (rather average?) 70mm long including stem, according to the following chart: https://docs.zoho.com/sheet/published.do?rid=mdngge2336f38104b45a882b500f2e041f196&mode=print

OP might also consider the Luv Ur Body medium.

Edit: Thanks for pointing out the Alicia for sale. =D

Edited at 2015-04-17 03:38 am (UTC)