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31 August 2015 @ 11:57 am
Hello Everyone,

I am new to jumping onto the menstrual cup circuit and am having a very hard time with my cervix placement. After hours/days of research, and then checking I have come to the conclusion my cervix might not actually be where it "should" be. I can only feel something remotely close to what is described towards the front of my vagina, angled towards the right and between my first and second knuckle on my finger for depth. Could this be right? The best way to describe what I am feeling would be to say its like a nose, just a little softer. I can't find anything donut shaped with a small opening. When I bear down (as I said alot of research) this is the only thing that moves further down.

If this is the case, what would I even use, or is there anything I could use. I am 33, have had 2 kids, and have extremely heavy first days of period (super heavy plus tampons every 2 hours). I have seen the doctor about the heavy bleeding and other then surgery which might not even work, there isn't much they can do seeing as I have a family history of cancer. This is just my bodies normal. If it gets to much they can remove my uterus, but I haven't gotten to that point yet. So I just get monitored.

My reason for trying to find a cup is that pads give me open sores, and tampons actually hurt. I know some women can go a while between changing their cups, and I don't expect that to be the case for me, at least the first 2 days, but I am looking for some other option.

I am open to all thoughts and feedback.

Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on August 31st, 2015 08:37 pm (UTC)
Logic says that if you pick a "medium" length cup, it will have a better chance of fitting you than if you pick a cup from either end of the length spectrum.

There are sizing guidelines and a set of size charts at http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ The charts are a little out of date so read up on some of the newer brands for comparison. Also follow the link to the answers to common questions from there.

That having been said, the large Fleur cup is a very popular "Mommy sized" cup. It is medium length, a comfortably wide width, squishy soft and blunt based. It has the highest capacity of similarly sized cups. The large Lunette has the same dimensions but has a firmer body and a pointier base. (Pros and cons to both firmness and pointy-ness.) The new Lena is very similar to the Fleur and the Sckoon is also blunt based but a hair shorter.

As for heavy periods, if yours have always been heavy then it's a PITA but it's "normal" for you. If it's a new development, then it's something to keep an eye on. The good thing about cups is that many of them have little measuring lines* on the side so you can see how much is in there each time you empty it. Write it down and then tally it up at the end of the day. That's really good quantitative information to give your doctor versus pads and tampons with which you have to guess. When I developed a profuse bleeding issue, it turned out to be fibroids. They were treated with a D&C and several attempts at hormone pills before we came upon the right combination. I hope your issue is cleared up as easily as mine was. In the mean time, charting blood loss was a HUGE help to my Gyno and I think she recommends cups to patients who need to do the same because she and her staff have all asked me for link to the size charts. :o)

*If the cup you choose doesn't have measuring lines, use something like a cough medicine cup to put in 10, 20, 30ml of water to see how where each of those measurements are, and then guesstimate from there once you're using the cup.
henrim on September 5th, 2015 01:37 pm (UTC)
Heavy periods are not a new development, sadly. I have had some various tests and what not done, and its just my body. I can't take hormone pills due to a history of cancer, and my dr thinks that a D&C would only make things worse (scar tissue), so it just is what it is.

Kathlynekathlyne on August 31st, 2015 09:45 pm (UTC)
I'm seconding the large Fleur. I have to empty mine every 1.5 hours during the waking hours of Day 2, so I feel you on not being able to wear it a long time. All bodies are different. My cervix points to the left.

Just one thing to keep in mind: since your cervix points to the side, aim whichever cup you get toward it, or you might get the cup opening up to the side of your cervix rather than around it. If the cup opens next to your cervix then it won't be able to catch your flow, so you'll have major leakage.
henrim on September 5th, 2015 01:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks everyone. I apologize for not responding sooner, I have limited internet access.

I will look into the cups suggested and go from there. Thanks for your feedback!
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on September 2nd, 2015 02:14 am (UTC)
Everyone else has already given you the most pertinent advice, but I thought I'd also mention the Super Jennie, since it's a quite new cup with even more capacity than the large Fleur: https://menstrualcups.wordpress.com/2015/05/07/super-jennie/
Since it doesn't seem like you have a super high cervix I'm sure the length will be workable.
I definitely second the advice to point the cup toward your cervix during insertion. Mine is off to the left and I had some leaking issues at first before I figured this out! Always wondered why my pads would always be bloodier on the right side and the left sides of my tampons were often basically white...
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on September 7th, 2015 08:09 am (UTC)
42 ml is the capacity to the brim though.
seconding the fleurcup too. I know someone who used to change super plus tampons every 1-2 hours but can go 6 with a fleurcup. of course that's not guaranteed.
the fleurcup is more rounded, so you'll have more capacity if your cervix sits in the cup.