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17 October 2015 @ 11:22 pm
Ive been trying to find the right cup, but im still confused as to which one i should buy.
Im 16, virgin, heavy flow and have never tried a menstrual cup before, but always use tampons. I'd like to know what's the best menstrual cup i could start using xx
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on October 17th, 2015 09:26 pm (UTC)
Do some self-exploration and read the sizing guidelines at http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ What's the best cup? The one that you think will fit YOU the best. Don't buy a particular size/brand because someone else loves it. They won't be wearing yours. ;o)
newconvert on October 19th, 2015 01:14 am (UTC)
Yes, unfortunately, cup preference is a very personal thing... just like with disposables, what's great for one person might not be great for another.

That said, even though I learned a lot about my preferences and my newest cup is quite different than my first cup, just switching to cups was a huge improvement. You might not find your "goldilocks" cup on the first try, but it's likely to be better than what you have been using.
not_a_leaf on October 21st, 2015 09:45 pm (UTC)
Looking at the sizing guidelines will be very helpful, because if you have a low cervix you really don't want to be stuck with a long cup and I imagine that with a high cervix it's probably quite stressful to get a short cup out again.

I can't tell you what the best cup for you is, but I'll try to recommend you some. There are going to be some "if"s, since it really all depends...

I am a virgin, too, so went for a narrow cup in the 40-42 width range. I have figured out that the wider ones work, too, but the narrow ones are still easier to open for me and less intimidating for a start :p.

I am pretty sure it's in the guidelines, but I'll say it anyway, take a soft cup if your bladder is sensitive and a firmer one if you are sporty.
Soft cups don't open as well as stiff cups. I have read a lot of reviews and most people seem to care about stiffness mostly, for the opening qualities, though I find the soft ones more comfortable.

If your cervix isn't all that high, I'd go for a cup in the short range. With a heavy flow you'll have to change it more often, but I think the range 46-48 is quite nice for a beginner. If you need a soft cup, the Si-belle opens rather good for a soft cup (Meluna soft for instance is hard to open). Else I like the Fleur, as a beginner I had it in at first try in like 5 minutes and out was similarly fast. The Si-belle and Fleur are very similar, except the softness.
Also a lot of people like the Lunette. I haven't tried it, but never read anything bad about it.
If you are not from Australia, the small Juju is probably too expensieve, else that might be nice, too.

You might need/want something very different, but that is what I'd recommend to a virgin begginer with a not so high cervix (if you happen to have a high cervix, I am of no help at all ^^). The only other thing I could recommend is watching Bree's channel on Youtube (just search for precious stars pads). She has a lot of reviews, comparisons and is very informative.

What helped me most with cups was knowing that they can't get lost. That made it a lot more relaxing. Oh and the C fold never worked for me. The punch down is smaller and pointier, so it is closer to inserting a tampon. The labia fold looks even better, but I couldn't origami a cup that way if my life dependet on it.

Edited at 2015-10-21 09:46 pm (UTC)