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22 March 2016 @ 02:55 pm

I'm extremely new to the whole idea of menstrual cups, let alone owning one.  I had never even heard of them until 4 days ago. My sister is also interested in having one, so I'm doing the information gathering for us both.

Trying to figure out which brand would be best, wondering if anyone has had any experience with the "Blossom" brand?  I've read both good & negative reviews on it, but I don't see any tags for that brand here.  Also wondering how it compares to the "Lunette", the "MeLuna" & the "Lena".  I've tried to read as many of the posts on these 3 brands as you all have here, but I am beginning to feel like I am in over my head.

I am 27, 2 kids vaginally birthed over 9lbs, relatively non-fit at 5'7" & 265lbs.  I am sensitive/suseptable to rashes, irritation, UTI's & vaginal spasms as well as having a significant latex allergy.  Sister is 19, virgin, super tall and thin at 6'0" 200lbs, no known allergies.  Both of us have very heavy flows... should really take out stock in feminine products lol

I am really not sure that you would need to know that stuff... but then again I'm really not sure what information I should share so that someone can give me an idea of what brand etc. to look deeper into...

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awesome_12345 on March 22nd, 2016 09:33 pm (UTC)
Hi OP. I also don't have a menstrual cup and am considerably new to Livejournal but I have read quite a lot about cups so hopefully I can help! To start off, have you used tampons? Do they fit well? Are they comfortable? If you haven't used tampons, don't bother, I'm trying to figure out your cervix's height. Google: How to check my cervix to learn how since the height will definitely matter. Also, check out precious stars pads youtube account since it really helped me learn about cups and http://kuradi8.livejournal.com/ since it has really helpful links and information. I honestly really like Meluna's and Lunette's since they are generally really good cups for starters. Noting your heavy flow, you can try an XL or L Meluna. As much as I would like to recommend the large Lunette, it has a firmer silicone than it's smaller version so, the Lunette's probably won't be your first pick. Anyways, if your cervix is high, go for a medium Luv Ur Body or maybe even a Super Jennie! They have huge capacity but are quite large so if you can fit one, try it out. I can't say much about firmness or quality though. Oh and don't buy knock offs like the ones on Amazon ( Blossom, Athena etc. ) since they are cheap quality and won't last. I hope I've helped you.

Edited at 2016-03-22 09:37 pm (UTC)
devaughn_wifeydevaughn_wifey on March 24th, 2016 10:27 am (UTC)
Tampons: Yes. I'm not sure I know what you mean by "fit well" though... do you mean do they fall out if they are full, or too small? Yes. Anything smaller than super plus falls out day 1 - 3, anything smaller than normal falls out the remaining 2 - 3 days. Not because it isn't "in" but because I just got super stretched out with my 10.2 pound baby...

Was steering clear of MeLuna because had been told the classic is really firm, soft isn't available in the USA... was I told wrong??
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on March 24th, 2016 12:22 pm (UTC)
Meluna: All sizes are available in all firmnesses.

Falling out: That's a function of your PC muscle. It's not "stretched," it's weak. You need to do kegel exercises to strengthen it. There's a paragraph about that at the end of http://kuradi8.livejournal.com/ Skim/Read the rest too.

Because your pelvic floor is so weak, a blunt-based cup might suit you better than a pointy tapered one. Look at photos to compare the shapes of those that you think might fit you.
awesome_12345 on March 24th, 2016 01:29 pm (UTC)
Ok. Well at least your cervix is high enough to accommodate a tampon. The classic resistance should work for you. Go for the larger sizes. Classic isn't that firm. And yes, soft isn't available but don't bother with it. It will be hard to open.
seaweed88seaweed88 on March 22nd, 2016 11:36 pm (UTC)
Make sure you check your cervix height *during* your cycle, and over the course of a few days, since some people's move around quite a bit.
bklynmom on March 23rd, 2016 12:32 am (UTC)
If I were you I'd have Fleurcup on my list. It's a popular cup with those who've birthed kids, particularly large ones. I've been there and know what a big baby can do to your vagina. It's also cheap so it's a good place to start. Hard to tell for your sister, although she might do well with one too. Definitely check out your cervix height and have your sister do the same. All the cups you mentioned come in more than one size so you'll have to pick one. Based on your flow, large would probably be best for you.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on March 23rd, 2016 01:00 am (UTC)
There are sizing guidelines and a set of size charts at http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ Also follow the link to the Answers to Common Questions. If you don't like those charts, there are other sets at the Community FAQ and elsewhere online.

Blossom is one of the generic/knock-off brands. Use actual cup dimensions to figure out if you think it would fit. Someone else said that their quality isn't as high as the name brands. Yes but no. Maybe you'll only get 5 years out of a generic instead of 10 out of a name brand -- but a lot of that has to do with how you treat it. Very few cups can stand up to the abuse some users impose on them -- boiling, chemicals, sterilizing, etc. Just keep it clean.

The Fleurcup is a favorite "Mommy sized" cup. The large Lena and the large Sckoon are very similar -- slightly different lengths. And the large Super Jennie is another high capacity option.

The only latex cup is the Keeper so avoid that.
devaughn_wifeydevaughn_wifey on March 24th, 2016 10:21 am (UTC)
The sizing guidelines & size charts look to be quite helpful upon initial perusal. Thank you very much! :-)

Umm... one other question Kuradi, I've had cervix height measurement explained to me but how do I know how wide I need?? I noticed quite a few average around 40 - 47mm but 7mm is a bit of a difference...
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on March 24th, 2016 12:10 pm (UTC)
Copied and pasted from that same page:

WIDTH is measured at the rim.
If you are young and/or new to inserting things into your vagina, you will probably want a narrow to medium width cup.
If you are comfortable with insertion and/or older and/or have had children, a medium to wide cup will probably suit you.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on March 23rd, 2016 01:41 am (UTC)
Yup, like everyone else said, cervix height will be your main concern! From what I've seen among users here, it's more likely that moms and those who are a bit older will tend to see their cervix lower with age (though I've seen a couple super young virgins posting about their prohibitively low cervixes so it's definitely not consistent, just a trend!). But the nice thing is that most cups are kind of short in the body and you can always cut stems if they are too long for you (I'd just avoid the Diva, Lily and maybe LuvUrBody if you do turn out to have a lowish cervix). I have the opposite issue and only a few cups are workable for me because I need them SO long and have a couple other issues that limit my selections.

Good luck!

Edited at 2016-03-23 01:42 am (UTC)
devaughn_wifeydevaughn_wifey on March 24th, 2016 10:16 am (UTC)
5 day period, can only reach on 2nd, 3rd & 4th with middle finger. No clue what that equates out to be in mm though... or even in inches...
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on March 24th, 2016 12:33 pm (UTC)
Copied and pasted from the size charts page:

If you're not sure about length, logic says that picking one that's "medium" will have a better chance of fitting than one from either end of the length spectrum.
awesome_12345 on March 24th, 2016 01:31 pm (UTC)
Can you fit your whole finger inside? To the second knuckle?
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on March 24th, 2016 05:12 pm (UTC)
Unless your hands are freakishly small for your height, you probably have a high cervix actually. A LuvUrBody, MamiCup or Si-Bell might be your ticket! (And at least the Si-Bell's stem is super thin and unobtrusive so even on your lower cervix days it shouldn't bother you.) The Fleurcup is shaped just like the Si-Bell but is a little firmer and shorter in the stem so you may have days when you can't quite reach it.
devaughn_wifeydevaughn_wifey on March 25th, 2016 02:09 pm (UTC)
Well can't have that! Oh gosh lol!
devaughn_wifeydevaughn_wifey on March 25th, 2016 06:10 pm (UTC)
Ordered a Lena & a Diva. Cousin uses Diva, said she'd take it for her daughter if my sister doesn't like it; and I can't afford anything more than $25 right now. If Lena works well but I feel I need something more, or I don't like how it fits etc. I'll save up for something more expensive I guess.