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11 June 2016 @ 08:57 pm
Hi everyone!

Recently I've been thinking about switching over to menstrual cups. However there is one thing I'm kind of confused about. I'm under 30 and don't have any children, in that aspect most companies suggest a size 1. However I have a moderate to heavy flow, need to change super tampons every hour and a half to two hours on my heaviest days, so I was wondering whether I'd have to stick to size one or would a size two be a better option considering capacity? I'm 5'7, 150lbs, average build, with a average cervix, nothing too high and not low either.

Basically I'm just confused about the sizing? Should I strictly look at size 1 or consider different options?
negas0nic on June 12th, 2016 04:08 am (UTC)
If you think that a bigger cup would work for you then by all means go for it. The size requirements are more of a suggestion than a hard and fast rule.
melmidway009 on June 12th, 2016 04:47 am (UTC)
Capacity just seems important to me since one of the drawback on tampons is how often I have to change them! Ahah. I end up so irritated down there by the end of my cycle. I've noticed an increased sensitivity, I'm hoping switching will help. Also tampos are just awful. I've always disliked them. Wish I had known about the alternatives before!
Tdoriswebb on June 12th, 2016 04:36 am (UTC)
Get what you think is best. Cup sizing is completely arbitrary - one company's "small/size 1" may be bigger than another's "large/size 2". Factor firmness in and you muddy the waters yet again!

For example when I was choosing my cup, I was in my early 20s, average cervix height...never been sexually active. If I went by company recommendations, I would've ended up with a small size cup with a relatively low capacity. Since I have a heavy flow, I thought it best not to go by that!

I chose the medium (largest size they make) Ruby because it's an average-length cup with good capacity (34mL). It's very well suited to me...I no longer wake up in the morning covered in blood, which was my biggest issue before! The large Super Jennie is about the same length, but has a capacity of over 40mL. A lot of people seem to like it.
melmidway009 on June 12th, 2016 04:44 am (UTC)
That's exactly what I was thinking. I just wanted to double check since I've never tried a cup before. The sizing just seemed a little confusing. I do know I want something soft since I have a sensitive urethra, but then again I heard the softer it is, the harder it is to get them open. I feel like I've researched so much but there's always something different to consider. Frankly a little overwhelming but I'm determined to switch over. I feel like I should bite the bullet on one and then just go from there.
olimoolimo on June 12th, 2016 09:22 pm (UTC)
I'd try a larger size. It may be more intimidating at first, but you'll eventually get used to it.

Personally, I started with an S, but switched to an L after a couple of cycles.
melmidway009 on June 13th, 2016 04:48 am (UTC)
Did you notice a big difference in regards to how comfortable they were? The difference doesn't seem significant to me but I've never worn one so I don't feel like I know enough to say that haha.
olimo: глазаolimo on June 13th, 2016 06:42 am (UTC)
Both were fine, the only difference was with insertion and removal, but I got used to it.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on June 15th, 2016 02:01 pm (UTC)
I started with small cups (in my 20s and childless) but then fibroids started happening and I realized it was time to upgrade. The cup size you need is probably 90% dependent on your capacity needs. Some mommies do end up needing a wider cup if their pelvic floor muscles were fried by having kids, but those can be toned up too, so it depends.
margalee on June 24th, 2016 07:52 am (UTC)
I'm in your situation (under 30, no births), and I always opted for the larger size. Capacity is a very big consideration. Never had a problem inserting, removing larger sizes, and I get a longer window between changes. Even as an 18 year old virgin, never had a problem with larger sizes.
melmidway009 on July 1st, 2016 05:02 pm (UTC)
Awesome! Thanks for the feedback. That's what I was leaning towards just because my flow is so heavy I would hate to be changing the smaller one as regularly as I would a tampon. Now any recommendations for cups as far as first time users? Lol. That's the hard part I feel like.
margalee on July 1st, 2016 10:16 pm (UTC)
I'm a big fan of the LUB because it has superb capacity (38 ml). They have a few different sizes and dimensions, but I think all are pretty good for capacity. It's a very soft cup to boot, which I find forms a better seal.

I've heard really good things about Super Jennie. It's a shorter cup than the LUB, but has very high capacity.

Sckoon large might be another one to look into. The large size is actually quite small, but it still has very good capacity. I've use a small Sckoon and found it to be a very comfortable, compact, well-designed cup.