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14 July 2016 @ 06:35 pm

Hey all!

I'm really new to cups (haven't even gone through one cycle with them yet) but I am optimistic amd have high hopes.

But I'm looking for advice on how to introduce my little sister to them. She's 13 and a virgin but I think she would be a good fit for using cups. I've got 10 years on her, have a kid, and am very comfortable with my own body. I want to get a few notches on my belt before bringing it up but advice on what to say or if I should wait longer since shes so young? She's only ever used pads as far as I know (that's all my mother has bought her although she's not sheltering by any means).

Thank you in advance!

rebecca2525rebecca2525 on July 15th, 2016 08:12 am (UTC)
There's a user on youtube called "Precious Stars Pads" who makes videos about cups, cloth pads etc. She's still very young and was even younger when she started doing videos (15 or so?). She has some great advice in general and for teenagers especially (and for parents, too). I think it could be neat for your sister to see someone close to her own age talking about her experiences, so check her channel out?
Miss Ashley: [me luna]imagine_peace on July 15th, 2016 03:08 pm (UTC)
I second this, Bree, the owner of that channel, knows a lot and posts a lot of different content about menstrual cups and other period related things.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on July 15th, 2016 01:10 pm (UTC)
Mention it as one of her many options and let her decide which methods she wants to try. Maybe play Show and Tell with your cup and ask if she would want one too? Be sure to tell her that she doesn't have to commit to any ONE choice -- she can mix and match the ones she likes to use.

Sizing Guidelines and a set of charts, and a link to Answers to Common Questions at: http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on July 17th, 2016 01:18 am (UTC)
For young'uns whose cervix length you can't be sure of yet, I'd recommend the small Si-Bell as a default most-likely-to-fit-most-users'-anatomies cup. Because it's a shortish cup but has a long stem, it'll fit if her cervix is low but it won't get lost inside her if her cervix is high. (She can later cut the stem wherever she wants) And it's soft enough to fold into all of the fancy folds on this site (the labial fold is no bigger than your thumb or a super tampon, so hopefully it won't be too daunting for your sister): https://menstrualcupforteens.wordpress.com/folds-and-insertion/

Highly recommend that blog in general, since the writer is 14 and close to her age, but the folds page is especially valuable. I SO wish that more cup options had existed besides the RockKeeper when I was 13. It would've made some of those ill-timed family trips to Hawaii suck less ;)

Edited at 2016-07-17 01:20 am (UTC)