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Hi everyone! I hope I'm doing this right and it ends up in the right community haha

I'm really interested in buying a menstrual cup as I can't wear pads (they irritate me) and usually wear tampons however if my period lasts longer than roughly 2 days it also can start to irritate! So the idea of a menstrual cup is really appealing to me, also the price of Tampons (around £4 ew!) is ridiculous so this also sounds a lot more cost effective in the long run!

I just need some idea in what people believe is the best cup to start with? I'm nineteen and a Virgin. My period only usually last about 2/3 days with the first day being the heaviest but not enough to wear a super tampon or change more than 6-8 hours however can leak sometimes (hope this helps?)

I'm not sure what other information you'll need but please don't hesitate to ask! Any information and helpful tips for a first time user will also be very useful :)

I've also just seen a post about a lady believing that her cup has gotten stuck and she can't get it out! Does this happen often and how would you get it out if you aren't able to reach the cup to get it out! (This worries me!)

Thank you for any help you can give to me,
Love From Me
 
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on August 3rd, 2016 01:01 am (UTC)
Since capacity doesn't seem to be an issue, in that sense, you can be open to trying almost any cup. But V-shaped or U-shaped might fit inside you differently and you'll probably decide you prefer one over the other.

The BIGGEST thing to figure out is how high your cervix sits. Most of those horror stories of people getting cups lost inside them is because they either used a cup that was too short or they used one with crappy little suction release holes (hello, Diva). As a default, if you have literally NO IDEA where your cervix is, I always recommend one of those that has a shortish cup body but a long stem. That way, you have something to grab onto but the cup won't feel like it's falling out if your cervix is low. The Fleur fits that description (if you consider 70mm with stem to be long--frankly I don't, but most people do), as well as the Si-Bell (74mm with stem?), Lena for something firmer, Yuuki, Lunette, Rainbow, etc. (those are all about 70mm with stem, maybe the Yuuki is longer). But if you stick your finger up there during your cycle and can barely even get 2 knuckles in, you'll want to start looking at the Meluna and some of the other shorty ones.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on August 3rd, 2016 01:53 am (UTC)
There are sizing guidelines, one of many sets of size charts and a link to answers to common questions at http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/

Some like short cups with long stems. Others like longer cups with shorter stems. It's a matter of what you think will fit you best. Once you get an idea of the dimensions that you think would fit/suit you, also look at photos for shape. Flared rim or not? Blunt based or pointy? Tapered body or bulbous? Pick what you think YOU will like... not because someone else likes it. They won't be wearing your cup. ;o)
elisamba on August 4th, 2016 03:11 am (UTC)
I really recommend my first cup, the small Organicup, for the same reasons mentioned by porqueno. Smaller, soft body, long grippy stem, yet easy to pop open. (Some soft cups are harder to pop open.)

Please be aware that your cup can ahem "take your virginity", not so much when inserting, but when removing because it may slip out of your fingers at first fully inflated. You can also check out the Virgin's Guide to Cups, in the side bar. Don't attempt a cup unless you are able to insert at least your thumb and forefinger first. If you are used to super tampons this may not be an issue. :-)