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Hello everyone! I am making the move to menstrual cups from pads, and I am extremely grateful for the wealth of information in this community and the supportive atmosphere. I am a grad student on a tight budget, so hoping to get the right cup on my first try.

I checked my cervix position towards the end of my period and found it to be quite high, I had to insert my entire middle finger before I felt it. I am wondering if that was the right time to check it, or should I also check during the beginning of my cycle?

Also, I welcome any suggestions for a first menstrual cup! I am 34, never had any kids, functionally active - I'm not sporty, but I walk a lot and I take dance and jazz classes at least once a week. I am considering either the Lena cup or the Lily cup. Thank you!
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on August 14th, 2016 02:44 pm (UTC)
There are sizing guidelines and one of many sets of size charts at http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/

The length difference between the Lena and the Lily is significant. [Edited] Oh, the Lena cups are on that chart after all.

As the guidelines say, if you're not sure, it's logical that a "medium" length will fit more users than a cup from either end of the length spectrum.

If you don't like the size charts at that site, there are MANY others online.

Edited at 2016-08-15 11:53 am (UTC)
rainstick2 on August 20th, 2016 01:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the tip about the medium-sized cups! I will definitely consult the chart.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on August 14th, 2016 06:45 pm (UTC)
As a fellow high cervix user with (optimistically) a similar activity level, also childless--I'd check out the following:

The Lily (as long as your cervix is NOT tilted like mine is--if it's off to one side, the stem will poke your opposite side vaginal wall mercilessly)
Si-Bell (same shape as Lena but a lot softer with a longer stem)
iCare (like the Diva in the body but with stem it's about 83mm--also available for like $5 shipped on AliExpress)
LuvUrBody (great if your capacity needs are also high)
MamiCup (if you want something firmer than the options I gave above and if your cervix is not tilted enough to make flat tab stems bother you)
Yuuki (they have a few firmness options so you can get pretty much whatever you want)
Anderson Trading/Menocup OB (rebranded heart-on-the-side cup): www.ebay.com/itm/BPA-Dioxin-http://www.ebay.com/itm/BPA-Dioxin-Free-Silicone-Menstrual-Cup-With-Bag-Pre-Birth-Pink-/222192132941

I didn't include the large number of cups like the Diva that add up to about 70mm with stem--to me, that's NOT long, sounds like it won't be long for your standards either. 70 is about medium maybe.

I also differ from most people here in that I don't believe that being somewhat active automatically = a firmer cup required. In fact, it might feel better and cause less leakage if you have a soft cup that's flexible and can move with you rather than shift and, consequently, leak during activity. It might be different if you are a dedicated yoga master and have PC muscles like Schwarzenegger, but I don't think a couple jazz classes will do that to you. Cups aren't really supposed to develop suction anyway, and the firm cup advocates seem to be thinking that you would need something firm enough to maintain suction.

Here are some cheapie iCares on Ebay for your grad student budget if you don't mind waiting for shipping from China. I got mine on AliExpress from the manufacturer (Rockbrook) and it was very prompt considering the distance and the fact that it was close to the holidays. http://www.ebay.com/sch/Health-Beauty/26395/i.html?_from=R40&_sop=15&_nkw=icare

Edited at 2016-08-14 07:00 pm (UTC)
rainstick2 on August 20th, 2016 02:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for the suggestions! I always had the impression that the Diva cup was pretty long, but surprised to see that the Lily was longer!

I am actually ready to invest in a brand name cup for warranty and customer service, but you can't beat those Ebay prices!
elisamba on August 15th, 2016 08:53 pm (UTC)
Check again at the start and if it is the same, that sounds like me, high cervix. My favourite cup is the Gaia, which I even cut the stem off because it was so short and useless IMO. So much easier to remove by pinching the base than dealing with a stem. And my other favourite is the large Fleurcup, whose stem makes up for the slightly shorter body. They both pop open very easily, too, a must for me. I hate coaxing a cup open...
rainstick2 on August 20th, 2016 02:09 pm (UTC)
I agree with you, I will check again at the beginning of my period. Thank you for the suggestions!