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Hi everyone!

I am thinking about buying a menstrual cup. I haven't used a menstrual cup before and I am nineteen years old and a virgin. I am thinking about buying either the Ruby cup small or medium or the Lunette model 1, but I don't know which one to buy and would really appreciate some advice.

During my period I have a heavy flow for 2-3 days, then a moderate flow (2 days) and then a light (2 days). During my heaviest days I use a super tampon which I need to change at least every 3 hour. During my moderate flow I tend to change a regular tampon about every 3-4 hour. And then on my light days I can change it whenever I want to and it isn't full.

I would prefer to change my menstrual cup like every 5 hour or less, on my heaviest days if it's possible. But I am wondering which you would recommend of the ruby cup small, Lunette model 1 or Ruby cup medium? Medium has a great capacity, i think, but I am a little scared that it will be uncomfortable to wear/use? Could the ruby cup medium be used on very light days? Also, I noticed that there are a difference at 1 ml in capacity between Ruby cup small and Lunette model 1. Does 1 ml, make a noticeable difference?

Which one of the cups I've mentioned would be the best starter cup, but at the same time with a decent capacity? Would really appreciate some advice.

Personal experience would also really help. If you have any of these cups and a heavy flow how many hours can you wear it before you have to empty it? And how often did you have to change a tampon? If you are in my age or younger and have tried any of the cups, it would also really help to hear your opinion of them or experience with them.

Thank you in advance.
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on August 31st, 2016 07:21 pm (UTC)
There is very little difference in length, width and capacity on any of the cups you've mentioned so pick the one that calls to you.

If you haven't already, skim/read http://kuradi8.livejournal.com/ to fend off some common questions and misconceptions from poor instructions.
emi_08 on September 2nd, 2016 06:00 am (UTC)
Thank you for your answer.

Also, I noticed that the air suction holes is smaller on the ruby than the lunette. Does that mean it will be harder to break the suction on the ruby? And will it be very hard to break the suction of the ruby cup in comparison with the lunette? I also wonder if the hollow stem will be hard to clean on the ruby?
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on September 2nd, 2016 01:08 pm (UTC)
There shouldn't be any suction and there's a link in that Common Questions post that explains why.

I think insertion and removal success or difficulties are a function of experience and technique -- however, small holes can make it more challenging, especially in the beginning. Once you get the hang of it, you can work around them. Or you can enlarge them.

And hollow stems can be a little more difficult to clean but I don't think they're a deal-breaker.
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on September 8th, 2016 05:12 pm (UTC)
I'm a virgin too. I think if you have a heavy flow, you shouldn't discard the wider ("large") cups. The difference is very small, and the stiffness and shape really matter more in terms of comfort. Have you read about finding the cervix? If it's easy to reach, something like a large fleurcup is a popular choice. If it's very deep or unreachable, there are lots of longer cups out there.

1ml is not a significant difference, but 1-2 mm in length can be. also, it's not guaranteed that you'll be able to use the full capacity, and avoiding a mess is also easier if the cup is about 75% full (or less).

how did you pick these specific cups?
emi_08 on September 8th, 2016 08:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your reply!

I heard Bree from preciousstarspads talk about finding the cervix in a video. I tried to find it, but I don't know where my cervix is anyway. But I’m thinking that I at least can’t have a very low cervix, because I bought a small fleurcup once, (but only tried it twice during a very short time, only for a couple of minutes or so) and the second time I cut the stem and the cup went higher up, which made it very hard to remove it and it scared me off. That's why I'm thinking of buying another one now. That's also a reason that I'm thinking I can't have a very low cervix...? Because the fleurcup went higher up.

I have been looking at these two cups because ruby cup donates a cup if you buy one which I liked and I can buy Lunette in my pharmacy if I want to. I have also heard great reviews about these two cups. Bree has also mentioned these two cups and thought lunette model 1 was a great starter cup and that Ruby cup had a great quality and an easily gripped stem. So that's why I've been looking at these two cups the most. Also they seem pretty similar to the fleurcup, which I have at least tried a little.


Edited at 2016-09-09 06:55 am (UTC)
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on September 9th, 2016 05:56 pm (UTC)
well, there's no such thing as a starter cup. the size needs to be right.
imo if you like ruby's donation programme you should just make a donation rather than basing your own cup choice on this.

was the cup folded when it went up? were you on your period? if you're sure it was open, and you were on your period, then yes it seems like your cervix is nor particularly low. otherwise it may be - a folded cup can easily slide into the upper part of the vagina, past the cervix (not into the uterus! that's impossible)

these are pretty short cups.. i'd go for something that's at least 50-52 mm long (apart from the stem). this time you'll obviously know not to remove the stem too soon. (if you weren't on your period, i think you can give your small fleurcup another try... also, if you've not tried to locate your cervix while on your period, try it)

the small lunette is very similar to the small fleurcup btw, the dimensions are literally identical. so it's not a good choice if you'd like to try something different :/
emi_08 on September 9th, 2016 08:09 pm (UTC)
I'm thinking that maybe I could use one of those cups I've mentioned, but don't cut the stem if I have a higher cervix? Buying the lunette would be pretty convenient, since I could buy it in a pharmacy nearby and wouldn't have to pay for shipping. I don't really feel to buy a menstrual cup where I have to pay for shipping (only considered/consider ruby cup because they also donate one). But yeah, as you stated I could actually only donate one and buy another brand.

I don't mind the lunette being similar to the fleurcup. I've been thinking a little about buying a fleurcup again (bought it from a Swedish website), but somehow it feels better to start over with a new cup... Also I liked the design of the lunette and the ruby cup.

But I will think about it some more, before I decide. Thank you for your opinions!

Edited at 2016-09-09 08:39 pm (UTC)
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on September 10th, 2016 08:59 am (UTC)
well, depending on how high your cervix is, you may need a longer cup +the stem. a slightly longer cup is also a good idea for your heavy flow.
http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/3499713.html
cas_098 on July 9th, 2017 07:02 am (UTC)
hi I saw that this thread is kind of old and I was wondering if you made a decision on the cups you were contemplating?

If you are still tying to decide, I have a super heavy flow for 2-3 days and I went with the Ruby Cup size 2 because of that. On those days I can go about 5 hours before I will NEED to change it. I have had the cup overflow when I tried to push the time to 6 hours on my heavy days. Also the stem on the ruby is pretty flexible and non-stabby. I left mine on and I find it has been pretty useful for removal. The stem is hollow but I haven't had any difficulties keeping it clean.

let me know what you decided or if you still have questions. Also Ruby Cup usually has coupons floating around which helps a bit.