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I am hoping this isn't repetitive - I was having some trouble finding the answer.

I am contemplating trying a menstrual cup because I feel like tampons make my cramps worse (no idea if that's a thing or not but feels that way) and I can't stand the feel of pads. I am almost 31, have never given birth or had penetrative sex, and struggle with pelvic exams - like, frequently they use the pedi speculum, although I've gotten better. I don't have any idea if my cervix is high or low, but I do know it's tilted a bit. (Conversations I will be having with my doctor...).

Age and capacity wise I feel like a larger size would be better, and I have done the nuvaring before as well as successfully inserted a softcup (the disposable drugstore kind) although taking it out was like the shower scene from Psycho. But - again - GYN exams a struggle.

It seems from reading posts that the larger size isn't as big a deal as I initially was thinking. Is that true?
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on October 16th, 2016 07:42 pm (UTC)
There are sizing guidelines and one of many sets of size charts at http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ For comparison, the softcup you used has a 70mm diameter so a wide size shouldn't be an issue if that's what you decide to get.

There are MANY Chinese knock-off cups on eBay and Amazon for less than US$2 apiece. If you get one of each size, get two different colors so you can tell them apart at a glance. Most of them are made from food grade (versus medical grade) silicone and they often only have two teeny anti-suction holes so plan ahead to add and/or enlarge them. Follow the link to Common Questions on that page I gave you for more helpful hints.
Ashatenlegspider on October 19th, 2016 04:58 pm (UTC)
Since you'll be dealing with the cup yourself without the stress of a medical exam, I don't think you'll find inserting a cup especially difficult since you can manage other devices ok, and you're unlikely to decide your cup's too big once it's properly inserted. You might want to avoid a thick-rimmed cup like the Mooncup, or a very firm cup, as those won't squash down as small for insertion (and will be harder to fold for removal if necessary).