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22 December 2007 @ 05:47 pm
I hate pads, and tampons are not for me (they leak. a lot.), so I want to get a cup! However, I'm kind of worried. In the pictures, menstrual cups look HUGE. Are they really that big? Or am I thinking that my vagina is smaller than it actually is? Haha. Also, Mooncup UK: yay or nay?

Thanks, gals!

ETA: Thank you guys so much for your input, it really helped! I'm not so intimidated anymore :P And, after balancing my checkbook I realized how poor I really am right now (damn you, college!) so I opted for the Diva Cup, which I found on sale for $18. I was iffy about it at first (mixed reviews), but then someone pointed out that practice makes perfect, so we'll see! Thanks again ladies, I look forward to being a cup user.
ride_a_swellride_a_swell on December 23rd, 2007 12:01 am (UTC)
you have to keep in mind that the cup is folded to less than half the size of the cup open. plus there are other folds that make it a bit smaller. it's not much bigger than a super tampon. also, if you think you'll have a hard time sliding it in, a little water based lube helps it slide.

depending on what cup you get, some are bigger than others. somewhere in here there is a side by side comparison of all the cups. personally, i got the diva because it holds more liquid and that was more important to me.
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ollivander on December 23rd, 2007 07:08 am (UTC)
That is an excellent point, thank you!
cristina: forms of the feminine spirit - desiremuirichinnahali on December 23rd, 2007 12:33 am (UTC)
your vagina is not as small as you're thinking, or more realistically i should say that the vaginal walls are elastic. so even though the open cup looks kind of big, it folds up small enough for easy insertion and sits inside perfectly comfortably for most women. i could always feel tampons, but i don't feel the cup at all :)
Kristinbeautifulmithra on December 23rd, 2007 01:25 am (UTC)
very well put.. that's about right! :)
Lorienblueberryeyes17 on December 23rd, 2007 12:43 am (UTC)
I was afraid of this, too! But like others have said, the cup is very flexible and it folds up making it small enough to insert. It opens after it's inside you and (after getting used to it, but I never really wore tampons) I can't feel it at all.
Mixed feelings: Mooncup usergemfyre on December 23rd, 2007 12:43 am (UTC)
An open cup is narrower than most penises, and as the others have said, you fold it right up to make it easy to insert. There are some great size comparison pics somewhere in this community.

As for the Mooncup, I love it. I've used it and the Divacup, both were great but I think I personally prefer the Mooncup.
thuringiensisthuringiensis on December 23rd, 2007 12:52 am (UTC)
If you're worried about the size, I've heard the Lunette is great for smaller girls. I've only tried the Diva myself, though(and I love it!).
Melissa, starry-eyed soy-lovin' Expatriated Zulu: Divacupoddharmonic on December 23rd, 2007 06:34 am (UTC)
for smaller girls

I think you mean "for smaller vaginas". (:

I am considered small by many people (5'2", 100lbs) and have never used a smaller size cup or a smaller size tampon.
thuringiensisthuringiensis on December 23rd, 2007 06:37 am (UTC)
Yeah, that's the one :P
beatgirlbeatgirl on December 23rd, 2007 03:44 am (UTC)
i was afraid of the same thing and thought it would be uncomfortable, but it is soooooo much better than any tampon. i did find the 'c' fold uncomfortable, so i use the 'punch down' fold, which is probably the smallest in circumference.

i use the mooncup by keeper and love it, but i don't know much about the uk one.
Melissa, starry-eyed soy-lovin' Expatriated Zulu: Divacupoddharmonic on December 23rd, 2007 06:41 am (UTC)
Reusable menstrual cups are the greatest product made for leaking and heavy flow. For me they last at least twice as long as a tampon (two ob Super Heavy tampons used together) without any of the irritation of a tampon or disposable pad.

The Mooncup UK is pretty beloved by its users in this community, as is the Lunette. The Divacup gets mixed reviews (I've had mine four years without a problem) and I don't think there is a large enough number of Moon Cup by Keeper users yet to really get a feel on its reception here.
ollivander on December 23rd, 2007 07:09 am (UTC)
Two super heavy tampons? Good God! I'm so glad you don't have to deal with that anymore!
Melissa, starry-eyed soy-lovin' Expatriated Zulu: Divacupoddharmonic on December 23rd, 2007 07:58 am (UTC)
It's par for my maternal family. I can barely imagine what it was like for my mother growing up with six sisters in a time when belted menstrual pads were the norm!

Thankfully, now there are cups and gynecologists who specialize in menorrhagia. They have made my medical experiences much less stressful.
Dina Clare: mom and melintilla on December 25th, 2007 12:15 am (UTC)
My mom used to have to do it too (she has since had a hysterectomy). I'll bet a cup would have made her life a lot easier! ^_^;
uihuih on December 23rd, 2007 07:51 am (UTC)
I love my Mooncup UK. The Diva gets more mixed reviews, so I´m nor sure about it.
If you can squeeze out a baby I guess the vagina is flexible enought to hold a cup!
-Emma-twinathon_em on December 23rd, 2007 04:55 pm (UTC)
The Mooncup is amazing. Its never leaked. I wouldn't be able to live without it.
Jackieagraciado on December 25th, 2007 12:35 am (UTC)
I thought cups looked HUGE when I saw pics. Then I got one and thought it was super small!

I had hesitations about the diva cup too, but like you I'm also a poor college student and couldn't justify dropping 30+ on something. But then I realized that diva is probably the most popular, widely sold brand so of course there are going to be more reviews for it (both negative and positive).