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Selina Okanlawon 9 Rep.

Hello, 

If you’re a woman like me 

that’s

-under 30

-got a thin stature

-5’6 or 5’7

-weighs berween 100-115 lbs

-not given birth vaginally

-not physically active

Which shape of a cup do you recommend?  And is it a good idea to stick with that same shape for life?

How do I determine whether a soft or firm base is best for me? 

How do I determine whether a soft or firm rim is best for me? 

Whenever you choose a menstrual cup,  it depends on factors such as how low or high your cervix is during your time of the month, the volume of your flow, whether you’re under or over 30, whether you’ve given birth vaginally,  etc. Does it also depend on how soft or firm your cervix is during your time of the month? If so,  how would you determine which cup is right for you, when you have a soft cervix? Which cup is right for you when you have a firm cervix? 

Do cups help to relieve cramps overtime? If so, how?

Is it germy to clean and wash the cup when you’re in the shower?

Is it best to insert the cup when you’re vagina is irritated (from whatever cause whether its from douching or something else)?

Before you buy a cup, is it best to buy a sample size first? 

 

Thanks. 

Red Herring answered
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Red Herring 223 Rep.

 

I always tell people not to pay attention to the guidelines that come with a menstrual cup.  You need to pick a cup that’s going to fit your body and your needs.  Age and birth really doesn’t have anything to do with it.

People of all shapes and sizes, with and with out children have different needs in a cup.

 

Q:  Which shape of a cup do you recommend?  

A:  I would say that the shape of the cup is more determined on the height of your cervix. 

A bell shaped cup like the Fleur Cup, Lena Cup, Sckoon Cup, Si-Bell Cup, etc., may feel more comfortable for someone that has a low cervix rather than a “V” shaped cup.

If your cervix is medium/high or very high, you might rather get a “V” shaped cup because they are longer.

How to Locate & Measure Your Cervix

 

Q:  And is it a good idea to stick with that same shape for life?

A:  Some people can use the same cup all their life.  Others feel they need to change their cup for different situations.  Maybe one cup just isn’t as comfortable for them for a couple days during their period, or their cervix drops a bit lower than normal making a cup feel slightly too long.

 

Q:  How do I determine whether a soft or firm base is best for me? 

A: How do I determine whether a soft or firm rim is best for me? 

How to Choose: Soft vs Firm Menstrual Cup

 

Q: Does it also depend on how soft or firm your cervix is during your time of the month? If so,  how would you determine which cup is right for you, when you have a soft cervix? Which cup is right for you when you have a firm cervix? 

A:  How soft or firm your cervix is shouldn’t matter.  Your cup will sit either inside of the cup or right below your cervix.

 

Q:  Do cups help to relieve cramps overtime? If so, how?

A:  It’s not Scientific proven, but many people (not all) say that they experience less or lighter cramping.  Even if it’s a Placebo Effect, it’s still a nice bonus.

Q:  Is it germy to clean and wash the cup when you’re in the shower?

A:  No.  I do it every night that I have my period.  I actually keep a cup sponge on a handle in my shower to clean near the drain if I need to.

 

Q:  Is it best to insert the cup when you’re vagina is irritated (from whatever cause whether its from douching or something else)?

A:  First of all, I would recommend NOT douching.  Your vagina is self cleaning.  Using douches can make your PH unbalanced. 

If your vagina is irritated, I would hold off on using your cup until it returns to normal.  

 

Q:  Before you buy a cup, is it best to buy a sample size first? 

A:  There’s only one company that I know of that sells a “sample set” in which you can try different sizes.  If you’re unsure about where your cervix is located even after trying to locate & measure it, and you don’t know if you need a soft or firm cup, then I would find something in the middle.  An “average” sized cup that’s “medium” in firmness.  As for the shape, I would go with a “V” shaped cup just in case your cervix is high.  If you do have a high cervix and you get a bell shaped cup, it might sit higher making it harder to reach.  That can make a lot of people panic.

 

I hope I answered all of your questions to the fullest.  If there’s anything I missed, please let me know! 🙂

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