I’m a 28 year old mother of 2 (vaginal births) who, like many women, only ever really knew about pads and tampons for periods. After weaning my youngest and going back on a combination birth control pill, I’ve found my periods to be heavier than before, and if I wasn’t really big on menstruation before, I’m certainly not now. I’ve always doubled up with a pad and tampons during the day because I seem to have leakage, even if the tampon isn’t full. I’ve been researching menstrual cups with the help of this awesome site, and I think I’ve found one, but I just wanted to get some input from those more experienced before I make a purchase. My cervix is medium-high at about 2.5 inches (or else I just have long fingers). I’ve never had any issues with bladder sensitivity with tampon use. My period starts out light on day one, then becomes pretty heavy (soaking through a super tampon and leaking onto pads every 2-3 hours) for days 2-4, and then drops off again.
So…my question is, does it seem like the Lunette menstrual cup, size 2, would be a good fit for me? I know that it’s impossible to say for sure without trying it, but in your experience, does this cup seem to work well for women that have similar physical/menstrual characteristics?
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I had a similar experience as you after I had my two children. My one point, my periods were so heavy that I was doubling up on an Ultra Super Plus OB and a pad and still had to change both of them AND my clothes sometimes every hour or two.
With a medium-high cervix, you can use just about any cup length. Since you don’t have any known bladder sensitivities, you can also use just about any firmness as well.
However, if your period is on the heavy side, I would probably suggest a cup with a higher capacity than the Lunette. Although the Lunette holds more than a couple of tampons worth at 30ml to the rim, there are cups that might give you even more time to enjoy your life without having to worry about finding a restroom to empty your cup as often.
Here are some that might interest you:
40ml – Casco Cup/Green Cup of Maine/Hesta Cup/VCups (same cup, different name) large. Softer Cup but has a good length on it to reach it easily. The rim has a bit of firmness to it that should be helpful when trying to get this cup to open.
43ml – LuvUrBody – the medium cup is longer than the large cup, but they hold about the same. The clear version of this cup seems softer than the colored versions but was easier to open (for me personally). The medium size is one of the longest cups on the market.
40ml – LaliCup large – Unique channel design on the body. Allows this cup to fold up easier and smaller while also aiding in opening when the pressure of the body is released.
42ml – Super Jennie – On the softer side. May take a bit of fiddling to figure out which fold will allow this cup to open.
38ml – Yuuki – Available in three firmness levels. “Rainbow” is the softest, “Soft” is more like a medium compared to an average cup on the market, and “Classic” is the firmest aka “The Rock”. This cup is slightly longer than an average cup size.
You can see all of the cups and compare them here:
As for your period being heavy and then lightening up, or vice versa, a cup is safe to wear even when you’re not bleeding, like when you’re expecting your period, discharge days, or when you need something to help stop stress incontinence. You can use one cup for all of these AND a heavy flow 🙂
Take a look at the cups that I’ve suggested and see if any spark your interest. If you have additional questions about them or any other cup, I’d be happy to share the info if I know!
Until then, good luck!