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How to choose your first menstrual cup
January 16, 2020
Let’s be honest, making the decision to try a menstrual cup can be pretty daunting. Especially when you realise just how many options there are out there to choose from! This is why at Precious Stars we’ve taken the conscious decision to only stock a small range of brands, that we really feel are good quality and cover everyone’s needs.
As an experienced cup user myself, and having tried over 100 different menstrual cups (sticking silicone up my vagina is pretty much second nature now, maybe I should add that to my dating profile?!) I can tell you that the chances of finding the right cup for you on your first try are actually pretty high. Here is what you need to do…
- Measure your cervix hight.
- Work out how strong your pelvic floor muscles are.
- Work out how heavy your period is.
Measuring your cervix: This involves taking your index finger and inserting it into your vagina (please wash your hands first!). See how far you can insert it before you feel your cervix, which is like a firm marble shape with a small dent. If you can insert your finger all the way without feeling anything we call this a high cervix. If you can insert your whole finger and feel it this is a medium cervix. If you can only insert your finger to the second knuckle this is a low cervix. If you have a high/medium cervix then pretty much any cup length will work for you. If you have a low cervix these cups are probably best suited: Ruby cup small, Lunette model 1, Meluna small/medium and Organicup size A.
Pelvic floor strength: You only need to worry about this if you are someone very sporty, or a younger teen. This is because your pelvic floor muscles are going to be stronger, and more likely to crush a softer cup. If you do any sports like horse riding, dancing, gymnastics etc then these cups would be most suitable for you: Lunette cup, Meluna sport.
How heavy is your period? This is actually quite easy to work out, so don’t panic! If your currently using disposable pads or tampons, which sizes are you using? That will give you a pretty good indication of how heavy your periods are. Also how often are you changing them? If it’s more than every two hours this means you have a heavy flow and should go with a larger size of cup. If you can go 3-4 hours without needing to change this is a moderate flow, so both small and large cups should be ok. If you can go longer than 4 hours your period is pretty light, and a small cup will be more than enough for you.
This should be more than enough to get you started, and if you want more info on which cups will work for your body once you’ve worked out the above items, be sure to check out our “Choosing the right cup” page on our website. Then it’s simply a case of practice, practice, practice…