Menstrual cup specially for a beginner if it's your first cup and you have never used a menstrual cup before. To select the right menstrual cup there are three most important things that you need to consider. One is what diameter you should go for. Second is what length of menstrual cup you should go for. And the third is, whether you should go for a soft cup or a hard cup. Most companies have their sizes listed as one, two, three or small, medium, large. Some have just one size and they say it fits all.
But I don't agree with that, that one size fits all. Cups that are available in different lengths and diameters and you should consider a few things before picking the right cup for yourself so that its more suitable for you. When picking the diameter, most diameters actually do fit everybody because the vaginal muscles are very elastic and 90% chances are no matter what diameter you go for, it will be fine for you and that's how companies actually list their sizes. So, when they say size 1 or 2 or small - medium - large, that means that the smaller size diameter size is less as compared to the diameter of the bigger size. Very few companies have different lengths also in the same cup. So, the length of the small cup may or may not be smaller than the length of the large cup. So picking the right diameter.
If you are a very young teenager, sexually inactive then you should go for the smallest possible diameters that are available. If you are married, sexually active and maybe have had one child while C-section, you can go for a medium size diameter range which is around say 41 to 45 mm. And if you are quite old and aged, although that doesn't really matter a lot. But with age for some women the vaginal muscles do tend to become a little loose or if you had one or more than one vaginal birth, that also extends your vaginal muscles. So, it's better or safer option to go for a cup with a larger diameter, around 46 to 48 mm. So for young girls and who are sexually inactive, you can still go for bigger diameters that is around 43 -44 but I would suggest that since, you know, your body or vaginal opening is tight as compared to others, it is better to go for smaller diameter cups. They can be around 38 to 41 millimeters.
Another thing you can consider, while picking up the right diameter for yourself is your flow. If you are a heavy bleeder, your flow is quite heavy and maybe you are changing pads every 2 to 3 hours. Then you can go for a bigger diameter because that would mean the cup has more capacity as compared to the smaller size and you will have to change it less often.
The next most important, thing is the length of the cup. Again a lot of manufacturers will say that their cup fits everybody but that is not the case. Length depends on your cervix length. So most women do have a high cervix and most of the cups do work for them. But some can have a very low medium cervix and not all cups are going to fit them.
So, if you have a high cervix, you can accommodate cup of any size. But if the cervix is low and the cup is very big and you wear it, then it's not going to completely fit inside of you and the tip of the cup, some of it might, you know, stay outside the vaginal opening which will make it very uncomfortable for you to walk around while wearing the menstrual cup. So it's best to measure your cervix with the help of your finger and get an approximate idea of the length and accordingly pick the cup.
The third thing that you need to consider while picking up a menstrual cup for women is whether you need a soft cup or a hard cup. Again cups come in different softness's and no two cups will probably have the exact same softness. people find it very easy to get a grip of them, fold them and insert them. Whereas in a firmer cup sometimes what happens is when you fold it and when you are about to insert it, it pops open even before you have inserted it.
But that's just a problem maybe a few beginner face in the beginning on their first one or two days. So, it doesn't really matter that much. Once you get used to it you can use both of them. Removal as well, its comparatively for a beginner, it's easier to remove a soft cup as compared to a firm cup.
However, I have felt that firmer cups do have a longer life. They tend to last you longer, they tend to open up a lot easy as compared to a soft cup, specially for a woman who have stronger muscles. So if you are physically active and you are out and about all day or you are involved in sports, any kind of sports or dancing, then you tend to have stronger muscles and soft cup in that case will become very difficult to open because your muscles will put pressure on the cup and it will not just pop open.
A firmer cup as compared will open a lot easier. And another thing which
you can consider is, if you have any bladder problems, bladder leakage, urinary incontinence, that would mean that a harder cup might be difficult for you to use because they put more pressure on the bladder. So, if you already are facing bladder problems and you are wearing a hard cup, you might find it difficult to pee or you might feel uncomfortable down there as well. So, if you have any bladder leakage or urinary incontinence problems, then you should select a soft cup.
Another thing I will suggest especially for beginners is to look at the grip lines of the cup because some cups have really nice and prominent grip lines.
You know, you can see it here. So, it gives you a good grip while removing the cup. When you are removing the cup, it’s not ideal to pull it with the stem. What you need to do is grab the base of the cup, pinch it and remove it. So, if it has good grip lines that's really going to be very helpful for you to remove the cup.
Another thing is you can consider is the different stem styles. So, cups come with a ring style stem. Then you can have cups with ball end like a nub like this. Again it's a personal preference and really depends on what you prefer.
A cup like this that has no stem at all, I would suggest it for women with low cervix or medium cervix or medium to high. But not for someone with the very high cervix because the cup will ride up and you might find it difficult to remove. Stem like this I would recommend for women who have a high cervix or very high cervix because it becomes very easy to find the cup with the help of this ring style. But for someone who has a very low cervix and gets this kind of a cup then they might find it uncomfortable and they might feel the stem while walking around. And also this style of stem cannot be cut with scissors like some other styles.
So, you won't be able to cut it and might find it uncomfortable. Stem styles like this and like this are good for people who are not very sure about their cervix length. As these can be cut according to your cervix length So you can buy a cup, wear it for 2-3 days. And if you feel that you need the stem you can keep it. And if you feel you have a low cervix and you can feel the stem all the time and if you are finding it uncomfortable then you can just chop it off with the pair of scissors.