Discover Your Perfect Fit: A Comprehensive Guide to Choosing the Right Menstrual Cup
Fear not! Firstly, choosing the right menstrual cup is not as hard as it sounds. Secondly, we are here to help! We hope to help guide you through the decision-making process to help you find a fit you are comfortable with.
Remember that menstrual cups work by creating a seal; when a menstrual cup is worn correctly, it will be leak-free and comfortable. The truth is, whichever size you opt for will likely function; however, because a menstrual cup is an investment that you will have for a while, it's best to ensure the size you choose will best serve you for your unique requirements over the years to come.
How do most companies size their menstrual cups?
No two brands will have the same system for sizing their menstrual cups, and there isn't a generalized "size guide" that you can apply across the board. Generally, the size of a menstrual cup refers to its diameter. Many of the other products offered by companies have many different factors when sizing their menstrual cups. Sometimes this includes going up in ml and diameter while also being different shapes and lengths.
Some other things to consider:
Flow can be impacted for a number of reasons and it can change through different stages of life, identifying your flow will help you find the size that works for you. A general guide for identifying a heavy flow is as follows; If you note 80ml or more for your entire cycle or 16 soaked tampons or pads for a whole process (1) or you needed to change a tampon or pad every few hours. As flow is self-identified, have patience with yourself as you find what works for you and your body.
Teens and younger adults are more likely to find the smaller sizes more comfortable. The smaller sizes will make for easier inserting and removing, making the transition to menstrual cups more comfortable. As some women age, they can experience a loss of pelvic floor muscle definition due to hormonal changes. Therefore the larger sizes might be a more suitable match.
Pregnancy is a highly individual journey, and everybody reacts and transforms differently to going through pregnancy. Usually, the larger sizes will suit somebody who has delivered a child through vaginal birth. It is recommended to avoid using a menstrual cup during pregnancy and for postpartum bleeding or discharge.
As menstrual cups are worn in the vaginal canal, sitting below the cervix, the cervix length can be a factor in finding the right fit for you. If you have a more shallow cervix shorter cups often would tend to suite you better. For the best result, we recommend measuring the length of your cervix to know which range you fall into. Also, remember to measure your cervix while you are on your period; this is because your cervix moves throughout your cycle.
Lifestyle is another factor to consider when choosing your menstrual cup size. If you have an active lifestyle and strong pelvic floor muscles, you will likely benefit from a smaller size. A firmer cup is also more suitable for somebody with a more active lifestyle, as if the cup is too soft, it could get crushed during movement, which could cause leaking.
For those who experience any form of bladder issue such as a sensitive bladder, it's recommended to opt for a softer cup. The firmness can pressure your bladder and create a constant feeling of needing to go to the bathroom. It's also not recommended to opt for a cup with a prominent rim, as this can also irritate and press on the bladder. Instead, it's recommended to opt for a soft cup.