So, if you are one of those women that are soul searching for the right kind of product to accompany and help you throughout your lifetime of menstruation, then you might be considering a menstrual cup as of the moment.
Now, with so many choices presented out there, you might be confused and conflicted as to how you can possibly have the right menstrual cup for you.
One of the critical factors of choosing a menstrual cup is its sizing. Know that it is a series of trial and error when choosing the perfect fit. However, that would not be necessary if you would know what and how to look for it.
Thus, in today’s article, let us guide you in the narrow road of choosing a menstrual cup that would help you find “the one.” Join us and read more to learn about the sizes and what menstrual cup size would fit you best.
Usually, menstrual cups come in two sizes. However, there are some brands that offer up to three sizes. There is a small number of brands which offers more option that is specialized, features such as “low cervix” sizes.
On the other hand, the most common option for sizes which brands offer is small and large sizes. Now, although there is no sizing standard that you can expect from all of these menstrual cup bands, the sizes are usually in between from 35-43 mm while the large menstrual cup sizes are around 43mm-48 mm in diameter at the rim of the cup.
You might have heard some sizing guidelines issued by most brands, such as “if you are under 30 years old and haven’t given birth then you are a size 1” while “for those women that are over 30 and have given birth might need a size two menstrual cup for them to use”. Commonly, guidelines like this are the basis for women’s menstrual cup sizing.
However, there is more to it than just that. Factors like menstrual blood fluid volume are one of the many factors. For example, if your flow is heavy, then you should probably go for a large size menstrual cup, and if you have a lighter flow, then you can opt for a small-sized menstrual cup.
Your menstrual cup might be affected by how “toned” is your pelvic floor muscles. Perhaps, you are a very dedicated woman who has regularly done some Kegel exercises or some Pilates or yoga routine.
So, what does it have to do with your pelvic floor muscles? Well, one thing’s for sure, and that is how toned your muscles are down there, you might have developed a particularly strong pelvic floor. Because of that, you might want to select a small-sized menstrual cup, regardless if you already have given birth or not.
Where Does Your Cervix Sit?
One of the important and overlooked factors is how high your cervix sits. Why? Because it will determine the size and length of your menstrual cup. Now, before actually buying a menstrual cup, it is recommended that you check the position or height of your cervix.
What you only need to do is do the finger measurement. How to do it? Start the measurement by cleaning your hands thoroughly. After that, measure your cervix’s position by inserting a finger into the vagina, and if it rests on the first line on your finger, then that means your cervix sits low.
It is suggested that you measure your cervix days before your period since cervixes changes positions according to your cycle. Now, after measuring and knowing where your cervix sits, you need to know which is which.
For example, if you have a low cervix, then a small-sized menstrual cup would suit you best. However, if you have a high cervix, then you might need a large menstrual cup to your need.
Are you a teenager? A mother? Or on her 30s? These factors affect how you choose your menstrual cup. Most brands suggest that teenagers or virgins will use small-sized menstrual cups since your pelvic floor is still tight and your hymen is still intact.
On the other hand, for those that are in their 30s or already have given birth, then it is recommended that you choose large-sized menstrual cups.
Although small sized menstrual cup usually hold a substantial amount of menstrual blood flow, women that experience heavy flows should use larger cups. So if you are in your 20s and have not given birth yet but have a high level of menstrual flow, then we suggest that you buy a large menstrual cup.