When choosing a menstrual cup, the most important thing to remember is that the cervix is queen. Don’t get too caught up in the differences between cup brands. As long as you choose a length that suits your body, chances are the cup will work for you.
If I had made a choice based on the most popular brand, my first cup would have been a Diva cup (which is way too long for me). With just one incorrect decision I would’ve wasted $27 on a product and convince myself that menstrual cups weren’t worth the trouble.
Before choosing a cup, you need to find out how near or far your cervix is from your vaginal opening.
Your Cervix and Menstrual Cups
The length of your cervix from your vaginal opening determines how much space you have available to fit a cup. In the video below, let's pretend the cup is a Diva Cup, and the lady has a high cervix.
With a high cervix, a longer menstrual cup can be fully inserted into the vagina without the rim butting into the cervix.
Now let's see what would happen with a low cervix:
With a low cervix, the vaginal canal is shorter leaving less space available to fit the cup. So with a long cup like a Diva Cup, the stem and base of the cup may protrude resulting in a very uncomfortable fit. And while you can always remove the stem, if the base of the cup is still too long you're best bet is accepting your losses and trying a shorter cup after your pockets recover.
How To Find Your Cervix
What You Need:
- Index finger & Lubricant
Starting with clean hands, place lubricant on your index or middle finger and your vulva. Insert finger into your vagina and feel for your cervix.
What A Cervix Feels Like:
The cervix, also known as 'the neck of the womb', projects slightly into the vaginal canal. This may be a bit weird, but think of your cervix like an internal mini-penis. It has a round donut-shaped head with a small opening in the center.
When To Check Your Cervix:
Cervix position changes throughout your cycle. As you approach ovulation the cervix is at it's highest position, then after ovulation it begins to drop as the body prepares for menstruation. It’s best to check your cervix a few days before or during your period, this is when it's usually at its lowest position.
After successfully finding your cervix, the second step is determining if you have a low, medium or high cervix. See how your knuckle can help by going here.