Each body is different and finding the right cup size might depend on several factors. But don’t worry, we’ll find the right one for you. Below are some guidelines to help you make an easier decision. Trying it out will eventually show the real deal, but these instructions should give you a pretty good idea about your size.
Keep in mind that a cup has to sit comfortably inside your body, and you’re not supposed to feel it’s there. It should also stay put in one place, and not slip or slide.
1. Your age & giving birth
If you are under 30 years old and have never delivered vaginally, the recommended cup size is small.
If you have delivered and/or are above 30, we recommend large.
Please do consider the following tips as well, as your age might not be the only measure for choosing your cup. In case you feel confused after reading this, just give me a shout and we’ll figure it out. 😉
2. Light or heavy flow
If your flow is usually light, a small cup should be enough. Inversely, if you usually experience a heavier flow, go with the large.
However, although your flow is an important indicator, please consider other points, too. For example, if you’re under 30 and haven’t yet delivered yet, you might be more comfortable with the smaller size. That simply means that you’ll have to empty your cup more often. As a cup holds much more than a single tampon, you’ll still be in advantage using the cup anyway.
Light flow – small size
Heavy flow – large size
3. Cervical height
Another important factor in choosing your cup is establishing what’s the position of your cervix. If your cervix is low, then a small cup will most probably be the one for you. On the other hand, if your cervix is medium or high, the large cup could be the better choice.
The below photos show how you can measure your cervix. You can do this either standing up with one leg on the toilet seat, squatting or laying down. Wash your hands very thoroughly. Relax. Insert the longest finger into your vagina, and try to feel the cervix at the top of your vaginal canal.
While your vagina has a sort of spongy feel that gives way to pressure, the cervix is like a firm, round dimple. If you’re not close to ovulation, you should find your cervix easily. If you are ovulating, your cervix may be higher in your body, softer, and more difficult to reach.
According to the height of where you stopped your finger while feeling the cervix (see the photo on the right), you will know if you have a low, medium or high cervix.
While having a low cervix almost definitely means a small cup is right for you, having a medium or high cervix doesn’t by default mean you should get the large cup. In this case, also consider points 1. and 2.
4. Physical activities
If you do sports or work out, a firmer cup tends to outperform the softer one. Pure cup is among the firm ones on the spectrum.
5. Bladder sensitivities
If you easily feel pain in your bladder, when you go pee etc. you might want to consider a softer cup, which won’t put so much pressure to your vaginal walls and potentially your bladder. Pure cup is rather firm on the spectrum, so it might not be the right choice for you if your bladder is very sensitive. If that’s the case though, you can contact me, as I have a few models of a softer cup that I’m trying out before sending them on the market. Give me a shout, and we’ll figure it out.
Taking the cup out
The stem is used to bring the cup closer to your reach, not to pull the cup out. That’s why the body of the cup itself has rings, so you can grab that part, rotate the cup and pull it out easily. Squatting might help with the removal, too, as does a little bit of pushing.
If you feel like your cup is difficult to reach, first of all – relax. A cup cannot get lost inside your vagina. Try squatting and pushing with your pelvic floor muscles. The cup will appear, then grab it by the bottom of the body, turn it a little bit and press it gently with one finger to release the suction, then slowly take it out.
There’s no problem if you grab it by the stem, but I found it way easier to grab it by the lower body and taking it out while pushing gently. Each of us has their own unique way of doing things – whatever works.
You might want to consider doing a series of Kegel squeezes, too. These will give you a better control of your pelvic floor muscles, which has a series of positive effects, such as squeezing and/or pushing the cup out easier, improving your orgasms, etc… 😉
Still in doubt?
I get it, there are so many things to consider while chosing the right cup size. These guidelines are only that, guiding directions, and only wearing a cup will essentially tell what’s right for you.
Thing is, it’s impossible to have a definite chart as each body is a world on its own, which is actually amazing, isn’t it? But listen, even if it seems hard to decide do reach out! There’s no need to throw in the towel – I’m here to help, plus, you’ll only have to make this decision once, then you’ll now, so that’s kind of worth it, no?
If you think you’d benefit from a personal consultation on this, fill in the contact form and I’ll get back to you asap.
Trust me, getting a cup really is well worth your time and effort.