whimsicalfox
25 November 2013 @ 08:19 pm
Hi everyone.

I am a new cup user, and new to LJ.

A few months ago, a friend of mine posted an interesting article about tampon and pad alternatives on Facebook. I was intrigued by said article, and decided to look into menstrual cups later (at the time I was moving, very busy, and had just bought a bunch of supplies for that time of the month). Once we moved in to our new place, I researched menstrual cups, found this site (very helpful by the way), and ended up going for a Lunette over a Ladycup, because I was more afraid of being able to get the cup out that of being able to get it in.


So I get my small Lunette just in time for my period last month, went for a dry run the day before, and got it in, but had trouble getting it to pop open. I went back on this site to look for tips for when I started my period. I was pretty successful on my period, considering. I ended up just leaving the cup in if I was having problems getting it to open, while I went to wash my hair in the shower. Usually if I just leave it alone for a bit or maybe do some keegals, it opens up, then I go back to check the seal when I am done with my shower.

I have had no problems wearing it during the night, and absolutely no leaks! I only wore panty-liners throughout my whole period as back-up!

I did have two issues:

1) The stem was irritating me pretty bad. It irritated me sitting down and laying down the most, and I was still irritated a while after my period was over. I am pretty small down there. I did ride up a little bit overnight (I remember having problems reaching it on one day), so I am thinking I am just going to trim the last notch on the end of it. Any tips there? I know people said to try it inside out, but I am not yet comfortable enough with getting it out yet to try that (at least not overnight).

2) I use a nuvaring, and the last day of my period is when I need to put the nuvaring in. I had one heck of a time with it last month. I tried to put my nuvaring in first, but then when I put my cup in, I couldn't get it to pop open. I actually tried to wrangle it with my fingers, which was not an easy task because there is not much room down there. I accidently ended up turning my cup 90 degrees so that the stem of the cup was sticking into the side of me (>< omg ouch), and it took a while to get it back out after that. I had to wait until the end of my shower to get the nerve to try again and ended up being able to do it (but my poor husband was listening to my cries and asking me why I was in there so long ><).

Another thing:

I am one of the unfortunates that have to work on Thanksgiving for Black Friday, which is awful in itself, but the kicker is I am going to be starting my period on Thanksgiving. I have to work a 12-hour shift (7pm-7am thanksgiving), then be back in at 3pm to close. I have a 30 minute drive each way. I am mostly worried because of the 12-hour shift (I know the cups are not meant to be in there more than 12 hours). My period is not very heavy, and I did not overflow once while leaving the cup in 12 hours. I do not really want to change my cup in the bathroom stall (mostly because I'm new still), but I would rather do that than bring a pad also I think.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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generalsmallmountainsmallmountain27 on November 26th, 2013 02:38 am (UTC)
"If your flow isn't heavy on the first day I don't think it should be a problem leaving it in for more than 12 hours (let's say 13-14) if you don't think the cup will leak. The only problems I've read from other members here is that it may obtain a smell to the cup." Ditto. As well as maybe a little irritation from having it in that long if your flow isn't very heavy. That's how it is for me at least.

I can't speak to the stem issue.

Keep practicing with insertion and if the cup is right for you then you'll get the hang of it. If NOT, I use a DivaCup and absolutely love it. 19 years old, never given birth, been using it for well over a year now. Good luck!
n0m_de_plum on November 26th, 2013 12:42 pm (UTC)
You should be fine especially if your flow isn't heavy.
I have PCOS, which means you can skip periods occasionally, have longer cycles, and then bleed like a stuck pig when they do come. A cup will last me 12 hours easily.
Honestly, I'd be more worried about wearing a pad during a Black Friday shift!

Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on November 26th, 2013 03:07 pm (UTC)
Instead of worrying about your cup for that long, plan ahead to attend to it halfway through your shift. It's no big deal emptying it in a public stall. Bring in a wet paper towel for your hands if you can. And don't worry about washing or wiping the cup. Just dump and re-insert it. The few drops that remain won't matter, and the less you handle it, the better. Imparts fewer hand germs, keeps your hands cleaner and reduces the chances of =8oO dropping it. Most importantly, no matter how nervous you are about it, TAKE YOUR TIME!

You'll be fine. :o)
elisamba on November 27th, 2013 04:23 pm (UTC)
If your period is not heavy you should be fine. You say the stem bothers you -- inside your body, or sticking out? If it is hard to get out because it is hard to reach the stem, a longer cup may be better. From small Lunette to even a small Diva is quite a jump lengthwise, but if your body seems to "swallow" your cup it could work.
whimsicalfoxwhimsicalfox on November 27th, 2013 05:37 pm (UTC)
I think what happened with the stem was that it was poking my labia and/or the tissue of my vaginal opening. I ended up trimming a notch off my lunette stem today, so hopefully that solves the issue of the stem. If it doesn't, I may try wearing my lunette inside out some time during the day when I am not working crazy hours (I just don't know when that would be right now).

Actually, now that I look at my schedule I do not actually need to be there until 7:30 pm (which makes it about 12.5 hours that I will not be at home), so I am thinking I will just change it before I leave and when I get home and try to make it through my shift (unless I feel like it is going to overflow or something).

I do not want to buy a Diva cup ( or any other cup right now for that matter). I do not think a Diva cup would work for me. I went with a small lunette in the first place because of the smaller dimensions, and there is hardly any room in there with the ring as it is. I really do not think a longer cup would fit right. As it is, the lunette is rather squished because it is narrow in there also. I do not think my cervix is very high. My cup usually sits low, just inside my vagina; I just remember the cup moved up a bit more that one night.

Thank you guys for all your input.
pineapplewhippineapplewhip on December 12th, 2013 07:32 am (UTC)
lunette
I am a loyal.lunette fan. I find mine open very well if i use the c fold then put it in very low, pull.it out a bit and have the rim open half out, that is if im struggling, that works like a charm them.i push in higher. It's clear to feel it's open it doing to stiring thing and pulling down helps it open in me. Thrn push in higher a bit. I chopped my step off. You sound like me, tight muscles, MeLuna sports open really well dont move dont leak. I used to use nuva ring (os did you breakthrough on it?) Can you put nuva high nd the lunette low?
whimsicalfoxwhimsicalfox on December 13th, 2013 04:03 pm (UTC)
Re: lunette
I actually ended up not having an issue on Black Friday at all. My period started a bit late and when I got home the cup was maybe only half full.

I used the 7-fold for my cycle the first time I used my lunette, but last cycle I tried using the half-diamond fold and it seemed to open much better. I didn't have issues inserting my nuvaring and then my lunette cup. Yes, I put the ring in first.

I did not have issues with the stem this time and could only feel it when bending over to tie my shoe or something.

I have not had any breakthrough bleeding with the nuvaring, if that is what you mean.
pineapplewhippineapplewhip on December 18th, 2013 03:26 pm (UTC)
hi
Hi,
I am glad you're feeling better, the stems drive me nuts, I cut mine off totally, but that depends on the person. I wanted to have the nuvaring work, but yep it caused breakthrough in me. It's such a col idea, I'm glad it works for some women. Take care.

Edited at 2013-12-18 03:36 pm (UTC)
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