I like Bugs. (jlygrnmigt) wrote in menstrual_cups,
I like Bugs.

Cups, doctors, and HPV

Greetings ladies. I got my first abnormal pap about 3 years ago and have been using my diva for just over 2 year now. For about a year I've been getting a pap every 3 months to see if things are better or worse. During my last appointment, I asked my NP what she thought of cups (she only knew of the keeper). Her opinion of them was not high due to the fact that blood is an excellent medium for culturing bacteria, but seemed to be ok with them as long as they were emptied on a regular basis. Her main concern for me, however, was that wearing the cup (or a tampon, for that matter) at night could hold bits of shed virus next to my cervix for longer instead of letting it flow away.

I hadn't thought of this before, and have switched to cloth pads for nighttime. Unfortunately, this means I get a lot of spotting while wearing my cup during the day, necessitating either a cloth liner or black underwear, both of which are in short supply.

Are there others in here who have to consider the effects of EVERYthing on their girly bits due to the looming threat of cervical cancer? It pisses me off...and I can't wait until I've had a few normal paps in a row so I can wear my cup all the time again.
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