July 15th, 2004

Hi!

I am glad I found this community!

I just bought a keeper a couple of months ago and I have been constantly practicing putting it in and taking it out. However, I have a problem with getting it in far enough so that I can't feel it (very much). When I put it in, I usually have to let most of it go (except for the end, of course) to put it far up enough, and then the suction takes effect.

Advice?
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  • kdiddy

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Today was my second day using the Keeper and I must say that I'm pleased as punch. I posted in here a few months ago about my bad experiences with the Instead cups and how I was concerned that the Keeper would give me the same problems (ie, making my bathroom look like a murder scene). The kind members of this community assured me that the two were very different. I was wary, but gathered up the nerve to order a Keeper and some cloth pantyliners from lunapads.com. After a few "dry runs," I felt like I had something of an idea of how the thing worked. I was still nervous, though, especially since I am always at work on my heaviest days. So far, I've had no problems and I can't believe how easy it's been. I trimmed my stem and now I don't even know that it's there. I've noticed that my cramps aren't nearly as intense as they used to be with tampons. Since I obviously use a public restroom at work, I've worked around the issue of cleaning the cup by taking some flushable wipes with me into the stall. I'm hoping to eventually work through this, as using more disposable products seems to negate the whole "environmentally friendly" aspect of it.

Anyway, I just wanted to thank everyone in here for their insights and supports and to declare myself a Keeper User for Life!

:-)
  • worded

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I just got my DivaCup in the mail today. My boyfriend bought it for me a few weeks ago once I was fed up with tampons. They're expensive (I changed mine a lot), have to be changed pretty often anyway, suck all the moisture out of your vagina, and look disgusting. I also hate how tampon strings would soak up urine and pull it into your vagina, and my boyfriend was kind of weirded out by the visual of the string itself. I even forgot about having a tampon in once and got bacterial vaginosis after a few days. Oops.

Anyway, I got the cup in fairly easily the first time, but it was really hard to get out because I was pulling on the tab rather than trying to break the suction. I abused my vagina a little too much trying to pull it out, so I waited a while before trying again. I have it in right now and can't feel it or the stem, which is great. I should start my period around Sunday, and I'm also going to be doing a lot of travelling next week, so I hope I get the hang of this soon ... my best insertion today was done lying down, but I won't be able to do that in an airplane stall!

Another problem is that, after the initial BV and a yeast infection (my first) I then had after taking antibiotics, my vagina gets a little yeasty right before I menstruate, making the whole area drier. I think this makes it harder to get the cup in and out. I know this probably means I might have some dormant yeast I need to treat again, but as I can't afford to do that right now, it'll have to wait at least another month. Does anyone else here get repeat yeastiness before she menstruates?

And does anyone have any tips for removing the cup, since I have so much trouble breaking the seal that keeps forming? Even when I squeeze the base of the cup, nothing seems to happen, and I'm stuck digging my fingers around toward the rim. Ouch.