March 5th, 2005

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I'd researched the Diva cup online and talked to some people, so today I finally decided that it was worth $40 to buy it at a health food store. I don't have my period yet, but I decided that I should practice putting it in before my menstral cycle started so I didn't have to struggle with it. I was sort of glad that I did because it took me a few tries to be able to get it in, but I'm really hoping it'll be a good alternative to tampons and pads (i hate pads.)

An update of sorts.

Okay, gals, I had a tiny bit of blood on my toilet paper at work, so when I got home, I thought I'd give it the old college try. Last month I decided to not bother with it and go on a dry run, which I had gotten too busy to do. So I tried tonight, before there was a lot of blood.

I got it in most of the way, thanks to the tips I got last month. However, I still had the stem sticking out and if I sat up like that, it would start to slide out. Then to top it off, I could feel that, even when I couldn't seem to push it in any further, it wasn't popped open all the way. But that might have just been at the bottom where it was sitting resting against the opening of my vagina. I'm a bit sore right now, but then again, except for once a year gyno visits, my vagina has never been stretched further than the width of a tampon. So it's a vaginal challenge.

But I feel accomplished to have gotten as far as I did. I think that by the end of this period, I'll have it down, if I keep on trying. I feel like i'm on the verge of it.
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[[Misc]] Rainbow Blur Woman

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This is my second day of using The Diva Cup, and I have to agree with many other women that it is wonderful. I'm bleeding less than with tampons, don't have to carry a bag around, and I'm not dried up like a raisin. Hurrah!
My only issue with it probably comes from this being so new to myself and my body. The tab at the end always seems to lean to the right side of my inner labia, and induces a nice amount of pain. I thought perhaps I wasn't putting it in far enough, but I can't seem to physically push it in any farther. I thought I'd wait a little while to decide and trim it.
When I went to empty it this morning after a good eight hour rest, I noticed it was far enough inside that the tab didn't dig into me and getting it out required a little searching. This situation makes me wonder if I just need to work on my insertion technique, because if I trim the tab it seems that it will be hard to remove the cup in the morning.
Is there something I'm missing?

Any comments ,suggestions, etc. would be greatly appreciated. Unfortunately, I don't know a person in the flesh who has used one, or even heard of one.

Thanks to all. This community is a great thing.

- Summer
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A n00b

I know you get a lot of these entries, but I can't help it, I'm so excited.

I recently read about The Keeper on a friend's journal. I loved it as soon as I learned about it and couldn't wait to get it. A day or so after I ordered it I went on vacation, my mom called me to tell me it had already arrived. I couldn't wait to go home. In the mean time, I had been dicussing it with the friend I was visiting and she bought one at the Food CoOp to try it out. For about $30-$40, it's well worth a trial. Day after she got it, I went home and she got her period. She absolutely loves it. She's having a few issues with the stem, but other than that's it's pretty good. I can't wait to start my period now. That NEVER happens! I have two weeks to wait... argh. So I've been trying it out to make sure I can get it in alright for when the time comes. Oh, it's so easy and I can't even feel it. If I don't get it in right on the first try I just have to poke around in there and it opens itself up nicely. Putting fingers up there isn't a problem for me, I often do it to check for any lumps or anything because my family has a history of cancer and such. BUT, anyway... the main points of this are:

1. I've never before been excited about my period. Now I feel like I have a fun toy that boys can't use. XD
2. I know some people have had problems with it, but I think it's totally easy. A little snipping of the stem does great wonders.
3. I feel like I'm doing something wonderful for myself and that makes me feel great.

Yay freedom from icky pads and tampons~

I want to start some form of women's health group at my college. I think this would be a great start for it.

Also, I love this community. I've learned so much about my body and how to use the cup properly and I really thank you all for that. ^^
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