December 28th, 2007

water

Finally!

I got my first menstrual cup today finally, after hanging around this community for months. I just kept forgetting to order one online when I had the money I needed, and then yesterday, I saw someone said they got their Diva cup at Whole Foods. I can't believe I never noticed it before. I had the cash handy, so off I went. I was so very pleased, I was hoping the cashier would notice what I was buying so I could tell him how excited I was to be trying out a menstrual cup.

So I'm trying it out now. I have the worst time keeping it folded until I can insert it. And the directions say I should turn it once while it's in to make sure it's opened up, but I haven't been successful in doing that (though from reading another post, I guess maybe that isn't really necessary?). It's perfectly comfortable so far. I'm at the point in my period where my flow lightens up a lot, so hopefully I'll get it all figured out now and be ready for next time.

It'll be interesting to see how I do at the dojo tomorrow.

n00b trouble

Ok, so I bought my cup the other day, and didn't have time for a dry run because I was already on my period. So I have been making attempts for the last 2 nights without much success. The first night I was going to try in the shower, I folded it into first a "C" but that seemed too big. Next I tried the pushdown method and I was able to get it mostly in, just kinda crooked and really low. But I could tell by the way it was feeling that it was not going to open, so even after some maneuvering it did not. I tried the "7" fold after reading that it was about as small as the punch-down but would open as easily as the "C". I inserted it, once again it was very low, and attempted to release it. That was a new kind of pain, I felt like if it open I would jump through the roof. I took it out and tried again. The same thing happened only at this point my leg were shaking. I decided I would give it a rest and try the next day.

I attempted tonight, again in the shower, and found that when I really relaxed myself I could get it in a little bit farther with the punch-down, but still no opening. So I tried the 7 again. In, not opening, very low. When I got out I went to the bathroom, sat down and gave it one more try with the 7. I found it once again VERY painful and ineffective. I removed the cup and inserted my index finger just to get my bearings on what was going on. My finger was not even half in when it hit something squishy and sensitive which I take to be my cervix. It seems like its a lot lower than it should be. Is this a possibility and/or problem? I should also probably mention that I am a virgin which could be related to the initial pain.

I really want this to work for me, and I have no thought of giving up just yet. any suggestion or thought would be really appreciated.