January 16th, 2008

I <3 MY DIVA CUP!

So i lurked here for a little while before i even purchased my diva.  I had never even heard of the cup before, and while doing some research on my extremely painful cycle (cramps were so painful!) i stumbled on some more alternative methods for cycle issues.  Needless to say i wanted to investigate before i went sticking anything strange in my girlie parts...

My periods before the Diva were painful.  All the pads i tried broke my thighs out into an awful rash.  Tampons dried me out and made my cramps 100x worse.  My periods lasted 6 days+.  Fast foward a trip to whole foods and 4 cycles later and you have one super happy Diva girl.  My cramps aren't as bad, i also discovered cloth pads (i make my own, super easy to do), NO MORE DISPOSABLE ANYTHING, i'm saving money and the environment, and my cycle is only 4 days long!!!!

So i guess the only question i have is: does anyone take herbal supplements for their cramps? and if so what?  

Thanks for everything =)
Peace, love, and cookies,
*Peanut*
  • zebelle

Help for a newbie!

Hi, I just recently bought a Lunette, and have been trying it out this period, and have some questions.  I know, I know, it says right on this community to look through the topics to see if your question has already been answered, but the posts all talk about so many issues at once, which makes them hard to look through, and I just have a couple of questions on some certain topics.  Okay, so first of all:

1.  Is it absolutely necessary to wash it with soap every time that you empty it, or is rising it in cold and then hot water enough to clean it?  I don't have any natural soaps in either of my bathrooms, and am not even sure where to buy some, but I would make sure to do a thorough cleaning at the end of my period.

2.  During today when I was wearing my cup, when I walked or otherwise wasn't sitting still, there was a rhythmic soreness, sort of, whenever I moved.  The stem was partially outside of my vagina, was the stem rubbing against the tissue and irritating it when I moved?  At first I was afraid that the rim of the cup was somehow rubbing against me, it almost felt as if my vagina was really dry and going to tear, but later when i took the cup out, I saw that it was still moist.  If the stem was entirely inside me, would this dry, sore feeling not occur?

3.  If the above is the case, I think that I would need to trim the stem because the cup feels more comfortable and is easier to get in lower rather than higher, but I do not know how much.  I am afraid that I will trim the stem too much, and then might have trouble pulling it out, because the stem is a key part in me being able to remove the cup.  Does anyone have any advice on how to trim the stem and how much?

If anyone could answer any of the newbie questions, it would be really helpful!  I really like the idea of menstrual cups, and want to make using one as convenient and as comfortable as possible!

First Experiences

My first time, a funny, and one slight problem.

Well I posted here about my dry runs but now it has come to performance time. I think I must've read through here enough to solve a great many of my questions because I haven't had anywhere near as much difficulty as I had expected. I've been absolutely amazed at the performance of my cup so far and I've made a few discoveries. Mostly, I don't bleed anywhere near as much as I thought I did. I'm 3 days in and the 2nd and 3rd are usually a nightmare but according to the magic cup I've only bled about 45mls tops! And I thought I was a heavy bleeder. I expect less over the next couple of days. I think maybe tampons have something to answer for...

I've had a couple of nasty surprises when I thought the cup had popped but actually hadn't yet. Then it does really sudden. I let out this really wierd yelp of surprise (and a little pain) when this happened and am quite glad I was home alone with no one to hear it! I'm thinking I should maybe widen the holes some. Might allow me to turn it too according to what I've read here because I can't do that.

The only slight problem I've had is a little bit of spotting. I've been wearing a pad as backup until I'm sure I've got the hang of this and its not actual leakage (like, a lot), it's just a few spots of blood on the pad. I'm thinking probably what was too low down to get into the cup as I insert. I've read some suggestions about letting the cup open when just inside to try to help with this but I've tried that and I can't do it. It HURTS. Maybe I'm a bit smaller than some of the others on here (also a virgin if it might make a difference, don't know). Is there anything I can do to solve this and be rid of the pad? I'm becoming fairly confident that it doesn't leak (SO much better than a tampon!) and I want to be rid of those disposable things ASAP. Any suggestions?

Removal question

I have a DivaCup, and I'm having trouble with removal.  Every time I remove it, I have to squeeze it a bit to make it, er, "fit," and this means that some of the blood gets pushed out of the cup and I end up leaking it out later.  The other problem is that even with squeezing it removal is still painful and by the second or third day of using the cup I get really sore.  Any ideas for making this easier?  Thanks!