April 10th, 2009

Cup convert and activism!

Hi guys. I'm a recent cup convert and since coming across this community a week and a half ago I have undergone quite a paradigm shift.

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Skipping to the questions, for those not interested in my "cup testimonial".

1.I want to spread the word! I am thinking of making posters, the type that people often have with little flaps to rip off with phone numbers on them, but instead of a number, I want to put a website link. Are there any websites that you would recommend for initial information, preferably ones that immediately dispel the “gross factor”?
2.Does anyone have any flyers/posters/brochures which they wouldn't mind me printing and sticking on noticeboards, bathroom doors, etc? I have had a look through the Activism and Papers/articles/pamphlets tags too, though I'm planning on creating something like the Mooncup posters that were in the UK with less info and more sparking of interest.

Still loving my menstrual cup

I'm just about to start my 5th cycle with my Diva Cup (DC) and actually looking forward to it!? 
Fast forward to this cycle:  This morning I noticed a bit of discharge with that bit of a tinge letting my know my period is soon to be arriving but I can never tell for sure exactly when it will be here.  It dawned on me that all I had to do was insert my cup to catch any discharge and if in fact my period came along I wouldn't have to be 'surprised' by it!  Even if it is another couple or so days before it gets here, no problem wearing the cup!!  It won't hurt anything the way using those rough pads/liners or tampons could!!

I've been happy with my cup since the first time I tried it.  Sure, I panicked and thought I'd never be able to remove my cup the first time I inserted it and then tried to get it out.  I tried and tried but I couldn't get it out.  I didn't have anyone I could turn to to help out if I had to and there was no way I wanted to go the a clinic or doctor...in my panick those were the options I was envisioning!!  LOL  Well, I decided to just walk away and not think about it.  Later I tried again and all I had to do was bear down, reach in and try to grasp the a 'real' leak once the rest of the time I've found my cup to work really well.  I am still not so confident to use it without a liner (I have tried a cloth liner).  I find that I do have a bit of residual blood that sits around the cup even if I swirl my finger around it and like to just have a liner there in case.  Actually, I've found my cloth liner quite comfortable and find myslef wearing it on days I just want to feel clean or am concerned of excess discharge when I am not menstruating.
I can't even feel my cup; as a matter of fact if I didn't leave the bag it come with out on my bathroom sink counter I would forget to take it out tonight I am certain of it.  While on my period, my cup is also very comfortable and I barely feel it if at all.  As others in this forum have reported, I actually look forward to my period now and it just doesn't seem to be such a 'pain'.  It has been interesting to see how much bleeding actually occurs thoughout my cycle.  I have tried to keep track but after a day or 2 I forget.  As for when to empty my cup, I do it whenever I have a chance especially on my heaviest day just to avoid risk of overflow...so I empty it around the lunch hour (noon) and at least once before if I can.  Mind you that so far has been possible because I'm at home or work and have access to a bathroom/toilet so I can make time take my cup out whenever I want.
I'm happy with my DC but wouldn't mind trying another one in time.
For anyone out there thinking about trying a cup, go ahead and give it a shot.  Be realistic and keep in mind there is a bit of a learning curve, which for some of us seems to take longer than others.  If you get frustrated with your cup, walk away for a while and think of something else and come back to give it another try a bit later on.
Thanks for everyone in this forum as you have provided me with great info and answers while I was lurking before getting my cup and all that I find has helped me form realistic expectations and made my introduction to my cup all that easier and over all a very positive experience.
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IUDs + cups?

For everyone out there who has an IUD and uses a menstrual cup: how long after getting your IUD inserted did you wait to use your cup? I just got my Mirena on Tuesday, but this period has reminded me of how much I absolutely hate using tampons.

Background: I've been using my DivaCup since around December and have never been pregnant.


(Posted to iud_divas and menstrual_cups; sorry if you get it twice.)

Trial Lilac Cup impressions and removal advice

So back when Lady Cup was selling off their faulty colored cup stock, I got myself a Lilac Cup in the larger size. On the plus side it hasn't cracked at all after two (non-consecutive) days' use, and it's as comfortable as my Diva. (I also have a US Keeper Mooncup and do not like that one quite as much as the Diva. All three cups are in the larger sizes - I'm age 31, no children.)

On the minus side, I'm having a heck of a hard time removing it! I have no trouble removing either the Diva or Mooncup. On the Lilac Cup however, the silicone seems more slick than the others so I have a hard time getting a grip on it, plus it has bumps rather than rings so that doesn't seem to give me much traction either. I usually remove the Diva and Mooncup without making any extra effort to break the suction (as I'm pulling it out by the base or stem, the cup usually gets deformed enough to break the suction on its own without spilling the contents), and without needing to consciously do Kegels. For the Lilac Cup I tried gripping the stem but my fingers kept slipping off. My fingers also kept slipping off the base at first. I tried reaching a finger up to break the suction but it turns out that pushing on the side doesn't break the suction and it's difficult for me to reach all the way up to the rim. What finally worked was grabbing the base really REALLY hard with one hand and the stem with the other, while also doing Kegels.

Any other suggestions on what else I can try for removing it next time? So far I like my Diva best (first cup), so it's no biggie if I can't get the Lilac to work right for me, and I can always just leave it in a desk drawer at work as a backup.

I gave the inside-out a shot, and it works! I don't really have any additional difficulty getting it in, and it's much easier to grip inside out (less slick, and seems easier to push in the sides enough to get a grip) though it still is more difficult to remove than either the Diva or Keeper Mooncup US. But this's enough of an improvement that I can definitely keep using it! Thanks so much!