June 3rd, 2009

AkiHika ish Luff

Diva cup & Keeper MC first time dry run

Hello everyone! I hope you ladies could help. :) I really want this to work.
The intro:
I'm 19 years old, still a virgin, but (I'd like to think) very familiar with my body. At this point, I believe my hymen is basically nonexistent, so I don't think that it's a problem. Also, not to be TMI here, but I'm very comfortable with the idea of inserting something into my vagina and I'm cozy with touching my menstrual flow.
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The pain:
Holy HELL, it was painful. I felt like I would NEVER get it out once it was in, and it hadn’t even gone in all the way. It popped halfway up and the suction was so severe that I felt like my insides were going to tear out. I read that description on here before and though, “That bad? Hm…” No. Now I UNDERSTAND it feels that bad. To make matters worse, there was hardly any air in it, so that I had a difficult time pressing on it to break the suction.
I emailed GladRags about it and they got back to me a few days later. They said to send back my Mooncup if there are really no holes. I thought, “Hell no, I’m not going to pay shipping to send back this uterus grabbing cup for a new one that might be equally uncomfortable.” Basically, I didn’t like the idea of paying shipping for a replacement, getting one, and having it not fit my body, and having to ship it back. More importantly, I wanted to use it for my upcoming period in a few days to get the feel of it. (Funny how these cups have us waiting on our periods like during a pregnancy scare. :P )
I decided that the process would take too long, so I went on ahead to order the Divacup from iHerb. I heard that they had fast shipping. I got mine on there (with the discount) for about 20, so I think the price went up since. (?) I read some people got it for about $13.
I thought I might love the Divacup because from my understanding, I do have a deep vagina. I just tried it out right now for a dry run, during which my natural lubrication helped me out to get it in. I experienced a bit of stretching to get it in, but nothing that I would call “painful”, just a bit uncomfortable. It’s nothing I hadn’t experienced before. 
I tried the 7 fold and it didn’t pop in. It was rather uncomfortable having it sit up there, but whatever, it’s my first time. I don’t mind trial and error. After, I decided to try the origami fold. It was both easier to insert, and it had popped open quite easily, probably because of the Divacup’s stiff material. But GOODNESS, once it was in, it sucked itself up into my vagina and stayed up there with death grip suction.
I felt the same intense pain as with the Mooncup (only not as intense). It feels like it’s pulling out my insides but also, this time I felt a painful sensation that seemed to affect even my anal canal (or it felt near my prostate, too. I’m not sure, but that general area Thanks for the correction!). I’m sure my anal canal had nothing to do with it (sorry for being so blunt, lol), but the pain seemed to reach that general area. I was wondering if anyone else had experienced this. I felt extremely lightheaded, nauseous, and I was already prepared to throw up. (I read other women experienced this) I remembered my mom saying (upon discovering the cup) that she already knew I was “atrevida” (Spanish for “bold”, “daring”) and that I should be careful. The rebel in me weakly exclaimed, “Nooo~”, while I was half certain I would faint.
All the while, I was trying to get my Divacup out. The same as the Mooncup, there was hardly any air inside to work with, so I resorted to reaching my finger in to break the seal from the mouth of the cup, and then slowly pulling it out. I didn’t freak out as badly as with my no-hole Mooncup, but it was still painful.
So here I’m wondering, especially about the anal canal and deep pain. Could it be that my cup is pressing on my cervix that’s also causing all the pain? It fit in all the way, I just had terrible suction problems, I THINK. But based on this description, I was wondering if anyone had any similar experiences where the problem was a too-large cup. Do you ladies think the problem is the hole size, the length, what? Anything. I’m scared, but willing to try again once I get some advice. (Advice is always comforting.) For now, I’m putting my attempts to rest and letting my poor insides rest from the severe suction. Also, keep in mind that all of my pain is in my insides, so that it has nothing to do with my hymen. How can I get it to have less severe suction? I'm stubborn so I'm not read to give up yet.
The Lady Cup sounds soooo attractive because of the reports of easy insertion and the holes seem much bigger. (After so many suction problems holes = thank you thank you) However, I was hoping to make friends with the Divacup because I’m currently still convinced that my cervix is rather high, and I’d read that longer cups are better for longer vaginas.
Please shed some light. Thanks in advance!

First Run with My Yuuki Night and Day

Hello Ladies, I promised an update and here I am. I inserted my Yuuki lastnight and found I had a bit of trouble getting it to pop open. I didn't give up though and eventually I got it inserted properly. I left the stem on, so I could give you guys a fair update. Well that was a misteak, as I cut my stem off of my Diva. I just found it to be too long so about a little under a cm was sticking out of me. This morning I cut off the stem. I find it just as comfortable as my Diva, although still had the same problem this morning with my cup opening. I have now had my cup in for 6 hours and no leaks, so it does work! I have to admit I thought it was pretty brave of me to do my first trial at work lol. Anyway I will keep you updated and I will let you know my full opinion at the end of my period.


Backpacking the Grand Canyon & An Early Period

Hi everyone!
Well, I returned last Thursday from backpacking the Grand Canyon. I wasn't due to get my period until today, but I brought along my cup anyway, just in case. I was actually kind of hoping it would start while on the backpacking trip so I could get experience using the cup in the "wild," but that didn't really happen. What did happen is that my period started our last day hiking out, when we were just 1.5 miles from the South Rim. At that point, I didn't want to risk dropping my cup in the pit toilet so I just let it go until I reached the top and could use an actual bathroom (my periods start out light).

Anyways, I'm still totally in love with Anastasia (that's what I named my Diva, my Lunette is "Leslietta"). But, I wish my period had stayed on schedule or else come a few days earlier. I guess the physical exertion could have triggered it or it's possible that the girl I was backpacking with and sharing a tent with threw my cycle off - she said hers was about to start any day.

I guess I'll just have to plan another backpacking trip to coincide with one of my periods :).

LOL, never thought I'd say that!

PS I told one of my friends about menstrual cups at women's Bible study the other night and she was totally excited about it! It was so awesome! Afterwards, she and 2 others I had mentioned it to a few months ago stood outside and asked me more quetions about it. I'm so happy they were actually interested/excited!