February 3rd, 2010

Ok, Here's My Follow-up Story!

First off, thanks everyone for the really nice and awesome comments from my last post!

Day 1: I didn't use the cup that day, because I had stayed up the night before due to nausea...so I just decided to rest.

Day 2: I inserted the cup,and after I had relaxed it went in pretty easily!
A couple of hours later, I tried to remove it, but it took about 10 minutes. Mainly because I was panicking about not being able to remove it, and of course I got it out, but I didn't want to insert it again, because I was still afraid I wouldn't be able to remove it. I didn't have any leakage though!

Day 3: I got ALOT better at insertion and removal! This time, it only took me under 30 seconds to remove it, and removal was almost painless! The day before, I was trying a couple of different ways to remove it, but in the end, I figured out that the best way for me to remove it is just by grabbing the base and twisting a little. I only inserted it twice, but I wore it to bed, and no leakage!(Day 3 is the last day of my cycle though, so there wasn't much blood)

Day 4;' I usually have spotting, so I put in the cup this morning(I had to take it out a few times, because the stem kept poking me,so I ended up cutting 2/3rds of it off,and I never thought I'd cut it off, but it still easy to remove, and that's just plain awesome!), wore it to pe class with a pad, and no leakage! There was some residual blood on the pad,but I ended up throwing it away!

So overall, I think that cups are awesome! I'll probably use a pad or two on my first day of my next cycle,just to be safe, but I don't think I'll need it! Also, I can't feel the cup at all(except for the stem sometimes), and I don't have any problems like the frequent urge to pee, or the suction breaking when I do a bowel movement. Oh yeah, and regarding my other post where I was worried if the cup would fall out, now that I use one, I KNOW it can't fall out XD

Confused about the "around the cervix" metaphor

I get why the rim of the cup should not go past your cervix b/c otherwise it's like pouring coffee down the side of a mug, but I'm not sure I get the "around" the cervix (O) metaphor.  If I am imagining this metaphor (or my physiology) wrong, please enlighten me!  As I imagine it, a cervical cap (which I used to use, many many years ago) goes "around" the cervix, like a hat being worn atop the cervix--the rim of the cervical cap actually is "around" the entire cervix.  I understand that some women may wear their cups in this way (or partially in this way), depending on the particular woman and the shape of the cup, but I thought that the cervix is more like a mound sticking down off the "roof" of the vagina (more or less), isn't it?  I can reach the half of my cervix that faces the vaginal opening, but the other half is too far in--the tip of my cervical "mound" doesn't point directly toward the vaginal opening, but more toward the lower vaginal wall.  I gather that some ladies' cervices (cervixes?) point toward one side, or might point more toward or away from the vaginal opening than my own, so maybe that's why I'm having trouble imagining this.  When my cup is in, its base points generally down toward the entrance to the vagina--actually, the base of the cup rests against the upper wall of my vagina, just above my urethra, which means that the rim of my cup isn't "around" my cervix at all.  At least I don't think it is.  I imagine the rim of the cup sealing against my vaginal walls, all the way around, and one part of the rim rests against the edge of my cervical "mound" that is closest to the opening of my vagina, which is what stops it (a) from leaking and (b) from going up any farther inside.

I watched that youtube video of Melissa's, where she uses a long slender wine glass with a little cervix-bump in it to illustrate cervical position and inserting and removing a cup (this one:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NDol9HZftQ -- thanks, Melissa!).  So the metaphor in my mind is like a tunnel with a mound (giant ant-hill?) on the ceiling, taking up maybe half(?) the tunnel's diameter, and the cup goes in with the base pointed more or less toward the tunnel's entrance and the rim sealing against the tunnel walls, and when the edge of the cup's rim hits the mound's edge that is closest to the entrance of the tunnel, that's as far in as the cup can go.  If the cup goes up too high (i.e., part-way up the ant-hill, or even past the top of the ant-hill), then it is obviously not going to seal against the tunnel walls anymore and will leak (the "pouring coffee down the side of the mug" concept).

So is the way I imagine my cup to be working the same thing as "around" the cervix?  I'm confused.  Maybe it is, and it's just a difference in terminology, or maybe some women's cervixes point more directly toward the vaginal opening than mine so they really are wearing it "around" the cervix, but having used a cervical cap and also a cup, the (O) concept isn't making sense to me.  Help?
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free shipping at kuukuppi/leastore and question about smart balls

 I just ordered a set of "smart balls" - kegel device, from kuukuppi.fi and discovered that their pre-christmas offer of free shipping is still available. I imagine someone ordering from the US, for instance, would save a few dollars. 

This might be a bit OT, but has anyone here tried smart-balls, joy balls or anything of that nature? Kegels are often mentioned here as a possibility when people have issues their cups, but 'm never entirely sure whether I'm doing kegels effectively so I thought I would try these. Do they work? Are they easy to use?

Cup showed up on an xray!

Just had to share this...it totally cracked me up!  

Had xrays of my spine done at the Chiropractors office.  While I was waiting for the doctor to come into the room, I took a peek at the films.  My days in anatomy class came back to me, and I was identifying the bones of the pelvis, when I noticed something......very faint, but  I could see the shape of it  and it was sitting right near the pubis. 

OMG!  It was my Mia cup!  For some reason, I never thought it would ever show up on an xray.  It was really fun to see it sitting there, right where it should be and getting the job done!

Then I started to wonder how my other cups would "photograph"!  lol   If they ever take xrays again, I'll wear my Lunette or Meluna, just for fun!