September 16th, 2010


More Insertion Issues with Nuvaring + Divacup

I've posted before about having issues getting my Divacup properly inserted while my Nuvaring is in place - I got some good tips (thank you!) and managed through two cycles without any problems. Until now.

This month... I don't know what is happening. I can't get the Nuvaring pushed up far enough - every time I push it back and up, like I've done before to get it up away from where the Divacup is positioned, it just pushes back toward the front. And I can't get my Divacup in for the life of me, because the Nuvaring winds up being vertical-ish and the ring winds up alongside the Divacup, preventing it from opening fully and forming a seal. I just spent 20 minutes in the bathroom at work trying to get the cup back in, and while I got it in, I can tell that the Nuvaring is half-inside the cup, so I'm concerned that my body isn't getting the proper dose of hormones because the ring isn't in contact fully with my body. I tried flipping the cup inside out; it wouldn't open at all. I tried using a different fold (I usually use the punch-down-fold); didn't work. I tried swearing and sitting differently; neither worked (though I felt better after cursing both the ring and the cup and my cervix).

I just don't know what to do. I have at least three more days of bleeding, and I am concerned that my birth control is being compromised by the ring being partially inside the cup... And I am terrified to take the cup out, because I know getting it back in will be at least 15 minutes of hell. (And currently, the cup is still not positioned correctly even though it's in and has a seal - it's too low, so I can feel it and it's irritating my vaginal opening.)

Does anyone have any ideas as to what to do? I really don't know what else to try, and I really don't want to have to use tampons or (shudder) pads.

Safety of pigments in colored cups - MeLuna

I recently ordered a purple MeLuna cup (my other cup is a Diva and I wanted a prettier color than clear) and while browsing through entries on this community I read some concern about the safety of the pigments used in the colored cups. Before I used my new cup I wanted to be sure it was safe so I contacted the MeLuna company and Frank replied with a certificate of safety from the company Mueller Kunststoffe for the colored cups. I figured I'd share it with you guys in case anyone else had the same question! I have no idea how to attach a PDF to this post so I'll just post the text from the certificate:

(First it lists all of the colors in German and a percentage between 2% and 4% - I'm guessing this is the percentage of the cup that is composed of the pigment?)

"We herewith certify that the raw materials of the above mentioned products comply with EU-directive 2002/95/EC (RoHS).

All used materials further comply with European directive 2002/72/EC (plastic articles intended to come in contact with food).
The used pigments comply with the resolution AP(89)1 on the use of colorants in plastic materials coming into contact with food.

Furthermore all used raw materials are suitable for toys according to the European normative EN 71-3 (Safety for toys).

Furthermore we don't use SVHC substances mentioned on the ECHA candidate list (18.06.2010).
All raw materials are preregistered under the REACH regulation (1907/2006/EC).

Substances which are harmful to human or environment are not part of the formulation of the above mentioned master batches."

I Googled EU directive 2002/95/EC and it has to do with restricting the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (banning the use of lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, poly-brominated biphenyls (PBB) or polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) in unhealthy concentrations), so I'm not really sure how that applies directly to cups unless it has to do with the equipment that the cups are made with. And I guess it's comforting to know that the cups aren't made with lead or mercury lol! But the rest of the regulations make sense and made me feel a better about the safety of using a colored cup :-) I'm going to tell Frank he should post the certificate on the website under the FAQ where there is a question about colored pigments.

Happy cup using, especially the pretty colored ones :-)