October 5th, 2010


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  I want to switch to a menstrual cup.  I know there is so much useful information out there and I have tried reading but I am in information overload and my brain is not sorting it out properly.  

  I am looking for a menstrual cup, obviously.  I do have a slight latex allergy. I have no desire to learn what the reaction would be if I had it in such a sensitive area.  So I am thinking silicone.  My periods aren't really super heavy anymore.  I use 3-4 disposable pads (yuck!) on my bad days.  I have had one child and I have no clue how to find my cervix or figure out how high it is, where it sits or anything.  It is there, the doctor had no problem poking it around, rather uncomfortably, for the baby to come.

  I was looking at Lunette.  I have heard they are better than Diva Cups.  Then I figured out there were tons more out there...

Why does staining happen?

So I have a Ladycup, and from what I understand it's made of silicone, and from what I also understand silicone doesn't stain because it's nonporous, so why does the staining happen?
I've used TINY amounts of tea tree oil before on my cup to get out minor stains, could that be breaking down the cup and allowing it to stain?
I would just love to know what exactly is causing it.

I have a question: removal pain

So far I've got the insertion thing happening. The first three days are always heaviest, so I'm using the medium MeLuna with stem (I love the stem). My cervix must be a bit high up, because the stem is only just sitting in and above my labia. I'm using the handy origami fold which pops up like a dream! I tried the punch down and seven fold, but they weren't opening properly. To make sure my cup is sealed, I'm not rotating it (who can??), but kinda pulling and pushing it very slightly until it seems like it won't move. I tried that yesterday, then followed up by running my finger around the rim, but the rim was so high that getting my finger up there was a bit of a strain. I've leaked a little, but it turns out it's leaked because the blood flow has gotten to the air holes and kinda spilled over a bit.

I emptied my cup just half an hour ago, it hadn't reached the holes yet and I'd had only tiny tiny spots on my panty liner. Yay! The issue is this: taking it out is a bit painful. When I used my small MeLuna on my semi-dry run when it first arrived, I tilted it to get it out and that was no problem. Now, even tilting it is a bit painful with the medium. I don't think breaking the seal is the problem because the pain comes when it's almost out. The bowl of the cup will be out, but not the rim. It feels like the rim is too wide to come out. My cup is back in and I intend to empty it again tonight before bed. Getting a third finger up to break the seal is a bit hard when I already have 2 fingers up trying to grip it. Is there something else I can do? Is this normal? Will I just get used to it?

A frequently asked question but..

 Okay reffering back to this post  --> http://community.livejournal.com/menstrual_cups/2389296.html
i finally got my dad to let me get one!!
I need some help on what to get though cause i have no experience with cups unlike you lovely ladies out there =]
I know that cups are like shoes and there is no such thing as a perfect cup for everybody and there is a comparison chart (http://menstrualcupinfo.wordpress.com/cup-stiffness-comparison-chart/ this one??) still need some help
Im 14 , virgin (unlike some people of my age), and currently (not sure if it counts when your not on your period) my cervix is around 3 inches up there my periods are really heavy and i've never had a tampon since my mother is strongly against that and cups. If you guys have some suggestions could you post some links to the websites that can ship to US and are a bit cheaper than $40
Thanks in advance!
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In a nutshell (or a small meluna?)

In a couple of days I'm going to be on TV promoting cups. I have 1 minute to say my bit...what do you think are the top topics to cover?

I have a host who can direct the piece with questions, so key questions would also be good.

*sigh* The more I work on this, the more I think I should just pay the extra money and get a 3 minute slot instead.

EDIT: I think some context is in order.

I'm going to be on TV, on a local show that is promoting businesses that will be exhibiting at a women's lifestyle expo. I'm there promoting my business EnvironMenstruals. I will also be doing two 15 minute seminars in which I can say everything. The TV appearance is the opportunity to bring the idea of cups to a very wide, very mainstream audience (it will play a few times over the next week or so). Most of these women will have no idea that cups exist. (I did another expo 2 weeks ago in another city, and introduced THOUSANDS of women to the idea of cups - there were rather well received too).

In 1 minute (or 3, which is sounding more and more reasonable at this stage), not rushing, I have to explain what cups are and overcome all of the issues that people have with them so they'll go to my website or come to my expo stand.

So what were YOUR biggest concerns about cups pre-cup?