July 6th, 2011

Ruth Etting

Cups and cramps

I never had cramps when I was young, but I got an IUD about four years ago when I was 21 and started having terrible cramps. They got better over time, and eventually I realized that my Diva cup was making them worse. I had been using it for years and loved it, so I was disappointed but my cramps stopped almost completely.

That was probably two years ago, and I thought I'd give it a go again since everything seems to be settled down with the IUD. So this morning I inserted my old Diva, and yup. Cramps right away. They're really mild, more uncomfortable than painful. I'm going to give it a day and see if I think it's worth it. I really don't want to keep using tampons, and I'm on the road so reusable pads are not a good option for me until I have a stable home, (which may be as soon as this winter!)

In the meantime, is there anything I can do about these cramps? Try a different style of cup, maybe?

So happy to finally be able to get the lunette in! It hurted so much! Will it get easier?

After so much pain, I finally got the small lunette in and inserted correctly!! (Or at least i think it is inserted correctly. I feel like there is something inside of me sometimes, especially when sitting. Do you think it's just the stem? There is so leakage so far)

Anyways, my question is : will the insertion get easier? Will my vagina stretch as I use the lunette more and more often? because i heard that menstrual cups are so flexible that they don't stretch the vagina. But if my vagina doesn't stretch, then insertion will hurt like *&^%$ every time! I actually don't mind if my vagina stretches. Also, even if the vagina stretches, won't it go back to its original size when next month's monthly call come, and insertion will again be painful and difficult?

My vagina opening is so small, it even hurts to insert a finger in! Did yours used to be like this, or is it still like this? Also, which folding method do you think is best for small virgin vaginas/beginners?
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Earthquake brain - it's much like nappy brain, only it's you who wakes up screaming

Hi everyone. Long time no see :-) Like most Cantabrians, I haven't had a good night's sleep since the earthquakes began last September, and (unlike others) my computer keyboard is iffy, so excuse the mistakes.

Despite repeated, massive earthquakes I am still alive, and EnvironMenstruals is still going strong. We had another big aftershock 2 weeks ago. Luckily all the high risk buildings were still cordoned off so none of the collapses killed any more people. Thank you to those who asked after me, and who sent messages of support, it really did help.

It's been a very strange few months since the Earthquake in Christchurch on February 22nd. I've worked for the welfare section of civil defence (our disaster recovery organisation), introduced the local Red Cross to cups (any chance to promote them. lol), and then moved on to do some claims admin work for the government underwriten natural disaster insurer. Soon it will be time to go back to normal life (including writing a thesis, tutoring at university, and running my store)...hopefully it stays normal.

I dropped my laptop in the February quake, when I was thrown off my feet, so getting online has been quite an effort (my cellphone has limited internets, but it's not ideal). I hope I haven't missed much. :-)

We were without power for about 3 or 4 weeks, and running water for even longer, and I still don't have a flushing toilet (although they're promising to have the sewers repaired by this time next month, which is just shy of 6 months without a toilet for us). I tell ya what, even with a 3 month long boil water notice (the city water supply was contaminated by burst sewer lines), a cup is still a heck of a lot easier to deal with than tampons...just be very careful when using a chemical/port-a-potty, lol.

We (at civil defense) were on alert on the night of the Japanese earthquake, because of the risk that we'd get a tsunami. That was intense! I was working on compiling a database that would allow us to more effectively help/evacuate the most vulnerable people in harder hit areas if another big quake hit. Suddenly we had to ramp up our work and focus on the coastal suburbs (including where I live), in case we had to evacuate them over night! I went from managing a team of 5 (who'd been working 6 days straight already), to having to find 30 people to start work in the next hour and stay all night if necessary!

On the day of the quake, all phone networks were overloaded as people tried to check on loved ones. We had a strange combination of texts/calls not getting through while some texts arrived multiple times. While I tried unsuccessfully to get hold of some of my family I got 1 text from a friend 6 times... telling me how awesome it was to have a cup on days like this (no water/sewerage and a long, muddy walk home from uni).

We're in the depths of a bitterly cold winter (expecting snow tonight, and a 2 week long storm to follow), and many houses in my city are only barely weather-proof. I would say that most of the homes in the more vulnerable, lower socio-economic areas are not adequately weather tight any more. Everyone lost their chimneys in the September quake, so noone has fires for heating now. :-(

I'm looking forward to things calming down a bit...maybe I'll get a chance to catch up on what's been happening in the cup community lately. For now, it's time for me to attempt to go to sleep, otherwise the aftershocks that are bound to happen at 1.30am and 6am won't be able to wake me up. :-)
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