September 5th, 2011

First time use - some advice?

Hello, all! I've been lurking here for a couple of weeks now, and am really glad to have found this community - I've learned so much from reading your posts!

So, the intro - I'm a 21-year-old virgin, and as far as I can tell I don't have a hymen. (Though I certainly did at one point. A few years ago, when I was in my teens, I had what turned out to be an ovarian cyst, and a gynecologist who didn't believe that I wasn't a virgin. She thought it was an ectopic pregnancy. So she gave me an internal ultrasound. I'm glad to have my cherry-popping over with, but I don't have a very high opinion of that gynecologist, who I never went back to see again.) My cervix seems to sit pretty low on and off my period. When I insert my middle finger I can touch my cervix when it's in to the second joint.

I bought my first menstual cup a week ago - a DivaCup size 1. I was so excited to try it I attempted to insert it a couple of times before my period for a dry run. I quickly discovered this was a no-go, though. I would advise fellow virgins to wait until they're actually on their periods before trying to insert a cup for the first time - you'll psyche yourself out trying to insert dry, it's so much more difficult that way.

Today was the first day of my period, so I decided to give it a proper go. The first few times I tried to insert, I got farther than I did on a dry run, but still couldn't get it all the way in. So I took a break, and a few hours later gave it another shot. This time, I finally managed to get it in! I thought a punch-down fold would work the best for me, since it seems to make the cup narrowest, but actually the 7-fold ended up being what worked out. When it felt like it was settled properly around my cervix, and I could turn it a full way around comfortably, the entire stem was still sticking out. I'm a bit nervous to cut the stem so soon, but it wasn't wanting to go in any further, and the stem is the only uncomfortable thing about the way it was sitting. Do you all think it was actually in properly? Should I go ahead and trim the stem off if it sits the same way next time I insert?

After I walked around a few paces to be sure it was comfortable (it was, with the exception of the stem), I decided to take it out, to get what seems to be the scariest part over with, and to make the first trial run a short one, since I already felt like I'd accomplished a lot for my first day. It felt like there was a healthy amount of suction and resistance when I tugged on the stem, so I thought I must have gotten the seal right. With pinching of the base, wriggling it back and forth, and bearing down, I got it out without too much of a fuss. It was a bit of a struggle, but something I could definitely see myself getting better at.

However, when it was about halfway out and continuing out the rest of the way, I suddenly heard a high-pitched whistle down there. I'm guessing it was air rushing into the cup - did I not have the seal right after all?

All in all I felt like this was a successful first try, though, and am optimistic about future attempts!

First timer

Okay, so I've been thinking about getting one for a while. I think I've narrowed it down to a MeLuna Soft M in the ring style. From what I have read it seems that most people don't like the stems on the cups. 

I had a question, not that I am cheap, but if I order from this  do I still get the sample thrown in? Or do they only do it if you order directly from the German website. Not that its a big deal, but I am a student on a bit of a tight budget and if I could get one for free then I would definitely opt for that. 

If anyone could let me know their opinions I would be glad to hear them. Oh, and I have looked at the Ladycups, the Yuukis and Diva cups, but they all, from what I can tell, have stems. 

Thanks :)

Hooray for non-absorbency!

I am only on my second cycle and already my cup has changed my life! I have never before been so relaxed about getting my period. Because it's non-absorbent, I can put my cup in whenever I think I might get my period, and I can go about my day. No more "uh-oh" feeling of being unprotected when my period starts, and no more stuffing my purse with pads and tampons just in case. My outlook on my period has totally changed from a negative to a positive. I'm so glad I made the switch to menstrual cups!

Diva Cup - first timer pain

Hello All,

So I bought the smaller Diva Cup. I'm 29, never had kids. I did however have a thin layer of my cervix removed when I was about 19 because I had a high number of white blood cells.

I tried the Diva Cup today and it caused me pain similar to pain I had in my cervix from healing after my surgery, or if my boyfriend hits my cervix the wrong way during intercourse (though that pain is usually just for a split second and doesn't linger).

I tried inserting the Diva Cup three different times earlier today. It caused me tremendous pain in my cervix. I finally just took it out but the pain is still there.

I inserted it using the "U" shaped method, I rotated it completely when it was half way in (because I couldn't when it was fully in) and I gently pushed it back towards my tailbone. I had to trim the stem a little because it doesn't go in very far before it becomes uncomfortable.

Should I be using a softer or smaller cup? I'm afraid I might be too small for the Diva Cup.
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Reusable Softcups (formerly known as Insteads)

Been away for a while and going through old posts. :) Life happens, eh? Came across some comments about people wanting cups for period sex that were reusable and it made me remember some advertising that Insteads had plans in development 6 months ago. So, I emailed them and this was the reply...
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I'm not promoting or in any way/shape/form connected with anyone/company. Just thought I'd share some info I came across... Use info with your best judgement/risk. Enjoy.