January 9th, 2012

Some issues but i'm determined!

Well well well cup community you've got a convert (almost). I have been researching menstrual cups for a few cycles now because I've become thoroughly frustrated with traditional products (ie tampons and pads). I have a very heavy monthly period that lastly around 10 days. This time around I was in the pharmacy buying my usual monthly supplies when I saw Instead SoftCups and impulsively bought a box. Hoping this would be the answer to my daily tampon pad duo I normally don I was excited to try out my first cup! After watching 2 hours of youtube videos on the subject I felt prepared to try inserting the Instead cup. Wow I was wrong...I failed miserably. Idk what happen I push back and down as far as possible ensuring the ring was behind my pelvic bone but stood up and felt it slide right out of place. I sat down and tried again to push it farther in. This time I lasted 10 minutes before I began to leak profusely. Thank goodness I had the mind to do this trail at home on my day off and not when I was planning to go any where. I took out the cup and had blood on every part of the cup (outside, inside, all around the ring)...apologies if that's too graphic for some people. I threw that cup out took a bath to relax then tried again with more failure. Needless to say I went thru 3 cups in 1 day and became completely dishearten on the subject but determined to get off the tampon pad combo I tried again today (3 days later). I did more research and learned more about my own anatomy again feeling confident to insert this cup without fail. Its been in for a couple hours now with no leakage but a feeling off pressure on my pelvic bone. Now that you all have my info and background on to my questions.

1. I cant find my cervix! I read and re-read all the posts on this topic and still can't find it. I am wondering if this means mine is just to far to reach or that I am missing it in my self exam. I can say my vaginal muscles are very tight (I'm not a virgin but do my keagles daily and I know when I'm nervous my muscles tense). From what i've read finding my cervix will help in all things cup related so help in this department would be much appreciated.

2. Is the Instead SoftCup comparable to other silicone cups? and can I expect the same types of trouble with others? Should my trouble with Instead SoftCups steer me towards certain silicone reusable cups for reason idk?

3.Could these problems have occurred simply because it was a very heavy flow day (very heavy meaning changing super tampons once every 1-2 hours)?

4. Is feeling pressure on my pelvic bone common? 

Lastly please tell me if I have posted in the wrong area or incorrectly somehow. I have been looking at this site for months but did not join until today and this is my 1st post. Any and all suggestions are welcome. Thanks 

Yay! I finally bit the bullet...

...I only had to stay up the entire night to do it, but I did it =p.

You may remember me from this post: http://www.livejournal.com/update.bml?usejournal=menstrual_cups

I contacted MeLuna and they said the would send me the old shape as a sample if I ordered the new shape since I was so confused :D. Love their generosity! I got tripped up by their recommendation of me going with the, size small, classic softness, since I'm young and athletic. My gut instinct though felt a bit off about that, even though getting the violet cup is extremely appealing (you have no idea). I'm quite sensitive, it's part of the reason I want to ditch tampons for cups, and am especially so on my period. Every slight pressure makes me want to pee, cramp, and otherwise feel not so amazing. Also having such an oddly shaped lady region I think that a cup that is more flexible in shape might achieve better suction and therefore be better for my dancing and figure skating. It's all theory based on the hundreds, literally, reviews I've read, but I have to start somewhere right? I don't know, if I'm wrong I'm wrong. I'll just have to order again, but I'm happy I finally ordered. I think I did it in just enough time for my next period.

I went with the MeLuna Soft Small Ball Stem in Pink. I hope the send the same stem for the old style, but beggars can't be choosers. Hopefully I can play with it to get it to work and I won't crush it. *Crossing Fingers*

Don't do as I did (cup gets stuck sideways)

This happened to me the night before last. I was inserting my Divacup and not paying enough attention or relaxing enough. Normally the cup opens gradually as it goes in, ending up completely open when it is most of the way in. This time, I could tell the cup was opening too fast, so I stopped trying to keep it folded (C fold) and just pushed it in the way I usually do when it's open in the right place. Somehow - I don't know how - I managed to push it in sideways. It was almost completely open, just bent a bit in the center, completely horizontal, and it hurt a lot. After much poking around and freaking out, I discovered that by pushing up on the rim end of my cup I could make it swing back into normal position. It actually felt like it was in perfectly at that point, but I removed it and re-inserted it just to be sure. So yep, that's how to get a Diva cup out if you've managed to put it in sideways. I hope this helps someone.

MeLuna question

Can anyone with relevant experience tell me about the difference between the MeLuna regular and soft cups?
Specifically about whether the L/XL size soft cup would be ok to use at night or if it's more likely to leak than the regular one.
I'm looking to get the XL MeLuna to use mostly at night since my current smaller cup is really not up to it during my heavy days, but I need to know if it would be better to get the regular or soft version. I'd prefer the soft one for easier insertion/removal, but not if it's likely to get squished up and leak while I'm sleeping.

Thanks in advance :)

P.S. And if anyone would be kind enough to explain their return policy (http://meluna.eu/widerruf/) that would be awesome, as I don't know any German and Google translate isn't making any sense...  

Help with first dry runs.

Hi everyone. I'm new here.

I'm 16, non-virgin, never been pregnant and/or given birth.

I have a small DivaCup which I won - I can't afford to buy my own cup of any kind right now.

I'm pretty sure my cervix is really high - I've never been able to reach it and I've never had trouble inserting non-applicator tampons as far as they can go. I'm completely comfortable with any of my "gross" bodily fluids and functions.

I got my DivaCup in the post 2 weeks ago (29 Dec. 2011). I was expecting my period on the 21st, but sometimes it can be a few days off. I'm still late (9 Jan. 2012), which happens with me every few months. I'm definitely not pregnant so I'm not worried about being late, it's just getting a bit frustrating. I might try some parsley tea tomorrow and see if it helps bring on my period.

I'm on my third dry run row. I insert it at night while squatting in the shower and remove and reinsert it in my morning shower (I have to shower twice because it's summer). I have quite a lot of normal discharge so I'm not dry. I found the C-fold a bit too big at the rim, so I tried the 7-fold and labia fold and the punch down fold. They were all really comfy to insert. Once it was in, I couldn't feel it at all. The stem isn't bothersome either. Problem is, I don't know if it's popped open or not. There was no popping sound or any sudden pressure. I could swirl my finger around it, but I couldn't feel if the cup was rounded or dented. My nails are a few millimetres longer than my fingertips and I poked myself a few times but nothing serious. I definitely can't twist the cup around at all. I caught a bit of discharge in the cup but there was still some in my underwear so I think that means it didn't pop open. 

My other problem is with removal. I can pinch the base and pull the cup out, angling it from side to side, but on its way out it pops open and it's really painful when the big round open rim passes through my vaginal opening. I've thought of pinching the cup more on its way out, but if I do that while on my period, won't it spill?

My questions:
How can you tell if it's popped open? 
Is there another way to pop it open besides spinning and finger twirling?
Are you supposed to: a. insert it halfway, let it pop open and push it the rest of the way, or b. insert it all the way and then let it pop open?
Does it pop open more easily when you're on your period?
How can you remove it painlessly? 
Do you keep it pinched through the whole removal? Won't that make it spill?

I know it's a learning curve but it's a bit more difficult than I imagined. Thanks for your help. :)