May 11th, 2012

Thank you!!

Hey everyone. I just wanted to say a big thank you. I posted a couple of weeks ago about buying a Fleurcup with a Visa gift card. I am sorry to say that I didn't end up trying it out; I asked a friend to buy it for me and I just paid her with cash. But I now have a beautiful green Fleurcup, which I am still learning about, but really like. lol.
The first time I tried using it was on the toilet, which didn't work so well. I tried it laying down on my bed, which worked great, but honestly, I am not going to be doing that while on my period, especially since I'll be at summer camp! But I got pretty comfortable with it on my bed, and then started on the toilet. The first couple times were awful. I could get it in, but there was excruciating pain when I tried getting it out. Honestly, the thing that helped the most with the pain was I accidentally tore my hymen. Being a virgin, I am very small, but it helped. It hurt at the time, but hasn't hurt since (and these are all dry runs since camp starts Monday, and I'm not due for another week or two). I am feeling really good about it now, and am excited to actually start my period so I can really try it out. :D
The only thing I'm not sure about yet is if I should cut the stem or not. I end up really squeezing in order to get it down far enough to grab the stem in one hand, and fold the cup inside of myself so I can remove it. At the same time, it does poke me sometimes, and doesn't seem to wander too far, but I haven't worn it for more than an hour....
I guess I do have one question for y'all. Will yanking on the stem a lot like I have been doing damage the cup at all? I don't want to wear it out too quickly. lol. Anyways, thanks so much for all of the information and tips! I mainly lurk on here, but I have been reading all of the posts on here like crazy. ;) It helps a lot. -Sunshine

Insertion trouble!

Hi all! I am new here and new to menstrual cups. I just got my diva cup in the mail a couple weeks ago and I wanted to get some dry runs in before it was time for my period. Unfortunately I can not seem to get the darn thing in! It keeps unfolding right as I barely have it inserted and will not go in. I have tried the c fold, punch down, and a few variations of the 7 fold. I have tried it sitting, squatting, one leg on the tub, and lying down. I have tried running it under warm water to soften the material, and using some water based lube. Unfortunately with the lube it makes my fingers slippery and then I have a REALLY hard time holding onto it. So far I have only gotten it in once, and that was laying down on my bed. But realistically I am not laying on my bed during my period, and trying to mess with it. I have very heavy period.

The one time I did get it in, it fit very comfortably, and I was able to remove it with no problem. But I did discover problem #2. Once it was in me I tried to give it a rotation, and could not for the life of me get a good grip on it, or get it to turn.

I am 26, married and therefore not a virgin. No pregnancies. I ordered the diva size 1. I used to sell Pure Romance, and without going into to much detail I am very familiar with my anatomy. I have a high cervix (I can't even reach it with my stubby fingers), and a low pubic bone. I learned about my low pubic bone using tampons. I would have to use the top of the applicator to really shove it up there or else once I got up and starting walking, the movements would sent it flying out in minutes. I am wondering if my pubic bone is what is getting in the way of insertion. I don't feel like I have a small vaginal opening. I have some "novelties" that are bigger around than the cup. I also discovered that I get once chance, maybe two if I am lucky to try inserting it. After one try my vagina tightens up like crazy and I have to stop for a while and try again. This I find really odd, because I have never had any symptoms before of vaginismus. =/

Any and all advice is appreciated. I would hate to subject my husband to inserting it for me. But being the saint that he is, he probably would if I asked him. But knowing him he would do it all wrong, as men tend to do. Which BTW just for lolz, when I got my diva in the mail I showed it to him and he nick named it my "crotch goblet". :)