May 13th, 2012

Nemo: Mine! (xdark_secretsx)

Trouble all the sudden?

I've had my small Lunette for a year and a half with no problems. But the last few cycles. I have started having problems. Everything feels normal when I put it in, but now I'm having leaks. I don't know what to do, it's getting really frustrating. Any advice?

In a bind, bought Divacup, LOVE IT!

Hi all!

Just another person who came onto this site to research cups and is very thankful!!.  I am 24, sexually active, no babies. I got an IUD (paraguard, i love it, good for up to 10 years, no hormones. downsides: cramping, heavy bleeding!)  inserted about 3 months ago, and since then my periods have been VERY heavy.  It was only then that I started to really think about and investigate what tampons are made of (because i was using like 7 a day).  I was disgusted by the bleach and synthetics and pesticides on cotton etc. and decided i didn't want to put that in my body any more.  I was getting ready to order a cup online, but, like many, was having a hard time deciding what was best for me. 
It wasn't until yesterday, when i left my house to visit my parents 2 hours away and forgot to bring ANY tampons with me, when i decided to call the whole foods by their house and have them put a Divacup aside for me.  My decision was made for me, since I was in a bind, but it was the push that i needed!  i have been using the cup for about 12 hours so far and i LOVE it. i woke up this morning and didn't even feel like i had my period.  The only reason i remembered i had the cup in was because i was so excited about it!  I had no troubles putting it in, except i couldn't rotate it a full circle like it was suggested. i took it out and inserted it half way, did the full circle rotation, then continued sliding it in.   Perfection! 
Thank you all so much for sharing your stories, it has helped immensely.  I am going to recommend the cup and this site to all my friends, since i am the first of my friends (that i know of) to have one of these!

LOW CERVIX HELP

Hi there,
I need some serious help choosing a new cup. My cervix is very low and my LadyCup is far too long, even with the stem trimmed almost right off. I've read that the Meluna cups aren't made from silicone, and I would like a silicone one if possible. I'm so overwhelmed by all the brands and size charts. So could someone please tell me the shortest cups available. I've had two children and I'm 28 years old. 
Many thanks. 

Is this worth it for me?

I've spent at least 12 total hours reading on cups over the past year... I was getting more than tired of pads, and I'm allergic to tampons, so I really wanted to try a cup. I asked people about it, read for hours, and came and asked a question about my dry runs on here two weeks ago (thanks ladies!). I ordered a small ladycup and was so excited. I got the divawash and the milton tablets and figured out what container I could use, etc. I posted on facebook to all my girl friends about this and got their support. I stretched my vaginal opening for two weeks until I could fit two knuckles width. Dry runs were very difficult and internally and externally painful, so I waited for my period.

The night before last, I started my period and got it in no problem. I figured out the best way for me to get it in is the punch-down, pointed to the left, and scooting in to the base. It opens and I push the stem in. No problem. Slight pain when it opened, which scared me more than hurt me the first time, but I nearly couldn't wait until morning to see the results. When I woke up, I leaked after a few minutes of moving around, so I took a shower. It had rode up (high cervix) during the night, so I squatted and bore down. I got the stem, pulled slightly to get it lower, and then got my middle finger in behind it, squeezed to break suction, and pulled it out squished. I couldn't have relaxed more, but it still hurt getting it out. I figured if that was the worst of it, I could deal. Slight pain here and there, what of it?

OMG. Second run was hell. I put it back in when I was in the shower then. Less than two hours later, I had overflowed again. Got back in the shower, and I could NOT get it out. I could reach it, I could break suction, I could pull, but the pain was so much greater and I had to take several breaks and try again. Once I screamed, and then the determination set in and I finally got it out with intense pain though it was as squished as I could manage (How on earth do you get it C-folded while it's in there?? Seemed impossible! I can only get one finger in with it). Peeing since then has hurt. 42 hours later and I'm almost healed. I definitely tore something.

So I'm disappointed at this point. I know I'm in the dreadful learning curve, but it doesn't seem worth it as this point. Changing it every hour on my heavy days? NO. I can't at work.. or school. At this point, I can only get it in laying down, and only get it out squatting to the ground. Get a larger cup? Um.. yea, as a virgin, even with no hymen, that doesn't seem real appealing as I remember the pain of getting a small one out every time (and considering that blood and guts are oozing out as I'm trying to remove this thing, I would think my vaginal opening is as lubricated as it can possibly be and STILL getting the same pain as dry). Longer? Sure. Stiffer? NO. I can still feel the stem when it moves inside me, and it's the softest stem out there. I don't want to be able to feel anything in there. Tampons are sooo incredible uncomfortable, and I don't want anything stiffer than the ladycup. Don't need it - suction and opening is just fine.

The idea of being able to forget about it and not change it as often as pads appealed to me.. but that's not reality here. Saving money isn't worth the pain or mess. Those were my hooks. Now I'm not so thrilled..