May 22nd, 2012

High Cervix Question

Hi peoples! I have not been on livejournal since it was still cool. This is bonkers. I love it!

So, I bought a DivaCup 1 without much research at all. I had read about the different brands years ago, but didn't really think I needed one until recently when I learned I'd be going to a remote area abroad where tampons can't be used. My gamble seems to be paying off, though, because it's working fine!

Today was my first day using it. I inserted it in the shower, and I didn't have too much trouble getting it in. I thought it was in and open, but then I shifted my weight and it popped open and wiggled up a bit. Weirdest. Sensation. Ever. I yelped. I could feel it in there this morning and afternoon. I wouldn't say it hurt, but I definitely felt it near my cervix. I assume this is because there was too much suction, because now I can't feel it.

It's not a huge issue, but removal was difficult. I have a high cervix - I have never in my life been able to touch it. I am wary of hormonal anything, so I often use sponges as a contraceptive. I can't tell you how much time I spend trying to get those things out. I have short fingers, so it takes ages. My method is that I squat and bear down... that usually inches it close enough to eventually grab it. That's also what worked for my cup. It was hard, though! I could barely touch the tip of the stem while I was standing with one leg on the tub, but it was much easier to pinch the bottom once I squatted down. I had a teeny bit of leakage, but I think the cup was too full - it was in for 7 hours and the first day is a little heavy for me. So, I don't think I did anything wrong. Is it just going to wander northward a lot?

Use after sex?

Hello everyone!
I finally got my cup in the mail today, a green Medium Meluna. So far I like it! The only thing I'm worried about is that it's hard to tell if it has popped open or not. 
Anyway, I have sort of an awkward question. I realize cups are mainly for use on your period, but could they also be used to catch the 'excess' within your vagina after having sex without a condom? Usually I would use a pad for whatever comes down in the hours after, but I figured a cup could work better. Is it okay to use a cup for an extended period while not menstruating? 
Thanks for all your help :)
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Really bad first experience with diva cup

So I just emptied out my diva cup for the first time in this cycle and I'm so upset.

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I'm asking you all this:
1. How did it get that far in? I was laying down on my bed today reading, but wouldn't that happen if I were sleeping too?
2. How can I prevent this from happening again? I want to keep using the diva cup, but not if it results in this every time.

My cervix is very high up, and I only managed to locate it a few weeks ago while squatting in the shower and practically sticking my whole hand in there. I have one of the longest menstrual cups, I don't understand how this happened.

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Spreading the word with toilet paper

That subject line sounds completely bizarre but hear me out!

As we all know, menstrual cups don't get anywhere near as much publicity as they deserve.  Don't know about your country, but here in Australia you can't buy cups in the supermarkets or chemists and there is zero advertising.  It seems like no one even knows that they exist.  So how do we make menstrual cups go viral?  - Toilet paper!

Every time you visit a public toilet, bring along a pen and after you've taken the toilet paper you need, write a very quick one-liner about menstrual cups on the next square of toilet paper for the next user.  A few examples:

"Menstrual cups!...
- look them up
- never using a tampon again
- no more stinky, soggy mess
- Kotex/Stayfree/Libra must hate me
- you'll thank me later
- visit
- spread the word" etc.

It's quick, simple, it doesn't make you a vandal, it reaches beyond your immediate circle of friends/family and it's anonymous which is great if you're not comfortable ranting about periods in person.  And because toilet paper is probably one of the weirdest forms of communication, it's not likely a reader will forget how they found out and if they become a happy cup user too, there's a chance they'll be tempted to spread the word in the same way, hopefully making it viral.

Personally, all I needed was to stumble across the term "menstrual cups" and it was enough to pique my interest and do a bit of research and ultimately become a happy cup user.  Of the people I've mentioned them to, curiosity seems to be the most common reaction so I think that simply getting the term "menstrual cups" out there in peoples' awareness can be quite powerful.

So go forth and start scribbling!