July 2nd, 2012

Can i use a menstrual cup?

Im 15 years old and I'm not sexually active.  I really want to get a menstrual cup, but I don't want to buy one and figure out that its difficult or painful for me to use. So anyway, yesterday I was finding my cervix and while doing so, i figured out that i cant put two fingers inside my vagina without it hurting. The pain mostly comes at the opening of my vagina where it doesn't seem to stretch.This came up to me as a warning that i should not get a cup. If i cant even put two tiny fingers in me, how would i be able to fit a cup?! But before I totally give up hope on getting a menstrual cup, I want your opinion on this. If i can't get two fingers in my vagina, should i not get menstrual cup? 

Ok, here's the final follow up. It's an angry post.

So, I had been having pain using my cup so I went to the gyne to make sure everything was ok. Now, I used the cup as directed, I changed it every eight hours, and I wore it at night because the label said I could.
Well, the reason I was having pain was because I have an abrasion on my vaginal wall, and I got it from wearing the cup. I'm pretty angry about this, because I did everything right and I still had a problem. Basically, I was told that I could not wear the cup at night, and I could not keep it in for eight hours at a time. Oh, and I also can't use it for a few cycles until the spot heals. Which is extremely irritating to me, I'm in college, and the time when this cup would have been the most useful to me was when I was staying in hot dorms without air conditioning. But nope, not gonna happen this year. Also, I apparently may have a yeast infection from using it, which may be keeping that spot from healing properly.
Basically, I'm posting this as a warning. As much as people like to say cups are really super safe, they actually can cause problems. You really shouldn't wear it at night, and you really shouldn't keep it in all day without changing it. It's actually not safe. Even something normal like your menstrual blood can cause problems, because it isn't the same ph as your vagina. The change in ph can cause bacteria to grow there.
Basically, you should be treating it like a tampon. That's the safest way to use these products. Don't do what I did and assume the company wants what's best for your health, and what they say is accurate. It's not accurate, not by a long shot.
Now that the angry part is over, I told the gyne I saw about this site... it will be funny if she reads this post.
menstrual cup

cup comparison pic

Hello everyone, I've been spending heaps of time getting some photos done and making some kind of comparison pic between most cups. On many post there is speculations on which cup is smaller, longer etc. Since the scale is always different on each picture it's hard to have an idea so here they are all lined up. They are all mine so I didn't have every single brand and size on me at the shoot but still it's a pretty good collection :) Hope you like it!

You can open the full size image here