July 8th, 2012

Thanks! Plus a bit of tips I learned along the way.

Hey everyone. Just wanted to share a quick success story.

I first decided to try menstrual cups when I got over my fear of it interfering with my IUD. This site gave me a bit of peace of mind in addition to advice from a doctor. Shortly after that I realized that my first cup (small Divacup) was just wrong for me. Way too long and a bit too wide and it needed to be a bit firmer, with a thicker rim so it would open beter. With the help here I decided on trying again with the Lunette (in purple :) ) in a small size again with the stem cut off. That plus the seven fold did the trick. After the first few days it fit just right and I'm using it again in anticipation of a period. 

Thanks so much everyone! I wouldn't have figured it out if it weren't for all of you. It's so perfect for my lifestyle. Late hours, double shifts, school, long finals, daily bike rides. I'm young and busy. Cups are a great fit for me. 

Also, I learned a little tip along the way. If you have an issue with it not coming unfolded all the way once inserted, but you still need a very small point of insertion I think the seven fold is a really good option. I found that I could get it as small as the punch down fold, but with the fold being on the outside I could coax it open slowly inside me. So there's benefits of the punch down fold, but you can actually get your fingers under the rim to gently unfold it yourself it is doesn't like to pop open by by itself. Mine always gets stuck in it's fold no matter which one I try. So I needed one that I could coax open, this one was perfect. I just nudge my finger under the fold. A turn after that has worked for me every time since then. I also wanted to share this video on some tips for public bathroom use from lunapads.com (my source for cloth liners when before I was mostly a cup gal). I haven't seen these around before. They're worth a try if you like cloth too, and these videos helped me a lot. 

http://www.youtube.com/v/Ma9Pb37LXxA

In the public restroom.

http://www.youtube.com/v/NI4UYw0kRs4

On the go. The wysi wipes really are great.

They're all for divacup specifically, as that is the brand that this Canadian based company sells. But you can tell that this will apply to anything else too. Following some of these tips have just made my life easier and I'm sure they would be happy to find their videos on life with the cup here. I find that if I just keep a cloth pad with me too, I can always get by for a while if I don't have time to change my cup properly. Their wet bags are just great :) my cup and seven pads rest patiently in my owl  bag each month to take of every possible need.  

I may make a divacup/lunette comparison video soon too.

You are all so helpful! Have a good month ladies (and any gents)!
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low cervix, prolapsed uterus, retroverted uterus - which cup to choose ?

Hi,


I've been reading the posts here for weeks now. I still don't know which cup to choose. Would you all offer some advise, please, especially if you have experienced the issue I describe below?

I'm 46 years old with 2 kids which were delivered vaginally. I've been told by GYNs for many years - before my kids - that I have a retroverted uterus; suspect it's due to genetics. When my 2nd child was born, my placenta broke off and I almost bled to death. (Not sure if that's important to the topic at hand, but just in case.) I've always had very heavy periods and lots of clots but after my placenta broke off during the delivery, my periods were extremely heavy for years - 20-60 minutes to soak a super plus tampon.  Wish I had known about the cup then!

My periods aren't as heavy now as I have been taking herbs which help reduce the amount of blood I lose as well as help keep me mentally balanced. (I'm not recommending or endorsing herbs.) But I still have big clots and need a super plus tampon if I'm going out of the house for a few hours.

I went to a new GYN last year and learned I have a prolapsed uterus which will need surgery to "tack up" (words of the GYN). (It causes me much vaginal pain especially around my period and about a week after.) I had surgery twice last year and we cannot afford more surgery right now - both time-wise and financially.

My cervix sits low during my period - I think. It's only approximately 1.25 inches (or 3 cm if you're metrically challenged like me). I cannot seem to locate any chart that would indicate if a 3 cm cervix is low. If I am not correct, please correct me.

I did, however, locate the cup size chart and cup sniffness. Those are great help! What I do not understand is how to a choose a cup based on cervix size.  If my cervix sits very low, I think. So, it seems I should choose a length between 40 and 44 (according to the size chart). Cups in those lengths are only available in a narrow width. However, since I have had 2 children, I would assume a narrow width would not function correctly as there would be leak.  

I saw an image of several cups compared to each other and their individual length measurements.  It was an image of several cups sitting up-side down.  There was a horizontal line drawn from the bottom of the longest cup to the shortest tampon.  (I've been searching for hours but can't find the URL again.  If anyone knows the URL, please share it.)  The length of 2 OB tampons were compared to several cups.  I think (could be wrong since I can't locate the URL) the longest cup was almost as long as a super plus OB tampon. So, if a super plus OB tampon will fit, why wouldn't a cup of the same length fit?  However, when you compare the length of those cups and compare it to my cervical length, I would think those cups would be too long.  I'm so confused!

I work at home and spend much of my time at home, but I do get out and love to socialize. I don't want a cup that doesn't fit my width and will leak.  Who does - right?  

Speaking of width of our cervices, how do we know what our width is?

As I have frequent vaginal pain, I assume a somewhat soft to medium stiffness cup would be suited to my needs. A hard cup would probably add to my pain, wouldn't it?

I don't care about colored cups. In fact, I would prefer clear or opaque cup as I want to do a quick glance and see that it is completely clean.

To sum up: 3 cm low cervix (I think). prolapsed uterus, retroverted uterus, vaginal pain, 2 vaginal deliveries. Dang, I was having a good day before I wrote this. LOL!

Money IS an issue for us. So, I cannot purchase many different cups to try. Could you all help me narrow down my choices, please?

Thank you!  :-)

Troubles with real first time cup use!

So if you remember my last post (and first) I couldn't get my cup out after taking it for a dry run forthe first time after receiving it in the mail. I had received a mini small Meluna in soft and a small Meluna in classic. So anyway as I said in my first post, the cup popped open very easily that time. So yesterday I got my period and was able to try out my my Melunas for real. I waited till today to really try it after not being able to get it to open yesterday. Today I put it in at 9am (the classic small) and I used the c fold because other folds hadn't worked even a bit for me. I tried to insert it as far as it would go with my fingers then let it go and with a little coaxing it opened into that squished half- c fold type thing and I knew it wasn't supposed to. So I tried to get it open right but I felt like the walls of my vagina were just squishing it down! I tried to push it up further but it wouldn't quite go. Finally I got it to where it might be opened all the way, but I couldn't tell. I decided to leave it and put on a liner (risky I know...).

So here's what happened: throughout the day there was brown stuff on my liner, like old blood. Enough to change the liner every four or five hours. So I guess it was leaking right?  So by the end of the day, the blood was coming out heavy enough to wear a pad, and when I went to take the cup out (it had been 10.5 hours) the blood was totally flowing and the stem of the cup was practically out. So I took out the cup and as I suspected, it was almost full  but there was lots of residue on the outside and it was obvious that it was leaking.
So here's what I'm wondering,

1. Was the cup inserted right? It did catch my flow, but it leaked a little throughout the day, which is not right. So did I get a good seal? Or maybe was it not far enough up?

2. If it wasn't, how can I get it to open all the way? I've tried running a finger around it, letting in air, etc... And also how can I be sure that it is open all the way and that it has formed a good seal?

3. Now if it was inserted properly, why was it leaking? How can I preven that residue from coming out?

And just to let you know I'm 15 and a virgin.