July 13th, 2012

How hard was it for you to find your cup?

Hi all,

I'm curious about how much trouble people generally go through to find a cup that works for them. I guess the basic question I'm trying to get at is, how likely is it for a person to have the first cup they try work well enough to keep on using it? Or how likely is it that a person will have to go through multiple cups before they find something useable? I'm hoping most people find one that's at least useable on their first try.

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Edit: Thank you all so much! I've had people ask me how hard it is to find one that works, and this is immensely helpful. Personally, I've had two cups, both of which have worked great.

Success story with tilted cervix, donating disposables?

So if you don't remember me from my prior posting, I'm the one with the medium meluna and heavy flow. I bought a large lunette to contain my flow, but I've started the pill again and it's making my period super light. Turns out I won't be needing it for the most part, but I'm keeping it as a backup for heavy days.

In the meantime, I thought I'd describe how I use my cup, in case anyone else with a tilted cervix needs help with theirs. I asked my doctor and although I don't have a true "tilted uterus," it is off-center (on the left) and the os faces the left corner when it's relaxed.

I can't get away with inserting it low and letting it find its own way. The muscles bring it to the center where it is no help. Instead, I insert it, trace my finger to the left side to see if it's peeking, and then press up and left on the cup. Having a stemless one works well for this. I seem to have to be more aggressive than most people to make sure it's actually around my cervix. When it's not, the blood seems to just drip down the left wall past the cup.

I now have to change it every 6 to 8 hours, not because it's full, but because the muscles attempt to bring the cup into the center, and away from my cervix after a while. I find I can feel it leaking long before anything will actually come out of my vagina. It's easy for me to sense when this is happening.

Now for a question: I have about 4 open boxes of tampons in my bathroom being useless. Are there any charities that will take open boxes? They're all individually wrapped but all the charities I've looked up say they will take unopened boxes. I'm not exactly "tampon sharing" close with too many menstruating women and I don't want them to go to waste.