November 26th, 2012

Excited About My Cup!

So, recently I decided to take the plunge and buy a menstrual cup. They sounded amazing, and frankly, I'm still thinking they are just to good to be true. I was intrigued by the idea of virtually no leaks, less cramps, and no waste! The best of both, no, all worlds. I'm just so excited and want to share my excitement with people that would understand. I'm not going to go jump for joy with my friends, at least, not yet...

But yeah, I did a ton of research before decided to purchase. First off, I'm 17 years old, and a virgin. So at first yeah, I had the problem "Will it fit?" After reading up on cups and virgins, those worries were set aside. I'd say my flow is pretty medium, even light, if I think about it. I know I don't go through an entire box of tampons during one period, but lot's of ladies do! So, average. I looked around and most people recommend the Ladycup to young virgins, so I went for it. I was already eyeing the pretty colors, anyway.

And I got it in the mail two weeks ago. And again, you people were right. The pictures everywhere really do make it look so much bigger than it really is. It's TINY compared to the image I had in my head. Which is fantastic. Now, I did try to do some dry runs. I'm a baby. I was afraid out of my mind. Getting it, you know, up there was sort of painful, and I feared that if I got it up farther in it would hurt even more. Of course I was wrong, again. No duh going in it hurts, I'm a virgin. So for two weeks I did attempt and chicken out. But I guess it's fine, I sort of got more used to it which is something I read was a good idea to do for us virgins.

Anyway, I know I will be starting my period tonight/tomorrow. And I decided I would give it just one more go. Because I really didn't want to wait another month. And so I hopped in the shower, sucked up my fear and just went for it. I used the 7 fold, because it is easiest for me to hold and keep folded, and it just had the tampon look (I used Playtex Sport so anyone who's used them knows the odd shape, slimmer at the end and gets wider), which I've been using for years. Did it. Got it in. Didn't feel a thing.

I swear the heavens parted and angels sang. So of course, I didn't want to be stuck in an awkward situation later and got it out. It was tricky but I was able to get it out fairly quickly. And then, after some contemplation, I stuck it back in and decided I'd go for an all night try.

And right now I'm loving it. I can barely feel it. I know it's there, and I'm thinking I'll need to trim the stem a tiny bit, but other than that, so far so good. I guess I'm just hoping it meets expectations. I know there's a huge learning curve, and I'm hoping that by next month I'll have the hang of using it and everything. Hopefully in a few months I will be raving to all my friends. (And getting weird looks, of course.) I'm a competitive horseback rider, so I'm competing all over the place, all the time. Being able to use a menstrual cup would make my life so much easier! Lugging around pads and tampons is so annoying. And if you horse show at all, you'll understand. It's almost impossible to find the time to escape to change a tampon every few hours, and bathrooms... ew.

Just, yay! I'll let everyone know how it goes in the morning. Hopefully this is the start of a wonderful new friendship. :)
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Most Recent Reason

So, last night, I discovered just another of the many, many reasons I love my cup.

Based on my birth control packet, I knew my period would be starting soon, so I went looking for my cup to make sure I'd have it when the time came. I couldn't find it anywhere. Not in the bathroom. Not in the kitchen. I looked in the shower. Under the bathroom sink. It was nowhere to be found.

I'm talking this over with myself in the mirror, when the light bulb clicks on. The last time I saw it? During my last period! Which means, there is only one place it could be: still in me!!!

And it totally was. I had been wearing it for almost a month without realizing it!!

The wonderful part is, had I worn a tampon that long, I would've gotten seriously sick and been in the hospital. But a cup? No health issues at all. I'm just relieved I didn't harm myself by wearing it that long. I'm not recommending ever wearing it that long without emptying it out, but at least I came out alright in the end. I didn't even notice it was still in there.

I truly, truly, truly love my cup!

P.S. We need a general "discussion" tag or a "reasons i love my cup" tag. Just an idea.

question about firmness

I was a long time Diva cup user but always had a problem getting the cup to open. Finally decided to try other cups and got two classic Melunas. I was loving the classic ball stem cup except I realized that it keeps me from peeing or makes me feel like I have to pee. It's really weird. I never really had that problem with the Diva. But I love how easy it is to get the Meluna in and open! Whaaa! Is there a cup with good capacity (I'd say medium to large capacity) that has firmness between that of a Diva and a classic Meluna? Does anyone know offhand or can you point me to a good way to compare/find that?

Thanks so much!