December 4th, 2012

First run with my cup!

Hey all!

I just bought my first cup, a small Diva, and was excited to try it as my period was just starting. I'm definitely having a few problems though...


Day 1: Inserted it in the shower, but couldn't get it to rotate - how do you get a grip on that thing?? I'll admit I panicked a bit when I couldn't grip it and found a way to remove it quickly (involving pliers and yanking on the stem). Paranoid, I tied a string to it and tried again, but my lady bits had enough by then.


Day 2: Got it in! But once again, couldn't rotate it. There's NO WAY I can cram a finger and a thumb up in there at the same time as the cup to rotate. Things went pretty well, but every once in awhile I could feel the stem rub if I sat a certain way. I also felt like I had to urinate more often.

Removal was also... less than fun, though better than expected. I managed to cram a finger in there to break the seal, but when it came to actually getting it out, I had so much trouble! The stem pushed to the side while I was busy figuring out the seal, and kept rubbing the lady bits uncomfortably. And between the stem and my finger plugging the hole, my thumb didn't stand a change of grabbing the base. Anyone else have a better solution to this? I ended up using the string I tied on for emergency to gently tug down the cup so I could reach it and remove, but I'd rather not have to deal with strings in the future (That's the joy of cups, not tampons!)


It's Day 3 now and I've gone back to pads, aka. diapers, to give my sore vag a break. The stem is what rubbed and made things a bit raw, but I'm paranoid that if I cut it I'll never be able to get it out! Anyone else have this predicament?
butterflies

Newbie looking for advice on selecting a cup... quite confused!

Hi everyone!

I am a total newbie both to the community and menstrual cups, although I have been reading through old posts over the past week and it's been very informative and helpful. I hope you don't mind me posting a "what cup should I get?" sort of post, it's just that I could really do with a bit of extra advice as I think I've confused myself with my researching!

I would really like to make the transition to using a menstrual cup during my period. I don't like the waste that tampons produce for both practical and environmental reasons, I hate running out of them at the vital moment or forgetting to take them to work when I'm on my period, and I'm generally just having the feeling that there must be a better alternative out there!

I'm 27, not a virgin, never been pregnant or had children. I'm not a very sporty or athletic person but I think I'm probably an average level of fitness - I wouldn't say there's any reason for my vaginal muscles to be particularly tight or loose. During my period, I think I have a relatively low cervix (although I'm not really sure what "normal" or "low is to be honest!) - when I checked by inserting my index finger and then measuring how far I needed to go before reaching my cervix, it got to the second knuckle of my finger - when I measured this was around 4.5cm from the vaginal opening to the cervix. I had never actually checked this before or felt inside my vagina whilst menstruating (always used applicator tampons), but it does fit with my previous experience using tampons - I often find that during my period, when inserting a tampon, it "hits" my cervix and actually ends up being inserted to one side of the cervix, and sometimes this is quite uncomfortable, particularly if the tampon is sitting awkwardly or low and I can feel it pressing against the thin, sensitive skin by my vaginal opening. I used to have very heavy periods, but started to take the combined contraceptive pill which makes them considerably less heavy - I think I'm probably about average, maybe a little heavier than some on some days. At the beginning of my period when it is heaviest, I change a super tampon around 3 times during the day, and then have one in overnight. On lighter days, I'd say I'd probably change a regular tampon 2 or 3 times a day, and then have a regular tampon in overnight.

I've had a good look at the various menstrual cups on the market, as well as the excellent size and stiffness charts that are linked from this community, but the trouble is, I think I've got myself into a bit of a pickle over what it is I should be looking for!
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Sorry for such a long post. Any advice or information would be greatly appreciated!