April 5th, 2013

First time cup user


I have been a stalker on here for about two months while I researched cups and waited for my Miacup to arrive. I love how helpful everyone on here is, so I decided to sign up!

I was so excited when I received my cup though pretty disappointed it came the week AFTER my period. Bummer! Even though I've read a lot of people who don't/can't do dry runs, I couldn't help trying... I tried on the toilet, in the shower (ha! I felt like the craziest person ever rolling around in the shower!), on my back on the floor, with my leg up, squatting, and using a mirror. I was relaxed as could be, (I use a method of hypnotherapy for relaxing for other health reasons), relaxed my jaw and my shoulders and took my time. Anyways my point is, I tired but could not get it in. I believe lubricant would actually be pretty helpful since I felt "dry". I've read that some ladies use coconut oil, and as much as I would love that option since we have 10 bottles in the pantry right now... I want to be safe and use a water-based oil like suggested.

Here's my question: I found a "Asics Chafe Free Anti-Friction Lubricant" in our medicine cabinet. The ingredients are: water, Boron Nitride, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasioxane, Silica, Polyacrylate 13, Polyisobutene, polysobrate 20, phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylgycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Potassium Sorbate, Disodium EDTA and Aloe Barbadenis Leaf Juice. (Ha the only ingredient I knew how to spell was WATER!) I hate the thought of putting stuff like this on/in me but if it were to help... then Id be willing to try till I get a hang of things. Does this sound like it would work? Is this not the type of Lubricant I want? It says on the bottle "for external use only". Are there any other suggestions you can give me?

I am a virgin so inserting ANYTHING was new to me up till a few weeks ago when I located my cervix. The reason I am trying a dry run is because I would like to get as use to the cup as possible before I leave for a three month trip this June. I would LOVE to be comfortable with my cup so as to not have to pack any other menstrual products.

Thanks in advance for your help!
facing the water

boiling or not boiling with milton tablets?

To sterilize your cup, is it necessary to use both milton tablets AND boil them? The milton tablets themselves say to just put the object in cold water with a tablet. Would soaking them in boiled water with a tablet be more or less effective than using the tablet in cold water?

The reason I ask is after I sterilized my cups at the end of my last cycle, I put them in dixie cups in the cabinet in my bedroom (living with family, I don't trust them not to move/knock over/throw out things left in the medicine cabinet)… I forgot to put them in their cloth bags when they were done drying, and when I went to take them out today I found that for some inexplicable reason my SO decided to put some two dollar bills in there… resting ON TOP OF MY CUPS. So now I just want to make sure they're about as clean as I can get them, because… eew.
No Doubt.
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Which cup? + cervix positioned to the right??

So after doing a lot of reading and getting very sick of tampons and pads I'd like to get a cup!

I've looked into the Meluna and I'd quite like to get one however I'm not sure which size will be best. After just trying to find my cervix position during my period I can feel it at about 50mmish, however it's off to my right a bit, and I can easily feel all the way around it - if my finger is straight I can insert it further into the vagina, to the left of my cervix (I often have to angle my tampons to my left - I had wondered why that was!).

So basically what I'm wondering is, does this mean I have a tilted/dangly cervix and will this be a problem for using a cup?

Also, if I measure about 50mm to the tip of my cervix, does it matter too much what length cup I get as I will still easily be able to get it out? My flow is light so that isn't an issue. After taking the size quiz on the Meluna website it suggested a medium classic, do you think this will be okay?

I have tried to use Instead soft cups in the past but they would not work for me at all, they didn't seem to go in very far and wouldn't stay where I put it (despite following the instructions) so I'm hoping I will have more luck with a reusable cup.

(I'm 22, sexually active and haven't given birth vaginally)

Thanks for your help!