May 28th, 2013


Yay CupLee

Woo okay. So I posted last month introducing myself and thanking the community for being here and being supportive. After that post I went ahead and ordered a CupLee from FeminineWear in the UK. I am in the US so it took a while for my order to arrive, but I had all month before I needed it anyway! As a side note, I highly recommend ordering from there. My order came with a bunch of cute stuff like a notepad, free sample of lube, some candies, probably something else I'm forgetting, oh and the cup!

I got the CupLee in a gorgeous peach color with a pretty orange bag. I went camping over the holiday weekend here and wasn't sure if I'd start while we were out so I brought along my Diva and also my new CupLee. I did end up wearing my Diva on our last day there/drive home and overnight since I knew it wouldn't leak and figured that wasn't the best time to try the new cup. The new cup is significantly softer than the Diva so I wasn't sure how my body would like it.

I got to wear it for the first time today to work and around the house. I love it! It is easy to insert and open, hasn't leaked yet today, and it feels a bit better to me than the Diva. I think because it is softer it isn't pressing on my bladder as much so it's easier to pee and I'm not getting the crampy feelings anymore.

Even with the shorter body and longer stem I was surprised how far out the stem was when I went to empty it earlier. My (untrimmed) Diva stem was always pretty far up there, but this stem was actually poking way out and I didn't even notice. Maybe my cervix was low today or something. If that continues though I'll probably trim it. In any case, I'm a happy camper with my CupLee so far! I'll take it for an overnight test tonight and hopefully it won't leak. It seems like a good purchase so far, though. Softer cup was what I needed.

Immense trouble removing Divacup, first general impressions

Hey, y'all!

I'm new to the menstrual cup world, but after doing quite a bit of reading I decided (rather eagerly) that I wanted to give them a go. I have always had messy, heavy cycles that cause a lot of grief, yet I've always just buckled down and dealt with it accordingly. At some point in the past month or so I just had enough. I use super plus, super, and regular tampons throughout the duration of my period, though regular is usually used in the last day or two. Maybe the last three days if I'm lucky. I always have to double up with pads and find tampons to be incredibly drying and leaky, though I have found a brand that is more reliable than most for me, so it's not as bad as it once was.

That all said, I am 20, nearly 21, a virgin, and I got the smaller, Model 1 Divacup. It arrived today, and since I've always been rubbish at sticking things up my vagina -- seriously, I am the most lazy tampon inserter ever -- I figured I'd have a dry run. It took a while to figure out how to get it inserted without wanting to ragequit, but I got it. All was well. I liked the feel, I can't feel it at all, and the stem doesn't bother me. The real trouble started when I tried to get it out. The first few tries, I just couldn't. It was angled to one side and the tip was stubbornly stuck behind my pubic bone. There was some mild panic, but akin to the times when a tampon has simply gone too high up, and the string with it, so I calmed down and tried bearing down. Happily, it came lower and I'm able to feel it without sticking half my hand up there.

Now, I'm not squeamish about my body -- I'm actually quite fascinated by it -- so I have no issues with sticking my hands up there. I'm used to walking away from an encounter in the bathroom while on my period looking as though I'm some ax murderer. Trouble is, there's not much room for two fingers, let alone a finger, thumb, and the base of my cup. So, try as I might, the best I can seem to do is run my finger along one side of the cup. It seems to be jammed up against my left side (I'm left dominant, if that matters...). I have tried the hot dog method and all that happens is to push the damn thing back further into the canal, never mind the goal of breaking the seal. I am determined to get this thing out -- I got myself into this mess, I'll get myself out kind of thing -- so if anyone has any suggestions, I'd be glad of them.

That all aside, my hope is that my cervix rides quite a bit lower when I actually have my period, and I'm hopeful that the cup will be a good fit for me. It's comfortable and such. I just really need to figure out a way that works for me in getting it out. My vag is getting irritated from the attempts and my wrist is sore. *sigh*

For your reference, some extra info: I have a mild case of cerebral palsy that affects my legs/trunk muscles, so I'm not the most flexible person ever and my balance is crappy, and I'm currently awaiting approval to go ahead with cortisone/lubricant shots in one of my knees for some rather severe muscle-related irritation and inflammation.