July 1st, 2014

Noob in need of advice

Okay so quick info on me: 20, virgin, cervix is kinda low (it's 2 knuckles in), have moderate flow, and I'm somewhat physically active (trying to run/exercise more). I've been reading everything I could about menstrual cups for the past month or two, and I also ordered a small sckoon cup based on it's size and it's availability to me.

I just started my period Sunday and this is my first try using it. Ahah wow yea the first day was...interesting. It hurt going in but I managed to get it up there ok, but the rest of the time it was very uncomfortable/awkward sitting and I was very aware of it. Then came the removal. Hooolyyy mothER that thing hurt like nothing I have ever experienced before!!! I was so sore from that whole ordeal and cramping really bad that I didn't try again until the next evening.
Thankfully inserting was easier but I have trouble turning it or being able to check to feel if it's sealed properly. Also as I was washing my hands I felt a really weird feeling like it had just popped open but not sure if that's what it was or not. (Has anyone had something similar ??) When standing or sitting the stem almost pokes out, and is pretty irritating, so I am thinking of trimming it but am a little afraid of not being able to get it out after it's trimmed. Removing tonight was better than before but still difficult/messy. (I'm guessing it's b/c I just haven't quite mastered it yet.)

I plan on continuing to use it the rest of my period but I am questioning if it is the right cup for me. When I wear it I can really feel it and get odd cramps from it. I have been leaking some but figured it's because I'm still new to this. Also I watched a youtube video where one girl said she thought the sckoon cup felt cheap and this made me nervous so not sure about that. I was thinking of maybe trying the ladycup, si-bell, or lunnette but I'm not sure yet. Basically I really love the idea of using a cup but I want to find my goldilocks one and can't wait to get past the learning curve!
SG - Jack shot you
  • cideon

Progress of second period with Si-Bell

The good news includes the fact that I snipped the first ball-thingy off my stem and felt instant improvement at the beginning. Also, that I didn’t have any real leaks except for the start of my second day, which was heavier than my last heavy day (roughly 25ml to last times’ 16mL/24hour). But I did manage to empty my cup and reinsert it twice at work, so I only need to do so in a public restroom (where the sink is separate from the toilet) to feel fully accomplished ;) Had a nice time at a party without a worry about having to change a pad or leaking from getting up and down and fidgeting in chairs too! I could appreciate only wearing pantiliners (even disposable ones) compared to pads because the one time I did use a pad (heavy day before I realized what was going on) I could just FEEL how sweaty it made me, yuck! No wonder I used to have a problem with a cystic pimple or two on my thigh crease that almost always flared up around my period. Snipped the stem another notch about 3 days in, and actually got the “wait, am I wearing my cup? I really can’t tell!” feeling. And no cramps at this point too. Woo!

But the first two days were rather unpleasant in comparison to the last couple days. I had that odd cramping that comes from the cup, but I think my normal period cramps were acting up and making it extra bothersome. I only had a few hints of that awkward uncomfortable ‘possible over suction’ or maybe it nudged my cervix, I’m still not too sure about which it is. However, because it is unpleasant enough that it made me consider switching back to pads just for that first couple of days, I want to fix it.

I’m wondering if maybe I still need to find a goldilocks cup that will not give me extra pain, as this part only got a bit worse from my first period (that time only lasted for like half an hour twice, not hours on end like this time). I’m wondering if it’s not inserted high enough perhaps? I cannot feel my cervix when I check for it, yet the barely clipped stem is not that high up. As I saw on the size charts, my small Si Bell is on the shorter and less wide groupings, so I was thinking to get something longer (to better fit my rather high cervix?) and wider (to avoid bumping my possibly oversensitive cervix? See, it doesn’t feel like it makes sense for both!).

The question is, am I right on my assumptions of what I need? I was thinking that two possible cups I could consider, following my suspicions, would be either a large Meluna or large Sckoon. Or should I actually just try a different cup with more similar dimensions, such as small Lunette or small FleurCup? I considered a midway difference, but it looks like the small Yuuki and small Mooncup UK are both not-so-very-soft, which I am honestly not sure if that would be a problem, or maybe the actual solution? Or is the fact that I did OK the last few days just mean my body is just having a harder time getting used to the cup on my crampier days? I am in doubt mainly because normally I only cramp every other month, and only every few months is it severe. But still, it doesn't normally last as long as it did this time :/