Sarah (pinkandblond) wrote in menstrual_cups,

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First Time Instead User

I started my monthly curse three days ago. I have most recently been using the Always pads with wings. I am tired of wearing pads because it is very uncomfortable to wear them. They also smell and sometimes leak, and sometimes my underwear gets spots on it. It is such a hassle! I wear pads because I can never get the tampons to stay in. It seems like everytime I go to urinate the tampon gets wet and falls out. I got frustrated with those. Last night I typed in tampons vs. pads into Google and menstrual cups popped up. I was intrigued. I have never heard of menstrual cups until last night. The first one I came across was the Diva Cup and it sounded great. If it actually works, that is. Then I found this forum and found out there are so many different brands of menstrual cups out there. I had no idea!  I really want to get a Small LadyCup in Pink, Lilac, or Lotus. The DivaCup would be easier for me to get in my area because Whole Foods sells them.

Anyways, I went to Walgreens earlier tonight and I found that they were carrying the Instead brand. It comes in a pack of 14 disposable cups. I bought them just because I wanted to try some kind of cup out to see if they would work. I just put it in about a half hour ago. I have no idea if I put it in correctly. It is very comfortable though. I don't feel like I have anything in there. I put a pantyliner on just in case there was some leakage. I hope I inserted it correctly! Anyways, tonight will be my trial run and I will see how it pans out in the morning. I really hope this works well for me! Wish me luck! If it works I will be doing backflips, because I hate tampons and pads!

Also, if this Instead brand works, I would be interested in buying a non disposable brand. Earlier in my post I said that I was interested in the Small Lady Cup. I like it mostly because of the colors. I am kind of weary about buying it online and the overseas shipping. I wish that I could go to the store and just pick one up. I can if I get the DivaCup at Whole Foods Market.

I usually have a pretty light period flow. It is heavier around the 2nd day but it's not that heavy. I usually only have to change my regular Always pads 2 or 3 times a day and not because they get full. Sometimes my pads get full on the 2nd day of my period. 

I have also had surgery called a LEEP where they removed part of my cervix. Would that make a difference in choosing a cup? 

Also I am 26 years old, and I don't have any kids. The gynecologist usually has to use the small tools when I get a pap smear because the bigger ones hurt when they put it in. One of my doctors also said that I have a small vagina.

Sooo, what cup would you guys recommend for me?

Edit: Also, what do doctors say about using menstrual cups? Do they think that it is healthier than pads and tampons?

Another question that I have is why don't more stores sell the cups, and why are most of them sold overseas? 
Tags: buying decisions, cervix position, first time use, instead, sizes/size issues, where to buy
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