Hello everyone -- a little about me, I'm 25 years old, had a vaginal birth 5 years ago. I had heard of Diva Cups a few years ago, but didn't remember them until an experience I had last month. I am so happy I found this community, and have been reading through all the information and I can honestly say THANK GOODNESS this community exists.
I have heavy periods. Very heavy periods. I used to just have "yeah, heavy" periods up until about 2 years ago, at that point they suddenly became almost unbearable. We're talking a super-plus tampon only lasting about 45 minutes on the second day of my monthly nightmare. After I can get through the second and third days, my period lightens up for about... oh.. ten days. My periods last about 1-2 weeks, and the only reason I'd have a short (1 week to me is short) period is because the 2nd day was so bloody that I probably went through an entire BOX of super-plus tampons in that single day. Talk about messy, disgusting, and WASTEFUL!
Last month, on a very distracted second day of my period, I had to make up a few hours at work. It was a Friday, so the entire office building was a ghost town by 5pm. Right at 6, I looked at the clock, stood up in my cubicle, and immediately realized I had not had a tampon change in 4 hours. This may not seem like a big deal to you all, but for someone with periods like mine, this was a terrible mistake. I dashed to the bathroom before the gigantic blood flood would start, but alas, I was too late. It was ridiculous -- My khaki pants, front and back, were soaked in blood, and it was spreading down my legs. I dived into a bathroom stall and of course immediately began the dreaded toilet-paper soak up. I was so thankful that I was the only person left in the office -- or so I thought.
I realized that I had left my tampons and pad back at my desk, but luckily the tampon machine was directly outside my bathroom stall. Still thinking I was the only person left on my floor, and also not wanting to pull my bloody pants up and stand up without a tampon & makeshift toilet paper pad, I just opened the stall door and waddled the 2 feet to the tampon machine with my bloody pants loosely around my thighs. At that moment, there was some kind of blip in the space-time continuim, because all I can remember is my boss' face at the bathroom door, utterly disgusted, and in her hurried attempt to assume a stall and end our awkward encounter, she happened to choose the stall directly behind me, containing a toilet full of blood and wads and wads of bloodied toilet paper. I remember saying, "no, not thaaaat one" and then the next thing I know, I was in my car, driving home in tears.
That day I decided I could no longer life my life this way. I dread my periods, felt like a freak, felt like a humiliated, broken woman. I can say to my best friends, "Yeah, my period is so heavy, it sucks" but I felt like no one could truly understand the trouble I have to endure every single month, buying boxes of tampons, constantly worrying about leaking, the vaginal pain from having to wear such large tampons. I am a mother, a full-time employee and full-time student. How the hell can I deal with this anymore? Well, I'm posting here, so this is my hail Mary. Please God, let menstrual cups be my solution.
I have ordered a large Divacup & a medium soft glitter Meluna (teehee). The large Diva, I am hoping will serve me well on those hellish days. I am realistic in the fact that I won't be able to go the 12 hours or whatever without emptying it, but even if I only have to empty it once every few hours, this product will change my life. I am hoping the Meluna will be great for that lagging second week of my period, where it's just that fucking black shit for days and days.
Now that I've told my story (and I feel so much better for getting this all off my chest! I've never told ANYONE the boss story), I have 2 questions:
1. How do I know how the length and height of my vaginal canal/cervix compares to others? I read a lot of posts that discusses size, but I need some kind of reference point. I can't feel my cervix with my finger at all, and when I used to use a NuvaRing, I would have to REALLY dig faaaar back to try to get a hook on that thing. Does this mean I have a high cervix?
2. Has anyone from the States ordered a Meluna and remember how long it took to get here? (I'm in North Carolina) I've never bought anything from Germany before, and have no idea how long international shipping takes.My Diva should be here on Monday, and I cannot freaking wait. I'm still in disbelief about how damn EXCITED I am to get a menstruation product, but seriously, I need this thing to change my life.