My introduction to menstrual cups happened several years ago. The idea squicked me out a bit at first, but the more I thought about it, the more curious I was. I preferred internal methods of menstrual management at the time and I was becoming more interested in environmentally friendly personal care options, so I eventually used my mom's credit card to order a Keeper for myself.
Upon receiving the Keeper, I was pretty disappointed. I have a disability called arthrogryposis which affects joint flexibility/range of motion and muscle strength. My wrists and hands have multiple joint contractures, are sorta weak, and I have trouble with some of my fine motor skills. And the Keeper was so rigid, I could barely keep it folded just holding it in front of myself to look at, much less trying to insert it. I tried a few different times to get the stupid thing in with no success. My final attempt ended with me angrily throwing it across the bathroom of my dormitory suite. Haha.
Fast forward several years--I'm now even MORE into more eco-friendly options, and had actually been using cloth pads almost exclusively for the better part of a year. I like cloth, but I got tired of feeling blood gushing out of me every period, and I also wanted something that was a bit less tedious to clean. :) So, at the suggestion of a friend, I ordered a DivaCup. I was fully expecting to have to sell it to someone in this community but, lo and behold, I tried it the night I got it and was able to insert it! I also made it through almost all of my last period using just the Diva, with only one instance of bad leaking that was my own fault--I fell asleep on a heavy flow day without having emptied it, so it overflowed. Oops. ;D
I did have some trouble inserting it initially, and I bought some lubricant which makes it completely worry-free. I'm wondering, though: will the fact that my lube contains glycerin be a problem re: yeast infections? It's just a cheap drug store brand of K-Y Jelly, basically. I don't have a lot of extra cash floating around but if the glycerin is going to pose a problem, I could splurge for some lube without it. Just curious if others have regularly used that kind of lube, and what your experience has been.
Also, and this is really goofy--I found myself wondering, while using the cup, just what insertion looks like from the outside, and I sort of wanted to make a video with my webcam or something. lol. I've seen the how-to vids on YouTube using a clear tube, but I guess I'm just wondering if there are any more "explicit" videos floating around out there. Because I am curious about weird things like that. :D
Anyway, I'm glad to finally be posting here and using my cup! I really love this community. There's so much information to discover!