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MamaCrunch
16 April 2011 @ 02:25 pm
Guess who started their period early?! :D I have never been happier to see that red wipe!! :) For those who didn't read in my previous posts, I am going to an indoor water park the 21st through the 24th and I was due to start on the 18th!! (I have fairly long rather heavy periods, normally for me, my first day is light, then 3 days that are super heavy, then about 2-3 light days and a day or two of spotting) Never having tried my cup before, I really didn't want my learning curve in a public place wearing a bathing suit!! LOL Plus, I have been hanging on to this cup for like 2 weeks with nothing but a dry run and I have been DYING for the real test!!!

I have been wearing the cup for over 2 hours (on a fairly heavy flow for day 1, I totally skipped my normal spotting and dove into this one head first!!) , and I have a liner in for backup and it's totally pure white! Not even a drop on it! :) I am comfortable, don't feel anything really, I can pee fine, and I THINK it's in there pretty good and fully open and everything! :) I did have some red when I wiped, but I think that was just what was already a mess past the cup when I put it in, it wasn't much at all.
Is it possible that I totally skipped the dreaded learning curve AND picked the right cup on the first try?! :) That would make me SO incredibly happy! LOL

And long story, but I actually ended up with 2 of the exact same cup... so I REALLY hope it works out, but if for some reason I end up wanting to try something new, I have a couple friends who want to try cups, but are super skeptical and don't want to spend the money if it won't work, so I figure it can't hurt to let them try it out first! So I'm keeping that one new in the box unless I absolutely need it, until I figure things out a bit better.
 
Serpentserpent_849 on April 16th, 2011 07:12 pm (UTC)
these are separate, i'd say. i kinda went through the dreaded learning curve online, reading absolutely everything here :D i didn't get the right cup at first but for me the key was just remembering what i had read ;D the VERY first try, i forgot everything lolol. but there was no real learning curve for me. there can be one even if the cup is the right choice for you.

and yay :D i've wanted for like forever to try a *dry* run in a waterpark, just for the irony of it;) ended up damaging my hymen (bc i was used to fast and easy insertion, but it wasn't as stretchy as on my period), kinda abandoned the idea.
MamaCrunchmamacrunch on April 16th, 2011 07:25 pm (UTC)
I think I did the same. I am an obsessive researcher, so unlike a lot of people I've read about who hear about the Diva and run out and buy one only to get frustrated and quit.... I heard about the Diva and became ridiculously obsessive about researching cups, brands, the differences, techniques, etc... read up on here, watched probably every video on YouTube, etc... lol, so I feel like my choice of cups was an educated guess that seems to have worked out for me! :) and I do feel like I had a huge learning curve online, but still expected to have to go a cycle or 3 before I found out if I had the right cup and figured out how to make it work properly! I know I could still have issues, but I'm pretty happy with how it's starting out! :)
Kai: pic#84732488kuradi8 on April 16th, 2011 07:53 pm (UTC)
Hey, I'm glad to hear it's working out so well for you. :o)

Have a great Waterpark Weekend with your friends and family!
MamaCrunchmamacrunch on April 16th, 2011 08:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :) And Thanks! I think it will be a blast! :)

My only real issue so far is the awkwardness between taking the cup out and putting it back in... I feel like I'm kind of juggling between the sink and toilet and TP LOL. I'm sure I will work that out in time, since I have only dumped it once now (just as a test to see how it went and how much had accumulated in 4 hours), but right now it's just weird to hold a bloody cup and try to wipe and wash and reinsert and wash my hands, etc... Is there a less awkward routine that I'm missing? LOL
Kai: pic#84732488kuradi8 on April 16th, 2011 09:29 pm (UTC)
Nah, that's all part of the dreaded learning curve. We all made a mess in the beginning and eventually figured out a way to get away as cleanly as possible. We each have our own routines.

If you're in a public rest room, bring in a damp paper towel or some bottled water. Sometimes I wipe the cup with TP, other times I just dump it out and stick it right back in. The couple of drops that remain don't make a bit of difference and I figure that the less I handle it, the less chance I have of dropping it. =8oO

Sounds like you're already at the 99% mark. All you need is a little confidence that, "Hey, this gizmo actually WORKS!"
MamaCrunchmamacrunch on April 16th, 2011 11:09 pm (UTC)
LOL Nah, I know it works! LOL And I'm LOVING it! LOL I don't even mind a little mess, it's just the awkward juggling between that I'm going to have to figure out... LOL The waddle to/from the sink with my pants around my ankles... LOL

I'm really thrilled that I haven't been having any leaks or issues at all yet! :) I think I love it as much as I thought I would, which is pretty awesome because I had pretty high expectations! :P LOL

I think I'm ready to give my tampons away now! :) LOL I was keeping them as backup in case I was learning on my trip and dropped my cup, but I'm pretty confident now and hopefully I will be done or at least down to just spotting by the trip, so all is good! :) Hopefully I can convert my SIL and her sister in the process! :P
MamaCrunchmamacrunch on April 16th, 2011 11:13 pm (UTC)
Oh, and I don't do public restrooms! :P LOL Well every once in a great while when there is no other choice, but I doubt I will be in a position to change my cup in public much at all! :) So no worries there! :) But I have read about many ways people handle that, seems doable unless you drop it!! (Eewwww!!! LOL) Which makes me glad I ended up with 2! I will keep an extra in my purse/diaper bag, so if I drop it, I'm not stranded! :P
Kai: pic#84732488kuradi8 on April 17th, 2011 12:38 am (UTC)
At my outside job, all we have is a porta-potty. And I'm surrounded by a dozen "macho men" there. But tell ya what... I'd rather empty my cup than change a tampon in there.
MamaCrunchmamacrunch on April 17th, 2011 02:44 am (UTC)
LOL I hear ya there! I already told my SIL to come pick up my left over tampons, she freaked and asked if I was pregnant again lol, so I told her what I could about cups before her phone died, she said she's still skeptical, LOL. I am sure she will have more questions, I am definitely going to talk to her more about them and show her :) hopefully I can convert her, but I wont push it on her...
Serpentserpent_849 on April 16th, 2011 08:04 pm (UTC)
aw hehe.
it might have *helped* that back then there were no russian brands, and even the one that is now available isn't found widely in stores :D
lol no, especially figuring out whether you have the right cup shouldn't take long. most issues will be noticeable at once. cervix position can vary from cycle to cycle but other than that, not really...
MamaCrunchmamacrunch on April 16th, 2011 08:32 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm wondering if the stem will be an issue at all over the next couple days, right now it's totally fine and pretty necessary for my long vag and short fingers! LOL I do have a little bit of a learning curve to learn to break the seal, I can do it without too much of an issue, but I'm still a little awkward with getting it and knowing I got it! LOL
Saráh: bettertamponwhimaway on April 18th, 2011 04:49 pm (UTC)
Me three! I read so much about cups before I got to try one, that I didn't have much of a learning curve at all. I think if people took the time to watch the videos and read the instructions thoroughly we wouldn't have as many problems the first cycle. Just out of curiosity, what brand of cup are you using? :)
MamaCrunchmamacrunch on April 18th, 2011 05:40 pm (UTC)
LOL Just as I start having issues... I just posted about my leaking issues today, which I don't get, but hopefully I can figure it out...

It's a large Lunette Diana :) I love her! :) She's just deciding to test me today! LOL
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MamaCrunchmamacrunch on April 16th, 2011 11:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :) Yeah, I'm pretty happy with it! But since I don't really think I will be changing it anywhere but home, I don't have much of an issue to worry about! :) (I'm a stay at home mom with nowhere else to go! LOL)
skysosskysos on April 17th, 2011 05:33 am (UTC)
For what it's worth, I've found it helpful to have an empty toilet paper roll by the bathroom sink. After you've dumped out your cup, you can stand the toilet paper tube up, and set the cup horizontally on top of it while you do whatever else you need to do before reinserting. Doesn't really matter if the tube gets wet or messy, so it's quite convenient. :)
MamaCrunchmamacrunch on April 17th, 2011 01:25 pm (UTC)
Sounds convenient, unfortunately my bathroom isn't set up where this would work for me... I can't really reach anything but the tp from the toilet! Lol well and a couple drawers and the trash... lol