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14 October 2011 @ 03:18 pm
So, I'm going in for surgery on Tuesday and had to go in today for pre-registration. They slam you with tons and tons of questions about your health and blah, blah, blah. One of the questions was, "Do you have any contacts, dentures *insert other removeable things here* that would need removed before surgery?"

I answered no and then said, "You should add menstrual cups to that list."

The lady look up and kinda laughed. "Really? I don't think I've ever met anyone who has used them and liked them or had them work."

I then sang their praises. About how they completely changed my world and opened up my mind. Which, of course, sounds over the top, but we all know it's true. I told her how I had skipped the sugar pills in my birth control so I wouldn't be bleeding during surgery and that because I love my cups so much, I was actually just a little sad I would be skipping my period this month.

So I again said they should probably find a way to add that to the questionaire and definitely add it to the list of stuff they look for on women when they come into the ER.

She asked if it had a string or something they would be able to see. I told her nope. That they have stems, but sometimes women cut them off, but in anycase, nothing is outside of the body.

The exchange ended with her saying, "Interesting." But it was neat to have the conversation at all. And I just had to share it with you all! :)
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
ohletmeteluohletmetelu on October 14th, 2011 11:32 pm (UTC)
So awesome! Thanks for sharing. I plan on taking my cups along with a few cloth pads to my next ob/gyn appointment. I want to tell her all about how my cycles are now shorter and how my cramps have been greatly reduced. I was recently thinking about posting to ask how many of the cup users here have discussed cups with their doctors. I hope users comment on this post to share their experience along with the feedback they received. I'm so happy you did :)

Yamxyamx on October 14th, 2011 11:38 pm (UTC)
I don't really see why the cup would need to be removed before surgery, unless it was surgery down there. I know I once had surgery while using a tampon...
m03m on October 15th, 2011 07:24 am (UTC)
Well, I imagine it might be necessary if the time the surgery lasts, plus the time it takes to wake up again after being sedated, is (way) over twelve hours.
Yamxyamx on October 15th, 2011 10:25 am (UTC)
Oh, that's true.
Serpentserpent_849 on October 15th, 2011 03:58 pm (UTC)
well, i think usually they require you not to wear tampons due to TSS risk. from what i've heard here seems like you were more like an exception:)
and even after waking up one may well be too groggy all day to reinsert it... i remember someone asked for advice here and ended up using cloth pads and was very relieved because they were easier to handle. and after many surgeries certain movements aren't allowed and/or cause pain.
Dina Clarelintilla on October 16th, 2011 05:00 am (UTC)
It also depends on if it's day surgery (so, something that would typically only take a couple of hours and you're out of the hospital in half a day) or something that's going to require an overnight stay.
Heather ReedHeather Reed on October 15th, 2011 12:09 am (UTC)
Good For YOU!! I would have to think that a doctor would know about cups but then again mine didn't know a thing about it. If they do a GYN exam on someone who has one in, they might freak out a little or really wonder what is going on.

Your post has made me think that I am going to put my cup on my medical information card in my wallet, it has my partial denture, health information, prescriptions and allergies on it.
busymary on October 16th, 2011 10:24 am (UTC)
Good idea... how would anyone ever know to suspect you might have something hiding in there? I was thinking about that too. Think about it, the better we are and more successful we are with our cup the less chance that anyone else could detect it is there.
busymary on October 16th, 2011 10:22 am (UTC)
Good job on educating her. Sadly... I think due to our culture and constant bombardment of advertisements for disposable products (my entire menstruating life) many of us are ignorant. I being an RN was disappointed to learn that I had not been educated about this in nursing school (14 years ago). So I am pretty new to cups too. I had a similar experience when going into my MD's office and showed 2 staff (the nurse practitioner and CNA, love having wi-fi on my phone) the links to some of the pages here so they could see what they looked like.

As for surgery... you should NEVER wear a tampon to any type of surgery, and I would not recommend wearing a cup either. First, you can't be sure how the surgery is going to go... you could end up in the ICU hours... days go by and no one would know either of those items could be up there. No, they would not look up there and might not see a tampon string. Also good point that you might not be able to easily insert and remove with that pesky anesthesia on board. There are other reasons I am sure they could come up with but those are the most obvious I can think of.
ohletmeteluohletmetelu on October 16th, 2011 03:52 pm (UTC)
medical card with cup info?
I have thought about what to do if I were ever in an accident (or something similar) and had a cup in. As a nurse, do you think we should carry some kind of medical card in our wallets that say we may have a cup in along with basic instructions for removal (e.g. to the break seal first)?

My family knows I use a cup even though I have my own home but if something were to happen I doubt they would think to mention it.
busymary on October 27th, 2011 02:07 pm (UTC)
Re: medical card with cup info?
Sorry this took forever... I have been out of town. It wouldn't be a bad idea although sadly there is no assurance that anyone would look to find a card. I suppose ideally you would have a medic alert bracelet or some such piece on your body (those get looked at).
Scrystalyne on October 18th, 2011 07:42 am (UTC)
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.: eternal sunshinedodecahedron on October 23rd, 2011 05:13 am (UTC)
I hope your surgery sent well! I don't know if this was your experience, but often, as part of the stress response to surgery women get their periods or spot within a day or so of the event. I used to work on a floor where we mostly served post-op babies, but every single woman who was of an age to menstruate would get her period in those annoying first days of recovery. I was surprised to learn about this phenomena so I would hope that would be something they would explain might be a side effect.
Yawnk: gold fieldsavannahjan on October 23rd, 2011 04:56 pm (UTC)
My surgery went very smoothly. Thanks for asking. :)

Luckily, I'm on birth control right now. So, I asked my doctor if I could just skip my period and he said yes. So, no period for me, thank goodness. Because I truly don't know how I would have dealt with a period on top of recovering from the surgery!