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K. W.
07 April 2012 @ 03:19 pm
I have an irregular period and usually keep my emergency tampons, pads, pantiliners in a plastic makeup case to stash in my purse.I know I can't store my DivaCup in my plastic case so is there anything wrong with just keeping it in the cloth pouch it comes in and keeping it in my purse? Should I get a more sturdy case for it (I'm thinking about getting a cloth pyramid/tetra pouch from Etsy).

Maxine of Arcmaxineofarc on April 7th, 2012 07:36 pm (UTC)
Nothing wrong with that that I can see. Sometimes I just chuck mine into a cloth pocket in my purse.
dareva on April 7th, 2012 08:02 pm (UTC)
I keep mine in the cloth pouch in my purse.
melissa569melissa569 on April 7th, 2012 08:28 pm (UTC)
Nothing wrong with it, that's what I do. I even keep it in my pocket or "under the girls" in my bra where it can't be seen when I have neither pockets or my purse, lol.
2-digit newborn weights and 1-digit pants sizesso_there on April 7th, 2012 08:43 pm (UTC)
this doesn't answer your question but I have irregular periods and after 10 years of never knowing when it was coming I learned to chart fertility and through that, predict the next period. no more surprises! once ovulation is established you know it will be 11-16 days later and after a few cycles you have a feel for exactly how many days (15-16 for me, and a temperature dip in the morning confirmed which one).

of course, if by irregular you mean you also aren't ovulating, that won't really help.
K. W.K. W. on April 7th, 2012 10:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks, purse it is (in the Diva pouch).

@so_there, I just found MyMonthlyCycles dot com a few days ago and it has an estimator that tells me when it thinks it'll come. I'm not sure how accurate it is but it predicted that Tuesday is the day.
It has a fertility feature that I haven't looked at since right now I've no concern over my ovulation. But if it'll help, I'll check it out.
Arrow_Brightarrow_bright on April 7th, 2012 10:45 pm (UTC)
I love My Monthly Cycles! I've been using it since last August.

I'm not sure how much it'll help you predict it if your periods are truly irregular because it estimates ovulation/your period based on your averages (but maybe you'll see a pattern after tracking for a while?). What would help more is if you took your daily basal temperature (I think that's what it's called) and recorded it (you can on the website, somewhere...) because that will tell you the actual day of ovulation.
2-digit newborn weights and 1-digit pants sizesso_there on April 7th, 2012 10:56 pm (UTC)
yep, depends what you mean by irregular. if you mean they're a different amount of days apart each time (like, 29 days one time, 43 days another time, etc) then a fertility tracker gives you a guess based on past cycles, but it'll probably be a poor guess because of too much variation. tracking ovulation will actually give you a 5-day window, and after a while you'll start to see that close down even further. it gives you real information, not just a guess.

the simplest thing to do is take your temp every morning at the same time, chart it to the 1/10 of a degree, and see when you get an upward shift. 11-16 days of higher temp is the day your period comes. I started doing this way before I needed to concern with ovulation and it changed my life!
lady jamne_jyam on April 8th, 2012 01:56 am (UTC)
Check out Taking Charge of Your Fertility, you will learn a lot about your body! Also www.fertilityfriend.com has a great tutorial that will walk you through temping and charting. You can chart your temps with a free account there.
K. W.K. W. on April 9th, 2012 03:54 am (UTC)
Thanks, I'll check out these websites and learn more about taking temperatures to predict my ovulation.

Yes, by irregular I mean wildly irregular cycles. I hope to finally get this under control.
Cenamenhoneypie3251 on April 8th, 2012 04:34 pm (UTC)
I keep my spare cup in a cloth pouch. I also have a pyramid pouch from lovealittle and it works great as well, plus it's so cute.
Jennythepickle07 on April 8th, 2012 05:11 pm (UTC)
I leave it in the pouch it came in, but also, I have these small purses from... Kotex I believe is the company that handed them out at my school. I chuck the cloth bag with the cup in it, and it zips closed. I can also fit a bottle of painkiller and a spare cup in there AND 2 small tampons (in case someone else needs them.)

That's all kind of unnecessary, really, but I find it helps to have something I can dangle from my wrist, and despite the fact that I can fit all that in there, it really is quite a small purse.