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27 May 2012 @ 06:34 pm
Since I bought my small Lunette, I've only used it at home and my periods has started in the morning so inserting my cup at the right time was no problem. Now, I realise this will seem pretty stupid to ask because I could use a pantyliner and some women don't mind dry runs but I wonder when do you start putting you cup on? Right when your periods begin or before?

I'm asking this especially to people who, while still being fairly regular, do not always menstruate when expected and may end up wearing the cup during three days before it actually starts. I wonder if it has any impact on health or risks of infections.
 
Michellepinkdagger on May 27th, 2012 04:51 pm (UTC)
I have three little period tracker websites/applications that will alert me when each one thinks my period will come (they alert me 2 days in advance) and that's when I'll put my cup in. Sometimes I'll have my cup in for an entire month before one of the three trackers is finally right - on the off month here and there - and my period kicks in. :P

Sometimes I'll also use the cup to catch cervical discharge throughout the month when I see it's more present. As long as you're still practicing good hygiene, removing it and cleaning it at least once or twice a day (or as needed), I don't think it should harbor any risk of infection.
susannahfragilemacabre on May 27th, 2012 05:08 pm (UTC)
I'm on the pill and very regular, except on the rare occasion when I'm not, and I usually put in in a little early so I don't have blood on my undies. The only problem I've run into is that the cup is much more annoying to insert and remove when I'm not bleeding yet, between higher cervix and less lubrication and blood flow in the area.
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on May 27th, 2012 05:17 pm (UTC)
i can't be bothered though my cycle is irregular. they're just not as comfortable/unnoticeable when i'm not on my period. that was actually one of the reasons why i tried out one or two of my cups - but i still prefer wearing nothing when there's no need to.
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on May 27th, 2012 05:20 pm (UTC)
but when i was on the pill i'd insert my cup in advance. i also maybe would now if i could predict the very day and not just the range.
chamekkechamekke on May 27th, 2012 05:20 pm (UTC)
Like pinkdagger, I use a website to track my cycles (MyMonthlyCycles.com). It sends a reminder e-mail 2 days before my period is expected to start. That's when the cup goes in. My period isn't quite like clockwork, but it's reasonably regular, so the 2-day early warning system has worked beautifully for me. (Of course I still remove, clean, reinsert it every few hours.)

I also use the cup to catch discharge on my goopier days (around ovulation), although then I use it only during the daytime. The manufacturers will tell you that the cup is only for menses, but there seems to be no harm in it, and it's definitely a bonus as far as I'm concerned.

P.S. I don't have trouble with inserting/removing the cup outside my actual period, but some people do, so water-based lube can really help if you need a bit of extra lubrication.

Edited at 2012-05-27 05:20 pm (UTC)
bicyclegasolinebicyclegasoline on May 27th, 2012 06:39 pm (UTC)
My regularity varies, so I tend to put my cup in the day before I expect it to start, but I've worn it up for 2 weeks waiting with no issues! It's one of the reasons I got a small Meluna soft for comfort :)
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on May 27th, 2012 07:28 pm (UTC)
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Hi wanderinthedark. One of the rules of our community is that we avoid gender-specific language, for reasons that we go over in this post here. Could you please edit your post to remove the gendered language? Thanks.
wanderinthedark on May 28th, 2012 08:00 am (UTC)
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Done, sorry bad habbits.
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on May 28th, 2012 08:13 am (UTC)
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juliiie87juliiie87 on May 27th, 2012 08:07 pm (UTC)
Last time I had my period I was coming back home from sleeping at a friends' house and rushing back out to go sell some clothes at a market : 5 hours standing up in a room full of girls and clothes. I barely had the time to have a shower, but I remembered I had been on my "off week" from hbc for a couple days, so I thought my period *might* come later that day (that's how much I track my period). So I put the cup in and went about selling clothes for 5 hours. Once I got back home and checked, sure enough, I was right ! So basically, I didn't even notice it had started unitl then. You gotta love cups for that !
Stephanieladycallie on May 27th, 2012 08:08 pm (UTC)
I don't insert mine until I'm actively bleeding. However, my end of cycle is really patchy, so I tend to wear mine for a few days after my heaviest flow to catch the stragglers. Those days I clean my cup in my morning shower and don't remove it until the following morning. I've had no problems.
Cenamenhoneypie3251 on May 27th, 2012 10:09 pm (UTC)
I put my cup in a couple of days before I think I'll start just in case. My cycles are pretty much easy to predict but sometimes it will start a day or two earlier or later. This is why I love my cup too because it still allows me to stay clean without having to wait for bloodshed.
okwaho_okaraokwaho_okara on May 28th, 2012 01:39 am (UTC)
For the last several months at least, my period has had the pesky habit of waking me up between 2-5 am... and the reason I know it is my period well I find myself in a lot of pain from cramps and then a smear of blood. I take some pain killers, pop in my cup, and try to get back to sleep, although sometimes it takes over an hour :(

That being said, I put my cup in as soon as my period symptoms start up/I see a smear of blood when I wipe. I can't really seem to get it in pre-period, but then again the only time I have tried a dry run was 1 day before my period when I first got my cup, and I haven't tried since. My period almost always comes while I am at home, so I don't really see a need to put it in beforehand, but I might try that sometime if I feel it coming on or think it might come but don't see blood yet and will be out for a while.

My period is pretty regular, coming every 30-36 days, usually around days 32/33.

It definitely doesn't hurt to put it in ahead of time though!

Edited at 2012-05-28 01:41 am (UTC)
k_kommando_ on May 28th, 2012 11:50 pm (UTC)
i usually spot for a couple of days before my period starts, and since my lunette is fairly comfortable, but not completely unnoticeable (it interferes with urination sometimes and i can generally feel it) i prefer to only wear it when i absolutely have to. i wear cloth panty-liners during the day and pads at night until my period is into the heavy phase, then i insert my cup. i have to wear backup pads for my first three days anyway, so it's not a huge issue to have them around for my spotting times.
htebazile10htebazile10 on May 29th, 2012 05:04 am (UTC)
About 3 or 4 days before my period I will get egg-white consistency discharge(ovulating). Then a couple days before I will get dry, tacky discharge. Then the day before I get brown discharge. Sometimes I don't get that brown discharge, so I usually put my Divacup in during that awkward dry discharge, right after heavy ovulating discharge.
That's one of the greatest benefits of menstrual cups!