boner (nationalboner) wrote in menstrual_cups,

I'm officially in love!

So, I've been having a period for about 13 years now, and up until 3 months ago, I ALWAYS used pads. I swore by them because I could never get tampons in (I was only successful once, but the process was complete agony - I have now retrospectively realized that my problems were most likely due to an unfortunate combination of vaginismus and a microperforate hymen).

Anyway, I became sexually active for the first time 3 months ago. Since my hymen was no longer a problem, I decided to give tampons another go. However, I still found them terribly uncomfortable. I simply couldn't get them to sit where they were supposed to, so they'd always slip down and put pressure on the entrance of my vagina.

I decided to try a menstrual cup because I've spoken to so many women who swear by them. Why not try a more cost-effective, environmentally friendly alternative? I figured at the very worst, they couldn't be less comfortable than tampons.

I bought myself a MeLuna mini because from what I saw, it was the shortest cup available. As far as I know, I have a very shallow vagina (I think that may have something to do with why tampons are so uncomfortable for me), so I figured any of the larger cups would probably be far too big. Furthermore, even on my heaviest day, I didn't fully saturate a regular tampon over a period of 8 hours, so I knew that the capacity of even the smallest cup available would be more than enough.

I have to say, I'm kind of in awe. I keep almost forgetting that I'm on my period. If it weren't for the cramps, I'd honestly have no idea. I can't even feel the cup. I was a little worried when I first got it that I might have trouble getting it in, but it was a breeze. I just lay back, relaxed, and in it went. Getting it out was a little trickier, but after three days of use, I've mostly got the hang of it. I also love that it doesn't leak like a tampon would. I can go commando like I prefer to! I never thought I'd ever be this comfortable while on my period.

I am definitely going to use menstrual cups for the rest of my reproductive life, and I will talk them up to any woman who's willing to listen. Having a monthly period suddenly doesn't feel like as much of a drag as it used to.
Tags: first time use, meluna, success stories, tampons

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