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06 June 2012 @ 01:16 am
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.
susannahfragilemacabre on June 6th, 2012 05:40 am (UTC)
You might want to change "women" and any other gendered words that aren't referring to yourself to "people," as not all cup users identify as female and we try to avoid gendered language.</p>

Otherwise, yay success! It's such a liberating feeling, isn't it?

m03m on June 6th, 2012 09:23 am (UTC)
Maybe all the people who s/he talked to about cups were indeed women? It's a specific group... That doesn't mean there are no other cup users out there.
okwaho_okaraokwaho_okara on June 6th, 2012 01:13 pm (UTC)
What a great success story!!! I'm so glad that a cup works for you!! It is an amazing feeling to be comfortable and much less aware of your period while on your period. Aside from those pesky cramps!!!

I too used pads most of the time. I was able to get tampons to work after maybe 8 or 9 years... But I had to use them with a pad still.

I really wish I'd switched to a cup sooner. But here I am in my mid twenties and I'm going to use a cup for he rest of my reproductive years as well.

Edited at 2012-06-06 10:56 pm (UTC)