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So if you don't remember me from my prior posting, I'm the one with the medium meluna and heavy flow. I bought a large lunette to contain my flow, but I've started the pill again and it's making my period super light. Turns out I won't be needing it for the most part, but I'm keeping it as a backup for heavy days.

In the meantime, I thought I'd describe how I use my cup, in case anyone else with a tilted cervix needs help with theirs. I asked my doctor and although I don't have a true "tilted uterus," it is off-center (on the left) and the os faces the left corner when it's relaxed.

I can't get away with inserting it low and letting it find its own way. The muscles bring it to the center where it is no help. Instead, I insert it, trace my finger to the left side to see if it's peeking, and then press up and left on the cup. Having a stemless one works well for this. I seem to have to be more aggressive than most people to make sure it's actually around my cervix. When it's not, the blood seems to just drip down the left wall past the cup.

I now have to change it every 6 to 8 hours, not because it's full, but because the muscles attempt to bring the cup into the center, and away from my cervix after a while. I find I can feel it leaking long before anything will actually come out of my vagina. It's easy for me to sense when this is happening.

Now for a question: I have about 4 open boxes of tampons in my bathroom being useless. Are there any charities that will take open boxes? They're all individually wrapped but all the charities I've looked up say they will take unopened boxes. I'm not exactly "tampon sharing" close with too many menstruating women and I don't want them to go to waste.
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on July 13th, 2012 09:08 pm (UTC)
What about just leaving them in the washroom at work? Someone will take them, for sure.
neetzscheneetzsche on July 13th, 2012 09:21 pm (UTC)
That's a great idea! No one ever fills the tampy machines.
pinkmathpinkmath on July 13th, 2012 10:10 pm (UTC)
My local Women's Shelter took my open packaged pads. And pads are not as well individually wrapped as tampons!
chamekkechamekke on July 14th, 2012 03:02 am (UTC)
I second the suggestion of donating them to a shelter: Either a homeless shelter or a halfway house for battered women. They always need sanitary supplies.

(Which reminds me, I've got 2 unused boxes of OB tampons that I need to drop round!)
a DJ who lived in seclusionknittinggoddess on July 14th, 2012 06:07 pm (UTC)
That's what I did with mine: there's a day shelter in Portland Oregon that is always taking open-but-usable containers of toiletries. I don't know how common day use shelters are, but this one had showers for people to use, computers for skill building and job hunting, and tea or coffee for warming up. But in absence of that resource, leaving them anonymously in the bathroom of a public space (that isn't so tightly policed that a box would be immediately thrown away) is a good idea. You don't have to ask permission!