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26 November 2012 @ 12:07 am
So, recently I decided to take the plunge and buy a menstrual cup. They sounded amazing, and frankly, I'm still thinking they are just to good to be true. I was intrigued by the idea of virtually no leaks, less cramps, and no waste! The best of both, no, all worlds. I'm just so excited and want to share my excitement with people that would understand. I'm not going to go jump for joy with my friends, at least, not yet...

But yeah, I did a ton of research before decided to purchase. First off, I'm 17 years old, and a virgin. So at first yeah, I had the problem "Will it fit?" After reading up on cups and virgins, those worries were set aside. I'd say my flow is pretty medium, even light, if I think about it. I know I don't go through an entire box of tampons during one period, but lot's of ladies do! So, average. I looked around and most people recommend the Ladycup to young virgins, so I went for it. I was already eyeing the pretty colors, anyway.

And I got it in the mail two weeks ago. And again, you people were right. The pictures everywhere really do make it look so much bigger than it really is. It's TINY compared to the image I had in my head. Which is fantastic. Now, I did try to do some dry runs. I'm a baby. I was afraid out of my mind. Getting it, you know, up there was sort of painful, and I feared that if I got it up farther in it would hurt even more. Of course I was wrong, again. No duh going in it hurts, I'm a virgin. So for two weeks I did attempt and chicken out. But I guess it's fine, I sort of got more used to it which is something I read was a good idea to do for us virgins.

Anyway, I know I will be starting my period tonight/tomorrow. And I decided I would give it just one more go. Because I really didn't want to wait another month. And so I hopped in the shower, sucked up my fear and just went for it. I used the 7 fold, because it is easiest for me to hold and keep folded, and it just had the tampon look (I used Playtex Sport so anyone who's used them knows the odd shape, slimmer at the end and gets wider), which I've been using for years. Did it. Got it in. Didn't feel a thing.

I swear the heavens parted and angels sang. So of course, I didn't want to be stuck in an awkward situation later and got it out. It was tricky but I was able to get it out fairly quickly. And then, after some contemplation, I stuck it back in and decided I'd go for an all night try.

And right now I'm loving it. I can barely feel it. I know it's there, and I'm thinking I'll need to trim the stem a tiny bit, but other than that, so far so good. I guess I'm just hoping it meets expectations. I know there's a huge learning curve, and I'm hoping that by next month I'll have the hang of using it and everything. Hopefully in a few months I will be raving to all my friends. (And getting weird looks, of course.) I'm a competitive horseback rider, so I'm competing all over the place, all the time. Being able to use a menstrual cup would make my life so much easier! Lugging around pads and tampons is so annoying. And if you horse show at all, you'll understand. It's almost impossible to find the time to escape to change a tampon every few hours, and bathrooms... ew.

Just, yay! I'll let everyone know how it goes in the morning. Hopefully this is the start of a wonderful new friendship. :)
 
chamekke: cha_kermit_yayomg_by_snowcomachamekke on November 26th, 2012 05:39 am (UTC)
Yay! This is wonderful news. I'm so glad it's working smoothly for you :-D

You know what, the first time I used my cup, it went really well and just kept getting better. I think people get worried (from all the "Help!" posts) that maybe it's always a struggle from the word go? But for some of us, thank goodness, it's not. (And sometimes the learning curve isn't all that curvy, either ;-)

I hope you continue to have an easy time with your cup, and if not, you know where to find us ♥
teacupcake89 on November 26th, 2012 10:54 am (UTC)
YAY! so glad it's going well for you! It's nice to have some success stories from young users to counteract the 'help, it's stuck!!' posts :)

Tip: if you find the ladycup is tricky/slippery to remove (a common problem with ladycups) then have some toilet paper ready to keep wiping your fingers dry on to help get a good grip :)

don't trim the stem until you know how high the cup likes to ride after a nights sleep/long period of use, so you can still reach it :)
juliiie87juliiie87 on November 26th, 2012 11:51 am (UTC)
I was half expecting a follow up to this story in the tones of "Help! I can't remove it now!!" but I must be a pessimist... ;)

I had what seemed like no learning curve either, just a few months into it I had a couple accidents out of carelessness... I guess you never really learn to be careful until it happens !

Good luck with your new best friends, and please, rave to your friends about it... you might just change someone else's life, too !
teacupcake89 on November 26th, 2012 12:13 pm (UTC)
fingers crossed ;)
emeraldsongs on November 26th, 2012 06:11 pm (UTC)
Nope! No scares, yet...

I did have a few scares in terms of "Oh shoot, I'm done! It's stuck for good!" But I'm a persistent kind of person. No giving up here. Some deep breaths and a bit of trial and error is working like a charm! It always comes out eventually. Eventually always being no more that 5 minutes of trial, so no complaints here!

Insertion I have got down pact, which is exciting! I can get it to pop open and everything, and really after I jumped the gun and actually inserted it, it was perfectly fine. The only thing is I believe I had it sitting just a tiny bit to low which is why I could feel it. Fixed that and good to go. I forget I'm using it!

The stem is still possibly to long, but I'll wait to trim it until I'm a bit better at removal. Which is still going on in the shower, because I'd rather not make a mess. But it's getting better. Hopefully soon I'll graduate to actually removing it over the toilet! And then, just happy day it will be.

Thanks for all the support! What a life changing experience this is turning out to be!
actorgrl04actorgrl04 on November 28th, 2012 05:12 am (UTC)
I've been thinking of getting one. What do you use? Glad it's going great!
juliiie87juliiie87 on December 1st, 2012 05:24 pm (UTC)
Pretty much all cups are good, but the best is the one that fits your anatomy, type of flow, and preferences best... make a post with your own story, we could probably help. :)