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lvetodaylez
03 March 2013 @ 06:37 pm

Hi! The name is Courtney. I've been watching this community for years now and as my title states, I'm a first-time user of menstrual cups.

I realize that there have been recent posts about painful removal but I think my issue is different. I'm going to give a bit of a back story that may help.


Up until about mid-December, I thought it would take a LONG time to insert anything into my vagina. I'm 22. I have had issues with penetration up until a few months ago. For a while I thought I had vaginismus. Maybe I did have it. I don't know.
After four attempts (over the years) for a pap smear, a gynecologist was able to insert the speculum. I only flinched when she attempted to open it. I was pretty proud of myself, given the fact that I couldn't even insert a finger inside of my vagina without feeling pain. This gynecologist suggested that I try tampons. I bought some organic cotton tampons and my experience wasn't all that great-they weren't as absorbent as I would have liked and I knew it was there. So, since I am going to Costa Rica for a month and will be living with roommates for a 2 months this summer, I wanted to try my hand at menstrual cups. I have been using cloth pads for years and I've grown tired of them.

I ordered the Moon Cup by  Keeper since I had previously ordered it in the past and I liked how soft it was. Insertion on the first day of my period was not an issue.  Subsequent insertions haven't been so bad. I did have a few times where it popped open before I was ready. Yikes! Wearing it hasn't been an issue-until today where I'm feeling really uncomfortable but I think that's due to the painful removals.

Removals have been a nightmare. The day after my longest removal time, I could feel pain in my butt and my arms-probably from all the tensing I was doing during removal. =/ The longest it's taken me to remove it is over an hour. Considering the fact that I need to be studying for a mid-term and doing a lit review for my university job, an hour, TO ME, is a lot of time. The biggest issue seems to be the rim-getting it out. I have inserted a finger or two and tried to reach the rim but I can't. I eventually get one side of the rim out and then I'm able to sort of fold it more and get it out. It's just getting to that point that takes forever. It's also very painful. It's not my cervix that's the issue-at least I don't think it is. It seems to be the entrance of my vagina that's experiencing the most pain. I hope this makes sense.

I'm wondering if I should get the Meluna soft, as I'm assuming a softer rim would help with removal. I'm also open to other tips, so I don't have to buy another menstrual cup. I've kept inserting and dealing with the painful removal because I really want to get the hang of this.

 
tinkerandcrabtinkerandcrab on March 4th, 2013 11:08 pm (UTC)
Gotta put in a vote for my favorite: Small Lunette! Keeper Moon Cup was also my first cup, and I, like you OP, had a very hard time with it. Small Lunette was like the day to KMC's night! Though those other cups sound very good, too.

For what it's worth, I decided to pop in the KMC last cycle to see if my problems with it were endemic to the cup or just a symptom of my learning curve. The verdict? Not the learning curve, it's the cup. My vagina just does not like that cup, for whatever reason.
lvetodaylezlvetodaylez on March 5th, 2013 03:18 am (UTC)
Glad to see I'm not alone.
I know everyone is different and what may work for one, may not work for all.
I really appreciate your input. =)

It really is between the Lunette and the Fleurcup. I think the deciding factor will be aesthetics and price.