Nikki Bee (nikkithebee) wrote in menstrual_cups,
Nikki Bee

Super Newbie Convert Story Time!

Hi!  Wow, it's been forever and then some since I last used my LJ...but this comm changed all that a few weeks ago!  I'm going to share my story of how I changed my mind about menstrual cups thanks to good old LiveJournal.  I'll put it under a cut though because I like to a) ramble and b) swear like a sailor, though I'll do my best to keep the swearing to a minimum.

I recently had the Period from Hell because I skipped a month with my birth control pills (hey, I was going to be perioding over Valentine's Day AND my birthday?!  I think not, you tricky bitch).  Seriously, it lasted about 12 days.  They're usually only 6-7 and that's because I'm on the pill (they used to be 8-9)!  What I'm trying to get at is that I have a stupid period and I use way too many tampons and this time, I got fed up.  Like, super duper ready to start a bonfire made of tampons, pads, and Midol.  And I might have even wanted to start that bonfire at Procter & Gamble so they could never sell another stupid cotton hoo-ha stopper again.

Then I realized that was probably just the hormones talking combined with my rage over the disgusting feeling of trying to take out yet another dry super tampon because anything smaller leaks but anything bigger never gets full.  "Over it" doesn't even begin to describe what I felt.  I threw up my hands in despair and took to Google, begging the All Powerful Search Engine to show me "tampon alternatives."  The first three or four results were all menstrual cups.  I'd heard of them before but, to be completely honest and please don't hate me for confessing, I'd always thought they sounded crazy hippie devices.  But I couldn't take one more week out of one more month feeling like I was going to pull my vagina out with the tampon I was tugging on.  I was goddamn desperate now.

Cue menstrual_cups.  Whilst searching for the whys, hows, and what the hells?!, I came across this LJ comm.  Tons of people pointed to it for people who had no idea what they were doing in the wide world of cup-wackiness.  People like me.  I spent five days straight reading posts and questions and comments and comparisons.  It was actually on one of the last two days of the ol' cotton pony carousel that I finally did it.  I had decided after all my Google-fu that the MeLuna was a nice, safe bet for me; it had a decent capacity for those days when my period went all crazy and it wouldn't hurt like the dickens on days when I was just a normal little trickle.  I ordered the "Warming Up" special in M and L on the 12th and waited patiently kind of., there was a knock on the door.

So yes, as I'm sure you can guess--I haven't tried them yet.  I got so excited that I just simply had to thank you lovely folks here for steering me towards deciding that menstrual cups aren't just for hippies my first two cups.  I plan on doing dry runs today and tomorrow just to test and get acquainted with my new coochie comrades and, with the help of everyone here at m_c, I hope to do it relatively smoothly.  You all seem like wonderful people!

Also, if you read all of this, you're extra amazing.  Thanks for listening to my goofy blabbering!
Tags: dry run, first time use, meluna
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