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Nikki Bee
20 March 2013 @ 04:39 pm
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.

Well...today, 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!
 
Keekeestone on March 20th, 2013 11:01 pm (UTC)
As the Irish say, health to wear!
Nikki Beenikkithebee on March 21st, 2013 02:50 am (UTC)
Why thank you!
Megan: LOLcathdsqrl on March 21st, 2013 12:21 am (UTC)
Oh my god - the "ol' cotton pony carousel" about killed me, hah! Well done.

Welcome to our cult, of course, and just a note about the dry run - if it feels impossible during a dry run, don't despair. I (and I think WE) can all assure you that it's sooooo much easier once the floodgates reopen.

(We'll try to hold off on sending you your hippie headband and obligatory tie-dyed broomstick skirt for at least a month. ;D)
Nikki Bee: VINCEWOWnikkithebee on March 21st, 2013 02:49 am (UTC)
Pleased to have entertained! I'm testing the M MeLuna right now... It's actually super comfortable! It popped fine (at least I think it did; it twists and everything?) and I can't feel it. I think I'll leave it overnight to see if it migrates. I think that's a good idea, maybe?

I swear to god though, if I start enjoying hula hooping and I suddenly want dreads...
neumeindilneumeindil on March 22nd, 2013 03:00 am (UTC)
Really even that's okay; it's when you marinate in patchouli that we need an intervention. ;)
Nikki Bee: Joker made u crynikkithebee on March 22nd, 2013 06:52 pm (UTC)
Ha! Now that's hilarious!
trejoytrejoy on March 21st, 2013 01:43 am (UTC)
Welcome from another newbie to the forum (I lurked for quite a while) and cheers for the entertaining post! I'm still searching for my "Goldilocks" cup but Meluna has been pretty good to me.

Edited at 2013-03-21 01:45 am (UTC)
Nikki Bee: Batman's parents are DEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAnikkithebee on March 21st, 2013 02:53 am (UTC)
Oh man, I'm determined to keep at it if these cups aren't love at first shove into my vagina. The idea of never buying a tampon again is just way too appealing.

I'm doing my dry run now with the medium MeLuna and it's actually quite comfortable! I'm really glad I did my research and opted for the ball-tab thing. I can't feel anything!
juliiie87juliiie87 on March 22nd, 2013 11:07 am (UTC)
Just another tip : DON'T freak out and run to the ER if your vag suddenly feels like a blackhole comes the time to retrieve the cup. It happens. It can be stressful, yes, but getting naked in front of doctors is completely unecessary. Relax. Walk around. Poop when you have to. Think "giving birth". And be patient. You can do it !
nocebo_domingonocebo_domingo on March 21st, 2013 11:43 am (UTC)
I've emptied my cup in public toilets using whatever hand soap they had available, including some so heavily scented that I really wondered what was getting left on my hands and therefore vag. But it's always been OK; no ill effects.
Nikki Bee: JACK BLACK AW YEAH!nikkithebee on March 21st, 2013 04:04 pm (UTC)
Honestly anything is better than shoving bleached cotton up there.
beachgrrl248 on March 21st, 2013 08:59 pm (UTC)
I love it when people post revelation stories like this one! It makes me happy that people have finally seen the light and stopped shoving synthetic crap up their vajayjays! :D
neumeindilneumeindil on March 22nd, 2013 02:54 am (UTC)
Speaking of rants, I'll just dust this off and leave it here for you:

http://metaquotes.livejournal.com/6706864.html

Welcome to the family. :)
juliiie87juliiie87 on March 22nd, 2013 10:59 am (UTC)
Yay! I love success stories ! And rants!! Stick it to the (rayon) man !

Thanks for thanking us. It makes me want to laugh and cry at the same time. Woops, hormonal, perhaps? 'Feels like we're changing the world one vag at a time, you know ? Feel free to join us singing around the campfire. Or something.


(P.S. I thought they were weird hippie devices too... but I had only ever seen a Mooncup on all-natural hardcore hippie websites, so well.)