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I know, I know... I keep coming back and spamming the community. Sorry!
In a couple of weeks I'll be going on my D of E practice expedition. And I'm due on my period for those days. Eep.
What I'm hoping to do is wear my cup because I want at least SOME leak free time. However, we're on a tight schedule. I will be camping for 2 nights and when I wake up in the morning, I'm always quite 'tense' down there which makes removal a very long process if I want to do it comfortably. (20 minutes or so? I can do it in about 5 if I'm lucky, but I doubt it'll be like that first thing in the morning) So I may have to skip removal and leave a full cup in for a day, or possibly two. What I've always been told is that cups are safe because the blood comes out of contact with your body once it's in the cup, but that wouldn't be the case here, surely?

Another thing. We're not allowed too close to a town, road, or anything like that. So I doubt I'll see a toilet. I'm thinking about investing in one of those standing-lady-pee-things. (eg, GoGirl, Shewee) However, if you're standing up with a cup in and try to pee, will your cup affect that? I know that the vajayjay is a different hole but I'm just wondering if it could affect anything.

Sorry for writing so much. You're now fully up to date with everything going on in my head. :P
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on April 16th, 2013 09:28 pm (UTC)
Nope, the cup and the standing-up pee device thingies don't conflict. The pee-thingies are generally a cup or big filter thing that fits over your vulva, so there's a lot of room for error.
ididntdoit83ididntdoit83 on April 17th, 2013 05:41 pm (UTC)
ohmygod that's SUCH a relief. :) Thanks!
Lorlorrainec on April 17th, 2013 12:27 am (UTC)
All I can say regarding leaving the cup in is that I have definitely left a cup in for 24+ hours without any ill effect, possibly up to 36ish. Quite a few times, at that. I've honestly got no idea how safe it is, though.

What's D of E? Sounds interesting.
ididntdoit83ididntdoit83 on April 17th, 2013 06:16 pm (UTC)
Hm... I'll have to bear that in mind, then! Thanks. C:

D of E stands for Duke of Edinburgh (award). I live in England so I'm not sure if it's available in other countries, but basically what happens is a group of teenagers (usually) plan and then go on a camping trip for a few days. To achieve the actual award the person will have to then do some voluntary work, exercise, and develop a skill. (a few months of each) It's a bit hectic and whatnot but it looks good on a CV, which is the only reason I'm doing it. :P
m03m on April 17th, 2013 07:09 am (UTC)
You're not spamming the community, you're using it for its intended purpose. I'm not sure why that makes you feel sorry...

I sometimes wear my cup for 24 hours, and I've never had any adverse effects except for a slightly stronger smell that told me there had been some bacterial growth. I would, however, not advise keeping it in for two days in a row.
I have no idea what a D of E practice expedition might be, but can't you remove your cup at any time during the afternoon or evening?
Lebannen Luitreathlebannen on April 18th, 2013 07:24 pm (UTC)
The expedition is basically a wilderness hiking trip by a party of teenagers, usually organised through their school and with a teacher or two in the background to make sure nothing goes horribly wrong. When I did mine we walked most of the first day, camped by a ruined farmhouse and got woken up by free-roaming cows outside the tent, and on the second day our route took us past a car park with public toilets and an ice cream van before going back to the starting point and the minibus in another car park with toilets. When my sister did her expedition they camped two nights, but the second one was at a proper campsite.

I can imagine that as a teenager I would not have wanted at any point to have to explain that I was going to leave the group to go off behind a rock and have to stay there on my own for a while, no really, everything's fine. And probably people would have assumed that you were going to go and do a poo, and really, eeewww, how embarassing, pooing. Obviously it is totally possible, particularly once you've stopped for the evening. And in fact much easier now that head torches are a thing. Just so long as it has plenty of battery life.
juliiie87juliiie87 on April 17th, 2013 10:43 am (UTC)
I have left my cup for a whole day+night before, so you could most certainly do it the other way around, provided your flow is light enough. I had a surprise once while travelling and walking around all day... it started overflowing and I had to look for a bathroom on the go. I wasn't pleased about this and neither was my travelling partner. No matter how "tight schedule" this expedition is, you're only human so you'll have to stop to have a bowel movement at some point, and well, that sounds like the perfect time and situation to push a cup down and out. Or instead of going to sleep when everyone else is, empty your cup.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on April 17th, 2013 12:15 pm (UTC)
I say that you shouldn't leave the cup in for more than the recommended 12 hours maximum without removing and rinsing it. If you can't remove and re-insert even in "go find a bush" conditions, then don't wear anything internal.
okwaho_okaraokwaho_okara on April 18th, 2013 05:24 pm (UTC)
I use a cup & I have a GoGirl, & I've peed with a cup in with my GoGirl, and no problems :)

Happy Camping!

Edited at 2013-04-18 05:25 pm (UTC)
Lebannen Luitreathlebannen on April 18th, 2013 07:10 pm (UTC)
I suspect it's a lot easier to pee behind a rock (or a bush, but I did my D of E expedition on Dartmoor, so rocks it was) without a special thingy than with one. The thing that apparently some people don't know, is that it's easier to pee squatting down, instead of being in a 'sitting on an invisible toilet' position. Squat right down, with your feet as far apart as possible, holding your knickers and the crotch of your trousers round your knees. And try and face downhill so that you don't end up with your boots in a little puddle. Being lower down also means you can hide better behind a smaller rock (or bush, as the case may be)....

I also find it easier to take a cup out while squatting down, so it might not be a problem for you either. Even if you can't change it first thing, and perhaps end up having to wear a pad as well, I really do recommend making some time to get the privacy you want, maybe at the end of the day, because I find that if I leave it in too long it really does end up smalling bad. Good luck!
Maxine of Arc: Blood Sinmaxineofarc on April 21st, 2013 02:39 am (UTC)
The one time I left my cup in for more than 24 hours, it developed a smell that went somewhere beyond "rank" and into "indescribable stench." I don't think it harmed the cup, and the smell went away after I left it in the sun for a week or two, but this is a risk.