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03 May 2013 @ 03:30 pm
Hey everyone! I have been lurking around here since Monday and figured I would post something to introduce myself really and just ask a question or two. It seems a strange way to introduce myself, but here goes!
I'm 27 and I have one daughter, now almost 4, who was a natural birth. I generally have a light flow. I hate pads and their horrible feeling and tampons when you have a light flow are fairly unpleasant when it comes to removal. So I started googling alternatives. I had tried cloth pads before but was unimpressed but at the beginning of the week, knowing another period was due soon and facing the idea of another few days of horrible tampons in the day and sticky sweaty pads at night meant I was willing to do some shopping and try again ;) So I bought a few cloth pads and dithered around the cup section of a website. I found this site while googling too as well as numerous youtube videos and I admit it, I was intrigued and actually quite eager to give it a go. An internal protection without the ouch factor, what's not to like? So I did a bit of researching online and went for a Ladycup. Unfortunately, due to a problem with the order, that is still not here. And my period is. So being impatient to try cups as I am, I went and got a femmecup with next day delivery. I tried it out today. And so far, so good, although obviously I'm far from a pro! I went for a c-fold as I saw somewhere it seems to pop open quite easily and was a little freaked by the idea of it not opening. Insertion was fine, way easier than I was expecting actually, after the initial few seconds where I tensed up I reminded myself to relax, in it went, heard it pop and gave the stem a tug and yep, all in all good. Nothing to it. Removal wasn't quite so easy, but again, reminding myself to relax and it was out without too much trauma or anything. So, of course it's only the first day, I only wore it for a few hours and I was at home, but I am so far very impressed! Wondering if the ladycup will arrive in time to test out this cycle too...
Although, I have been reading this site for a few day and I'm starting to think maybe I did something wrong as it was so easy? Did it not seal properly? I had no leaks so I assume not! I have tried inserting it and taking it out a few times now just to practise and whilst it isn't exactly something I can do without thinking about it, it didn't cause me any problems either. I kinda feel like it was too easy so I must be doing it wrong? Can it really be that easy first time? Maybe I am speaking to soon, beginners luck perhaps haha, but I really couldn't believe how simple it was. I'm out with friends tonight, debating whether I dare use it or not!
Anyway, I just wanted to say hi and to thank people for providing hints and tips on here that I have no doubt made things easier for me!
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on May 3rd, 2013 02:59 pm (UTC)
Yes, sometimes it IS just that easy! :o) If you don't trust it yet, then wear back-up when you go out.

I have a UK Mooncup that is very similar to your Femmecup and love it. Its capacity is too low for my heavy days but it's perfect for my light ones. I hope you'll be just as happy with your Ladycup.
juliiie87juliiie87 on May 3rd, 2013 03:11 pm (UTC)
Yes, my first experiences were really easy as well, probably because I had spent weeks (months?) stalking this comm' when I was first looking to buy a cup. You may still have surprises down the line, like if you leave it for too long on a heavy day or if it doesn't quite unfold and starts leaking, so just be careful, but yeah, cups are pretty amazing! :)
lallibear on May 3rd, 2013 03:15 pm (UTC)
hmmm ok I already think I spoke too soon. I'm not sure if it's open or not...when I feel it it's kinda squashed towards the bottom of the cup. It's not stuck together or anything, I can squeeze it and push it together and it opens again if you see what I mean, but its not like "cup shaped" either. So like the bottom of the cup, instead of being like a "U" is more like a "V". Do I need to push it in further? Or is that normal?
juliiie87juliiie87 on May 3rd, 2013 03:23 pm (UTC)
Hum baiscally as long as it's not in the folded position (c-fold or another) any more, you're probably fine. If it wants to go higher, it'll likely go there on its own. And if it doesn't leak, then you can assume it's working all right ! :) it could just be your finger or pubic bone causing a slight indent, so it's just molding to your inner shape.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on May 3rd, 2013 03:34 pm (UTC)
If it's working, then don't worry about it. ;o) It'll eventually settle into a happy place. If it's not around or under your cervix, flow will miss. In that case, remove and reinsert.

A little of what we call "residual slobber" is normal. Throw on a liner to catch it until you get through the learning curve, then check the leaking/spotting tags for good advice on how to combat it. I was never able to fully conquer it but a liner a day is a small price to pay for all of the other benefits of cups.
curlydevacurlydeva on May 3rd, 2013 04:20 pm (UTC)
I to had really good luck when I first started wearing cups. So much so that I went crazy and bought several different ones because they worked so well. :)) So it is not that uncommon to have a great start but I agree with one of the other post sometime you may get caught due to leaving it in to long or the wrong position but don't worry that happens to all of us. Just enjoy wearing your cup and be glad that you had minimal to no issues. Welcome to the joys of menstrual cups!
trejoytrejoy on May 4th, 2013 01:49 am (UTC)
Welcome to the happy side of menstrual cycles. Sounds like you were well prepared! Some of us were community-less when we began. Cheers!
lallibear on May 4th, 2013 04:49 pm (UTC)
thanks everyone :) I had no leaks or anything, so I'm assuming it was just doing it's thing properly! I also did go crazy and risk it for a night out which was fine. Very impressed. Got the ladycup today and didn't have much luck with it first time, but I will try again when my daughter's gone to bed as it's very hard to try and figure it out with a 3 year old banging the bathroom door every few seconds cos "she's got something very important to show you" haha. thanks again for the replies :)