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24 June 2013 @ 04:20 pm
Hi again!
I'm very sorry for posting again so soon, but this has just come up. I'm 14, and tomorrow I am leaving for a 4 night river trip. But guess what! This morning, what do I feel but menstrual cramps! They're unpredictable, so I could get my period anywhere from 3-10 days from now. The odds are that I'll get my period on the river sometime. I'm thinking that I can just wear disposable pantyliners under my swimsuit just in case it catches me off guard. But my question is, what do I do if it does? Basically, the rafts leave at around 9:00 each morning, stop for lunch sometime around 1-2 each day, and stop in the evening around 5:00. So what if I realize that I've gotten my period around 10:00 one morning, and I'm just wearing a pantyliner? Ill be on the boat for another 2 hours with no stops or access to supplies. Also, swimming with a disposable pantyliner wont be fun. I've thought about wearing my cup each day for prevention of accidents , but I'm worried since I sometimes have trouble with insertion and I won't have any lube. Also, the bathrooms are just little pots that they set up, so I'd have to bring my own water, and there wouldn't be any soap. I'm leaving tomorrow, but any opinions? Should I wear a pantyliner or cup? Thoughts on sanitation? And finally, personal experiences swimming with a cup?
Thank you guys so much!
Luceafaraluceafara on June 25th, 2013 12:08 am (UTC)
Only thing I can say: a pantyliner will get soaking wet and won't stay in your swimsuit,, which could cause some embarrassment.

If it were me, I'd either use the cup or regular non-applicator tampons, if you can use them. And without any lube, maybe use your spit? Sounds gross, but my sister keeps her contacts in her mouth to disinfect them when they bother her and she then reinserts them with no ill effect.

Please note, I am a brand spanking new cup user and only thought I'd answer anyway because you are leaving tomorrow and there are no comments to your question. I have never used spit for my cup, it's just an idea that may work.

Sone more ideas:

If you can find a small bottle that you can empty and clean real well, maybe put some lube or veggie oil in it and take it along in your pocket. Just please make sure it is very very clean. If you have disposable medical gloves, turn them inside out and use the fingers as containers. Best to double-"bag", or soak make -up remover pads in lube or oil and bring them in a zip lock bag.

Good luck!
ginny587ginny587 on June 25th, 2013 04:03 am (UTC)
If I was in your situation, I'd just wear the cup before things have a chance to get started. Murphy's law seems to haunt me.
You don't need to rinse it off every time you take it out. Wiping it off with toilet paper most of the time is plenty, which can be a time saver. In this situation, not having any soap for your whole cycle really isn't a huge problem.
As per the lube, any chance that you can peel the label off and keep it with your stuff discreetly? Or maybe put it in a different container? Less chance for awkward, and you'd still have it for assistance.
Also, it might be a good idea to have some kind of wet wipes (baby, Summer's Eve variety) to clean off your hands if it does strike so less awkward when you come out of the bathroom, if that's something that could bother you.
teacupcake89 on June 25th, 2013 09:21 am (UTC)
this :)
Meganarwen_17 on June 25th, 2013 01:15 pm (UTC)
Agreed. Also, could you put the lube in a small hand sanitizer container?
teacupcake89 on June 25th, 2013 09:28 am (UTC)
decant some lubricant or coconut oil into an old Vaseline lip balm pot (the little round ones) or a small travel sized shampoo bottle etc and keep it in your pocket/purse.

you can also use spit (lots of people just use spit as lubricant when having sex).

I would insert the cup beforehand and then check it at lunch and evening breaks. you'll be fine swimming with it in so long as you insert it correctly, the seal is fine.

if the toilets are just little pots then I guess you'd need your own water and soap/hand wash anyway to wash your hands with after going to the toilet? you'll be fine to just reinsert the cup with a little bit of blood on it, or wipe with some toilet paper. you can always give it a rinse with some bottled water in the evening when you can just act like you're going for a poo/tampon change..

if it makes you feel better take some baby wipes/wet wipes/hand sanitiser gel to keep your hands clean but don't (!!) use it on your cup!!
juliiie87juliiie87 on June 25th, 2013 09:50 am (UTC)
Wear the cup in advance and bring wipes / hand sanitizer to keep your hands clean. Unless your flow is super heavy, you only need to empty it morning and evening, but it can't hurt to check around lunch. People who don't wear cups have to go to the bathroom a few times a day, and having to check your cup once or twice doesn't make much of a difference on your schedule. Relax. :)