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13 July 2013 @ 10:25 am
Heylo!
I got my period two days ago and (after several months of trying and failing) I managed to insert my Mooncup! The sense of euphoria was amazing. I wouldn't have been able to do it without the calming words of you all here so thankyou.
I've removed it 3 times now, with the last time hurting significantly less than the other times. There is still moments of panic when I think I can't get it but now I know I can get it out. I presume it will get easier/less painful with practise?

To my questions: sorry if these have been asked before.

~ I know it's okay to go swimming with a cup in, but does that also apply to sea/river water? I'm probably just paranoid but I'm scared the salt/dirt etc. in the water will affect it somehow?

~ My flow is variable but on my lighter days, taking the cup out after 8 hours leaves only a minimal amount of blood. - Not even past the second ridge at the base of the cup. Would I be able to leave it in for longer on those lighter days? (eg. 24 hours or so?) I'm a little scared it might ride to high for me to reach or something worse. Apparently you can't get TSS with a cup but there are still warnings on the packaging?

~ The stem does hurt throughout the day when standing/sitting (but thankfully for my sleeping habit not when lying down). It's not unbearable and it's more of discomfort than real pain. Am I right to wait until the end of my cycle to trim it down?

~ One last thing, with my light flow, most of the 'stuff' in there seems to be this mucus-y yellow substance. Is that normal discharge?

Thankyou so much for being awesome with this sort of stuff. You're all amazing.
 
Carriecarrieb on July 13th, 2013 12:57 pm (UTC)
Dirt and saltwater won't hurt your cup. It's just fine to go swimming with it in, no matter where :-)

I personally have left my cup in up to 48 hours (sometimes I forget it is there) and have never had any problems. If it rides up too high, you just have to bear down with your muscles and push it down. I don't know that it's medically advised, but I've been using mine 7+ years and have never had an issue.

Not sure about the stem. I foolishly cut the whole stem off in a burst of . . I don't even know what. Excitment? the moment it arrived. It's been seven years and I still curse myself every time.

Yes, the yellow mucus-y stuff is perfectly normal.
Luceafaraluceafara on July 13th, 2013 04:59 pm (UTC)
I leave mine in for about 24 hrs. So far, 3 weeks into dong this, I have not had any issues.

I don't know if you can do this with the Mooncup's shape, but try to turn your cup inside out and see how that works for you. That way you don't feel the stem.
juliiie87juliiie87 on July 15th, 2013 08:36 am (UTC)
The only thing that might happen, if you go above a certain time, is that it might start to stink, which you shouldn't notice until yout ake it out. That would be a sigh of bacteria and blood rotting or something. So I would make sure to empty it and rinse with water morning and evening, unless your really can't make it to a bathroom. I would wait until the end of your period if you can bear it, then next month if it's still too long, feel free to trim down the stem. Flippiing it inside out would make it more difficult to remove.