Leen Isabel (leenisabel) wrote in menstrual_cups,
Leen Isabel
leenisabel
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First Timer

I want to say thank you to this amazing community and all of its resources! I just made the switch to a cup after long periods of doubt and insecurity and today marks my first day.

After much hemming and hawing, I purchased a DivaCup Model 1. I'm an active pole-dancer and I was advised to try the MeLuna sport so that my muscles wouldn't bear down on the product, but I wasn't sure due to the difficulty I've heard about insertion. I decided to go with a softer cup at first and go from there.

Is there anyone who works out quite a bit? What are your experiences w/ your cup? I read somewhere that a DivaCup is around a level 4 in softness whereas a MeLuna sport can be considered a 7... or something. Would you definitely advise on a harder cup? Knowing myself, I can bear down on things and remove it but I haven't tried to do so on purpose w/ the cup.

Anyway, upon first time use, these things were pretty tricky to get inside. So, I don't want to make it too difficult on myself if I get a harder one.

Eventually, I heard this surprising POP and felt a gentle snap... so I guess the thing unfolded? Checking inside and feeling around, I made sure that the sides were indeed open. And for me, it feels like the cup is very oval, nearly flat shaped, when inside. Is this right?

So for later, what cleaning agents do you use to disinfect/clean your cup? How many do you keep as "spares?" Do you feel the need to have a back-up? Thanks again!!!

Update: Thank you for all the awesome feedback and comments. I think I'll stick to the Diva for now but I do like the idea of keeping one at work just in case. (I have this fear I'll drop the dang thing in the toilet.... Err..)

Anyway, it's been 9 hours and I got curious and took it out with a little effort. Normally, by this time, I'd have gone through a whole tampon and had spotting. With the cup, ZERO spotting or leakage. WOW! My cup wasn't even a 1/4 full. Removal wasn't uncomfortable and the experience was NO WHERE near as messy as I imagined it would have been. I think I've just been traumatized by my experience with pads and tampons for so many years. The cup is AMAZING. Very little clean-up and so.... easy. I'm beyond thrilled and happy that the Diva seems to be a good size for my body.

I did some stretching today and never felt any discomfort. I feel a slight pressure against my bladder, but it's not unbearable.

So, the cup journey continues. Thanks again!
Tags: divacup, first time use, insertion, meluna
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