fiberartfanatic (fiberartfanatic) wrote in menstrual_cups,

Learning Curve Discouragement

Hi all! Thanks for having this wonderful community! It takes a bit of moxy for me to write here, but I'm glad I'm not alone.

So, I purchased a Diva Cup (size 1) last month. It was an investment for me (yes, $40 is an investment for me.) I'd heard all the rave reviews on cups and wanted to try one for myself after months of toying with the idea. I got it home eager to try it, and soon realized that there really IS a learning curve! Guess this would be the time to tell you that I'm 21, not a virgin but not sexually active, and quite...petite. I had too much trouble inserting it last month, and decided I'd try this month. Well, "this month" is here. I *can* insert it now (I'll explain the asterisks), but now I have two issues....the first being a trust issue. I think to myself, "wow, this is so cool, I'm actually DOING this! It works!" and then, as I'm ready to let go, (to put it simply) I chicken out. I think, "OK, do I reealllyyy want to GO THERE? Yikes!" and I pull it out, and feel quite discouraged. I have visions of it getting totally lost or stuck (even though my brain knows this isn't possible) and ending up in the ER or in a situation something akin to childbirth. By the way, I can find my cervix. I think it's average (index-finger-length in). But the reason, aside from fear, that I haven't left it in is I haven't been able to get it to pop open. I use the punch down - C-fold is too big. I wonder if it's because I'm so tight? What would I do about that?

I've managed to not panic, by the way - I know being calm is key.

Have any of you gone through this? These highs and lows and chickening out when you're soooo close? I want it to work, since I took the plunge and bought it, not to mention that pads feel so unhygienic to me, and I'm not a huge fan of tampons. Last month I threw away all of my...waste...into a paper bag, and I couldn't believe how much it was. I'm not necessarily an environmentalist, but if I can prevent all that garbage ending up in the landfill AND do my body a favor at the same time, I'd love it.

Thanks a million!
Tags: divacup, first time use, insertion, popping open, teething troubles

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