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12 January 2014 @ 10:56 am
Hi, I'm a first-time poster and LJ-er! I am 28, had one child via c-section over a year ago, have PCOS (if it matters), and based on anecdotal evidence from my husband and a variety of OB/GYNs have a particularly small/tight vagina. After doing my research, I bought a Lunette cup--size 1--and tried it out for the first time (on my period) yesterday. I had loads of trouble getting it inserted though once it was finally in it seemed to open and rise up into the vaginal canal pretty easily/on its own. After reading recommendations on here, I'll probably try to use some coconut oil next time to ease insertion. I was a bit surprised at how high the cup seemed to go once fully inserted though I could always feel the stem.

I put it in around 8pm, assuming I would wear it through the night and change it when I got up at or before 8 in the morning. I could feel a slight pressure from the cup and had some slight cramping, but I assumed both of those things were normal, especially for a first-time user. I also had two bowel movements before going to bed, which is definitely unusual, but again, I assumed it was just my body adjusting to the cup and its various pressures. I was awakened at 3:30am by intense cramps in my upper abdomen (?!), just beneath my breasts in the center of my stomach. They were strong enough to prevent me from going back to sleep, so I decided to get up and remove the cup just in case the cramps were somehow related to it. Once I was up, I was hit by a wave of nausea. Happily, I was able to remove the cup without any real problems though it took longer than I expected to get it low enough to break the suction with my finger. After the cup was removed, cleansed, and put away, I was unbearably queasy and continued to have bowel movements. Then the vomiting began.

I was back in bed, with classic post-vomit sweaty chills, about an hour after I left it. I'm scared to try the cup again. I desperately want it to work because I hate tampons and pads and because the Lunette was a bit of an investment, but I also hate vomiting and not sleeping. No one else in my family was sick and we all ate the same things yesterday, and the symptoms didn't last long enough for it to have been a virus, so I'm pretty sure it was the cup. What do I do differently if I try it again? Are there any other stories of people overcoming this kind of strong bodily reaction? Thanks for any guidance and information!
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on January 12th, 2014 07:15 pm (UTC)
I remember from my first few tries that it did take some getting used to. Maybe you should try to get used to it during the day before going straight to sleeping with it?
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on January 12th, 2014 08:00 pm (UTC)
"Tight" is a function of your (PC) pelvic floor muscles. Cups sit above them.

If you didn't have tummy troubles from something else (unusual bowel movements imply it might have been digestive) it's possible that you had a vaso-vagal response to your cup. The good news is that it usually only takes a couple of times for your body to get used to having it in you and for the reflex to stop happening.

Try again and if you don't feel well, take the cup out until you do. Then try again. The reflex/reaction will probably lessen each time. And hopefully, it will only take a handful of tries before your body realizes that you WANT it to be there and stops freaking out.
ceebeekay on January 12th, 2014 08:09 pm (UTC)
Thank y'all! This is encouraging. I'll try again later today and hope for the best.
Alwynsabishii_kirito on January 12th, 2014 11:51 pm (UTC)
For what it's worth, I really don't like wearing my cup to bed. I don't know what it is, but something about it gives me a weird feeling of fullness in my abdomen that I'm not particularly comfortable with. When I'm awake, everything is fine, but it feels weird when I'm trying to sleep. I usually wear cloth pads at night unless I'm not at home.
perigrine: cupsperigrine on January 13th, 2014 10:32 pm (UTC)
I can't sleep with a cup in. Doesn't matter how tired I am, the cup keeps me aware for some reason. I've tried many times over the last 18 months or so, before giving up, switching to a tampon and dropping right off to sleep when I get back into bed.
Tasha: pink hairnamelessw0nder on January 13th, 2014 05:54 pm (UTC)
Yeap, that kind of response (though not as intense) happens to me when I don't get the cup seated well. I'd suggest trying it out during the day so you can be aware of any changes as the day goes on. Sometimes I can wear the cup with no issue and sometimes I get queasy within an hour and have to take it out. In the past, it's taken me a full day to recover from a queasy episode due to cervix irritation!
lacrymaslave on January 18th, 2014 04:35 pm (UTC)
It sounds like you passed a gallstone. Your symptoms and cup use are unlikely to be related. Give the cup another go amd see?
pineapplewhippineapplewhip on January 20th, 2014 06:54 pm (UTC)
You can be allergic to anything at all, I would be careful. That is if you have this again. I bet you're scared now. I would consider a MeLuna made of pacifier material. Or do you ever have periods where you pass out, vomit, black out even due to severe cramping? I do! it started at 14, my period was easy before that. Well, it's called Dysmennorah and I also have a tilted uterus (mine contributes to the cramping, but you can have severe cramping without that.) The only fix is to get rx pain medication if you are in the USA and if not try codeine with tylenol. I know pain medication is considered to be bad by many, but I guess they aren't passed out from pain. Any medicine taken for the ailment it is made for is called proper use. In my case it's genetic, but it can pop up. If you think you have it (it's nothing subtle it comes every month once it starts, migraines too in my family's case) I know many Irish and Engligh women with this too. It's rare, but more common than they tell you. Most doctors know about it.
Then again maybe it's vassal, that sounds so miserable. I didn't have that, I hope you feel better. Bridgette