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20 May 2014 @ 03:07 pm
First day of my second cycle using my diva cup, and so far so good! I had worse cramps this morning than last month, but as usual they only lasted a few hours and the rest of the week should be fine. So I wore a disposable liner while I waited that out, and put in the cup once I stopped feeling awful.

I really do hardly notice I'm on my period: no string, nothing I can feel, and I'm wondering "is it really still in there?" Last month I was reading about folding techniques, and I was all set to go get my cup and practice when I realized I was already wearing it. No news is good news. I even decided to go without backup this time, and I'm getting only a little spotting, nothing the dark blue underwear can't handle. And last month I didn't get any spotting at all after the first day, so I am just so excited you guys, because I've really gotten the thing to work!

I also finally figured out the punch down fold today. Rather than trying to fold it flat, so it's a triangle, I held it a little more loosely, so it looked like some kind of flower (calla lily maybe?) It opened up by itself right before I go to the "corner" but was far enough in that it didn't stretch too much, and I could push it in the rest of the way. Of course it might not just be my technique, there were some things in my, um, personal life that might have changed things in the hymen department. [whispers: I got laid!] Jury's still out on whether that makes a difference for my cup experience.

My sister and I are planning a backpacking trip for later in the summer, and I'm not even worried about scheduling the trip around my cycle. Ok yeah, I'd rather not start while I'm on the trail (especially with cramps), but I think with this it will be so much easier than trying to pack out used tampons and liners. Has anyone here used their's for camping or backpacking? What was your experience like?
Carriecarrieb on May 20th, 2014 07:39 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure of your history, but it sounds like you are not putting your cup in until your cramps fade. Is that correct? Maybe you've already tried wearing it while you are cramping, but if you haven't you might want to try it. The moment I put my Diva in, my cramps stop. It is so wonderful! I know it is not that way for everyone, but I thought I would be remiss if I didn't mention it.
generalsmallmountainsmallmountain27 on May 22nd, 2014 08:33 pm (UTC)
I don't have any advice for you, just wanted to say I'm glad you're enjoying the new-found freedom of cups! It really is life changing.
singanddanceall on September 24th, 2014 03:47 am (UTC)
Once you are comfortable with it, the cup is the hands-down best solution while camping, backpacking, or going anywhere without full hygienic facilities.

The companies tell you that when you are in a bathroom stall without a sink, it is acceptable to just wipe it off with a piece of toilet paper and wash it next time. However, and this may seem controversial but I swear I have been doing it for years and am healthy as a horse, I simply pee on the cup to clean it out. Urine has some level of sterility, so I figure it can't hurt if some gets back in me. Wiping a bloody cup with toilet paper uses a lot of paper and is messy too, so I don't prefer it.

Another option is to carry a small bottle of soap (like Divawash) and a jar into which you can put the wash and some potable water. Put in your cup, shake, take out, rinse again with water and put it back in.

Backpacking and camping are difficult because often you have to carry out all trash: that means nowhere to leave your tampons. Yet a cup may be emptied wherever you empty your bladder or bowels. Nothing to carry. That is the best part for me. Also, if you are in bear country, you will have to store dirty tampons with the food to keep the bears away. You'll wrap them separately of course, but yuck!

One caveat: be meticulous about keeping your hands clean. If you've been backpacking, some hand sanitizer or a hand-wash before attending to the cup is a really good idea.

Edited at 2014-09-24 03:50 am (UTC)