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21 May 2014 @ 12:12 pm
hello!

I have a small si-bell which I have found great to insert, remove, and to pop open.i think it's as close to a goldilocks cup as i can get at the moment, but i might need to trim the stem a little more. I put it in last night because i thought i saw a tiny speck of blood on my underwear, and i figured i might as well try my new si-bell. when i woke up, i removed the cup and lo and behold, aunty flo had arrived.

However, when it's in, I do get a "fullness sensation" that is slightly crampy. it's quite irritating because i need to do some work that requires 100% concentration. ): i usually am quite crampy during my period, but this fullness just feels like something else. It's quite uncomfortable, to be honest. So after i woke up, i changed into a disposable pad and felt much better (the pads where i am are pretty comfortable) and went back to sleep for 4 more hours. the pad was soaked when i woke up, so i decided to try the si-bell again. and the sensation came back, so i know the fullness is def from the si-bell.

Is this fullness sensation due to my body getting used to the cup? Is it something that would go away? Does anyone out there have the same experience?

I've invested so much in cups already, I really am quite desperate for it to be comfortable. nevertheless, this sorta still counts as a success story.
 
elisamba on May 21st, 2014 06:46 am (UTC)
Yes, your body is just getting used to it. The cup is doing its job, so it sounds like it is placed right. It is one of the smaller cups. Next cycle your body probably won't even notice it's there :)
debbs1 on May 21st, 2014 02:13 pm (UTC)
awesome! hung around with my little heating pad today, soothed the cramps alot and at some points, completely forgot the cup was inside. :)
curious_bunny_8curious_bunny_8 on May 21st, 2014 08:49 am (UTC)
I only had one period using a menstrual cup so far. I used it for first 2 days, had the same fullness sensation. I think it's pressing on my bowels and uterus somehow more than bladder. It wasn't uncomfortable for me, but I was aware of it at times. I took a break from the cup on day 3. But went back to using it on day 4 and I must say I already didn't feel that fullness thing anywhere as much as I did on first days.

I think it's same principal as with clothes you wear. If you pay attention to how they feel against your skin 24/7, it'll drive you mad. But if you get distracted, your nerve endings let go of their alertness soon enough. And then there's "being used to" factor as well.
debbs1 on May 21st, 2014 02:16 pm (UTC)
i see i see! i'm glad im not the only one (YAY IM NORMAL!!!) yeah, pee-ing with it in was a little strange at first. i think i have a very sensitive bladder.

i'll see how it goes and we'll see if its the "being used to" factor! will report back ;)

thanks alot for the assurance; it means alot!
Lilianenurselily on May 21st, 2014 12:54 pm (UTC)
Usually if you feel that sensation it's due to the cup sitting too low in your vagina. Try pushing it up as high as it will go.
debbs1 on May 21st, 2014 02:17 pm (UTC)
really? wow i must have a really high cervix then. the entire si-bell (with the whole stem intact) was fully inside me at some point. :O

I'll take that into account. thanks alot :) :)
glioncourtglioncourt on June 18th, 2014 10:05 pm (UTC)
Hi, I'm a first time user too and I have been having the exact same sensation... I mentioned it in my post this week. It's not painful... I hadn't described it as fullness, but I guess that's how it feels... it's like a tiny pressure from the inside out at the level of the cervix.

I read the comment here that it might be low in the vagina, but like you I think mine is way up there... I'm hoping it's just the novelty of it and that my body will grow used to the cup. Honestly, this sensation (and some removal troubles) have made me take breaks from the cup everyday. I haven't tried an overnight yet, and I haven't left the house with it yet... today has been the longest I have kept my cup in... the sensation is there... annoying as hell! But I'm not giving up yet! Good luck for us!
debbs1 on June 19th, 2014 08:07 am (UTC)
Hey!

This is already my second cycle using it, and the feeling went away by the 4th day of my 1st cycle using it. so yes, i believe its just the novelty. I've also been using it quite exclusively for my second cycle, except for a very thin pantyliner just in case of leakage. using it exclusively might help your body in getting acclimatized to it, i think? but no worries, take your time and use it when you feel brave. I've also heard that some people just cant sleep with it in, although they are far and few in between.

hang in there my friend! WE'LL GET THROUGH THIS!

just a question: what cup are you using?
glioncourtglioncourt on June 19th, 2014 08:11 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm using a Brazilian brand called InCiclo. Someone in this community told me that's a long cup. If so, then I should never get myself a short one. I already have enough trouble finding and getting a good grip on my InCiclo's base. :) I think today will be my last day in this cycle... the sensation didn't go away for me yet... but I think it also doesn't help that I spend my day sitting in front of a computer working... when I stand the feeling seems to go away.
debbs1 on June 20th, 2014 03:45 pm (UTC)
ooo i see! yes, then i think you should just stick with the inciclo :)

I also feel the cup a little bit when im hunched up over my laptop. i think it might be because our vaginal canals are shortened when sit down or something. that being said, its not insanely uncomfortable. i hope the feeling goes away next cycle. i felt i alot less for this cycle, that's for sure. :)