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Allie
Hello, everyone. I first heard about menstrual cups probably about a decade ago, and was freaked out by the thought of them. I live in the US, and no one really talks about those here, so it seemed really weird and gross. I pretty much forgot they existed until a few months ago, and now that I'm older and more comfortable with my body, I was more open to the idea. After doing a lot of research online, including looking at all the awesomely-detailed posts on this very community, I decided to purchase one and try it.

I purchased a Lunette, size 1, in the Selene color. I am 27 years old, not a virgin, but never had kids. I decided on the smaller size even though I'm getting close to age 30, because my whole (reproductive) life I've primarily used tampons, so I wanted something smaller to make the transition easier. Turns out I have a much lighter period than I thought I did, so the size is perfect.

The cup seems to work pretty well. Even on the first day using it on my period (I did do a dry run for a few hours, before my cycle started), I didn't have any leakage. Although I had to try a few times to get it inserted properly, I quickly learned what fold to use, and what position I needed to be in to make it easiest.

Today marks the start of my fourth menstrual cycle using this cup, and I am still having a few issues, so I was wondering if anyone has some advice for me.

The main issue I've been having is cramping. Even before using the cup, I always get pretty bad cramps the first few days of my cycle. But with the cup, the cramps seem...different. They are more painful with the cup, but they also hurt in a different way, in a different area of my abdomen. I don't really know how to describe it. It's like I have the usual cramps, plus other cramps that I only get when the cup is inserted. I've tried pushing the cup in further, and having it in not as far, and nothing changes. I'm pretty sure the cup is correctly positioned, since there are no leaks. Before I got the cup, I would sometimes get worse cramps just by using a tampon, so maybe it's just the way my body is, but if anyone has ideas or suggestions, I would be grateful.

The other issue I've been having is when I need to pee. When the cup is inserted, my pee comes out in a slower trickle, and it feels like I didn't quite void all the way. I don't know if that's just because of the way the cup pushed against my bladder and urethra, but it's kind of annoying. I don't want to have to remove the cup every time I use the bathroom - that's part of the reason why I decided to get a cup rather than keep using tampons. Is this normal, or could this also be incorrect positioning?

I guess I just want to know if my body will eventually get used to the cup, and I will stop having (or at least stop noticing) these problems. Like I said, this is the fourth cycle using the cup, but maybe I'm just expecting too much too soon?

Any help would be appreciated. Sorry for the novel of a post.
 
curious_bunny_8curious_bunny_8 on May 28th, 2014 06:17 am (UTC)
You can try positioning the cup more horizontally (if you're not doing it yet). Sort of aiming it alongside your lower vaginal wall when inserting, instead of going upwards.

Or you could just be better off with a softer cup, like Fleurcup or Si-Bell or soft Meluna, to name a few.
3v1L sh33p3v1lsh33pz on May 28th, 2014 09:55 am (UTC)
Maybe your cup is actually touching your cervix causing different crampiness? Try wearing it ever so slightly lower and see if the cramps stop?
bklynmom on May 30th, 2014 12:03 pm (UTC)
As to the peeing issue, I think the shape of the cup also comes into play here. I find cups that are wider at the base do this more to me. Maybe a narrower cup? Or can you try flipping the lunette inside out? This can help you see if a slightly shorter cup worke for you. But watch out, it makes the cup slippery and you lose the stem. The fleur and sibell mentioned above are bell shaped, so I might try a cuplee or diva if you think a narrower base would help.

Also, I found that my cramps were problematic when I first used cups and this improved over time. Hope it helps for you.
Kim SchillingKim Schilling on June 16th, 2014 08:23 pm (UTC)
I had some trouble going #2 my first few days with my cup, then I stumbled across some helpful advice to lean forward as it helps keep my cup from popping out (or even just out of place). I gave it a shot and found it helped with emptying my bladder, too!

It's been almost a year now, and on bathroom visits where I need to empty it I do sometimes have a little more pee I'm able to let go of after I've removed the cup, but not nearly as much as before. And it's not as uncomfortable for me when I don't remove the cup. I hope this helps!