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mmarybethh
01 July 2014 @ 01:34 am
Okay so quick info on me: 20, virgin, cervix is kinda low (it's 2 knuckles in), have moderate flow, and I'm somewhat physically active (trying to run/exercise more). I've been reading everything I could about menstrual cups for the past month or two, and I also ordered a small sckoon cup based on it's size and it's availability to me.

I just started my period Sunday and this is my first try using it. Ahah wow yea the first day was...interesting. It hurt going in but I managed to get it up there ok, but the rest of the time it was very uncomfortable/awkward sitting and I was very aware of it. Then came the removal. Hooolyyy mothER that thing hurt like nothing I have ever experienced before!!! I was so sore from that whole ordeal and cramping really bad that I didn't try again until the next evening.
Thankfully inserting was easier but I have trouble turning it or being able to check to feel if it's sealed properly. Also as I was washing my hands I felt a really weird feeling like it had just popped open but not sure if that's what it was or not. (Has anyone had something similar ??) When standing or sitting the stem almost pokes out, and is pretty irritating, so I am thinking of trimming it but am a little afraid of not being able to get it out after it's trimmed. Removing tonight was better than before but still difficult/messy. (I'm guessing it's b/c I just haven't quite mastered it yet.)

I plan on continuing to use it the rest of my period but I am questioning if it is the right cup for me. When I wear it I can really feel it and get odd cramps from it. I have been leaking some but figured it's because I'm still new to this. Also I watched a youtube video where one girl said she thought the sckoon cup felt cheap and this made me nervous so not sure about that. I was thinking of maybe trying the ladycup, si-bell, or lunnette but I'm not sure yet. Basically I really love the idea of using a cup but I want to find my goldilocks one and can't wait to get past the learning curve!
 
debbs1 on July 1st, 2014 09:21 am (UTC)
hey!

dont worry about it, the "odd cramps" are really your body getting used to having a cup inside you. trim the stem just a little. i had to trim my si-bell twice to get the exact ratio between reachability and comfort. on hindsight, it was a really good move. even if you trim it too short, squat down and bear down as if you're going for a poop. squatting down shortens the vaginal canals, so it'll be easier :)

the leaking could just be due to it not popping open properly. yes, when i go and wash my hands (or on a fast paced morning, when im driving in my car) i sometimes feel a very odd pop. which is pretty reassuring, because it means that it popped open. one way that i have found really useful is using the 7 fold, it pops right open! also, i've discovered that i dont have to push it into place before allowing it to pop open. i make sure the whole cup is just in before i let it pop open.

good luck! be sure to let us know how it goes.



mmarybethhmmarybethh on July 1st, 2014 07:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for you reply! I may try the 7 fold today and see how that goes. I wore it last night and it was good except when I stood up I could feel it leaking and it had some on my backup. Hopefully all goes well! Haha
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on July 1st, 2014 01:12 pm (UTC)
Go to the Community FAQ and read the posts there. The Virigin's Guide to Cups will probably help. Same with the Myths. And the one about Commonly Asked Questions. Various Folds too.

Get through the dreaded learning curve with the cup that you already have. Just because someone else didn't like the Sckoon doesn't mean you'll dislike it too. If you're afraid to trim the stem, then don't. You can always trim it later but you can never put any back.

You're over-thinking it. It's just a cup. They're not that hard to operate. ;o) Figure out what you did right when things go well. And figure out what you would do differently when things don't. Wear some back-up until you learn to trust it. And expect to have days when you're more successful than others. Hang in there. You're well on your way already. :o)
mmarybethhmmarybethh on July 1st, 2014 07:46 pm (UTC)
Okay thank you! Haha I may reread some of that stuff.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on July 1st, 2014 08:32 pm (UTC)
Sometimes instructions and advice take on a whole new meaning after you've tried it for yourself.

I could talk theory with my students until I'm blue in the face (I don't) but I usually don't see the "Now I get it" lightbulbs turn on until the review after the Lab. Same with these cups. Read. Try. Have varying degrees of success. Re-read. Get it. ;o)