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06 July 2014 @ 12:54 pm
I've been looking into menstrual cups and I am rather frustrated. I'm young (under 20 but over 17), a virgin, have never used a tampon or had anything up my vagina. I don't think I have my hymen anymore (incident). I have noticed that women who laud menstrual cups have had to try different ones before getting them to work (way expensive), and those who are trying are constantly dealing with leaks and troublesome/painful insertion or removal or both. This is despite all the research they have done. It's not like they are cheap, or there is a one size/stiffness/length fits all. But I really liked the idea. Honestly, looking back at ur menstrual cup experience, or going thru it now, was it really worth it?
 
mousebebemousebebe on July 6th, 2014 07:05 pm (UTC)
It's worth it. You can probably tip the odds in your favor by doing your research first, with the charts here and asking questions, and with a couple of "tests" to determine what you'd be comfortable with. For example, I checked where my cervix was over the course of the month and especially during my period in order to decide whether a long or a short cup would be a better bet. The first cup I bought was the smaller Divacup in 2010, and it's still the only cup I use. Similarly, I sent a friend here when she was interested, and as far as I know her Lunette (also her first cup) makes her happy.

Like I said, check the charts and what you want and ask questions. Check the used community if you're worried about cost (boiling water is your friend!). If you get a cup and it doesn't work at first, keep experimenting (or if you're getting frustrated, set it aside and try again later). My "dry run" when I first bought it was miserable- couldn't get it in, then couldn't get it out!- and I had a couple of issues with leaking the first couple periods, but using cloth or disposable liners helped.

As far as I'm concerned, definitely worth it!