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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?
 
msphat on July 7th, 2014 03:55 am (UTC)
YES. I just wish I had started using one sooner AND that when I did get one that I'd had the cup comparison charts/pics available. From when I first got my period (8th or 9th grade, maybe?) until the summer before 10th grade), I used toilet paper tucked up in my inner labia. After that (until my late 20s, when I purchased a DivaCup), I used tampons, which mostly worked, but came with their own problems.

After I got the hang of using the DivaCup, I wondered why I waited so long. After I had a baby, I started researching cups, and discovered the plethora of available options, and ordered one (the large Lunette), which is so much better suited to my vaginal shape (fairly short during my period) and menstrual flow (very heavy for the first couple days).

If I'd had a menstrual cup in high school...!!!! It wouldn't have made everything perfect, but it would have made so many little annoyances that come with being female in high school that much more manageable. I never want my little girl to feel the way about her body the way I did when growing up.