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Hey, all! I first switched cold turkey to my Diva Cup in May of 2013, and with some trouble, fully adjusted to life as a cup convert. Some of you might remember that, haha. I'm just here to gush with joy for the kind of freedom it has offered me.

I have a really heavy flow for 3-4 days of my week-long torture and my uterus is steeply angled to the left, so I'm not able to go completely without backup, but it has overall been a truly wonderful experience, and I spent the better part of the past year teaching and biking all over my college campus -- something which would normally cause me great anxiety, as that doesn't allow me the leisure of just skipping off to the loo whenever I feel a tell-tale gush every hour or two.

My window on heavy days has widened from 2-3 hours max to 5-6 hours max, which saves so much grief. Other days, I'll just leave it in for 12+ hours no problem. I keep my cup in my bag when not menstruating, so I can practically never be caught unawares. I always have it within a few room's distance. I can do spur-of-the-moment things without having to worry if I have enough pads and tampons shoved into my bag to last overnight. I don't have to wonder what the hell I'm gonna do if I know friend x only uses pads -- something I can never do because of the rapidity with which a mess ensues (God help me when I have children).

The amount of underwear absolutely decimated by blood has gone down to nearly nothing and I'm pretty sure any leaks onto the bedclothes were a result of my own lack of foresight. I have even taken the leap of daring and worn my favourite white pants on a semi-heavy day with no bad outcome -- several times!

I know how high and low my cervix is throughout my cycle. I know how much I bleed down to the numbers. I am a master with my PC muscles (seriously kegeled that mofo down from an unreachable position just this morning -- it was awesome). I generally just enjoy my body more and knowing it well even though periods are sucky. It's really kickass. And if it weren't for my cup, I wouldn't know just how fascinating that unused uterine lining actually is. Maybe I'm weird, but it's so cool.

I save so so so so so much money. I no longer think about how stupid it is to spend said money on bleached, chemically crap that probably shouldn't be in my vag anyway just to have to throw it away within hours of insertion -- especially since tampons sap all natural lubrication in the process, which just is not necessary. Cups bring down the level of awful from "barely manageable and hardly tolerable" to "stupid easy and secretly kind of fun."

I've been on a streak of female empowerment for the past few months, and the menstrual cup way of life seriously contributes to it. I think I'm done babbling and have said my piece. Hope any newbies or fencers out there can take some happy encouragement from my experience. :)
 
trejoytrejoy on September 16th, 2014 04:04 am (UTC)
I carry a cup in my purse all the time, too. It is SO wonderful to not worry about my period starting at any given moment. And brava! on wearing white ~ I still don't have the courage on my heavier days.

Congrats on your success!!
Kathlynekathlyne on September 16th, 2014 05:04 pm (UTC)
It's great to see such a positive post.

A menstrual cup can truly be life changing.

Yay! and Congrats!
xyzpdq84 on October 5th, 2014 11:14 am (UTC)
I feel the exact same wa and I've now only used it for one period! I don't have to worry about changing my tampon every hour and all the chemicals in them, and the fibers stuck in there, and... So yeah this is wonderful! It seems to have shortened this period significantly! Normally I bleed heavily for 5-7 days but today (now Sunday) is day 4 (Thursday, I started in the afternoon) and I just checked it to make sure I wasn't overflowing and nope! There was barely anything in it! I checked to make sure I hadn't severely leaked and I hadn't. This is a life changing product for me! I can't say enough good things about my Lunette. I will cut the stem some but I'll wait to see how it feels during my next period. It's not super uncomfortable as it is but it is making my vaginal opening a bit sore. But I'll still wait for a few days into my next period to make sure cutting it is the right thing to do.

I love that I dont have to worry about it every hour, nor do I have to carry tons of tampons with me anymore if I go somewhere. I don't have to worry about leaking, I've not had any (when the cup was not overfull) this period so this is a very freeing experience.

I did have some severe cramping the first day using this but I think there was a lot of suction the first 2 insertions and/or my cervix got used to the cup itself.

Congrats on feeling so wonderful due to switching to the cup!

I love that I can measure my flow now. Although I've spilled the cup 3 times (all day today, minus this last checking of it an hour or so ago) and that is not fun but at least I'm learning!

I love that this cup is medical-grade silicone. I have no bad reactions to the material and that's awesome considering my systemic allergies as of late have been horrific and I'm reacting to practically everything I inhale, touch, ingest, etc.

Life is now pretty darn good when it comes to that time of the month. I am actually LOOKING FORWARD to my next period! Say what?! hehe