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14 December 2014 @ 12:19 am
Hello everyone! I've been lurking and reading plenty of posts here for a couple months, after contemplating the switch to a cup, after using tampons for years and years. I finally bit the bullet about a week ago and bought my first cup (DivaCup size 1, if I am remembering correctly. It was the pink box either way... 25 years old, reasonably active, but no children) but didn't have a chance to try it until today. I feel bad saying it, because I've seen so many first time users report problems with having the cup open up, or its poking them, or there are cramps involved, but so far no problems to report besides some minor leaking, that I think is more due to flow being caught between the cup and inner wall during insertion. The most recent cup adventure, as I've been calling my trips to the bathroom, resulted in my hitting my cervix during insertion which resulted in some awful cramps for a few minutes, but that went away. However, I have yet to sleep through the night with it, so perhaps there will be something new and exciting to report tomorrow (and so far the experience has been exciting, and learning about my own body is quite fun, actually... thats what I get for wanting to learn as much as I cam before actually using the cup).

Now, what I'm really curious about, is what reasoning do you all have for owning multiple cups? What benefit is there besides keeping a spare one in your bag just in case? I'm short on money, so unless I absolutely need to, I see no reason to own more than one, until Im in a better spot to spend the money. Also, why own different brands? Does one cup just sometimes fit incorrectly your period goes on, necessitating the switch to a different size, shape and firmness?
 
dhrachthdhrachth on December 14th, 2014 06:31 am (UTC)
My reason for owning multiple cups is I was searching for just the right one.

I started with a small Lunette and didn't have any major problems with it--I certainly would have used it if I couldn't afford a second cup. But, the shape and firmness made it a slightly painful to pull out--just for a minute or so, so it was tolerable but still irritating.

So then, after doing some research, I picked up a small Sckoon. That cup solved my removal problem, but it's quite small. On my heaviest day I had to empty it more than I would have liked.

Finally, I got a large Sckoon and it works perfectly for me. I can get it in no problem, don't feel it at all, go 10-12 hours between changes without leaks, and have no problem taking it out. If I'd gotten that one first I probably wouldn't have bought a second one.

Basically, if the cup you have works great, then there's no reason to try another model. But, even if it works, if there's any kind of annoying thing wrong with it a different model may be worth a try if you can afford it. And most people don't hit perfect first try.