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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?
 
selofain: Yuukiselofain on December 14th, 2014 09:12 am (UTC)
I admit, my biggest reason is that I saw a cup and went "Pretty! I must have it!" My other reason is that, despite the my handful of cups, none of them are absolutely perfect and all have some flaws that keep me looking at other cups. Surface texture, rim stiffness, lack of measuring lines... although I did get one cup specifically for my light days because I could feel the grip lines on my first cup, but it was pretty specious reasoning. I just really wanted a Meluna.

I'm a lot dryer towards the end of my period, so cups with grip rings are- not quite comfortable, but noticeable. Also, I don't have a lot of room down there, width-wise, so if I don't need to use a larger cup for capacity, then I won't.

And somewhere along the way, the stiffness of my small Lunette started bothering me, so I grabbed a Si-bell, but that one is just a bit too soft in body. So... (and my reasons keep going.)

If I couldn't afford another one, I could have easily continued using just the first cup I bought, though I would have had to replace that sooner rather than later since it developed cracks in its holes after about a year. And I wouldn't have bought the same cup, since there were little, inconsequential things I wasn't too fond of, but I have those in all my cups.