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12 January 2015 @ 10:22 am
Hello All!

Over a year ago I came to this site and was able to do a lot of research on first time use and which cup to go with. I ended up going with the keeper and honestly, only used it once. For the past year I have been using my birth control constantly to prevent periods. I figured this probably isn’t the best thing so I am going to go back to having my periods every 3 months…. Maybe once a month. I can’t even begin to describe how much I HATE getting a period.
So I am back to square one on trying to find a cup that will work for me. It took me forever to figure out the keeper and as I discovered it is one of the stiffest cups out there. Which explains why I always felt like a stuffed pig when I used it. I am looking for a few features and was hoping you all would be able to help! I imagine things have changed in the past year or so.

1). Would like it to be silicone
2). Less stiff – The keeper was incredibly difficult to fold – But I don’t want something so flimsy it won’t pop back open. I am still a newbie
3). Shorter stem. I know I can trim them but I’d rather not. This isn’t a deal breaker though.

Looking forward to all the input!
 
Ashatenlegspider on January 12th, 2015 11:13 pm (UTC)
Layman knowledge ahead, not a medical opinion or anything:

The standard way to take combined pills mimics a monthly cycle because that's what some men in the '50s thought women would want, it's not necessarily any better for your health than having a few bleeds a year or suppressing them all together.

There's an idea that 4 week cycles are better because they're closer to the natural condition, but withdrawal bleeds aren't really the same as what goes on when your ovaries are in control.

Regular periods are also a recent development for fertile, sexually active women*. Before highly effective contraception, baby formula and wet nurses (back in the day), carrying and then feeding a child would prevent periods for years at a time. Of course this is different to suppressing menstruation with artificial hormones, and there's much more long-term data on people having monthly withdrawal bleeds than less frequent ones, but I don't think you should feel like you need to have loads of periods if you hate them.

Extending the gap between withdrawal bleeds tends to result in lighter bleeds though, so you might find that they're not that disagreeable every three months. Especially if you get a cup that works for you! Good luck.

*So normative, but can we consider it shorthand? If I say the same thing without cis/hetero normativity it gets clunky and involves a bunch of explicit organs.

Edited at 2015-01-12 11:27 pm (UTC)