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I am a 35 yo who has never had children. My cervix sits low and it is barley 5cm in. I am going on a week long hiking trip in 2 months which is when my period is supposed to be. It was late a few months ago, because I intentionally planned my trip so this would not happen, but now can't cancel my trip. I have never used a cup before but am strongly considering it because
I have to carry out all my trash and I do not want to carry out used tampons. It is gross and it also has a much higher risk of attracting wild animals to my pack because of the smell.
I will be going a week without showering. I will have access to some water but that is it.

I am really REALLY overwhelmed. I see so many options, I do not know what to try, or if this is even a good idea/option.

Thanks so much!
 
yayforcupsyayforcups on February 17th, 2015 07:20 am (UTC)
I say go for it! If you get it right first time with the cup then great, if not then you may have a few leaks but its still a lot less than without it, you can use a backup and after the trip you will have time to perfect your cup use. You can always practise on dry runs too. Could you get a couple of different cups (different widths and shapes) to see which fits best then sell on mc-sales what you dont want? You only need a bit of water to clean it. Hope it goes well- welcome to cupworld :)
dognurse on February 18th, 2015 04:09 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm trying to decide which one to get to trial run with!
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on February 17th, 2015 09:54 am (UTC)
I am actually not sure I'd recommend it for a first time. There is a learning curve involved with cups, and it sometimes takes a couple months to get the hang of it. That, plus the poor hygiene conditions of a hike, might make you very stressed about it. You could always try it anyway, of course, but maybe bring a supply of tampons and a plastic container to store the used ones in to pack them out as backup?
dognurse on February 18th, 2015 04:08 am (UTC)
Thanks
Thanks! The limited hygiene conditions were partly what has me concerned with using tampons. Not being able to wash "down there" and being hot, sweaty and gross for days on end has me worried about the increased risk of a UTI, etc. A plastic container to store used tampons would perhaps work, but would need to be triple bagged, and hung in a tree (as does all food and items with a smell or any sort) far away from my tent. I'd have to hang my dirty tampons away from my food.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on February 17th, 2015 12:44 pm (UTC)
If you haven't already, skim/read this and then follow the links to the sizing guidelines and charts. http://kuradi8.livejournal.com/

I agree that there's usually a bit of a learning curve so if you can get one in time for your next period before you go, that would give you a better idea about how successful you'll be on your trip. But plan ahead to mix and match products.
dognurse on February 18th, 2015 04:09 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm trying to decide what ones to order to trial run with to see what works best.
blauwemaan on February 17th, 2015 07:38 pm (UTC)

Although I am all for cups, I have another suggestion for you: maybe your doctor could prescribe you some pills to postpone your period. I once did a marathon and I would have been on my period if it wasn't for my mother telling me about these fancy little pills (thanks mum for sharing that info after 10+ years of menstruating and countless outdoorsy holidays ;-)). I think the pills (no birth control) were called Orgametril but I am sure there are other brands around. It worked fine for me and wasn't that expensive (ca. 10 euro)!

dognurse on February 18th, 2015 04:02 am (UTC)
My Dr. Said No
Thanks! I thought about the medication route first as well, but my Dr. said that nothing is available, and that she doesn't have any options. I would love that route even more!
blauwemaan on February 18th, 2015 08:16 am (UTC)

Too bad :-(


Well, you could consider birth control pills to postpone your period on your trip, that surely must be available? And of course you'll still have one period to practice with menstrual cups :-) I like rather stiff cups. They're foolproof: I never had any trouble popping them open or removing them. I don't feel them once inserted. The learning curve wasn't steep. My current favorite is a Yuuki Economic (which is also quite affordable).

eyaf_lemeyaf_lem on February 18th, 2015 12:53 pm (UTC)
I also have a low cervix (probably about 3.5cms in) I can Accommodate shorter cups and have quite a heavy flow. For info I'm 36 with no children. I use a large fleurcup. It has good capacity and I can get away with emptying it 2 or 3 times a day. So far I've had no leakage but I do need to make sure my cervix is inside the cup with my finger after insertion. I also have the large mcuk which is ok in size but does not have enough capacity for me. Have a look at the size charts to see what you think might suit you.
anjeaanjea on February 25th, 2015 02:58 am (UTC)
I am an avid backpacker. I actually prefer to pack out tampons - much less risk of mess while changing even though it's gross. You can cover a ziplock with duct tape so you can't see the ick. There is no data to support that animals are attracted to menstrual blood. If you're still concerned, you can bear bag it away as you would your food.