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11 April 2015 @ 07:31 pm
I have been struggling with an anal fissure for about 3 years now. I have been in and out of the doctors office for it. Surgery, laxatives, you name it! Anyway, doctors seem to be confused about menstrual cups and they don't give me an answer because there's probably not enough research to give someone like me an answer to my question. I want to get your opinion on this topic. Do you think menstrual cups can effect an anal fissure?

Edit: My anal fissure is improving since surgery. I am not looking for too much advice on how to heal it because I am seeing a doctor for that. I would like to get advice on how you think menstrual cups could effect it. I don't have friends who use menstrual cups, so I just want to have a discussion about it with all of you. I look forward to hearing what everyone has to say.
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on April 12th, 2015 07:14 am (UTC)
To be honest, I think they probably could. Menstrual cups can cause scraping and pressure of the vaginal walls against the rectum, which a lot of people find uncomfortable even without an anal fissure. Obviously there's no research on this matter, but if it were me I'd exercise an abundance of caution about any insertables.

(Edit: A very soft cup, or even the disposable Instead softcups, might work OK. The Insteads might actually be a good choice, because they sit around the cervix and are more like a collecting bag than a rigid cup. They're different to handle than reusable menstrual cups, though, and of course you don't get the waste reduction aspect.)

Edited at 2015-04-12 07:16 am (UTC)
tkamockingbird on April 12th, 2015 07:39 am (UTC)
Thank you very much for your input! I had a fissure before I started menstrual cups and I remember the first cup I chose was a firmer cup and the next day my fissure was worse. I always wondered if it was the cup that made it worse or if it was a coincidence. I tried a soft Meluna and when I insert cream to my anal fissure I can't feel the cup on the other side, but I did with my former cup.

I would go for the instead cup, but like you said I don't like the waste aspect. Plus, I like the one time purchase with menstrual cups!

Thank you so much for your thoughts. I love having the opportunity to talk to other people about sensitive topics. For now, I think I should stick with the soft Meluna and I believe that's the softest cup out there!
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on April 12th, 2015 07:48 am (UTC)
If it's working for you, definitely go with it. Right now you're a study with a sample size of one :) That said, if you do feel like it's affecting it, it's completely acceptable to not use it.
tkamockingbird on April 12th, 2015 07:57 am (UTC)
Hahaha, sounds like the worst sample size ever!
Yeah, I am trying cloth pads too because beilive it or not, disposable pads were making my fissure irritated and just plain uncomfortable. I never thought I could get into reusables but they are truly amazing.

So according to softest charts, it shows that the soft Meluna is the softest cup. Am I reading that correct or is there a softer cup out there?
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on April 12th, 2015 08:02 am (UTC)
I detest disposable pads! They're awful. Reusables are definitely better. For softness, AFAIK the Meluna Soft is the softest reusable. My info could be out of date though, as it seems like we get a new cup a week these days.
tkamockingbird on April 12th, 2015 08:16 am (UTC)
Oh I know! One time I felt like I was getting a diaper rash and I couldn't stand it anymore and took it off. I mean, it's pretty bad when you would rather risk leaking than wear a disposable pad haha!
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on April 12th, 2015 08:25 am (UTC)
"Diaper rash" is exactly how I feel about them.
tkamockingbird on April 12th, 2015 11:14 pm (UTC)
They should put "diaper rash" on the warning labels of disposable pads.
Jennnakedfaery on April 12th, 2015 08:43 am (UTC)
I have the large Skooncup and its very very soft, certainly the softest cup I've ever used. I have a bladder issue and also other issues with my rectum, I have found the Skooncup doesn't exacerbate them at all.
tkamockingbird on April 12th, 2015 10:33 am (UTC)
I'm sorry that you have issues with your rectum as well. I'm glad you found a cup that works for you! The sckoon scares me because it's a thick cup and it's firmer than the soft Meluna. But if I for some reason find that the Meluna ends up not working for me, I will definelty keep it in mind! Thank you!
trejoytrejoy on April 12th, 2015 07:20 am (UTC)
My opinion, knowing very little about the condition, is that a sufficiently soft cup shouldn't cause trouble.
tkamockingbird on April 12th, 2015 07:41 am (UTC)
Thank you trejoy! I will stick with my soft Meluna. It's a good thing I find it easy to use and it's comfy!
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on April 12th, 2015 01:04 pm (UTC)
Everyone is different. If you think you can use yours without adversely effecting other parts of your body, then go ahead. If you have any doubt, then listen to your intuition and don't. Just because you can or can't doesn't mean others with fissures can or can't. Like I said, everyone is different.
tkamockingbird on April 12th, 2015 07:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I always try to listen to my body and I think I'm pretty good at it. Sometimes it's hard to tell because fissures can be effected by so many other things and it's hard to pin point what's actually hurting it. I just hope I can connect with people who might have this commonality with me and I hope I get the chance to do that here. But I also understand that there might not be anyone who is experiencing this AND will run into this post. But again, thanks for the reminder that I should just listen to my body!
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on April 12th, 2015 10:30 pm (UTC)
I'm not experienced with fissures but some extremely soft cups that may work for you include the Si-Bell, the CupLee, the Lily, and the Rainbow (the Rainbow, at least the large, is shaped like a large Lunette but softer and with a cylindrical stem). The FemmyCycle is also that soft but may not be idea because of all the fiddling required to work with it--sounds like fiddling inside is not the best idea. I liked my FC and Lily but currently use the Si-Bell and Rainbow (and iCare, which is very soft but a bit thicker than those two)
tkamockingbird on April 12th, 2015 11:12 pm (UTC)
Wow, Thank you! These are all great suggestions and I will look into all of these cups if my Soft Meluna does not work out for me. I have only been using cups for 2 months, but i researched them for a year before I bought one. Both times I used it, I wasn't very active so I am interested to see how the soft Meluna will hold up if I'm out and about. Regardless, I always wear a cloth pad with my cup for just in case moments.

The FC scares the bageezers out of me! I think your right, fiddling with that thing would probably be bad news. Again, thank you for taking your time to give me suggestions! It's much appreciated!
mszizi on April 14th, 2015 06:33 am (UTC)
I have af too. I have not tried using a menstrual cup during healing period or when it is still bleeding. But, I would think the process of inserting and removing while sitting on the toilet would be pretty painful. Also, I felt rectal pressure from my cup too so I don't think using cup when the tear is still fresh is a good idea. But, in general I like using menstrual cup! I'm getting a new softer cup, cuplee, hoping it would not give me rectal pressure when it's inside.
My conclusion is only use menstrual cup when your butt is not giving you any trouble. (Hope you don't mind I use the word, butt). Below is a good forum for anal fissure, if you haven't check out this website yet. Hope you get better soon! :)