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sam_schwa
04 June 2015 @ 04:53 pm
When I was first researching menstrual cups, I was very curious about what medical professionals have to say about it (if anything) and I had only found a handful of entries/blogs about it and half of them were doctors/nurses saying they didn't know about them or that it's not good. So here is one more story that will hopefully even things out for anyone researching cups as much as I did.

My doctor talks through the step-by-step process during a PAP to ease the tension, and while he was explaining that the extra pressure I was feeling was from the speculum I said that it didn't feel much different than inserting my menstrual cup, to which he didn't bat an eye and essentially agreed it would be a similar feeling. So 1) He knew about menstrual cups and 2) Had no serious opinion of them.

I hope this was helpful to at least someone out there! Also, if you have a similar story (or entirely different) I would love to hear it in the comments. I'm still interested in the different viewpoints doctors/nurses have on cups.

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arylisa on June 4th, 2015 11:37 pm (UTC)
Funny story – I had a gyno appointment today, and they asked me some questions about my period, one of which was "Do you use pads, tampons, or both?" I answered both, which was somewhat true, but I feel that the question should've been more inclusive, e.g. "What do you use for your period?"
tkamockingbird on June 5th, 2015 12:07 am (UTC)
Or when they ask how often you change your tampon or pad. I usually just stare at that part of the paper work and not really sure how to proceed. Hahaha
arylisa on June 5th, 2015 12:12 am (UTC)
Same! My gyno also asked me how many pads and tampons I went through on my heaviest day, and I was like "ummmmmmm........ 3-4? I guess?", mentally trying to convert cupfuls to cottonfuls.
tkamockingbird on June 5th, 2015 12:14 am (UTC)
Next time lets give them an amount in ml. That will impress them! :P
brytewolf: TOS spock smilesbrytewolf on June 6th, 2015 07:51 pm (UTC)
I don't remember how it came up, but I mentioned it in my last meeting with my ob/gyn, and the conversation just continued like it was a completely normal response. He also proceeded to recommend the Skyla to me (so he obviously didn't think there would be an issue with cups and IUDs).
Miss Ashleyimagine_peace on June 7th, 2015 03:43 am (UTC)
That's cool. I am debating whether or not to share my use of a cup with my gynecologist next time i see her. I think I probably will though.
naked_beauty_21 on June 10th, 2015 12:35 am (UTC)

Not exactly what you're asking, but i asked two cousins of mine that are nurses (both women) if they had heard of menstrual cups. One had heard of them but seemed to be fairly apathetic and uninterested, but the other one, who worked in a urology clinic, had never once heard of them!