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julieaqsmith
04 January 2016 @ 05:07 pm
Hi

I'm new to menstrual cups and will be trying my first cup this evening. There were some pretty good sales and coupons over the break so after doing a ton of online reading and YouTube watching I purchased three sets, a super Jennie small and large, an eva cup small and large, and a ruby cup small and large. My plan is to start with the small cups before opening any large and if the smalls work well I will donate the unopened large cups to my local women's shelter. I purchased the super Jennie and Eva cups because I liked that they were made in America and the reviews were good, and I purchased the ruby cups because I really like their mission to donate to a girl in Kenya.

Fortunately my super Jennie and Eva cups came today because so did my period! Today was the first day back to school after Christmas break. I woke up at 5:45 and my period started at 6. Ah, the luck of the Irish. I can't wait to try them and plan on trying the small super Jennie first. I'm going to boil them when I make my dinner (in a separate pan lol) and try it out tonight.

Any tips for a new user? It probably seems excessive to have purchased three sets but the prices were good, I had coupons, and I really wanted to donate some after researching a lot about women's health issues.
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Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on January 4th, 2016 10:39 pm (UTC)
Skim/Read http://kuradi8.livejournal.com/ so you're not trying to follow the instructions that came with the cups.

Since you already own a plethora of cups, you don't need to measure for your cervix. Just see how the cups that you have work for you. And you don't need to go hunting for your cervix either -- unless you find that you're missing it more often than not. How will you know if you missed? Nothing in your cup.

You will probably like different cups for different days of your period so try them all under a variety of conditions and you'll probably wind up keeping them for yourself instead of giving them away.

(If you want to give cups away, there are VERY inexpensive generic cups that can be bought in bulk. You can get dozens for what you paid for yours.)
julieaqsmith: pic#125746147julieaqsmith on January 4th, 2016 10:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much. I will definitely read the link you provided. And thank you for the info about the generic cups. I bought the different two packs and will use the large sizes if the smalls don't work for me, and if the smalls do work then I'll donate the large cups. They were very good holiday deals and it was difficult to decide what size to get, so I figure it was a win-win situation as I got a good deal, have the large size if I need it, and can donate it if I don't.
julieaqsmith: pic#125746147julieaqsmith on January 4th, 2016 11:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the information.

So I tried the super Jennie small and I think I got it almost in correctly on the first try. I wanted to try removing it too and that wasn't that bad either. There was blood inside the cup all around the inside rim but none on the outside so I think that's a good sign?

I have a question. I tried feeling around and it seems that the cup was open around the rim. The bottom of the cup is bell shaped and I seem to crush the bottom. No matter what I did I couldn't get the bottom to be round even though the top seemed to be. Is that ok? Does that mean the cup is too soft for me? Will it still work if I can't get the bottom to be completely round?
Kathlynekathlyne on January 4th, 2016 11:21 pm (UTC)
It should still work. If it is dented you'll just get less capacity. As long as the seal is good and it isn't leaking--then being dented doesn't matter.
julieaqsmith: pic#125746147julieaqsmith on January 4th, 2016 11:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much. I tried again and this time used the punch down method and it seems to have opened completely. I think I will be able to get the hang of this and I already like it more than tampons. It doesn't hurt inserting or removing like tampons do because they get so dry. I wish I had tried this years ago. Should the stem be inside completely of hanging out a little? Mine is completely inside. I think for the first few uses I will have to remove in the bath tub until I get the hang of it.
Kathlynekathlyne on January 4th, 2016 11:45 pm (UTC)
The stem is fine wherever it sits, as long as it doesn't bother you. Use the cup for a cycle or two before you decide if you want to cut it. You can always cut more, but you can't put it back on.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on January 5th, 2016 12:34 am (UTC)
It'll work just fine. And it will probably fill -- either with flow or with air. I don't think it will be dented for long.
Kathlynekathlyne on January 4th, 2016 11:19 pm (UTC)
Relax. Make sure you can splay your knees all the way--pull your pants/panties all the way down to your ankles. Breathe. Make funny faces.

Don't be scared of the large size.The small may work--but the large may work even better for you.

Ignore the instructions that say you have to spin the cup--it isn't necessary. Ignore the diagrams that show the cup way below the cervix--it should actually sit around the cervix.

I know a lot of folks boil their cups, but it isn't necessary. "Clean as cutlery" Kuradi and I say. Washing with soap and rinsing well is enough.

Good luck!
julieaqsmith: pic#125746147julieaqsmith on January 4th, 2016 11:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you I will try your tips. I have learned that I definitely like the punch down fold more than the C-fold although I will certainly try other folds.

I have a coconut oil liquid unscented soap by nutribiotic that I used to clean it. The only ingredients are purified water, saponified coconut oil (non-GMO, virgin, unrefined) and citric acid. Does that sound ok for washing it? I figured since I've read people use coconut oil for the lube that this should be ok.
Kathlynekathlyne on January 4th, 2016 11:55 pm (UTC)
All that should be fine. Use whatever works for you--fold, soap, etc. Don't worry. I think you're overthinking it a little. Just try out the cup(s) and do what works for you.
julieaqsmith: pic#125746147julieaqsmith on January 5th, 2016 12:00 am (UTC)
OK thanks I think I'm just so excited and don't want to do it wrong. I don't remember ever being excited to get my period before lol!
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on January 5th, 2016 12:47 am (UTC)
Excited to get your period. Funny how that works! Yeah, even years after I started using them, there's just something about pulling it out of the drawer for the first time each month. :o)
jourdanicus on January 6th, 2016 04:03 am (UTC)
It's hard to do it wrong, so don't worry! Cups are super hygienic and only ever hurt if you're taking them out improperly, and even then it's harmless mild discomfort. You sound like you're totally set with 3 different kinds, that's more variety than most folks start out with! Good luck, and enjoy! :)