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First of all, yes I know I posted quite recently but after a few days, other posts bring my older one down ( does that make sense? ) and no one else replies so anyways, I hope y'all don't mind! Anyways, from my last post, someone suggested sea sponge tampons and the Meluna shorty ( which both seem great for my very low cervix which is about a fingernail length in or 1cm, don't ask xD ) but they both seem to have to have very low capacity in order for them to fit. The Meluna could probably only last at most a couple hours on my heaviest day ( which sucks ) and sea sponge tampons would probably have to be trimmed really small ( am I right about that or is there some trick? ). Anyways, I was wondering if I could still use sea sponge tampons without having a small size and a teeny capacity like the Meluna Shorty ( I'm planning to buy the small or medium ). I know for one thing that my cervix is really this low ( read my other post pour favor ) so please don't suggest otherwise. And one more thing, I live in Canada so I have no idea which stores I can get a sea sponge tampon ( any particular art store? ) since when I check online, all I get are US websites ( with what I need but can't get ) and the Canadian websites that claim to have no sponges. I have no idea what and where to buy these sponges so if anyone could lend a hand, that would be greatly appreciated. Also, someone in my last post suggested I couldn't use any internal menstrual protection, is that true? I think that wraps up my questions and concerns for now. Thanks! I hope this will help anyone else in my place too.
 
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on March 10th, 2016 11:09 pm (UTC)
Hi OP! Your posts aren't disappearing, the community just only displays 10 at a time. If you scroll to the bottom of the page and click "earlier" then you'll find them again. Posting about twice a week is fine, just try not to get it get too out of control :)

For sea sponge tampons, amazon.ca does sell them, though they're pretty expensive. It might be cheaper to get them from amazon.com and pay for the international shipping (which they'll usually do, it's just not obvious.)
awesome_12345 on March 11th, 2016 11:57 pm (UTC)
Yes I know they aren't disappearing but there aren't many people who keep scrolling down the page, checking for older new posts. Well I was thinking more about in-store purchases since I'm still under 18 so my parents don't trust me to buy things online. Do you know any common art stores in Canada? Thanks and don't worry, I don't think I'll be posting much more ;)!
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Eveeveofrevolution on March 11th, 2016 04:25 pm (UTC)
FYI, if you click "reply" in the box where the person's comment is, they should get a notification you responded (if they have it enabled) and there's a better chance you'll see their reply, rather than leaving a new response to the post in general :)
awesome_12345 on March 11th, 2016 11:41 pm (UTC)
xD. Thanks! I'm a newbie ;)
Eveeveofrevolution on March 11th, 2016 11:43 pm (UTC)
No problem! :)
jezebelsblues on March 11th, 2016 03:10 pm (UTC)
When I googled about using art store sea sponges for menstruation I came upon this link:
http://www.mothering.com/forum/11-natural-body-care/1400563-anyone-else-use-sea-sponge-during-menstruation.html#/forumsite/20454/topics/1400563?page=1

Most art stores should carry them especially if there are pottery classes in your area and that's why they carry them. But, given the information in the link it might be worth it to purchase the expensive ones because they last a long time.
And, if they your parents don't trust you purchasing online could they purchase it for you?


Edited at 2016-03-11 03:11 pm (UTC)
awesome_12345 on March 11th, 2016 11:46 pm (UTC)
Well, first of all thanks so much for the link ( I'll definitely look into the more expensive brands ) and secondly, my parents don't know about sea sponges and I doubt they'd allow it. Fyi, my mom has used pads her whole life so internal protection is an odd ball. But thanks to you ( and recent discoveries ), websites don't always show their products accurately so, the art stores probably stock sea sponges but don't "broadcast" them.
bklynmom on March 11th, 2016 04:24 pm (UTC)
I just read both your posts and I was wondering what happened when you tried tampons? Did your flow miss the tampon or was it painful to insert? That might give you a hint about using other methods. Sea sponges are really soft and might be a good option. Otherwise, if you're really committed to a cup, I think you should buy whatever you can and try it out. Once you use one for a bit, you'll have more info. You will likely learn more about the size and shape of your vagina. I also find that my cup changes the geography of my vagina and it may be the same for you. An empty vagina has the potential to stretch in a number of directions and a cup pushes it into a particular shape. So, even if a diva might not be the perfect choice for you, I say go for it if it's the only one you can get without a credit card. You can't really tell which cup will be right until you try it out.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on March 11th, 2016 08:47 pm (UTC)
It's true that the vag will stretch in certain directions but if her cervix is THAT low I don't think the Diva is doable. Even a small Lunette may be uncomfortable because completely cutting the stem off will still leave that "point" at the bottom of the V (because of the small Lunette's weird shape).

I stumbled upon this on AliExpress last week and if the stem's completely removed it could be promising. Looks to have better capacity than the shorty Meluna but it doesn't fix the problem of having to order online (unless the OP could convince a friend to do the ordering online, then give it to OP in person) http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Softcup-menstrual-cup-menstrual-feminine-hygiene-product-vagina-care-copo-menstrual-de-silicone/32599660800.html?spm=2114.30010308.3.37.InbV86&ws_ab_test=searchweb201556_2,searchweb201644_3_505_506_503_504_10020_502_10014_10001_10002_10017_10005_10006_10003_10021_10004_10022_10018_10019,searchweb201560_1,searchweb1451318400_-1,searchweb1451318411_-1&btsid=525c7e22-e94e-404e-9759-4239dc9608da
awesome_12345 on March 11th, 2016 11:57 pm (UTC)
xD. Softcups! Someone posted saying it won't work with a low cervix, true? I doubt a diva will fit well, but I want to get a "feel for it" so I just want to try it out xD. I like softcups but they can leak, have low capacity but are available in stores nearby! Honestly I'm torn between what to use... Blah! Have you tried Softcups? Thanks for the link!
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on March 12th, 2016 07:46 pm (UTC)
The one I linked isn't a Softcup, but I did try one once. I only wore it for one night and it seemed to work, but when folded for insertion it would be like 3" in diameter. Even though it hooks behind the cervix supposedly, that would be VERY long for someone with a lowish cervix. Mine is quite high and it still barely fit (I tried this one before I went to reusable cups though.) I stole it from a friend (ssshhhh)...apparently she really likes them.
awesome_12345 on March 13th, 2016 07:58 pm (UTC)
Lol sorry. I got carried away when I read the link xD. Anyways, by clicking on the actual link, I'm wondering if it's generic. It looks like a great size but I haven't heard of it so I'll check it out and do some more research since I haven't heard of that brand nor know much about it ( duh ). Meh, that idea for the online buying from a friend could work but isn't that kinda weird xDD? But thinking about it, it could work. Thanks!

Edited to add: Well, it seems to be sized just like the Mini Meluna S ( 40mm x 40mm ). It seems to be decent silicone ( or whatever material they actually used ) and the capacity should be somewhat greater than the Meluna shorty S. I'm quite happy it has suction release holes too! So thanks for that helpful link! Anyways, on a completely unrelated side note, what do you think about the Meluna shorty M? It is a bit larger than the linked one but I wonder if it could work with my very low cervix.

Edited at 2016-03-13 08:08 pm (UTC)
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on March 13th, 2016 11:39 pm (UTC)
I don't have any personal experience with any of the Shortys--I tried 2 Meluna Classics when I first got into cups and that was a SERIOUS mistake since my cervix is actually very high! But they may be great for you!
not_a_leaf on March 16th, 2016 09:44 pm (UTC)
With such a low cervix, it might be dangly in addition. Have you checked?
Then I could imagine that the shorty M or L might be an option.

Just don't buy the diva. That is too much money for something you probably won't be able to get in.
awesome_12345 on March 18th, 2016 12:50 am (UTC)
It's not dangly. I want to try a diva cup so I know which shorty will work diameter wise. Although I think the large shorty is too long. What do you think?
not_a_leaf on March 18th, 2016 04:41 pm (UTC)
The Shorty S and M are both narrow and I doubt that any of them is too wide for you. I really can't say if they will fit in length, though. I don't think you will learn anything from buying a diva. A cup that sticks out is uncomfortable.
awesome_12345 on March 18th, 2016 05:53 pm (UTC)
Ok. I'll wait for an opportunity to buy the Meluna Shorty M since the small is not that much smaller and the large isn't really any smaller than the small Meluna ( which is probably too long ). Thanks for the advise.
awesome_12345 on March 11th, 2016 11:52 pm (UTC)
Lol it was my mom who tried tampons but I think she has a very low cervix too so the tampon obviously won't fit. Well, you have the same lone of thought as me! I was thinking about a diva cup too. Thank you for helping me out! I'm not sure if a sea sponge will even fit unless I trim it down to a really tiny bit. What do you think? Anyways, back to the diva cup topic ( yes I jump around a lot in regards to different topics xD ), I can actually buy one from a store 15 minutes away ( walking ) so that's a huge thumbs up xD! Thanks for your helpful reply! Btw, this goes to bklynmom ( idk why it won't go under the post I'm trying reply to xD ).


Edited at 2016-03-11 11:54 pm (UTC)
mossmorton on March 14th, 2016 05:06 pm (UTC)
The Diva cup is one of the longest cups out there, and rather firm- sounds like this would not work for you at all. Maybe those knock off silicone Meluna shorty (linked above) could fit. Is your cervix dangly? Can you feel very far past your cervix, or is the back of your vagina right there with it? If you don't have much vaginal depth, a cup might not fit in there at all.
As soon as the sponges get fully wet, they become very soft, flexible, and squishable. I think you would have an easier time with trying a sponge than a cup, as the cup holds it shape and your vagina has to stretch and conform around it.

If you try for sponges, get ones with a really fine texture and fine pores often referred to as 'silk' variety, versus the 'honeycomb' or 'wool' kinds that have larger pores, are more rough in texture, and are often used as bath/bathing sponges. Do a google image search for 'sea sponge silk' and compare those pictures to 'sea sponge honeycomb'/wool'. The color is not that important; sponges are usually a tan/brown color but are often processed or bleached to make them yellow or pale tan.

Before you use them, wash them really well with a mild unscented and natural soap, rinse very very well, and squeeze or shake the remaining water out. The sponges do have a life span and will wear out, so I don't like to wring or squeeze them, but I make a claw hand around the sponge and whip my arm/hand down into a sink or the tub to really fling all the water out.

If there is a health food store near you, they may carry (or be able to order for you) cosmetic sea sponges that are usually the silk variety and would be small, maybe 1-1.5 inches long. These might be a good way to start off.
You can message me if you have any other questions! Good Luck

Edited at 2016-03-14 05:13 pm (UTC)
awesome_12345 on March 18th, 2016 12:56 am (UTC)
Ah. Thanks so much for all the info on the sea sponges! I think I'll try to find one in an art store since I don't really have any nearby health food stores. I'm just concerned about how large some sponges are and if they can fit but reading your comment, they might need a bit trimming and boom, wet -> squishy = FITS! Anyways, I know the diva will not fit but I want to know which diameter I need ( eg. Less than 40mm ). I can fit my longest finger all they way in ( around my cervix ). Thanks again for the helpful reply!