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So... tonight is my first time ever using the Menstrual Cup. Honestly I don't know what brand it is... but so far it is ok...

Here is my back story...

I started getting my period at age 11 and I had it bad!!! When I say bad... I mean just that. I had the worst cramps ever in life and I had to trick my mind with different ways to get take away the pain. I would take 5-6 800 Motrins and they would do nothing so eventually I just stopped using them. Over time I'd use a heating pad and suck on ice until I fell asleep and that seemed to help. I don't know why lol. I also would have my period for 2 weeks straight... not light but heavy that whole time. Now in my adult life I realize that most of it were blot clots. I was a prime example of IRREGULAR!!! I would be on for 2 weeks and off for 2 weeks. Talking about constantly feeling crazy. I attempted to use birth control but did not want to blow up and also I could never remember to take them at the same time daily even after setting a timer.

I read about Diva Cups Etc but was grossed out about the fact of using one cup for 7 days straight or in my case who knows how long. Thought about purchasing a few but the fee was too high for me... yes I know I could buy one every few months until I built up a collection but i wasn't having it. My logic was off lol...

so fast forward a few years... I had a DNC in May 2010... it helped a little but not really... I would go months with no period and then go months on my period. so that was suggested. Yea it helped but it came back. I have been diagnosed with Endometriosis, DUB (dysfunctional urethral bleeding) and PCOS. I've gone years now of messing up good underwear and buying cheesy ones from Walmart while all my nice ones just sit in a drawer waiting to be worn. I would wear a Tampax and a Pad together and had to make sure i changed every 1.5 hours. Working in a call center made this difficult but I made it work. I finally checked again with my Doc about Birth Control and they suggested the NuvaRing. I put it in on the first day of my cycle November 2014 and it took my period away for the whole month. I was happy. I changed into the new one for December and I started having issues. I had blood clots the size of golf balls peeling off of my uterus for almost 2 weeks straight while my Doctor told me to take Naproxen and scheduled all types of Test. End result... had to have another DNC February 2015... I have a Fibroid that they left in but they did remove a Polyp. Since I've had similar issues on and off. So my husband told me about this App called Wish. I get on there daily to see what they have and one day I came across the Menstrual Cup. it was $1 for the Cup and $1 for shipping. I bought 10!!! I said you know what, I have no reason to not try this now. I struggle daily on making it to the bathroom on time to make sure a blood clot does not pass by the Tampax since it's not absorbed. It's hard to do housework without having to run to the bathroom constantly... My period took over my life... I don't want to go out and do fun things... well I do but it's hard... and now I'm taking my life back!!! I AM HAPPY or shall I say HOPEFUL!!!
Current Mood: HAPPY
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on March 28th, 2016 04:27 pm (UTC)

For the endometriosis, has your doc talked about the Mirena IUD or are you not a candidate for it due to the fibroids being in the way? Or maybe ablation if you are not planning on having kids?

Since I'm assuming the cups you got were cheaper Chinese cups (which can still be great for many people!), they are probably VERY soft so you will want to try some of the more complex folds shown here https://menstrualcupforteens.wordpress.com/folds-and-insertion/

I have to have extremely soft cups due to a finicky bladder and possibly a fibroid of my own that throws my cervix off center, and I also need the large size cups for capacity reasons (I teach music lessons and often have several hours in a row with NO breaks), so I'm really experienced in getting them to pop open. I'm childless and pretty toned up there I think, so you CAN wear larges even without kids :) and I'd actually recommend them for you due to the clot factor.

Good luck!
nicamamenicamame on March 28th, 2016 04:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks, i tried the first fold. it seemed the easiest router and my cups did come from China. Last night was perfect... I slept like a baby and when I woke up the cup was only half full. during 11pm and 445am. Not bad at all. Usually I wake up 4 times per night to go. I want to have kids as soon as I lose some of this weight to get my PCOS under control. IUD was offered to me but I declided after seeing how it messed my sister up after she took hers out. I currently have not given birth to any kids, but because of those BC i did choose to get the large. At first it was weird feeling but i guess im used to it now. Im thinking about cutting off the stem but I struggled this morning trying to get the thing out. After I relaxed a bit I was able to pull it out. After work I'll see how it goes again. I wore a pad just incase. I saw a youtube video of a way to check if the cup had any folds in it but was unsuccessful. I would hate to have any leakage while at work. I've checked on it just to make sure so all is well for now.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on March 29th, 2016 01:42 am (UTC)
Nice! Sounds like you're getting the hang of it. And some of those Chinese cups are really nice--most of the complaints I see on Amazon are from people who just aren't used to the additional "fiddle factor" of a soft cup. (I'd rather have that than actual pain and an inability to pee like firm cups give me LOL)
nicamame: Hispanicnicamame on March 29th, 2016 07:19 pm (UTC)
Lol i didnt even know they had hard ones... Well these will def do for now... For the price && shipping... I spent a total of $2 each one... Got 10... Great deal
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on March 30th, 2016 01:38 am (UTC)
Hey, maybe you could convert some friends to cups with those extras! :)
devaughn_wifeydevaughn_wifey on April 3rd, 2016 10:49 pm (UTC)
Your run down on your back story could have been written by me with some minor differences... Kind of crazy how similar it was. I ended up splurging on a Lena but I only got one, not 10 lol

Good luck!!