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Hi all, I've been checking out the boards for the past few weeks in advance of getting my first cup and it seems like a great community on here!

Some background on me: I am in my mid-20s, never given birth, I have a low cervix, and have never had penetrative sex with anything larger than a finger or two. Been using tampons for about a decade.

I used the Lunette Model 1 for the first time yesterday and experienced some pain on insertion (I think from it coming in contact with my cervix), but no leaking and barely felt it when it was in other than a little pressure on my bladder. I started feeling kind of lightheaded and funny, but attributed it to not getting much sleep the night before. Took it out later that day which was difficult but also fine overall, and didn't sleep in it.

Fast forward to today, I get the cup in and go to work. Started feeling lightheaded again, also a little nauseous, dry throat, hands shaking, jittery - it felt like the start of a panic attack but I knew it wasn't because nothing had happened to trigger it and I haven't had one in ages. No leaking thus far so I think the cup was in and opened properly. And like yesterday, I couldn't feel it other than some bladder pressure (stronger than yesterday), but it was overall comfortable to have in. I ended up leaving work as I started feeling progressively worse, like I was going to pass out. I removed the cup, and have started feeling better since then.

Has anyone else experienced anything similar? These weird physical/mental symptoms but without any actual pain from the cup? I feel like I'm going crazy and that these symptoms can't be caused by the cup, but I know my body and my mind and I'm confident that they are. Could it be that I'm just not accustomed to having something so large inside me? If it was pressing on my cervix wouldn't I have felt pain? Was it not open all the way? I wasn't completely sure it had opened but blood collected in the cup and there was zero leakage.

Any input or advice is greatly appreciated! I am not ready to give up on the cup, but I want to look into this more and wait until my next cycle before trying it again, because these symptoms were really scary to experience.
 
lilin_unite on March 24th, 2017 07:32 am (UTC)
I have not heard of something like this, and it is definitely odd that they slack off again once you remove the cup. But I would strongly suggest you ask a doctor about this! That is a fairly extreme degree of symptoms to have from a cup, and I would want to be certain there wasn't some sort of internal issue. Nausea makes me wonder about infection, although as I said it would be highly unusual for the symptoms to stop once you removed the cup, if that were the case. But it's better safe than sorry.
gepunktetrock on March 24th, 2017 07:49 am (UTC)
This does sound unusual. I did have similar symptoms. But they were accompanied by a cramping pain which I believe was due to some pressure on my cervix combined with needing to poop (sorry TMI!).

Maybe give it a rest and try next period. I've never heard of this happening with no pain, though. Be careful! Good luck!
lilin_unite on March 24th, 2017 08:19 am (UTC)
Yes, gas all by itself can be deceptively painful (so bad some people mistake it for a heart attack!), and so can too much suction on the cervix. I have definitely had nausea and shaking from extreme cramping pain. But to have this without the pain... that's what's perplexing me and why I'm wondering if it's something else? For example, I have heard of UTI's without pain (or least not initially). Pressure on the urethra could exacerbate this?

I really don't know, but for me, I would consider these symptoms to be worth getting checked out.
gepunktetrock on March 24th, 2017 01:32 pm (UTC)
Yes! I second that.
Ashatenlegspider on March 24th, 2017 10:38 am (UTC)
Non-medical opinion, but as the symptoms go when you take out the cup, I think it's more likely to be pressure on something activating the sympathetic (fight or flight) branch of your autonomic nervous system, which would lead to those panic attack symptoms. It's weird that you're not otherwise aware of discomfort, but bodies are weird.

Using a different position and/or different fold to insert might let the cup find a better position which wouldn't have this effect. This is just trial and error unfortunately, so it's probably best if you try it when you don't have other stuff to deal with, so you can take it out if you feel bad and recover at home.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on March 24th, 2017 11:37 pm (UTC)
Google vasovagal reflex/reaction/response or any variation that comes up. Basically, the cup is touching a cluster of nerves that are reacting to the new experience. The good news is that it gets better as those nerves realize that getting touched is OK.

It's kinda like dangling your feet into a pool. At first you might think it's too cold and pull your feet out, but then it becomes refreshing and maybe even enjoyable.
m4rigold on March 25th, 2017 12:10 am (UTC)
Thanks for comments everyone! It's reassuring to hear from people more experienced with cups.

After reading your comments, I think it's likely that it was in fact a vasovagal reaction. I researched it (it's fascinating!) and realized I have experienced this before from other triggers, like cutting my hand badly while cooking. I think this is likely the cause but will be mentioning the whole incident to my doc next week during my physical to get her opinion and get everything checked out.

Thanks again :)
Lookingatbooks: pic#127039324Gaby Virginia on March 28th, 2017 05:40 pm (UTC)
There's been one case of TSS reported with menstrual cups. Definitely see your doctor.