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09 August 2017 @ 12:14 pm

Hello to all!

I am new to the site, and I thought I could share some of my experience using the menstrual cup.

First of all, I want to start off by saying that everyone is different, so my experience does not necessarily echo with anyone else's, and thus should not shy anyone away from trying the cups.

Background information: I have been a long-time user of pads (for about ten years since my first period), and very infrequently I use tampons (regular) to get more flexibility. I began looking into buying and using a mooncup last month. I browsed through this website and found it extremely helpful in guiding people how to appropriately pick and use mooncups (thanks to all!). However, my experience with my mooncup (Lunette 1) this morning kinda scared me away from future usages.

Last month at the end of my period, I for the first time inserted the menstrual cup and left it in during the day, the insertion and removal were painful, but I did not have any problems wearing the cup for 8 hours. So I decided to give it a full run this month.

Last night, I saw some light pink on my pants and I knew that my period was about to come, so I boiled my cup for 5 mins and inserted the cup, then I went to bed. This morning when I woke up (after 9 hours of wearing) everything was fine, there were some leaks but not severe. I took the cup out and rinsed it with cold water, and inserted it back. After my insertion, I pooped (sorry lol), and almost immediately as I stood up I felt extremely dizzy and temporarily blind for a couple of minutes. Besides, I got shaky and felt nausea and vomiting. I got very scared and instantly pulled out my cup (what a pain!). however, I managed to sit down and tried to drink some water.

I sometimes have hypoglycemia in the morning so I suspected it was the cause, but my symptoms were never as severe as this time, so I was thinking if this could potentially be TSS or similar syndromes (from insertion and leaving the cup in overnight), especially after reading this article of a confirmed case: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4556184/  I love the idea of menstrual cup and I want to put my two cents in in protecting the environment, but I don't know if moon cups are just not for me. Should I give it another try?

Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on August 9th, 2017 08:21 pm (UTC)
It was probably a vasovagal reflex. Google it. It goes by many similar names.

Basically, your cup is touching a nerve that causes that "bad" reaction. The good news is that it doesn't take long for your body and that nerve to figure out that it's OK to be touched, and it will stop doing it. It should only take a couple more times. If it happens again, breathe deep, don't freak out, take the cup out and try again later. Leave it in longer next time.

Bottom line: It's not unusual, and it will pass.
littlemmm on August 9th, 2017 09:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you for helping out! I've never heard of vasovagal reflex but as I was googling it, a lot of the symptoms match what I’ve experienced before. I will also consult with my doctor regarding this.
I will try again with my cup, maybe not today as I’m still feeling a bit dizzy thinking about it, but it’s such a huge relief knowing what it is that I'm facing rather than worrying about the possibilities. Thanks again!
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on August 9th, 2017 10:18 pm (UTC)
You don't need to make a special trip to your doctor. You'll probably be over it long before you see "him" next. But make a note if you want to ask him more about it.
littlemmm on August 10th, 2017 02:32 am (UTC)
I'll make sure I have this covered in my future visits. J
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on August 10th, 2017 02:13 am (UTC)
yeah probably vagus nerve. i don't think i've ever experienced this due to cups but it happened when i had a very full bladder and had to stand in a toilet queue (on a train of all places, ugh). also less severely on some other occasions.

if you know you'll need to go #2, do it between the removal and reinsertion. it's generally easier with no cup inside, and if you don't empty your bowels properly this may lead to constipation :(
littlemmm on August 10th, 2017 02:39 am (UTC)
This was probably another reason... I'll take notes to remove my cup before my no.2
Regarding what you said about cups, do you use a softer cup and if so does it help at all?
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on August 10th, 2017 11:11 am (UTC)
The Diva is already a fairly soft cup. It rates a #4 out of 10 (stiffest) on Melissa's Squishiness Scale. And all cups get softer with use. Roll and squish them around in your hands if you think they're too "crisp" when new.
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on August 10th, 2017 01:27 pm (UTC)
you don't *have to* remove it for #2, i mostly meant the reinsertion. if your cup is already inside and doesn't get dislodged, you can just keep it there.

yes i prefer soft cups, but the small lunette is already pretty soft.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on August 10th, 2017 02:07 pm (UTC)
Oops, my mistake. Someone else was asking about a Diva. Yes, the small Lunette is also already quite soft too. Hang in there, you're in the learning curve.
okwaho_okaraokwaho_okara on January 31st, 2019 06:41 am (UTC)
The CDC information about TSS happening to someone using a menstrual cup has scared me a bit too.

I've been using a cup for nearly 7 now though, and no problems thus far....

Edited at 2019-01-31 06:46 am (UTC)