julianne1962 (julianne1962) wrote in menstrual_cups,

I feel like a new person

Just thought I would add my experience with my menstrual cup. I have so far been through three periods using it, and it has steadily become easier to use, and much more comfortable. The first try was painful, mainly because I think I have a tilted uterus, and it caused the stem to poke me painfully any time I moved. (I bought a Mooncup by Keeper.) I had already decided I wasn't going to turn it back in so I whacked off the stem, and it fit much better.

I am 44 years old, and have a very heavy period, so I do leak on one day, but compared to the amount of leakage I had on a regular basis with tampons, I feel this is a wonderful improvement. I think the most amazing fact however, is that my whole thought process about my body has changed. There was a time (just a few short months ago) that I dreaded the "monthly curse". I hated being a woman because of this. I felt unclean during my period, and incredibly uncomfortable, and the mere mention of "have a happy period!" on TV would cause me to want to put my foot through it, or go on murderous rampages to the CEO's office of that particular company. I hated every commercial of perky women running down the beach supposedly on their periods, not a care in the world, because that wasn't MY world! My world consisted of rashes due to plastic lined, albeit areodynamically designed panty liners and ended up with a stinky smelly trashcan full of used feminine products.

After my initial first trial month, the second one went much better, but the greatest thing was the change in attitude I had. When I first realized I had started my period, I was actually happy! Huh? You've got to be kidding! Me? Happy to have started? Wow! What a change! Other than my one heavy day, I went for hours at a time with no hint that I was on my period at all! For the first time in my life I DID have a happy period! I was no longer repulsed by my bodily fluids, they became downright fascinating!

My only regret is that I didn't find out about the menstrual cups a lot sooner. I spent way too many years using tampons and pads and muddling through. I have finally convinced my 25 year old daughter to try one as well, and take every opportunity to tell others about it. Anyone out there that is having problems with their cups, just hang in there. Eventually you will get a hang of it and will be glad you stuck with it!
Tags: heavy blood flow, keeper moon cup, success stories

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