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Just got my first menstural cup!
Got any tips?


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#1 Le-a

Posted 12 April 2012 - 09:25 PM

As above.

Squee!

Ive never been so excited about getting my period (except for when I was fourteen and EVERYONE else had got theirs and I hadn't, and when 'late' and not TTC).

So, any of you pro cup users got any tips?

#2 Le-a

Posted 12 April 2012 - 09:45 PM

Come on you wizened wimmin! Share the love!

#3 PixieVee

Posted 12 April 2012 - 09:47 PM

Don't freak out and rip your vagina to shreds trying to remove it.

I have the hang of it now  blush.gif

#4 Le-a

Posted 12 April 2012 - 09:54 PM

Holy crapballs! I'm quite fond of my vagina. Hope I don't rip it to shreds. How do I not rip it to shreds when removing my juju cup?

#5 allthiseffortpaidoff

Posted 12 April 2012 - 10:02 PM

Squeeze at the base until you hear the suction break / let go / hiss / whatever.

You'll be in love even more after you get it all right!

#6 mmamabear

Posted 12 April 2012 - 10:05 PM

Does it really work? have been thinking of one for a while now but a bit nervous about it! how do you know when to empty it?

#7 PixieVee

Posted 12 April 2012 - 10:05 PM

QUOTE (allthiseffortpaidoff @ 12/04/2012, 10:02 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Squeeze at the base until you hear the suction break / let go / hiss / whatever.

You'll be in love even more after you get it all right!


Yes, this.

If you are pulling the stem and it's not happening, squeeze the bottom.

#8 PixieVee

Posted 12 April 2012 - 10:07 PM

QUOTE (mmamabear @ 12/04/2012, 10:05 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Does it really work? have been thinking of one for a while now but a bit nervous about it! how do you know when to empty it?


Well I;m using mine for the first time this period and I'm just checking every few hours and I figure I'll learn the timings.

#9 KristyMum-

Posted 12 April 2012 - 10:07 PM

QUOTE
Does it really work?
you betchya.  I've had mine for... a long time lol since my #3 was a baby wink.gif

#10 Le-a

Posted 12 April 2012 - 10:08 PM

QUOTE (allthiseffortpaidoff @ 12/04/2012, 10:02 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Squeeze at the base until you hear the suction break / let go / hiss / whatever.

You'll be in love even more after you get it all right!


Me hiss, or cup hiss? Lol, only joking. Thanks for that, I suppose you can't get t out without breaking the suction?

It looks rather large and ungainly, can you feel it when it's in?

I understand it shouldnt sit over your cervix, how do I know it's in far enough?

#11 76 feral others

Posted 12 April 2012 - 10:11 PM

Awwww I love mine.
You won't look back. My tip is to not be dishertened if you don't get it right straight away. I had some leaking and it was because I didn't let it open up all the way and thought I had put it in properly. I thought the cup was crap.

Then I realised that when i felt the bottom it should feel as it does when its in my hand.

Other hints, put toilet paper int he bottom of the toilet when emptying it. Otherwise you will have the blood sit on the bottom of the bowl and it is hard to flush it.

Good luck. Tell us how you go.

#12 PixieVee

Posted 12 April 2012 - 10:11 PM

I found it just kind of settled in to position.

I thought it was way too big when I got mine and was praising my decision to get the small. Once it's in and settled you really dont feel it though.

#13 Le-a

Posted 12 April 2012 - 10:11 PM

Ps, do you wear panty liners while using the cup?

#14 MahnaMahna

Posted 12 April 2012 - 10:16 PM

Read the instructions thoroughly and follow them to the letter. This is how I got used to mine.

I much prefer the C fold.

You won't rip your vagina up, promise! Just remove it slowly until you get the hang of it.

Give it 2/3 periods until you decide whether you love it or not, some people catch on really quickly with the best way to use it, others need a couple of cycles to get used to it.

I have really heavy periods too, really heavy. On the two heaviest days I put it in around 7am, empty it around 2pm then again at about 9pm and don't need to empty it at all at night.

Good luck original.gif

#15 MahnaMahna

Posted 12 April 2012 - 10:18 PM

I wore pantyliners for the first month while I got used to it, then I stopped feeling like I needed them. Have had no issues.

#16 Le-a

Posted 12 April 2012 - 10:31 PM

I am ridiculously excited about this.

#17 PixieVee

Posted 12 April 2012 - 10:37 PM

I was excited too.

Now I've had a few days to get used to it I loooove it.

#18 Le-a

Posted 12 April 2012 - 10:43 PM

Can I swim while using the cup?

#19 The Old Feral

Posted 12 April 2012 - 10:58 PM

Yep you can swim.

Does yours have a stalk on the end? The stalk on my diva cup stuck out and poked me when I walked. Hell uncomfortable! So I cut it off, much better.

Basically if the bottom of the cup isn't poking out and annoying you, it's in far enough. If the cup does start to slip out a little it's probably getting full.

Oh and I always wear liners as there's usually a bit of leakage when Itake the cup out to empty it. I use cotton,  reusable liners.

#20 PixieVee

Posted 12 April 2012 - 11:00 PM

Don't cut the stem off before you get the hang of it. Maybe give it a little trim.

#21 76 feral others

Posted 13 April 2012 - 12:49 AM

Try it without your period. I did.

I also cut the stalk off mine straight away.

#22 *Ladybird*

Posted 13 April 2012 - 01:28 AM

I have a diva and love mine too. My advice is if possible stay close to home this cycle, where you have access to water/shower, as when learning to empty and re-insert was kinda messy.

I also found putting it in while sitting on the toilet the best position.

I trimmed my stem too, but just do a little bit at a time. Yes and give it a few cycles to get the hang of it, before you like it or not.

Flow-wise I am super heavy the 1st couple of days & even with regular emptying I need to wear liners and I have one of the bigger sizes.

They get so comfortable (once you are a pro at it) I have forgotten I have got it in lol!

#23 MahnaMahna

Posted 13 April 2012 - 10:15 AM

I trimmed off half the stalk OP. I think you can safely trim half straight away if it is bothering you as if you find you need the stalk there is still plenty there.

#24 -Moxie-

Posted 13 April 2012 - 11:09 AM

The juju is a slippery little thing with a super soft and flexible stalk, so Id suggest not cutting it until you think there is a need to. If you feel it poking you, trim just a small amount at a time.
You may find the salk pokes you at the end of the day or after a few hours, which probably means it could do with emptying.

#25 ~JASB~

Posted 13 April 2012 - 11:29 AM

I'm with you, OP.  My Diva arrived last week.  Strange to say I can't wait to try it out!

It's great to read all the tips, thanks original.gif




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