[identity profile] scottobear.livejournal.com
I was talking to my neighbor, and it was mentioned that they were planning a family with the help of a menstrual cup -

http://www.fertilityplus.org/faq/homeinsem.html

Has anyone in the community had experience with home insemination by way of a cup or the ol' "turkey baster" method?

Thanks in advance for any info.



[identity profile] dumblemop.livejournal.com
Since this community is the thing that inspired me to try out alternative menstrual technology (that sounds so subversive), I figured I would share my DivaCup story (also it's probably TMI for anyone else).

I will start by saying that I'm trans, and tend to minimize routine contact with my reproductive system as much as possible. I'm really sick of tampons because I keep not having them when I need them and I don't like the way they feel, and I'm trying to be more eco-friendly and contribute less garbage to the world.

So I considered a cup. (My roommate is also trans and I don't think he would be able to handle cloth pads going through our washing machine.) There are several types available, so I just kind of picked one. I decided on a DivaCup and ordered it after my last cycle because I'd thought about it for awhile and I was fed up.

I got to test it out last night, and it was more difficult to insert than I expected. I folded it up like the little booklet said, and tried to put it in. But it wouldn't "pop" open once it was inside me, and prodding it didn't seem to have an effect. So I pulled it out and tried again, same problem. I finally managed to insert it by folding it at first but letting it open as it was going in, which allowed it to open fully and rotate as the instructions indicated. But I was worried that I was pushing too much air in with it.

Removing it this morning and putting it back in went much better than last night; only one try and less than five minutes (compared to three tries and half an hour). Seeing a small cup full of my own blood was a little weird -- much different than pulling out a tampon without even looking at it. I was still worried that I'd ended up with too much air given the way I had to put it in. But I always get cramps the first day or so of my period, and I can't tell whether the odd, mildly painful feeling I have is cramps, my vagina not used to having a hunk of silicone sitting in it all day, or a problem that I should correct by reinserting.

I haven't had a problem with leaks yet, but I keep worrying about it every so often because I feel wetter than I usually do on my period, because I don't have a tampon absorbing everything.

That's my story so far. I hope practice will make the insertion easier to deal with, as rooting around in my vagina trying to get it to fit right is not my idea of a good time. If I have any disasters or a stellar rest of the week I will post an update.
[identity profile] squeakyramone.livejournal.com
I know there is a ton of info about these on here because I checked some of the memories first... BUT... I have a specific question, so I might as well ask it. My boyfriend and I are going backpacking for a couple months starting in June and because I'll need to pack light, there is no way that I'm going to be able to take tampons or pads... That, and I'm trying to stop using tampons and disposable pads altogether (yay environmentally friendly). Anyway, does anyone think that using a menstrual cup would be my best bet? I'm going to start making my own pads, but I think it will be easier to clean a menstrual cup than a reusable pad.

Also, am I able to purchase menstrual cups at a regular store... like a grocery store or something? Or am I going to have to order them online?

The Cup

Dec. 19th, 2007 12:52 am
[identity profile] nelle-ombre.livejournal.com
Hello everyone, I'm brand new and I think this comm is amazing. It's exactly what I need.

Right now I am on my period and well I have just gotten fed up with tampons and pads. In fact, I had to change my tampon just about every hour today because well 3rd day is the worst... Anyhow, on to my point. I've been researching the menstrual cups and I'm trying to get my sister to also convert. She simply will not use a tampon because of TSS, but I read where the cup has no relation to TSS. There just seem to be so many benefits, including cost. But what I really wanted to ask is this: What brand of cup would you all suggest? Is there one better than the other? What advice would you give?
[identity profile] longpig.livejournal.com
I am stuck at work and my menstrual cup is leaking like a mofo. I don't know what the problem is. It *never* leaks like this, but today I might as well not have anything down there. Since it's a heavy day, there's blood all over the insides of my thighs already (wearing a dress) and it's *very* uncomfortable. :( There's no drugstore anywhere nearby, and I don't know what to do. The underwear I have is not conducive to wadding up tp, the traditional last resort.

AAARGH!!

I hope everyone here is having a better day. :(

EDIT (19/07/06): I managed to make it through the day, with strategic and stealthy application of tissues. Not something I care to repeat! So far it's behaving today though. I have my fingers crossed...
[identity profile] mooncrab.livejournal.com
Hi, all

My name is Jamie, and I'm new to the community. I'm hoping someone can hep me out. Sorry if this is a really common question, I checked skimmed through the memories a nd the first couple of pages, but i didn't read closely because my kids are both up. Anyhow, here's my question: I just recently got a Diva Cup, which I chose over the Keeper only because of my mild latex allergy. I was pretty sure I got it in right, because it felt like it was around my cervix and there was a seal, and it never leaked. But all of the stuff I've read says that id it's in correctly, I shouldn't be able to feel it at all. Is that true? Because I can definitely feel it, and it doesn't feel that great. When I'm sitting it's mostly ok, but when I stand up, it comes down a little and the ribbed stem keeps rubbing the inside of....well, my vagina, I guess, but way low down, so it's more like the inside if my labia. And it's sort of chafing me. So does that mean that I don't have it in right? Or is it just me? Should I trim the stem (it already looks pretty short)? Also, I heard that just because you're allergic to latex, doesn't necessarily mean you can't use the Keeper, because it's not strictly latex, like, say, condoms or gloves. Is this true? Because the Keeper looks like it's maybe more comfortable.

Please excuse any typos,I was NAK. And also please excuse the fact that I actually asked several questions.

Thank you.

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