The topic of this page is menstruation. This page contains information and explicit details about my vagina and pubic area.
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This is to document my learning experience with my Fleurcup. I do not claim to be a professional, nor do I claim to know everything.
That being said, if there are any questions, feel free to ask me.
I had looked into cups before, but seeing as tampons were never my favorite thing, I’d decided to skip out on the menstrual cup. I thought about getting lunapads but they were just so dang expensive and it would suck to have to wash them so constantly.
About halfway through my last period I noticed my pad and tampon collection was dwindling. So my mind casually wandered back to menstrual cups, and after doing many days of research I finally picked one out; the Fleurcup.
It arrived the week after my period had ended so I decide I’d practice inserting and removing in a dry run type of thing. I took it in the shower with me after boiling it and tried a couple different folds. My hand couldn’t hold onto the cup in a few of them so eventually I settled on the punchdown fold.
Insertion was surprisingly easy the first time and the placement was just about perfect. I couldn’t feel it at all… in fact, I was having a hard time grabbing onto the damn thing to remove it! I began to panic. After realizing freaking out was not going to solve anything, as I seemed to clench all of my muscles, I made up my mind to continue with my shower as normal.
When it came time to finish up my shower I spread my legs wide, relaxed everything I could, grabbed the stem with one hand and stuck a couple fingers from the other up my vagina to break the seal. I even almost got the cup back into the punchdown form. From there removal was easy and painless.
The next week I took my cup into the shower with me again(there were showers in between). This time I didn’t quite get the cup where it needed to be before it blossomed from its fold and formed a seal. Actually it was really close to my vaginal opening and putting a lot of horrible pressure on me. So once again, I freaked out and nearly ripped the damn thing out of myself. I was still in discomfort so I decided to put the cup away for a while.
I woke up at two in the afternoon to discover my cycle had started. I reached for my cup and drudged to the bathroom. I washed the cup and hopped in the shower. I inserted the cup with no problem, although I believe my cervix had descended because I couldn’t get it as high as I remember doing on my first insertion. After making sure the cup had opened up and a seal had formed, I finished my shower and set an alarm on my phone for 4 hours to remind me to check for leaks, as my first day is always pretty heavy flow.
When the alarm went off I checked and had no leaks so I continued about my business for two more hours. When it was finally time for me to remove the cup I tried it while sitting down. This was a bad idea as the cup was not vertical and so could not hold all the necessary contents. It was a mess. There was blood all over everything and since the cup was full I couldn’t fold it in on itself. Again I experienced extreme discomfort so I grabbed an overnight pad and waited out the rest of the night in bed.
I got up and grabbed the cup, determined to make today a better day. This was the first time I had attempted to insert it while just sitting on the toilet so after a little bit of maneuvering(it’s like when you have to find the perfect angle to insert the tampon, only my cup angle is slightly different) I finally got the cup where it needed to be with the one leg up approach I had to use my first couple times inserting tampons.
Again I set an alarm; this time for six hours, and when it went off I went to the bathroom to discover very light leakage in my underwear. Not really a huge deal. This time I removed the cup while standing up and it was a lot easier and also a lot cleaner… until I got overly excited and dropped the cup into the toilet. No I’m not kidding. At least I hadn’t actually used the toilet. So after fishing it out and boiling it I reinserted it; again in the one leg up position. The second run of the day went swimmingly and then I decided to wear a pad to bed to not chance it.
Woke up, inserted the cup, set an alarm. Went out. Came home and relaxed. Removed, cleaned, reinserted. Pretty uneventful day, but I actually left the house using it and was confident that I was not going to leak. I did notice, being more active, with the natural muscle contractions it felt as though I needed to queef almost constantly. I even bucked up and slept with it in.
This morning I removed the Fleurcup, rinsed it, and reinserted it. Set the alarm and made sure I was at home when it went off. I still am a little sloppy when it comes to the removal so I haven’t mustered the courage up to try it in a public place. I had quite a bit of leakage for some reason and I did figure out that it pressed a little bit against my bladder causing me to feel like I needed to pee quite often.
I moved to my college campus just before my August cycle started and I forgot my cup so I got through 2 periods using pads while away. My period began last night so I fished out my Fleurcup and boiled it. I remembered how to insert it just fine but when time came to remove it and empty it I was still having the same problems I had when I started using the cup. Because of these problems I am still worried about the prospect of emptying it in public. Actually I’m just worried about how I’ll achieve rinsing it out more. For this reason, I’m considering getting a second cup and a small bag with waterproof lining so I can do a switch out and clean the soiled one while still being protected.