Day 2- Still struggling getting this cup out. I had an idea last night of tying a string to the bottom of it. But, the string came off one time and I realized that I was just trying to make the cup more like a tampon. I also realized that I am taking it out WAY too often.
After realizing that I was treating the cup as a tampon I sat myself down and told myself that it was okay to treat it differently. Starting with not checking it will I went to bed. So from 1 pm to 8:30 pm, I just let it be.
I explored other cup options and saw a few that I think might work better. I think having a ring of sorts would allow me to take it out easier. While looking I found that there were a variety of choices. Which, again, surprised me. There is a whole market out there that I wasn’t aware of.
I also came to the conclusion that the reason I might be having a hard time getting the cup out is because I have a high cervix. Hello!!! How is it that I am 40 and have had 2 children and just now realizing this? Geeze!!
As I sank into the experience a little more I did feel like the cup felt more secure and efficient in collecting the blood. Another HUGE positive is that when you go to the bathroom, number 1 or 2, pee pee doesn’t soak the string. I have always hated when that happened. It actually feels cleaner and less messy this way. As did the fact that I didn’t need to change it as often, liberating!!!
Around 8:30 pm, I struggled to take it out (swearing and sweating a little). The cup didn’t have a lot of blood but I dumped it, washed it off really well and then reinserted it and went to bed.
All in all, even with the challenge of getting the cup out, I imagine that I will not be going back to tampons. There is something about this process that feels better. Better for the environment, yes. But it is deeper than that. I will be thrilled if this continues to go well.