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If I can't use tampons, should I bother trying a menstral cup?


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#1 Jasmine2

Posted 15 July 2017 - 07:38 PM

The arrival of DS1 saw significant damage to my pelvic floor - particularly nerve damage. As a result, I've never been able to wear a tampon since - nor can I use a pessary just to keep everything in place.

I've been reading about menstral cups and would love to try them as I hate pads, but am not sure if I should bother - would it stay in place given a tampon won't ? Thanks in advance!

#2 Franny and Zooey

Posted 15 July 2017 - 07:51 PM

Might be worth a shot - a cup is bigger than a tampon and sits under your pelvic bone and sort of suctions in place.

#3 luxy_lou

Posted 15 July 2017 - 07:57 PM

I was the same as you. Tampons just didn't cut it after two vaginal births. I ended up getting a menstrual cup.

It took me a few months to get the hang of it and I almost gave up, but now I love my cup and haven't looked back.

I also have a few pairs of period undies too, which add a little more protection in case of a leak. (Rare nowadays.)

Oh and the cups come in various sizes so can accommodate women who have given birth.

#4 StartledFlamingo

Posted 15 July 2017 - 08:05 PM

There's no way of saying this without being way TMI but here goes!

I haven't actually tried tampons since DS as I just can't deal with the thought of them anymore (not sure why) but I can use a cup even with a partial proplase which I couldn't use a pessary with. I use the Meluna 'shorty' which is, as it sounds, shorter than normal and I have to be consious and particular about where it's placed (otherwise I can push the lip up past the cervix opening and of course it doesn't catch the blood). But it does still work fine and stay in place.

I think it would be worth giving a try.

#5 StartledFlamingo

Posted 15 July 2017 - 08:07 PM

 Fresh Start, on 15 July 2017 - 07:55 PM, said:

I agree with Franny. I find the cup suctions well, sometimes it's an effort to break the suction.

There was only place giving them away - you just pay shipping - in the last couple of weeks. Someone posted it on here. That might still be going.

No it's finished.

#6 Jasmine2

Posted 15 July 2017 - 08:15 PM

Thank you everyone for the replies - I think I'll give it a go!

 luxy_lou, on 15 July 2017 - 07:57 PM, said:

I was the same as you. Tampons just didn't cut it after two vaginal births. I ended up getting a menstrual cup.

It took me a few months to get the hang of it and I almost gave up, but now I love my cup and haven't looked back.

I also have a few pairs of period undies too, which add a little more protection in case of a leak. (Rare nowadays.)

Oh and the cups come in various sizes so can accommodate women who have given birth.

Luxy_lou can I ask, what are 'period undies' and any tips on the best 'size' to buy?!

#7 Franny and Zooey

Posted 15 July 2017 - 08:23 PM

They are called Thinx - period undies - they hold two tampons worth of blood.  I have a friend who uses them and says they are great.  I keep meaning to buy some to try, they would worn well with a cup I reckon.

#8 Living Type

Posted 15 July 2017 - 08:25 PM

Definitely give it a go. I couldn't use tampons after my second child was born, so I tried a cup. I wish I had done it sooner

#9 alchetta

Posted 15 July 2017 - 09:38 PM

There's another brand of period undies called modibodi. I don't have the undies but I do have their absorbant nursing singlets which are amazing.
Can I hijack to ask for those who had a size 1 cup before pregnancy, did you have to go up to the next size after delivery? I'm wondering if I'll need to buy a new one.

#10 luxy_lou

Posted 15 July 2017 - 10:36 PM

 Jasmine2, on 15 July 2017 - 08:15 PM, said:

Thank you everyone for the replies - I think I'll give it a go!



Luxy_lou can I ask, what are 'period undies' and any tips on the best 'size' to buy?!

I've got a few ModiBodi undies. They sometimes have a sale & I think they sell juju cups on their site & perhaps have a deal.

The cup I have is a diva cup & I got the size 2 (they only have two sizes. Size 1 for pre birth & size 2 post birth).

I've since realised my cervix is quite low, though & the diva cup is apparently one of the longest, so I needed to trim the stem.

Edited by luxy_lou, 15 July 2017 - 10:42 PM.


#11 chickendrumstick

Posted 15 July 2017 - 10:38 PM

I've used Thinx period undies - they are amazing! They hold up to 2 tampons worth at a time and are easy to wash. Great as a back up for a tampon/cup or on their own on lighter days.

#12 Jasmine2

Posted 16 July 2017 - 04:27 AM

Yet another day that I'm so grateful for EB - no way would I have ever heard of period undies otherwise! Thanks to everyone for the comments - off to do some online shopping!

#13 Froggilicious

Posted 16 July 2017 - 07:55 AM

I had to change to a whole new brand of cup as I found the diva I was using was too small. I now use a meluna and it's great

#14 Veritas Vinum Arte

Posted 17 July 2017 - 04:39 PM

Jus to going to say Thinx Period undies are great.

For the first time in my life I have a short 28d or less cycle (usually 60-90d), so the Thinx undies are great.

I start wearing them 2 days before I think I am due to my period.... then one day I go "oh period is here" and continue on. Maybe change undies twice in 24 hours on day 1-2 then daily after that. Wash and reuse.

Simple as anything. Don't need to remember to bring anything out, don't need to go to the toilet to change, just continue life as usual.

Personally I prefer Thinx over the Modibodi ones.



#15 sarahec

Posted 17 July 2017 - 04:49 PM

Nerve damage and slight prolapse. Nothing feels comfortable/ sits right. I think everyone is different though.




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