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post #21 of 33
I couldn't figure out the instead cups. I lost my diva on vacation and got a box. They are great for dtd on that time of the month tho
post #22 of 33
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Originally Posted by Sharlla View Post

I couldn't figure out the instead cups. I lost my diva on vacation and got a box. They are great for dtd on that time of the month tho

Yes that is one plus for the Insteads. Both the Insteads and the Diva take some practice to get the hang of. :-)
post #23 of 33

I'm moving this to Natural Body Care where it is better hosted. smile.gif

 

For me, I prefer pads to cups or tampons, but I prefer cups to tampons. I agree with the advice from the PPs about trying out cups to see what works best for you. I also agree with the posters who suggest tampons without applicators. I've also found that using a bit of lubricating jelly can help to get the tampon in the right place. Good luck!

post #24 of 33
Not to hijack, but has anyone ever tried out/ heard of using a sponge? Yes I'm taking about those dried up sea sponges that some people bathe with. I wanted to love my diva cup but it creates an uncomfortable suction on my cervix and caused more cramping.

Oh and I had the same issues with tampons as well and figured if I still had to wear a pad what was the point of it.
post #25 of 33
Thread Starter 
Hi everyone! OP here. Okay, to answer questions, I use OB. I have the biggest size and I *think* I have a heavy flow on Day 2 and Day 3 of my periods. I don't mind pads much of the time except when my son wants to swim or I exercise. I trail run and pads get bunched up. And for obvious reasons, swimming is not an option with pads.

I put in a tampon yesterday and I didn't insert it as high as I used to. It seems like I barely put it in, but it wasn't uncomfortable and it didn't come out, so that is a plus. What I did notice is that the tampon fills up on one side, and the other (maybe 1/3 of the side) is untouched. Also, the string gets bloody and leaks onto my pantyliner. Normally, not an issue but when exercising it gets sweaty down yonder and the sweat dilutes the blood and the blood migrates to the panty itself. Argh.

I am thinking that if the tampon was positioned correctly, the entire tampon would get used. Shouldn't the tip get filled first, and as time passes, more and more gets filled down to where the string attaches?

Anyway, I am still having issues but will continue to try. I am using a pad as backup and not jumping in the pool despite the 96-degree temp.

Thank you for all the replies. I never talk to any of my g-friends about it, so please be honest and open here. I need the help!!

PS Yes, I need to feel around, as Honey Boo Boo would say, my "biscuit." whistling.gif I figure I am missing the cervical opening and positioning the tampon in the wrong place, too far to one side. Wish me luck in finding the correct position.
Edited by california_mom - 7/13/13 at 6:32pm
post #26 of 33
Thread Starter 

Wow. Recon mission complete. I have been totally going in too far.... if I'm thinking that the cervix is where I think I feel it is. And my cervix is right there. I mean RIGHT THERE really close to the vaginal opening, like the length of an OB tampon. (Am I a freak? faint.gif) In WebMD images, they show the cervix waaaaay up there: http://women.webmd.com/picture-of-the-vagina

 

How can anyone position the tampon in the correct place (center of the cervix - external os)?  I could easily go too far right or left and get the tampon stuck in a cavity on the side of the cervix. I am a pretty good shot, but sheesh!  

 

Any tips on positioning the tampon correctly? help.gif

post #27 of 33
Tampons for me almost always have a side that is not used. You are not alone!
post #28 of 33

I have never been able to wear tampons. They are just not comfortable for me. I can't even sit right when using them. I think I'm probably putting it in wrong.

post #29 of 33
I gave up on tampons years ago and switched to the Diva. It's coming up on nine years now. I'll never go back.
post #30 of 33
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Originally Posted by Springshowers View Post

Tampons for me almost always have a side that is not used. You are not alone!


I have that problem, too when I use "natural" cotton tampons.  I think it's just when the flow is heavy they don't absorb fast enough before it leak down.  Rayon is more absorbent than cotton so they tend to work better for me.  Of course on light days it just doesn't matter.  I think you gals with heavy flow should give cups a try.  I use a fleurcup and the large size holds twice as much as a super plus tampon does. :)

post #31 of 33
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Originally Posted by california_mom View Post

I trail run and pads get bunched up.

 

Ok, this doesn't help with swimming, but are you using cloth pads or disposable pads? I am a huge proponent of cloth pads (for many reasons) and one of them is that I find they (in general) don't bunch when I run or exercise. Not all cloth pads are the same, so I would suggest experimenting with a few kinds to find one that's comfortable and doesn't bunch for you. (For example, I like these and have never had an issue with bunching, but I've had trouble with these bunching because they are stiffer.)

 

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Originally Posted by california_mom View Post

I am thinking that if the tampon was positioned correctly, the entire tampon would get used. Shouldn't the tip get filled first, and as time passes, more and more gets filled down to where the string attaches?

 

One thing that helps me was experimenting with tampon absorbency to see how it works outside my body. You can do this by holding the tampon in your almost-closed hand and then dripping and then pouring water with your other hand from different angles and at different rates. This helped me to understand how the tampon works (or doesn't) and how it expands (or doesn't) as it absorbs fluid. Having that visual knowledge helped me understand better what happens when it's in my vaginal canal.

 

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Originally Posted by california_mom View Post

Wow. Recon mission complete. I have been totally going in too far.... if I'm thinking that the cervix is where I think I feel it is. And my cervix is right there. I mean RIGHT THERE really close to the vaginal opening, like the length of an OB tampon. (Am I a freak? faint.gif) In WebMD images, they show the cervix waaaaay up there: http://women.webmd.com/picture-of-the-vagina

 

Awesome that you did the recon mission! thumb.gif A couple of questions/thoughts. Did you use a mirror? A mirror can be helpful in letting you know if you are reaching the cervix or something else. If your cervix is very close to the opening of your vagina, you're not a freak, but you might have a pelvic organ prolapse (POP), so I would suggest asking your care provider (a midwife, ob/gyn, family care doctor all should be able to help check and assess this) about this; if you do have a POP and it's interfering with your life (and I would say that not being able to swim because of not being able to use menstrual products is interfering with life), there are treatments, so finding out whether or not you have a POP might be helpful. (Also if you do have a POP, there's a support thread here on Mothering because, as one member on the thread said this "appears to be one of those things that many women experience, but few talk about".)

post #32 of 33

This is an awesome thread, with lots of great advice! And I love how willing OP is to learn more about her body. You rock :)

 

I'd definitely second the reply that says to give sea sponge tampons a try. Because they're flexible, they may be able to squish into just the right places to absorb your flow!

 

Also, doesn't sound like OP is interested in a menstrual cup, but they may be worth a shot. Sea sponge tampons are probably your best bet for this specific issue, though!

post #33 of 33
Thread Starter 

Thank you! I am going to try the sea sponge tampons with the cloth pads. And when my relatives go back home and I have a little time to myself, I'm going to try to see how the OB tampon absorbs moisture by dripping colored water on it. What a great idea. I'm a flippin' scientist, and I didn't think of that. Duh! dizzy.gif

 

I will also ask my OB/GYN about POP. I asked my husband what he's experienced in terms of where my cervix is, and he said it moved around. I read on the internet (so it must be true, right?!) that depending on the time of month, the cervix moves closer to the vaginal opening. Has anyone heard of this? In any case, I will quiz my OB/GYN and see what she thinks, and I will also recheck myself in a few days (and possibly with a mirror if I can manage it!). 

 

Thanks again for all the replies! I really feel some hope, now that I have a plan of attack. joy.gif You guys have been so helpful and supportive. I want to cry. I wish you were all my FB friends! hug2.gif

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