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3rd-May-2014 11:00 am
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This post is all about menstruation.

I bought my first menstrual cup at the end of last year. I'd been interested in doing so for ages, but just hadn't got around to it. At first I found it very tricky to place, so it wasn't a comfortable experience. Sometimes, I still get it wrong, and it can be downright disastrous. I have also discovered that on my bloodiest day I have an exceedingly heavy flow in counterpoint to its dimensions (and yes, I purchased the one for heavy flow, as I predicted I did.) When I'm teaching I can't just jet off to the restroom whenever I wish, so it can be annoying. I have washable/reuseable pantyliners, though, and they're amazing.

I also purchased some washable/reusable night-time/regular pads. I love them. They're so pretty and comfortable. I never realised it was actually the chemicals in disposable pads that made that smell I've always associated with my period. Of course, it's extra work, soaking and cleaning before they can go in the washing machine. You need to have enough so that you can be without one while washing. Plus, the initial cost seems exorbitant. But then you remember how much you might spend on tampons and pads per month and in the end you've saved hundreds of dollars.

I don't think I could have done this in my early twenties, due to 'urgh, body' issues, but I wish I had. It's been a positive experience.

3rd-May-2014 01:51 am (UTC)
Wow. I'm happy to hear if this. I tried a reusable cup about 17 years ago but gave up on it because it irritated my urethra. I've been told that I just didn't get the right size.
5th-May-2014 07:29 am (UTC)
I think, as with everything, one size does not fit all.
3rd-May-2014 08:19 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'm going to use a cup/re-usable cloth pads when my periods eventually return. (More than 4 years since my last period!) So glad to read that they've worked for you.
5th-May-2014 07:29 am (UTC)
Do you mind if I ask how it's been 4 years since you've had a period?
6th-May-2014 01:41 pm (UTC)
Well, I got pregnant in November 2009, then miscarried at Christmas. Had a period in January (the last period). Got pregnant in February. River was obsessed with boob (and still is, to be honest, but obviously I'm all about boobing Willow these days) while also being rubbish at it, and the duration and frequency of feeds kept my periods away.

Then I thought I might be starting to have periods again in the summer of 2012 as I had a bit of spotting one weekend and my mood went crazy. We tried to conceive, while the going was good. Had an early miscarriage (definitely not a period -- no cramping, and blood was (TMI warning) pouring out for a couple of days). Got pregnant again straight after. At ten months old Willow is slightly less obsessed with boob than River was, but still having a fair few feeds every 24 hours.

My understanding is that if I was to go without breastfeeding for 6 hours in a row, for a couple of days in a row, then I'd probably start menstruating again. In fact, I deliberately missed a few feeds with River in 2012 to try and get my body going again. It is possible to ovulate and not menstruate while breastfeeding, which is what I think happened in 2012. But I also understand that continuing to breastfeed through the night can keep your periods away, and we didn't night-wean River until a few months before Willow was born.

It's a great system, really. My body is making sure I don't get pregnant again while I still have a baby/infant that really needs me.

Saying all that, lots of women find that their periods come back after just a few months even with breastfeeding. Bodies, eh?
8th-May-2014 09:22 am (UTC)
Thanks for sharing this. I didn't realise you miscarried. I'm sorry about that.

I didn't realise some women don't have their periods while breastfeeding. (Which: how do I not know this?!) I believe my mother did.
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