It’s no surprise things change after having a baby. Even your periods! Oh and fun fact, if you exclusively breastfeed, you may not get your period for a while after having a baby. I didn’t know that until I was pregnant. Anyway, it’s been tricky figuring out the post-baby period situation and *spoiler alert* I still don’t have a routine that works.
Before getting pregnant with Olivia, I primarily used the Diva cup with the occasional cloth pantyliner from Gladrags. It was easy and didn’t cause me too much of a headache. The Diva cup was the first one I tried and it fit perfectly. Fast forward 2.5 years later, and I got my period last July right before Olivia turned 1. It was a glorious period-free time in my life, but I actually missed having a regular cycle.
Once I got my period in July, I was ecstatic to find a new routine. I felt like a pubescent teenager excited for her new transition. I reached for my old Diva cup just to see how it fit. I figured it wouldn’t be perfect since it was the size 1 (pre-childbirth size). As soon as it went in, I knew something was off. It was beyond uncomfortable and it didn’t stay in for long. If I walked around, the cup would slide down and practically come out. Needless to say, after that first try, I knew I needed a new period routine.
The following month, I purchased two Thinx underwears to hold me over until I figured out the cup situation. They work great unless you are at the beach while on your period, which was my September. We went on a family vacation to Mexico for our wedding anniversary and of course it was during my period.
After some research, I decided to try the Lena Cup in a size L for our trip to Mexico. I excitedly put the cup in on our first day, and an hour later, I was in the bathroom pushing it back in. Our entire trip was spent with me constantly going to the bathroom and trying to fix the cup. I turned it inside out, tried different positions, and did all the tricks to get the suction to work and keep it from sliding down.
I’ve tried measuring my cervix, which isn’t as easy as all the videos make it out to seem. I still don’t know if what I’m feeling is my cervix (sad, I know) or something else. There have only been a handful of times in the five months I’ve had the Lena cup, in which it stayed in place without leaking or coming out.
So, where am I in my period journey? Still here struggling with the cup and washing my Thinx underwear halfway through my period because it isn’t enough.
I’ve heard from many women that figuring out their period situation is tricky. If you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them. I know I’m not the only one struggling with the cup!