Anyway, here are my observations from today:
- I've been kind of crampy, which is slightly unusual. I doubt this has anything to do with using the moon cup, but usually when I feel crampy I prefer to use cloth pads so it's been a little odd having something in my vagina today. I took an ibuprofen and have been feeling better.
- It's a lot easier (for me) to insert the cup standing rather than seated on the toilet. Removing the cup is also easier standing, although the possibility of spillage seems to increase. I've decided that I'm going to continue sitting when removing the cup, just in case.
- This seems kind of obvious in retrospect, but, although I'm pretty familiar with the consistency of what comes out of my body when I menstruate, I expected it to be thinner in the cup. It's not. It's stretchy and fairly thick and strands can be both in the cup and above it when I take it out. This means being wary of pulling out strings of menstrual blood and normal vaginal discharge when removing the cup (also why sitting on the toilet seems to work best for removal -- any blood/mucous that comes out with the cup will fall into the toilet, rather than on your pants). I did get some on the toilet seat, but I'm chalking that up to not taking off my long sweater before heading to the bathroom and so having to do some pretty creative balancing while taking the cup out. Lesson learned.
- Is it weird to think your menstrual blood is pretty? One reason I like sea sponges is because it gives me a chance to get up close and personal with my menstrual fluids. The cup does too, but more so. I think especially because the cup is clear silicone rather than the pale yellow of the sponges, the vibrant crimson is even more striking. It was kind of strange to be sitting on the toilet, pants around ankles and sweater balanced on one arm, checking out the gorgeously alive splash of scarlet that just came out of my body, but now I can sort of understand the appeal of painting with your own menstrual blood. Where else could you find such a perfect red?
- The pull-tab of the cup initially felt clunky and bothersome. I was tempted to trim it but decided to wait and see if I got use to it. For the most part I don't even feel it anymore (except occasionally if I sit in a weird position) and the longer tab really helps with removal, so I think I'll leave it.