Post # 1
So I am extremely regular with my menstration cycle, and looking at the calendar after just getting my period for December, I will be on my period during the entire honeymoon cruise to bahamas. Boo.
I guess it’s good that it won’t start on the wedding day and my boobs will be bigger for the wedding photos (hahaha) but FH and I were really looking forward to the dolphin activity/experience especially since this is both our first time to the Caribbeans.
I’ve always used pads my entire life and never had issues but I did have three UTIs after becoming sexually active with FH (he’s my first) and ever since then, we lessened our number of intercourse (washing before and after, peeing before and after, drinking a lot – tried em all and always seemed to work but on random unlucky days I would get UTI anyways. I think it had to do with my overall condition of the body.)
So anyways, the real question:
I’ve already purchased a diva cup after reading awesome reviews and the ultimate desire and will to participate in that dolphin activity.
But im scared that 1. I have to stick something in myself 2. The cup will induce UTI
So im wondering if anyone as any advices regarding the usage of the menstrural cup as well as getting sick on a cruise (what kind of medical service will I be able to get if I were unfortunate enough to get UTI on cruise).
So far, im thinking of wearing the cup just for the activity (3-4 hrs) and heading straight to the bathroom to remove it afterwards.
Post # 3
I’ve never been on a cruise, but I would assume they have a medical centre on board, and UTIs are very common so no doubt they’d be able to supply you with appropriate antibiotics if needed (although potentially at a fairly high cost? I’m not sure how things like that work on a cruise).
As you have a history of recurrent UTIs, another option is to explain the situation to your family doctor and he/she may be willing to write you a prescription for antibiotics to take with you on the cruise just in case you get a UTI. Obviously you’d only take them if you developed symptoms.
Post # 4
I’m not sure how a diva cup could cause a UTI, so I wouldn’t be too worried about that. And like the PP said, even if you do get a UTI you can probably get treatment on board. But I know for me, I’m making sure to adjust my birth control so that I will not be on my period during our honeymoon. If you’re on BC, I’d just keep taking the non-placebos during that week to avoid the period. Or if you’re not, maybe you can get a prescription now and as long as you’re on them that week, you shouldn’t get your period.
(Obviously talk to your OB/GYN about this!)
Post # 5
@Redholix: I’d try to get an appt with your doctor asap and get a precription for antibiotics just in case. Also talk to her about why you may be getting so many UTIs and if there’s something else that you can do to prevent them (even something as simple as taking a cranberry suppliment). Then talk to her about being on your period the whole time. I am on the pill so I only get mine 4 times a year and I love that I have control over that. I’m not sure about the diva cup, but I know with softcups/instead you can have sex with them in.
Post # 6
@Redholix: do you use tampons currently? If you do then putting a menstrual cup in is no different…you’ve just got to fold it correctly and remember it sits lower down.
i have just started using a menstrual cup (moon cup) and I will admit it was strange to begin with but once it is in you cannot feel it at all!
Post # 7
@JulietFoxtrot: @taraelisabeth: @AllieBee12:
I have talked to my OB/GYN about the recurring UTI, and all she said was it’s very common, I shouldn’t be too worried, just continue the wash/pee (ew haha) regiment.
I’m not a huge fan of antibiotics or BC pills (they both gave me bad experiences) so I am trying to avoid taking either of them!
But I do have a bottle of cranberry pills, so I will definitely put that on the list of “to take”.
FH and I haven’t had sex for like…3-4 months now (though we do naughty stuff, we just don’t have a full-blown intercourse) partly because we are traumatized by UTI and because we haven’t felt the need for sex (I guess we are quite happy without sex for now cuz we had so much in the beginning haha).
I have read on the Internet that some women got UTI from the menstral cup because the cup pressed against their urethra and irritated it/didn’t let them urinate fully. I’m tiny all over in general, so I’m worried that I might fall into that small group of people where the smallest diva cup size is too big.
@FromA2B2013: I’ve never used tampons! I have absolutely no experience in inserting anything in my *ahem* on my own…it’ll be a completely new experience. (oh god)
Post # 8
The cup should not induce a UTI as it’s going in your vagina, away from your urethra. Have you been on antibiotics for the UTI? You may have a low grade, recurrent or antibiotic resistent infection. You should see your doctor about it. I went throught a bad bout of recurrent UTI, got a different antibiotic and it finallly stopped happening. Also I take cranberry tablets now as a preventative measure. You should check with a doc honestly. Speaking from personal preference, tampons are much easier to use. Plastic applicatiors are much easier than trying to use the cardboard ones IMO. You might consider trying those.
Post # 9
@Redholix: Start drinking two cups of mint tea/day asap. The mint interrupts he hormone that signals your body to release an egg. Menstruation starts 14 days after ovulation, so if you delay ovulation, you delay your period. This isn’t an old wives tale either, it really works. I used to drink mint tea to help combat hormonal zits that my period caused but I had to stop bc I kept skipping my period. If you go online and google it, a lot of women who drink mint tea skip and delay periods.
Post # 10
I have not been on regular doses of antibiotics, partly because since we decreased our number of intercourse (back when we still used to have sex, we went from 4-5 times a week to 4-5 times a month) + taking a cranberry pill before and after intercourse did work well.
I hear so many horror stories of increased cases of antibiotic resistant bacterias that I’m very very reluctant to take regular soes of antibiotics – but once we are married and we start having sex regularly again (another reason for stopping is because I really REALLY didn’t want to get pregnant before the wedding, and both FH and I are quite paranoid people haha), and if UTI comes back on a regular basis, I guess I’ll cave in and go for that low dose option
@IheartUFC: What type of mint tea? Do I just go to any convenient store and get any type of mint tea and drink two cups (using a bag per cup) each day? I’ll try it, why not! 🙂
Post # 11
@Redholix: I see from reading your comments that you’re probably not on birth control, but in case you are, my GYN told me that it’s safe to continue to take the pills to avoid one period that may otherwise occur during an important life event. You might consider doing that to avoid the period altogether.
Post # 12
@Redholix: No, I mean since having the UTI’s have you had a full course of antibiotics at all? If you didn’t the bacteria could be re-growing, and if you stopped halfway through, it could be re-growing. Some peopl don’t seek medical attention for UTI’s.
I’m not suggesting to take a low-dose antibiotic long term. I don’t even know if a doc would rx antibiotic that way. I’m saying take one good round of it to get rid of it once and for all and avoid taking it over and over.
I took cipro for example, a common antibiotic for UTI. I was working a lot, and nights+ stress for some reason trigge UTI’s. I took one round. It reoccured in less than a month. Took another round. Happened again, so my doc tried a different rx to really knock it out before I developed a kidney infection.
Post # 13
@Redholix: I was never a fan of tampons either, but for some reason the mooncup does not seem so bad. I am quite Eco conscious and like to be able to reuse things as much as possible. I will admit that just after putting it in there is a little bit more pressure and I always feel the need to pee just after but it isn’t a constant feeling. I also find peeing after removal will probably help as well. Just remember to keep drinking lots and pee after sex when you have it. Also remember…take out cup first!
Post # 14
@Redholix: just a suggestion that having more regular and frequent sex may help you not to get UTIs anymore. It is common to get them when first becoming sexually active, but if you are regularly having sex, and peeing right afterwards, it seems to lessen the chance you’ll get one. My friend who was having sex regularly with a past boyfriend never got UTIs, now she is long distance with someone else and only sees him once a month or so, and it’s pretty much a guarantee that every time they see each other and have sex, she gets a UTI.
I’m not saying that NOT having more sex is the only possible cause, but I would recommend not deciding not to have sex just because you’re afraid to get another infection. The infrequency of sex that you are having could be triggering them.
Post # 15
Ah yes, I took full course of antibiotics for all UTIs. I haven’t had any since the last UTI I had back in…Nov 2012? Something like that. I took Cipro for the first two, had very bad joint aches, so I had Bactrim for the third one and that one did not give me any side effects. 🙂
I’ll have to see how good I am with inserting and taking out the cup before I decide to take it out every time I go to the bathroom…seems like a lot of work. why is it so hard to be a woman?! haha :'(
Oh, wow. Hm. I kept a record of the days I had sex and the days I had UTI, so once we become more sexually active, I’ll see.
FH and I were actually long distance too, and another theory I had was that since we were having sex on weekends all at once (like 4-5 times per weekend) – and then I had a long drive/bus ride back home after the weekend, that caused it. Or it could’ve been that I was very sensitive all over and down there, because he was my first and my body was shocked from losing it’s…virginity. 🙂 Or the combination of all.
But honestly, neither of us really has been having the urge to have sex ever since we started living together. I think many factors chip in, such as 1. we live in an apartment 2. we have have a very sensitive downstairs neighbor who complains about noise level (when we go to bed by 10pm and are out of the house by 7am, and don’t even wear shoes in the house. Really? what noise??) 3. our bed tends to be squeaky (or we might be oversensitive thanks to the neighbor).
Not sure if this newly found low sex drive is a huge problem – we still find each other very attractive and have no problem having fun once in a while – just not…an intercourse? If that makes sense. But I guess since neither of us are upset about it, it’s ok.
Post # 16
@Redholix: Sorry, I didn’t mean you have to take it out every time you go to the toilet! Just make sure when you do need to take it out and empty it that you try and pee afterwards as well. Ok, sorry for TMI now but I have found that I couldn’t go for the other one with it in and had to remove it for that!