Since my last entry I’ve practiced with two of the Instead brand soft cups for the past two days. My immediate results are that these are ten hundred times easier than the Diva cups/menstrual cups!
I first started to try using the Diva Cup last year in the place of tampons for my menstrual cycle. This was way before I knew my wife and I would even seriously entertain the idea of trying for a pregnancy via artificial insemination at home.
I….didn’t have much luck with them. I tried to use them for several different periods, before giving up in a heap of frustration and going back to the tampon life.
Upon joining TTC groups on FB last year I discovered that many women try to use menstrual or soft cups after artificial inseminations to help hold the sperm inside their bodies-I thought this was brilliant!
So last cycle my wife and I ordered and bought me fresh diva cups to try and help hold the sperm inside my body after inseminations.
It…did not work out so well. There was lots of diva cup drama our very first insemination that led to a lot of pain and uncomfortableness the next day. We also had some cup drama after the third insemination, and both instances stressed me out.
I’ve recently noticed that a lot of the women in our TTC groups have said that they had no luck with the Diva or menstrual Cups, but that they love the Instead brand soft cups for inseminations because they hold the sperm must closer to the cervix.
Upon further investigation, the internet confirmed for me that the soft cups are very different from the Diva Cups.
They are inserted into your body in a very different way…a much easier way. They also sit differently inside your body, and sure enough, they sit right underneath the cervix.
I definitely had a bias against trying them because of my bad luck with the Diva Cup. Even knowing that they are inserted differently, and sit inside the body differently, I was still cynical abut getting the hang of them. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
I’m able to insert the soft cup right into my body. Flawlessly. Comfortably. It feels comfortable once it’s inside my body, unlike the Diva cup.
For this cycle we are going to skip the syringe all together, and just have our donor donate directly into the soft cup. I will then just plop the soft cup with the sperm inside of it right into my body. This pleases me greatly because more women in our TTC groups have been able to conceive at home doing this method, as oppose to using a syringe.
We are also going to have me eat pineapple core for a few days after I ovulate, because bromelain is said to help with implantation. Many women in our TTC groups have done this, and many have had success. Though of course none can say whether eating pineapple actually helped.
The whole pineapple thing seems very unlikely to me that it could make a difference in implantation. I kind of feel like either you are going to get pregnant, or you aren’t. But at the same time what can it hurt?! So alas, we will try it.
We will begin our inseminations for this cycle tonight! Based on the OPKs, I am predicted to start surging tomorrow, so ovulation can happen anywhere between tomorrow and Saturday. Our amazing and helpful donor has agreed to four inseminations this cycle. Tonight, tomorrow night, Friday night, and sometime on Saturday.
Here we goooo!. Cycle #2. Perhaps soft cups and pineapple will be the answer. Only time will tell!