You’re a Rock Star Even if Nobody Tells You

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You’re a Rock Star Even if Nobody Tells You

We’ve got to get something off our chests.  It’s a secret that shouldn’t be. It’s something that doesn’t, for some reason, get said enough or only gets said when the “right” conditions are met.  And it’s a shame.

You’re a Rock Star! Yes, YOU!

Birthing a baby and parenting said baby until they run your refrigerator out the door, is hard work no matter what. Even for us folk who seem to be floating on cloud 9 in the best breeze, there are days that are just hard. And you’re a rock star for showing up.  Giving birth to this tiny human is also an incredible feat, no matter the mode of delivery.

Society at large seems to place a higher value on certain types of birth though.

We’ve even noticed that the professionals with whom so many new parents place their trust have demonstrated public preference to birth and are biased in what they deem worthy of public merriment. As care providers and professional support persons in a position of authority, this behavior implicitly ascribes a morality to this value and as such, shames different choices and outcomes. And while it may be unintentional, many parents end up feeling like shit about their birth.

 

“I don’t know why it bothers me so much, but it does. I did all the things. I took an eight week childbirth class, hired a well-known doula, read articles, and I joined a moms group for women who were and had birthed narturally. In the end it was just me, all alone. Noone cheering me on and telling me, ‘You’re a rock star’, or ‘You rocked your birth’ after a 12 hour labor turned cesarean. I was heart broken, it would have just felt good to know others saw how hard I tried. Instead I felt like I let my doula and closest friends down.”

 

Our birth experiences shape us, whether we like it or not. How we feel as we enter parenthood matters! Words matter! Hearing, “You’re a rockstar” matters, and not hearing it matters too!

When the most popular doctor, midwife, or doula in town always posts and shares the “best” births on their social media platforms, and you notice that they always say, “Congrats to this Rock Star mama who had an non-medicated vaginal birth” but doesn’t mention the rock star parents who labored for hours and chose to pursue relief via pharmaceuticals, or the parent who chose a cesarean birth from the get-go, it hurts.

We get it.

We hear you.

Having a “natural” birth (which is a misnomer, by the way) is definitely something to be proud of and it is worth celebration. No doubt, at all. But choosing an epidural or opting for cesarean birth is an equally valid choice and one that deserves the same frequency and intensity of accolades.

This isn’t simply a matter of target market or ideal patients/clients on the part of the midwives or other birth professionals in regards to their statements/behavior online and off, because

a). not all of their patients/clients want the same things for their birth that the provider wants

b.) a provider and/or doula shouldn’t necessarily “want” anything other than a healthy, safe, and happy experience and outcome to begin

c.) they are all held in esteem in the greater health community and because of this, have influence and

d.) even if, by some chance, all their clients/patients did want a completely drug-free/intervention-free, vaginal birth, there will always be some who, for their safety and health, cannot and will not birth as originally intended.

The consequences from feeling like one “failed” at birth are very real and entirely damaging.

Not to mention, it isn’t a test to pass. By saving our “You’re a rock star” for specific people, we are effectively setting people up to believe that birth is a test of their abilities and ultimately, of their parental devotion and/or suitability. By always exclusively referring to these “mamas” (another issue for another day), we do a disservice to all those parents who need and want validation and…shared joy in their hard work.  Because let’s be clear here: non-medicated vaginal birth is hard. Medicated vaginal birth is hard. Cesarean birth is hard. Birth is hard.  So what are we saying?

There is no right or wrong way!

YOU’RE A ROCK STAR. With capital letters.  Unequivocally.  All day, every day!

P.S we recommend surrounding yourself with people who will tell you you’re a rock star without any strings. It doesn’t have to be us-we just want nothing more than your fully knowing your power.

Authored by: Heather Horrell and Elizabeth Luke

What’s a Placenta Tincture?

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What’s a Placenta Tincture?

So you’ve decided on placenta encapsulation to help you heal naturally after you give birth. Now you’re wondering, what’s a placenta tincture and why would I want one? You’ll be taking your placenta capsules for approximately 4-6 weeks after birth. During that time you will be replenishing lost nutrients and hopefully you’ll reap other benefits like increased energy, less mood fluctuations, and a more balanced feeling overall.

 

“When I opened the jar and there were only 3 placenta capsules felt like crying. I needed there to be more capsules in there. Then, I called Elizabeth and she reminded me about my placenta tincture. Six months after having my daughter I’m still taking my placenta tincture occasionally. I feel much better than I did with my first baby. Completely different experience. I attribute it to my placenta.” Sarah K.

 

So what’s a placenta tincture?

A tincture, in general is an alcohol extraction of an herb. The alcohol extracts the medicinal constituents of the herb through the process of osmosis, resulting in a concentrated liquid. When First Coast Doulas handcrafts your placenta tincture there are no herbs added only the perfect quantities of your placenta and the highest quality alcohol.

 

“I have celiac disease, it was nice to be able to buy something and not have to ask, “Is it gluten free?” First Coast Doulas are the only ones that I trust, they’ve thought of every detail.”~ Trisha W.

Why would you want a placenta tincture?

A placenta tincture provides support during the in between period that comes with motherhood, first baby or fifth. The period of time between surviving with a newborn and feeling like you really have a handle on life a bit more. Let’s be honest, life will never be the “same”, and we’re all dealing with our own crazy, but you do find your new normal at some point. It’s that feeling of; wow this seems easier and more enjoyable!

Benefits of a Placenta Tincture Include:

  • Generally speaking tinctures become more potent over time whereas dried powdered supplements begin to lose their potency from the moment they are made.
  • Shelf stable for an extended period when stored away from direct sunlight and heat sources.
  • Liquid there are no pills/capsules to swallow.

After you finish taking your placenta capsules, generally around 6 weeks post-birth, you could begin taking your placenta tincture. A placenta tincture can be taken daily or as needed in times of stress. It can be taken when your menstrual cycle returns for the first time or even monthly as it says, “Hello again”. Weaning from breastfeeding is another huge transitional period where women tend to feel the effects physically, mentally, and certainly emotionally. Your placenta tincture is like your personalized “Rescue Remedy”!

 

“Through the ups and downs of hormones, introduction of solid food, growth spurts, etc., I feel very off kilter. Not like myself. I’ll become impatient, moody, and irritable. Then I remember that I have a “remedy”- my tincture! Within a day of beginning to take my placenta tincture again, I am happy, I feel good, and I have energy. I’m laughing at my kids’ spills instead of getting frustrated, I’m playing with them and enjoying life and my time with them. The tincture makes me feel like myself again! I wish every postpartum mother would take advantage of this amazing natural “remedy!” Jannine K.

First Coast Doulas certified Postpartum Placenta Specialists are with you every step of the way!

Families we’ve worked with are more than happy to declare their satisfaction with our service and their experience. We talk through the process with you and answer all of your questions thoroughly. Our specialist helps you complete the paperwork, provides a home visit along with a transport kit, and we provide follow up support for a minimum of 3 weeks. First Coast Doulas helps facilitate effective communicate with your healthcare team about your choice to encapsulate.

Providing compassionate care while upholding your privacy, First Coast Doulas makes placenta encapsulation an experience you will look back on and cherish forever!  We’re Jacksonville’s safest, most professional provider of placenta encapsulation services and our No Doubt Guarantee guarantees that!

Do you want to learn more about placenta encapsulation or get prices? Maybe you’re ready to book? Contact us today and experience what families all over Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia are talking enjoying!

Planning to Eat Your Placenta? You Gotta See This First!

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Planning to Eat Your Placenta? You Gotta See This First!

Planning to eat your placenta? You’ve likely landed here wondering if it matters who you turn to have your placenta made into capsules.

It absolutely does!

Having witnessed the benefits of placenta encapsulation I believe wholeheartedly in the practice of placentophagy (ingesting one’s own placenta after giving birth). Planning to eat your placenta after you give birth? Not sure you can “stomach” it? Placentophagy has been made “socially acceptable”, not to mention palatable, by drying, grinding, and putting the placenta into capsules. The capsules are ingested for approximately 4-6 weeks after birth. Tinctures can be used from about six weeks after birth up to about a year post-birth.

Adding placenta encapsulation to post-birth plans has gained popularity amongst new parents.

This rise likely due, in part to so many people having a fabulous experience with placenta encapsulation and telling others about it. Raving that it helped them increase their energy level, boosted their breastmilk production, and either warded off postpartum depression and anxiety or helped them keep it at a managable level. Perhaps the increased demands of life have also led to the modern rise of this age old practice.

We want to feel good after having a baby and look good doing it!

“The irony of placenta encapsulation is that some people are putting their health at risk in effort to feel better after birth.”

Think about that for a moment…

The majority of people who fall into this risk category aren’t doing this intentionally; they simple don’t know or understand the ins and outs of placenta encapsulation. It can be confusing. For one, placenta encapsulation is not a regulated industry. Literally anyone can call themselves a placenta encapsulation “specialist” or any variation of that title. Yeah.

Stay with me!

As a professional postpartum placenta specialist I want you and your family to have the very safest experience, without compromise! We’ve taken the guess work out of placenta encapsualtion and created a checklist that is easy to use and printable. As a consumer, being diligent and deliberate in your search for a placenta “specialist” and asking specific questions will help you stay as safe as possible while healing in positive way after birth.

Qualifications, standards, protocol, training or major lack thereof all vary greatly.

The “specialist” may have learned the “trade” by trial and error or by watching a random YouTube video. Think I’m kidding? I’m not. They may have trained online, been “grandfathered” in, or they may have taken an intensive in person, hands on training.

What problems could arise if you hire the wrong “specialist” to have your placenta made into capsules?

One problem that could arise when planning to eat your placenta is having a “specialist” mix up your placenta with someone else’s placenta! Why you ask? Well first, Y-U-C-K! Secondly, if by chance your placenta is mixed up with someone else’s placenta or if your placenta is not handled, stored, and prepared correctly you can become sick, very sick.

Your family could become sick. Other families can also become sick.

How sick? Well that could range from salmonella and E. coli. to hepatitis B virus (HBV), and hepatitis C virus (HCV). I think those things get most everyone’s attention. Am I right?

How would you know if your placenta was mixed up or mishandled until it was too late? You wouldn’t. The only way to fully ensure the placenta in the capsules is indeed, without a doubt yours and that safe handling, temperature, and storage guidelines were followed is to remain in possession of your placenta every step of the way.

Not sure you want your placenta to remain in your possession and be processed in your own home?

Ask you provider what the risks are of accidental ingestion of someone else’s placenta. Seriously. Then revist the question and decide which seems like the safest choice.

Some “specialists” may say this inside information I am sharing with you is fear-mongering. Call it what you will, fear-mongering or transparency, but last I checked people appreciate avoiding salmonella and E. coli., hepatitis B virus, and hepatitis C virus.

If you’re planning to eat your placenta you’ll want to use this helpful checklist when seeking a “specialist”:

  • Did your “specialist” received hands on, face to face training? Make sure they didn’t learn on YouTube, or from another “specialist” who made up and hosted her own training. Steer clear of those who trained online because in those trainings you don’t actually handle a placenta in the presence of a trainer. Modules and paperwork are not equal to mentors and hands on practice.
  • Was their training with a professional certifying program? Can you contact the certifying body to verify the legitimacy of the “specialist” or hold her accountable if you have a negative experience? Checks and balances!
  • Did the “specialist” take the necessary steps to become certified? Think legitimacy.
  • Was there a test or evaluation given? What does that consist of?
  • Being legitimate also means running their operation as a legal business. You can check the name of their business with your state department. For Florida that is www.sunbiz.org
  • How often is the “specialist” required to re-certify? What does that involve?
  • What other certifications does the “specialist” have? You are looking for a current Food Handlers certification as well as an OSHA bloodborne pathogens certification for placenta “specialists”.
  • Does your specialist have access to professional mentors or trainers to reach out to?
  • Will you lose possession of your placenta for transport or processing by your “specialist”?  If the answer is yes then you may be taking serious risks with your health and the health of your family for reasons mentioned above.
  • Pricing should be appropriate for the level of service you receive. If it sounds too good to be true it probably is. Likewise if the price sounds a lot more than you expected its ok to ask why! Your “specialist” should be more than willing to set up a phone call to chat about everything!

My final thought is this: If your planning to eat your placenta you have one chance (with each birth) to get it right! First Coast Doulas is happy to answer any and all questions you and your partner have. In addition we provide a face to face meeting, are highly trained and certified and come with perks! To find out about the perks or to request more information contact us today and experience the very best that Jacksonville has to offer!

View, print, and use this checklist to help take the guess work out of your search!

Your Birth Plan Just Got Better

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Your Birth Plan Just Got Better

Your birth plan just got better after a new statement was just released by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. They are now recommending limiting interventions in labor for women who meet certain criteria. They are also recommending one-on-one support more and nonpharmacologic pain management measures.

What does this statement mean for parents welcoming a baby into their lives?

Well, for starters it means that ACOG is recommending a more individualized approach to labor management. For many, this may also mean more research to back up your ideas and wishes for your birth plan. That is always a great feeling! Does it mean you will see your providers recommending any or all of these things in labor? You just may! We have worked alongside some very supportive, forward-thinking providers! At minimum it’s a great resource to have available when you have a conversation with your providers about what their philosophy is on birth.

ACOG is encouraging the following:

  • Delaying admission to L&D when mom and baby are doing well!
  • Frequent contact from someone supportive.
  • Education, fluids by mouth for hydration, positions of comfort, and nonpharmacologic pain management techniques such as massage or access to water immersion.
  • Continuous one-to-one emotional support because it’s associated with improved outcomes for women in labor.
  • Obstetricians to facilitate intermittent fetal monitoring via a Doppler device for low-risk women who want that option in labor. Adopting protocols and training all staff and providers on how to use a Doppler.
  • Tailor interventions to best meet the needs of each woman.
  • Movement during labor for comfort and to promote optimal fetal positioning as long as to not compromise appropriate monitoring and medical treatments or obstetric complications.
  • Breathing and pushing in a way that is most effective and desired by the woman giving birth.
  • Unless an immediate delivery is necessary, women, especially those who never given birth before who also have an epidural, can be offered a period of rest of 1-2 hours at the onset of the second stage of labor (pushing stage), unless the women have urges to bear down sooner.
  • Leaving the membranes intact for those with a “normal” progressing labor and when the baby is tolerating labor well. In other words no routine use of amniotomies (intentional breaking of the baby of waters). AROM (artificial rupture of membranes)

Couples who are welcoming babies in 2017 are asking lots of questions and expecting more from their birth and postpartum experiences.

Limiting interventions in labor is what many families are planning for and requesting. ACOG’s most recent statement is another supportive step towards honoring your birth plan in the best way they can.

First Coast Doulas helps couples be realistic in their expectations while reaching for their dreams! To learn more about the multitude of ways we provide support contact us today!

ACOG’s full statement can be read here!

Delayed Cord Clamping Benefits; ACOG Recommendations

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Delayed Cord Clamping Benefits; ACOG Recommendations

Whether you want to use a birth plan or not you’ll want to know about these options. Most care providers aren’t going over these in prenatal visits routinely. It’s important to have an open discussion about your options. The benefits can last a minimum of six weeks for you and up to a year for you and for your baby.

That’s HUGE!

We rarely display photos of umbilical cords for the simple fact that not everyone wants to see them, we respect that! However, this blog warrants a visual that’s as amazing as the benefits this blog is about! A huge thank you to Kristyn Blocher of Doulas Northwest for granting us permission to use her original photo in our blog.

First thing to consider when preparing for birth is delayed cord clamping.

In this photo the umbilical cord on top is a great depiction of what a cord that is clamped immediately following the birth of the baby looks like. The cord is still full of nutrient-filled blood that carries oxygen from your placenta to your baby. Iron-rich blood.

The bottom cord in the photo depicts what a well-drained cord looks like. When delayed cord clamping is performed the latest ACOG results showed better establishment of red blood cell volume and less need for blood transfusions. It helps reduce the chances of brain hemorrhage. Delayed cord clamping also showed increased hemoglobin levels and it’s shown to improve iron stores for several months. It can help prevent iron deficiency during the first year of your baby’s life! It also showed some pretty cool benefits for the woman giving birth.

The second thing to consider when preparing for birth is your well-being, your healing and post-birth recovery.

After you birth you’ll be responsible for caring for your baby and you’ll want to feel the best you can. Focusing on your recovery is important, I can’t stress that enough. You can’t serve from an empty cup. Hopefully you’ll have the support of family, friends, and a doula. There really can never be too much of the right kind of support post-birth! There is something more, something wildly obvious that may help you along in those first few months post-birth.

Your placenta! Please, hear me out!

It is full of nutrients rich blood. It sustains life while your baby grows and plays a role in your hormones during pregnancy. After birth your placenta is either discarded as medical waste or you can opt to have your placenta made into a dried, powder supplement to help nourish you after birth. A simple capsule that may help boost your energy levels, replenish lost nutrients and hormones, boost your milk supply, and possibly help to ward off or decrease the incident of postpartum depression.

At minimum when handled safely it can’t hurt you, only help you! You can extend the possibilities of those benefits for up to about a year post-birth, just ask me how!

Possible benefits are only possible though when your health, the health of your family, and the health of every client your postpartum placenta specialist (PPS) works with is kept in the highest regards. First Coast Doulas never cuts corners with your safety!

When considering placenta encapsulation as an option here are the best ways to stay safe.

  1. Always select a PPS who is running a legal business (If you’re in NEFL or SEGA you can check First Coast Doulas and others here), it’s a sign that this is her career, not just a hobby service she is providing.
  2. Your PPS should be comfortable explaining their practices with you.
  3. Select a PPS who has trained, certified and who holds a current certificationfor placenta encapsulation, ask to see it!
  4. Price shouldn’t dictate every decision you make in your life it’s true, but placenta encapsulation is really not something to be looking for on the cheap.
  5. Lastly and as equally important as the others, make sure your PPS isn’t picking up and transporting your placenta. Yes, this means the PPS will come to you.

A “birth plan” isn’t for everyone, FC Doulas understands and respects that! We go over these options and many others in our Family 1st Birthing classes. The option is open for you to make a “birth plan” or just discover the options and move on.

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I like to look at a birth plan as being more about the journey rather than the destination.

It’s a learning opportunity for couples to discover new and exciting things together and a chance to work as a team. This will be the first of many opportunities for Team Parent!

Happy birth and parenting from First Coast Doulas!

Authored by~ Elizabeth Luke

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Private Childbirth Classes

 

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Private Childbirth Classes

Considering private childbirth classes means you’re a dynamic individual!

When preparing for birth it’s much easier to know what you want when you are aware of what is available to you. You need an educator that is as forward-thinking as you are. Someone that can lay out all of your options, knows the ins and outs of the local birthing facilities, and presents the information in a way that allows you to explore what is best for you and your family. That’s exactly what you get with First Coast Doulas!

When attending Family 1st Private Birthing Classes with First Coast Doulas you can expect to learn about:

  • pregnancy & common ailments during
  • the stages of labor & birth
  • comfort measures
  • your rights
  • how to navigate labor in a way that works best for you in the moment
  • the physiological process of birth

You’ll also learn:

  • how to work with your body to feel more comfortable
  • positions that are helpful during birth
  • when those positions are most helpful

What’s better than that?

How about also learning tips and techniques from someone who works intimately with families giving birth and during the first six weeks after birth. Information to prepare you for what you can expect based on your birth choices, and how to care for your postpartum body, are also included.

Family 1st Private Childbirth Classes are the perfect place to explore how you will define a satisfying birth experience.

We provide you with information on un-medicated vaginal birth, various options for pharmacological pain relief including epidurals, and what to expect if you choose or require a cesarean. All the information is presented in an unbiased and judgement free manner. Regardless of your desires for your birth experience, gathering knowledge of the most common options and variations will help you feel prepared should your plans change along the way.

All of this in the comfort, privacy, and safety of your very own home.

Overall, these amazing classes will help you find what works best for you. You will complete your class feeling prepared with tools to navigate the unpredictability and intensity of your baby’s birth. Using research based information and proven techniques, you can expect to feel safer and less fearful of the birthing process. Are you ready to meet your baby?

Authored by Lacey Park agency owner at Chinook City Doulas, serving families in Calgary!

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My Funny Menstrual Cup Story

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My Funny Menstrual Cup Story

My funny menstrual cup story is an informative blog with a plot twist! My story began with the discovery of this interesting wonder of the World in 2009. Maybe you’ve heard of menstrual cups before, but for many people these cups are a new concept. To my surprise menstrual cups have been around since 1937 and more readily available since the 80’s!

Each month the women’s uterus prepares for a baby. During the months that a baby isn’t developing, the lining of her uterus sheds and brings about menstruation. To think, human existence relies on this… mind blown!

My first thought, “Why haven’t I heard of these before?”

Cue my next thoughts…

How does that work? How messy are they to use? And, finally, why didn’t my mom or friends tell me about this sooner? Why aren’t the Black Eyed Peas singing about these ‘Lovely Lady Cups?’ I felt cheated to say the least.

My research truned up a plethora of information. We’ve included some great links in this blog to help you decide if or which cup is best for you, but let’s be honest, you came to laugh at my funny menstrual cup story!

Wait for it…

The possibility of dropping it in a toilet, especially a public toilet, crossed my mind, but eventually I made my purchase and waited…you know, a whole two days! Amazon prime, free two day shipping for the win! The day came that and I anxiously opened the package and admired the simple design.

I had to try it out… yeah when my cycle returns. So, again I wait…

At last the day came. I read and followed the recommendations in the insert. It took a hot minute to get the hang of getting it seated correctly. I now know this is pretty common until you get the hang of it. Ha, there’s something I never thought I’d say, or blog to the world about!

Once placed it wasn’t much different than a tampon. A little bit of leakage on the first insert each month, but not much at all. I found that by running my finger around the rim inside it helps to form a better seal and avoid leaks. Some say a deep squat helps to seal it.

How long can I really wear this thing before I need to empty it? I know what the recommendations say, but come on; surely it will fill up quick! Nope, not at all. I empty it three times a day and it’s never nearly as full as I imagine it will be.

Over the next few months I utilized this amazing cup without any issues, whatsoever, until early one morning…

Warning: What I am about to share with you may be T.M.I. for some, but it could save you from the absolute disgust and possible mental anguish I experienced. Ok, you’ve been warned!

Half asleep I got up, sun still beneath the horizon and stumbled to the bathroom to pee.

Since the cup felt like it was sliding down a little I knew it need to be emptied. I grabbed the tip, squeezed to break the seal and pulled it out gently. In one easy pulling down motion the slippery little sucker slide out, emptied itself as it jumped right out of my hand and down into the toilet!

Oh shit! Now what?!?!

I stood up, flipped the light on, and looked in the toilet in horror now wide awake. I bent down closer and peered into the toilet frantically and could not see it at all. The water wasn’t just clean, funky toilet water. As you can probably imagine without much details given it was difficult, no it was impossible to see this silicone menstrual cup that’s rather translucent.

Side note; Damn I should have opted for the purple Mooncup.

Worried the cup would go down and get stuck in the plumbing and cause issues, I did the unthinkable. I reached in. Oh, yeah, I confess! I’ve dealt with the funkiest of funk, I have kids after all, but this this menstrual catastrophe freaked me out in more than one way.

To think, I laughed at the section in the insert about emptying in the shower. I wrote that idea off and I thought, ain’t nobody got time for that! Ladies, the alternative is this, and this is gross.

Think that is shocking?

Imagine the despair I felt when I couldn’t find it. Just gone! Nowhere to be found. Not in the toilet, nor on the floor, I was not dreaming, it was poof just gone. Disappearing menstrual cup, they didn’t mention this little tid-bit of information when I read the insert. Where could it have gone? I grabbed a glove, threw it on, and reached in again. I cringed as the water went into the top of the glove. Why?!?!?

I could not believe this was my life at that very moment. It was not there, I have NO answer as to where the Houdini cup went. I mean, doesn’t one have to flush the toilet for it to go down?

Scrubbing my hands in disbelief, like a mad woman. I start thinking about how I will explain this to my husband.

Then I think, I wonder if anyone else I know has had this happen to them. I reached out to some of my lady friends who have been using these cups for a while, because unlike me they knew about this wonder of the world. As it turns out several of them have dropped their menstrual cup in the toilet too.

Hello! There is a club for all of us menstrual cup losers! Ha, see what I did there!

They however found theirs. Some tossed it, others washed and boiled it to sanitize. This was not my luck today. So, what do I do? Imagine the look on the plumbers face if I have to explain this to him. Yeah, not happening.

Before telling my husband I decide I should go to the store and get a kit so he can pull the toilet up and retrieve the cup before it causes problems further down the sewage line.

I put a note on the toilet that said, “Do not flush.”

Low and behold as I return home he’s coming out of said bathroom and asks me what happened. To which I re-lived every single detail. I then told him I felt very bad about it and showed him the supplies I went to two stores to get.

He laughed!

He laughed and then he asked me how bad I wanted it back. I wasn’t sure I wanted it back, but I didn’t want it to mess up the plumbing. He had himself a nice laugh as he walked to the bathroom, and then he flushed it. Yep, he flushed my cup. I wanted to cry. Surely this would force it further into the pipes, right? He explained after he stopped laughing that the sewage pipes are 4 inches in diameter and that flushing it would cause no harm.

Looks like I panicked for nothing!  I am persistent and loved my cup so much that I went on to buy another Diva cup and a less expensive cup called the Mooncup and I love both equally.

Do you have any funny or slightly weird menstrual cup stories to share? If you do and you dare to share we would love to hear from you!

I wish knew about the cup sooner because it’s possible that:

  • I wouldn’t have worried about toxic shock syndrome.
  • I would have saved thousands of dollars on my monthly cycle.
  • I would have made less negative impact on our Earth.

It’s also quite possible that someone may have just warned me to hold onto the slippery sucker in the wee morning hours. Even better, just empty in the shower in the morning!

Authored by Elizabeth Luke, owner of First Coast Doulas, serving families in Jacksonville, FL and the surrounding areas

This video uses an anatomical model to show you how to insert and remove your menstrual cup.

Here are some links to help you in your search for the perfect menstrual cup or two!

Compare menstrual cup brands

https://menstrualcups.wordpress.com/category/comparisons/

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