Monday, July 27, 2009

Cycling, diving & protection

The purge button works, just be careful how it’s used!

The menstrual cycle and diving: As this is written I’m cycle day 25 (CD25) and in my luteal phase. I will get my period this coming Friday after a normal and very regular 28 day menstrual cycle. Dive-sex is great fun, but for a woman it takes a little extra care. When diving a cervical barrier of some sort, known in the trade as a ‘sports shield’ is a must for upper reproductive tract protection if there is any possibility that the woman could be involved in any sort of penetrative sex. That’s because (as returning readers know) there is a possibility of pelvic infection from having pool water forced into her uterus by the hydraulics of his thrusts or a life threatening embolism if a man or woman gets creative and s/he decides to fill his or her partner’s vagina with compressed air by hitting the purge button on a single hose regulator. Some regulator mouth pieces work better than others for doing that, but I’m not going to be an enabler by telling you which ones they are.

For women cycling naturally and in need of contraception condoms don’t work under water as they almost always come off. Either the guy pulls out of it or he leaves it wadded up inside her where they have to fish it out later. Fishing it out can be fun, but if the condom was being used for birth control the woman could end up being both literally and figuratively fucked! If she’s just diving typical swimming pools that aren’t more than 15 feet deep she can use a diaphragm both for contraception and as a sports shield for upper repro tract protection. But diaphragms are only effective protection when diving no deeper than 10 meters. That’s because the hollow steel spring rim begins to distort from the water pressure below that depth and the distorted rim will cause the seal to fail allowing sperm, water and air to get into the uterus. So, below 10 meters the only safe barrier to use is a properly fitted cervical cap of one sort or another. The only cervical barrier generally available in the U.S. right now is FemCap Our clinic fits a lot of FemCaps which most women can wear and with the removal strap trimmed off are more comfortable to use. For really dedicated professional women who need the smallest and best barrier protection possible Oves is available. But a woman’s cervix has to be perfectly smooth and symmetrical for Oves to develop suction properly so a high percentage of women who want Oves shouldn’t be fitted with one. Any unintended pregnancies while using Oves are almost always due to the user being a poor candidate for the device. However, a cervical cap should not be worn while menstrual because the small dome can fill with flow and dislodge compromising the woman’s protection.

Diving while menstrual: Dive-sex while menstrual should be limited to depths above ten meters. That’s because a diaphragm must be used as a sports shield to collect the flow in the much larger dome and as I mentioned above diaphragms are only effective to a depth of ten meters. Not that there is much likelihood of sex below that depth around here. Other than my 64 foot deep pool, the pit, the only other place nearby is Lake Mead which is plenty deep in spots but the visibility at that depth is extremely poor and there is often a lot of particulate matter in the water which can cause friction problems even when using plenty of Dive-Gel. To minimize the likelihood of menstrual cramps a diver can take 800 mg of ibuprofen an hour before diving. Of course if she has disabling cramps she shouldn’t dive at all while menstrual. Unlike urine menstrual flow seems to slow while under water but will release with a gush after reaching the surface.

There is an exception to the ten meter rule for dive-sex while menstrual. That is if the woman has been fitted with an IUD. Then, since contraception is assured by the IUD she can wear a cap for short duration dives where the dome hasn’t time to fill and dislodge. When the diver reaches the surface and no longer requires over-pressure protection she can remove the cap and reinsert a diaphragm or Diva cup for flow control.

Diva Cups: A brand of silicone menstrual cup that can collect flow for up to twelve hours is called Diva Cup, . There are others but Diva is very popular and worn by most of my friends when they have no plans to have sex. It dives well but of course you can’t have sex with a menstrual cup inserted and removing it leaves the woman totally unprotected. Because my partners and I are so spontaneous when I’m menstrual I’ll wear a Cooper Surgical Milex wide seal diaphragm. A Milex wide seal has a slightly deeper dome that takes longer to fill and the wide flange around the inner lip of the rim creates a stronger seal so that a thrusting penis is less likely to cause it to lose suction. With a Milex inserted I’m ready when he is, ‘when the moment is right’ as the Cialis commercials say.

Divers and urination: All divers regardless of sex urinate in their dive gear, swimsuits, wetsuits, drysuits or whatever. That’s because the additional pressure compresses body tissue forcing more fluid out and through the kidneys that is excreted as urine. Women seem to be a bit more troubled by this because, generally, we are shyer about bodily functions. But when you are intimate enough with a man to be having sex what is there to be shy about when you have to pee? Any woman who has tried having sex with a full bladder knows how miserable that is, so when diving I always pee when ever I feel the need. In the case of the video crew in the pit where there are sometimes eight women were on the bottom during videoing we have an area in a far corner over a drain where we go to pee and the pumps sucked the urine clouds into the filters almost instantaneously. That way we don’t have to have to break the flow of work. The sexes are pretty much even in having to deal with the urination problem except for drysuits. Men in drysuits have an optional device that fits over the penis to collect their urine. With women the only collection options are to be catheterized or wear a diaper neither is particularly appealing but the other option of urinating in your thong and splashing around with pee in your booties is seldom chosen. There can be the possibility of bladder infections from catheters and you need someone trained to insert them under sterile conditions so the option of choice for women in drysuits is to wear an adult diaper. Because diving is so dehydrating, all divers should stay well hydrated with sports drinks to replace nutrients squeezed out by water pressure.

Diving while fertile: Most women usually know when they are fertile. That’s because when we are fertile our estrogen peaks and we are far more easily aroused, often more creative and we are draining fertile cervical fluid that wets our thongs. Our fertile interval is the few days – as many as 10-12 for some women – each cycle during which we can become pregnant and so to avoid conceiving we need the best possible method of contraception. For some that’s an IUD. The GyneFix IUD implant is especially effective and nearly impossible to expel, which is why it’s the fave IUD for use by teens at St Lucy’s and for our casino performers. For others, like me, the method of choice is a cervical barrier. In my case my primary method is an Oves cap. I’ve been wearing Oves for the last seven years (I’m on my 90th cycle being protected by Oves) and haven’t had a single pregnancy scare so I’m certain that I have an amazingly effective fit. However, there may be times I don’t know the size of the man’s genital equipment ahead of time and want to protect against a man who might be much too large for me. In that case I will ‘double bag’ and wear a large strapless FemCap as a thrust buffer over my Oves to provide some protection if he is too long. If I’m unsure I’ll wear a FemCap just in case.

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