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Menstrual cups?

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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 10, 2012 11:25:24 AM PDT
EW44 says:
Some people use bottled water to rinse it out over the toilet. If that's not an option you can just wipe it off with toilet paper, reinsert and clean it later. It is just so convenient and ideal for when you are traveling. I have been using a Lunette and Fleurcup for nearly a year (ordered them online) and I love them. I would never go back to tampons/pads etc.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 10, 2012 11:29:53 AM PDT
EW44 says:
You can cut off the stem if that is uncomfortable to you (I usually end up trimming mine). Also you might consider using a different cup brand since sizes and shapes vary and do matter. You can look at the website for photos, dimensions, links to youtube videos showing product comparisons. Don't give up; there's a cup out there meant for you.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 10, 2012 4:50:11 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 30, 2012 8:25:17 PM PDT
Depends on age. Over 30, the larger Diva Cup is recommended, even if you haven't had kids, or a c-section. I'm over 30, never had kids and the larger size is just fine for me.

Posted on Jul 13, 2012 6:58:33 PM PDT
Alys Grey says:
I'm hoping to get some feedback from women who have tried various cups.

Background on my situation: I'm a virgin and I tried using the smaller diva cup for about 2 years. It worked just fine, no leaks, and was soooo much better than pads. (never tried tampons due to the TSS risk) the problem was that I found it excruciatingly painful to insert the damn thing (removal was slightly better as it went quicker.) despite trying all kinds of folds, and all those relaxation methods that women sometimes suggest, I spent most of my insertion attempts in tears (literally, hurt so bad that I cried.)

Eventually I had to give up, it never got any better. I spent roughly 20-30 min trying to get it in each time, mostly because it hurt to much that I kept having to stop to cry.

I'm back to pads and hate them as much as ever. Anyone who had similar issues with the diva cup and found a better cup for them? I'm not interested in trying the diva cup again under any circumstances but if there's a more flexible cup option out there I'm game.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 13, 2012 8:46:30 PM PDT
Pampeliska says:
while I won't be much help with advice on cups (never used them), I would suggest that you look into one of these options (and both are available right here on Amazon):
: all cotton organic tampons, the brands I have used are Natracare or Seventh Generation. Since they do not contain any dyes or other chemicals, the TSS has never been an issue. You can start with the smallest size and go from there.

: sea sponge, even better. Do some research on it, again it's available right here on Amazon or you can get one in any craft store. Easy to use/insert and take out, it's reusable and I have had great success with it.
The flip side is, it does leak once it gets over-saturated, so you might still want to wear a pantyliner as a back up.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 14, 2012 7:24:00 AM PDT
Well, the only thing I can say is that the cups are all a little different. I had a Diva cup, too, but just couldn't ever get it comfortable. I researched and am now using a Lady cup - a little softer but not too soft to get in the right place. I have trouble periodically getting it in the right place but it's not nearly as uncomfortable.

Posted on Oct 14, 2012 6:48:49 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 14, 2012 6:52:40 PM PDT
Pamela Hoke says:
I have been using the SoftCup by Instead. They now have reusables too. I like that there is no stem, and they are flexible and soft. Barely feel I am having my period. Love it, it has changed my life. It was so worth the courage and time getting used to the process. No more smelly tampons or pads for me (just using a small liner as back-up). I feel so much cleaner during my cycle, and love that I don't have to rush to the bathroom every 2-5 hours. Gals...cups are freedom and are so much better for you and earth! Don't fear being close with your body...the folks making tampons especially with applicators want you to be distant from your natural self. Don't buy into it just because they dominate your choices at the grocery store! I request all my local stores to start carrying cups - they won't unless we ask them to.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2012 9:58:04 PM PST
Lisa Dimick says:
You should try the Melina mini. They are a bit smaller length-wise and they come indifferent softness grades "classic" and "soft." I had gotten one because I was a tampon user who had problems with getting in slim fitting tampons. They really messed with my pH and made me really dry, so inserting a tampon was painful and forget even trying super. I'm not a virgin but I am a petite person in general, 27, who does a lot of physical activity. So I ordered a small mini in the classic with a ring stem. It only took 2 tries for me to get it in right. It works great and I love it. I never have to worry about giant tampons again. I wont lie though on removal it's a bit more challenging, I felt slight pain due to the suction factor, but now I know if you pinch the cup at the base and rock it from side to side the suction releases more gentle. I'd recommend a small mini Meluna in the soft for you. I hope this helps.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2013 10:51:51 AM PDT
G. E. Baugh says:
What do you clean / sterilize it with? And how do you store it in between -- in a Ziploc baggie?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2013 2:49:00 PM PDT
Honestly? I just wash it when I'm done using it each month with some hand soap and stick it under my bathroom sink, then wash it again before I put it in the next month! It doesn't really need to be sterilized and it isn't sterile "in there", anyway.

Posted on Apr 27, 2013 12:36:54 PM PDT
EW44 says:
G.E. I boil month every month after use and then store in a cotton or satin satchel. I've read that it's better not to store it completely sealed in a plastic bag.

Posted on May 1, 2013 5:01:04 PM PDT
I use a Diva cup the best invention in the world!!Better than the internet!!Makes life so much cleaner & easier.I boil mine & store it in the cloth bag it came in.Wish I could give one to every woman in the world!!

Posted on May 29, 2013 3:14:20 PM PDT
J. Haro says:
I just recently got the small clear Lunette. I have only had it for 2 cycles but omg. I normally get really bad cramps with tampons and I had heard that many women that experience the same thing had no issue with the cup. What you have to keep in mind is how low your cervix sits during your period. This is useful for picking out the height of your cup. Some cups like the diva cup are pretty long and cause some women discomfort. Others like the lunette are shorter,and the Meluna mini is even shorter. Also the sizes are quite generalized. If you experience alot of leaking you might need a bigger cup. Some women under 30 and with no kids sometimes need a bigger size. Also some are firmer than others. Anyway, it's an amazing little thing and Im happy with mine :) So glad I'm not part of the disposables club anymore.

Posted on Jul 30, 2013 11:50:45 AM PDT
celine says:
Amazon doesn't sell MeLunas :(

Posted on Jul 30, 2013 3:24:40 PM PDT
Diva Cup here! I started on the Instead cups and even though I couldn't always get them to work without leaking I liked the premise and upgraded to the Diva. The Diva Cup is completely different than Instead's version in that ALL of it is a hard rubber/plastic rather than the rim being hard rubber/plastic and the rest a sheet of plastic no thicker than plastic wrap for food. I digress...I've been using the Diva Cup for a little over two years and have loved every bit of it. I have only had to replace it once, and that was because I lost the old one. I've always washed with just distilled water and there is no staining. It's cleaner than tampons, which seems a bit odd but once you get the hang of the menstrual cup it really is. I keep trying to talk my friends into switching but very few of them can get over the reaching in and placing or pulling it out, and the other ones have medical issues or an iud and don't want to tempt fate. Meh, I'll never go back to tampons or pads. Ever.

Posted on Jul 30, 2013 10:04:09 PM PDT
I'm 52 and didn't even know these existed until this week. Peri menopause has brought me extremely heavy periods. I was desperate for a reasonable solution. It's still my first day using one and I'm thrilled. A bit of leakage til I get the hang of it. The first couple of removals resembled a murder scene (I couldn't stop laughing) but you can't feel it and its just a brilliant solution to what had become a dreaded and expensive monthly issue.

Posted on Jul 31, 2013 6:04:47 AM PDT
B a N a N a! says:
I'Hi, im worried, i havent go my period yet

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 7, 2013 12:54:01 AM PDT
I'm 50 and use the FemmyCycle menstrual cup. It looks a little different from other cups because it has a lid to prevent spills and leaks. I've only used it for two cycles, but each time, my period was a day or two shorter.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 25, 2013 10:00:02 PM PDT
Mimi says:
I have periods where mils and ounces are not nearly as appropriate as liters and pints for talking about the volume. But once that kind of menstrual tsunami lightens into what most people think of as normal or heavy, the Diva cup works very well. I'm also quite happy with how with works in the first few hours before the deluge arrives. During the deluge/tsunami, I'm going with Depends.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 25, 2013 10:02:24 PM PDT
Mimi says:
I haven't found a cup with a greater capacity. They all seem to too out at 30 mls. Have you found one with greater capacity.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 25, 2013 10:09:47 PM PDT
Mimi says:
You may wish to try the Softcups. They are differently shaped and rest against the cervix rather than in the lower vagina. They also don't create the suction that the multi-use cups do.

Posted on Nov 13, 2013 9:25:20 AM PST
Mimi says:
For those who tried a menstrual cup and had some difficulties I wanted to say not to give up. Choose a softer menstrual cup like SckoonCup. It is easier and smoother to use and once it is properly inserted, you wouldn't feel a thing. Many menstrual cups in the market are either too stiff or too large or too long. Select your cup wisely. Start with smaller, softer cup to get used to.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2013 9:45:43 AM PST
There are also some blogs out there comparing multiple brands of cups.

Posted on Jan 9, 2014 5:41:48 PM PST
So there are different sizes...I read that one was for if you hadn't had children && one if you had.does it make a difference if you delivered vaginally or by c section?both of my children were c section...but like I said,not sure if that even matters.
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