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Initial post: Mar 5, 2010 12:10:40 PM PST
Jynanntonnyx says:
I'm really thinking of getting one. I'm 28, not a virgin but no children. Any other women have one? Which brand/style and what is your experience with it? Any tips?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2010 1:01:38 PM PST
K. Olson says:
I have the Diva Cup and use it regularly. It works really well and doesn't leak. It's a lot like a tampon in terms of insertion and feel - so you have to be thoroughly comfortable with that sort of thing. Let me know if you have any more specific questions.

Posted on Mar 5, 2010 1:02:16 PM PST
Karen H. says:
I use Instead softcupsInstead 12 Hour Feminine Protection Cup. I really like them for a number of reasons. I can use them no matter how heavy or light my period, there is no chaffing as with pads, they last longer and are more comfortable to use than tampons. Typically each softcup can go up to 12 hours between changes. That means no mess in the morning. Another thing I enjoy is that I am able to enjoy intimate activities while on my period, something that is messy and gross with other products. One thing to keep in mind is they can usually be found cheaper than the link shows at either Walgreens or Wal-Mart.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2010 1:17:14 PM PST
Jynanntonnyx says:
Hi Karen, I have used Instead in the past and I have not been able to get them so they don't leak....I don't know if it's the way I'm shaped or what. I like the non-TSS part but I would prefer something that isn't disposable.

Posted on Mar 5, 2010 9:37:31 PM PST
I'm 19 and have been using Instead Softcups for a couple years. I first tried the Keeper, however, I couldn't get the hang of it, so I tried the Softcup. However, I've been reusing one for the duration of a period, and throwing it out when it's all said and done, sometimes keeping it for the next month if it isn't too bent out of shape. I really like them, despite having to clean it out at least once every three hours on a heavy day. I have not had a problem with them other than the occasional leak, but using pantyliners helps that. Although they say that you can have sex with one in, that hasn't worked well for my boyfriend. He claims that it bites him, haha.

Otherwise, for someone small-set, the softcups are the easiest. If you are a little wider, I'd try the Keeper, which has a money back guarantee if you don't like it.

Here's the sites:
http://softcup.com/
http://www.keeper.com/

Posted on Mar 5, 2010 11:06:35 PM PST
Kathie says:
Diva cup and keeper are so great I'm never going back to maxipads and tampons. So much more comfortable, so much cheaper, and now I can bicycle and sit at work without chafing. Laundry staining is a thing of the past. Empty every 4-8 h to minimize leaking on heavy flow days, and wash it daily to keep it fresh.

Posted on Dec 20, 2010 2:48:09 AM PST
D. Jarvis says:
Seriously, GET ONE! In my opinion they are the best thing ever! I haven't bought tampons or pads in over a year and my cup paid for itself in the first four months. It's actually safer than tampons anyway because you can sterilize it after you finish your cycle! You can put it in even if you only suspect you'll get your period that day. You're not wasting anything because it's totally reusable. Think of the landfill you won't be creating! (And you'll save heaps of money) Google environmenstruals and have a look at their info. Don't forget that there are lots of different brands to chose from, and lots of pretty colours too!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2010 4:27:36 AM PST
E. Phelps says:
I'm also 28, no children. I've had a size A Diva Cup for almost five years. It's held up really well. It's very comfortable to wear (had to cut the entire stem off) and doesn't leak. I wash it in hot water every time I empty it, and at the end of the cycle, boil and scrub with a toothbrush. The best parts, to me, are no scratchy feeling/mess, and it never runs out.

I tried Insteads a very long time ago. It didn't work for me but I liked the idea. That's what lead me to the Diva Cup.

Posted on Dec 20, 2010 7:01:07 AM PST
Allie says:
I've been using the Diva Cup for 3 years and I absolutely love it! I originally bought the size A when I was 27, then got the size B when I was 29. My tip is to research different folding techniques. The one that's listed in the instructions didn't work for me at all and I nearly gave up on it until I found a different folding technique. It took me about two cycles to fully get the hang of it. Then I wished I had known about menstrual cups sooner!

There are so many advantages! There's no waste, no leaks, no wet strings, no back up pads needed, nothing to buy every month, it can be changed less often and it doesn't expand in water (If you've ever tried swimming with a tampon, you'll know what I mean!), just to name a few. Some people also claim to have less or no cramps since switching to a menstrual cup, but since I've never had cramps I can't personally comment on that.

I'd say you should definitely give it a try!

Posted on Dec 20, 2010 1:05:22 PM PST
Kit says:
I've been using a menstrual cup since my early 20's about 14 years now. I would never use anything else. I clean it, so I know it's clean. It doesn't ruin the environment. I get less cramps and have never had a problem with insertion (like I have with tampons that just don't want to go in). I've tried both rubber and silicone versions. The rubber one is slightly stiffer, but pops open more easily when inserted; a very soft silicone one can be harder to get to unfold. I also use both sizes with no leaks. The great thing about cups is you can practice inserting it even when you aren't on your period without risk of tss etc. Definately try it.

Posted on Dec 20, 2010 4:22:43 PM PST
K. Knoch says:
I've been using Diva cup for about a year, love it! Wish I had known about it sooner. I love how when you put it in, you always have everything you need with you, so no worrying about running out of products in your purse. After using it a year, I can see how this cup will last a couple more years at least, even though the manufacturer says it could need to be replaced every year. This has definitely paid for itself. I do buy about one box of pads per year though, to wear on heavy nights when my cup may overflow (I'm a sound sleeper). I recommend this if you're worried.

Posted on Dec 21, 2010 8:06:21 PM PST
Sue Houston says:
I can only reflect all the others who have been using the cup and would never go back.
I have been using a cup for a few years now. I wouldn't touch disposables again!

The Diva cup is pretty awesome. I found the Lunette to give a bit better protection when the flow is heavy (it holds more I believe) and it 'expands easier'. The Diva cup I found had more of a learning curve and is a little more difficult to expand (pop out) when inserted. But when it does, for sure has more hold, which I've heard can bother a few people (suction, yikes, haha!) I think fit has to do with your 'shape' though....

So I use both, and in conjunction with Lunapads. Awesome female run company who sell cloth pads. They are fantastic! I will never go back to disposables ever ever ever! Gross!

Good luck and enjoy. You will wonder why you haven't done it sooner;-) I was kicking myself, I know that much!

Posted on Dec 22, 2010 10:23:50 AM PST
ColdShot says:
what will they thnk of next.....do the paper warning inserts make any comments about reactions to the silicone? [ my main concern ]

Posted on Dec 22, 2010 10:49:43 AM PST
I use the Diva cup and will never use pads or tampons again. It seems I am so much cleaner. No mess, no smell. I have no reactions to the silicone.

Posted on Dec 22, 2010 10:53:41 AM PST
RPCV says:
@ColdShot: Some people have latex (rubber) allergies. Though that isn't a problem with silicone.

I switched right before I went into the Peace Corps. No worries about where to buy products in a teeny, rural village. No worries about the cost of buying quality products in a third-world country. No worries about the space of bringing enough on frequent trips around the country. And no worries about disposal in an area with high visibility of all trash.

I find it's easiest to change in the shower, which was never a problem. I'd always leave it in 12 hours. While never leaking on heavy days, emptying it could result in a Freddy Krueger-like scene without a sink to clean up. (Toilet was private near my house, sink was outside in a high-traffic area.) It sure beats frequent bathroom trips to latrines in various states of disrepair.

Even though I'm back in the States now, I'll never go back. I just love the convenience, comfort, and cost-saving. To note, I just the Diva Cup and also cut off the "stem."

Posted on Dec 22, 2010 11:16:29 AM PST
I have been using the DivaCup for 2 years. I bought it on Amazon (its cheaper than in the stores). I clean mine with Cetaphil during the day (if I'm at home). If I have a heavy day and need to empty it while I'm out I just empty it in the toilet and re-insert it then clean it later that day.

Make the switch. Me and 5 other friends switched at the same time. Since then I've told all my friends and about 5 more of them have made the switch. Seriously, it is the best thing ever. You won't be disappointed.
Following are reasons I like it:
1) No smell.
2) More comfortable.
3) Don't have to have various products. (Saves lots of space when you're packing)
4) Only have to carry one around. And if I'm on my period I already have it with me:)
5) Good for the environment.
6) Saves money.

Posted on Dec 22, 2010 11:35:02 AM PST
How do you know when it's time to empty? And how do you get it out without getting blood on yourself there? It seems like I'd need to wear a pad just for what runs down inside while you're changing/emptying it.

Posted on Dec 22, 2010 1:35:57 PM PST
sanguisuga says:
I got an IUD in the beginning of the year, so I barely even spot anymore. But before that, I had been using the Diva Cup for a couple years. I LOVE it. Super comfortable, no leaks, no funky smell, and no worries about TSS, which was a concern for me due to a genetic tendency. Fold it up, insert it, it pops open on its own and you're set. As far as leaking anything while removing it, unless you've left it in for the whole day, you probably won't have any issues. If you're uncertain, just bring some of those little moist towelettes into the bathroom with you... As far as the Instead cups, I tried those when I was a teenager and found them kind of awkward. Another thing I love about the Cup is that there is virtually no impact to the environment. No more disposables for me!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2010 3:27:16 PM PST
scgc says:
I have a mooncup and think it's great - but because my period is pretty heavy for the first day I have to use tampons instead for that day, as the cup leaks. Otherwise, would agree with all the advantages others have said, especially not having to change it so often.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2010 3:29:59 PM PST
scgc says:
Time to empty - I just go with about every five hours nearer the start of my period, and in the morning and evening later on. You change it on the loo so empty it immediately down the loo. It is worth mentioning though that you have to be careful not to drop blood on the floor or on clothes if you are taking it from the loo to a sink to rinse it out.

Posted on Dec 22, 2010 3:43:27 PM PST
Yuck. Still, looks like it's worth a try!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2010 3:55:36 PM PST
ColdShot says:
well, that's good to know there have been no reactions

and that stem? is that the little nubbin on the tip?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2010 2:29:07 AM PST
I had never heard of this before. I am going to try it, getting mine from amazon and getting Dr. Bronner - Castile Soap unscented, to clean it.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2010 6:23:07 PM PST
E. Phelps says:
Yes, it is. It's there to make the cup easier to handle. However, for me, the stem made it too long. There are little grippy rings on the bottom anyways.

Posted on Dec 24, 2010 6:35:57 AM PST
L. Pigg says:
I too have been using the Diva cup for 8 years. I will never go back. My favorite part is that you can use it no matter how heavy or light your cycle. I also feel way more clean.
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