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Does anyone get more crampy when using tampons? (I do.)
If so, did you experience the same with a cup? (Given you tried one, of course.)
I also cramp when I use tampons, and now that I'm using the Divacup my cramps are so much better!! The only time I've had anything akin to my old "tampon cramps" was when I had a super heavy day and needed to dump the cup earlier than I had expected. This is my second month of cup usage and I am so thrilled, I wish I'd discovered it sooner!!
I've been using the Divacup for about 6 years now, and I cannot even tell you how this has changed my life.... My periods were super heavy for years, and sometimes I would actually rig up a nighttime pad, then a pair of shorts with a small towel inside just to be on the safe side, lol.
I did use mine when I had my copper IUD, with no issues. However, the problem I DID have was that after the IUD was out (periods just got too heavy) I was still having excess flow. Even with the cup, the first two days I would have to empty it HOURLY because it filled up. Sometimes it filled so fast that it would leak before I knew what was happening, but you get to the point after awhile where you can sort of feel that you're full and go empty it. This actually let me to understand that I was having an actual medical issue, because I knew how much the Diva held, and I could count the number of full cups I was emptying. Impossible to really do that with pads. This is what led me to get an endometrial ablation and I wish I had done that years back - never had a problem since with heavy flow or clotting.
FYI I have had a child (C-Section) and I still use the cup for women who have not had kids. I am pretty small, but have never felt like the cup was the wrong size. Maybe because I didn't have a vaginal birth? Who knows.... so don't be afraid to experiment with sizes. In the long run you will save money not buying disposable stuff.
I remember hearing about the Divacup and similar items years ago, but I was too closed minded on the subject. I thought it sounded icky. Wow, my loss right?
Tampons and pads are way more "icky" than this Diva Cup. On Tampax commercials they always show you how quickly that blue water sinks right in. Except periods aren't so liquidy! They don't absorb as quickly as water and they channel through the tampon/pad. They are the destroyers of cute underwear! Any time I had a hot date (pre-marriage) I'd just forgo wearing underwear. All of them were ruined, anyways. I even did a tampon and winged panty liner combination.
I thought changing the cup would be a scene for a horror movie. Nope! Turns out my flow wasn't as heavy as I have been assuming all these years. Barely anything was in the cup on my second day! I never even have accidentally touched any blood with this baby. Any blood on the inside of the cup can be rubbed off by rubbing the silicone cup together, rolling it in your fingers. I never have to touch the inside. On the other hand, I was always touching blood with tampons. I think the string is more absorbent than the tampon itself! And god forbid you pee on the darn thing.
Oh, and then there's dry vagina syndrome with tamps. Not only does that hurt your vagina coming out, but It makes sexy time a lot more difficult. I do have sex on my period sometimes. I'm sick, I know! My husband is just too beautiful.
- Can't feel it
- Easy to remove/insert comfortably
- No period odor (apparently menstrual flow only smells when exposed to air)
- No leaks
- No touching any blood or peed on tamp strings
- No dry vagina
- Don't have to change it as often
- You have to rinse it out when changing. How tragic.
Emphatic yes on getting more crampy with tampons. I've got a box of tampons that is ten years old in my cupboard because I quit using them because of cramps. I'm strongly considering a mooncup or the like, sounds convenient.
Glad to have read this thread. I had no idea that there were more than the Diva brand cup out there in a non-disposable. I found that the over 30/had a baby sizing is not accurate for all. The larger one that fit my age was very uncomfortable, and the smaller one is better. I will look into the brands to see the different types from some of the sites listed in this thread.
But, the cup is AMAZING, even with flaws. About a million times better than tampons. So amazing.
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I use a luna cup, and have had no problems with it leaking at all. I use it when swimming. I put it in the morning and take out and rinse at night. I have felt a bit uncomfortable when having to push when using the toilet, but never have had it come out on me. I will sometimes have to reposition, but that doesn't seem to effect the seal as such.
The biggest issue for me is that I am supposed to boil it each month for a couple of minutes. I home school. While I feel fine sharing this with strangers, it is not really what I want to discuss with family!
You guys inspired me. I was at WF this evening, and right there was a Diva Cup. I had looked for it last month and couldn't find it (I was there at a bad time of the day, oy vey! - no, seriously, oy vey). But tonight, it was like fate. So I bought it. When I got home I put it in the bathroom, and took it out of the box to admire it. Then I remembered, I had just convinced my husband that we should try for kid no. 2! I am such a flake. I might get a few months use out of it before it goes into storage.
I didn't buy the diva wash with it, and will have to figure out cleaning. DH works from home most the time, and he is completely freaked out by bodily fluids (weird, since he used to be a nurse, I've given up trying to apply logic to him), so taking it to a kitchen to sanitize could be an issue.
Anyone use this thing after childbirth? How long did you wait? I bled for nearly 8 weeks after booger no. 1, so I was thinking I could really start getting my money's worth out of this thingy then. Not right away, obviously, but a few weeks after childbirth? Yes, no?
I just got my mooncup today. I love that darn thing.
But it's part of the reason why I'm not having another. I don't know if I could go through 14 (or more) months of that not-normalness.
Unscented soap is fine for cleaning, especially something like castille soap. You can soap it in hydrogen peroxide (the strength you would use for wound cleaning) occasionally to remove any stains. No need to boil.
I used the original (brown rubber) keeper for about 10 years. It started to develop an odd smell, so I was looking at at DivaCup or a MoonCup or... something silicone so I could boil it... Even though my Keeper went missing mysteriously, I held off purchasing because I was 29 and TTC (and the sizes are defined by under 30/haven't given birth vaginally and over 30/have given birth vaginally).
After I gave birth vaginally at age 30, I wore cloth postpartum pads for all the lochia (I wouldn't recommend a cup or tampon for any of this postpartum bleeding), my period returned 6 weeks later, to the day (I did not breastfeed, as my daughter was stillborn) and I bought the over 30/have given birth vaginally DivaCup I'd been eyeing.
I like the clearish silicone SO MUCH better than the brown rubber, and though I haven't boiled it, I like that I CAN.
I usually just rinse thoroughly with hot water during my cycle, and at the end (or during a long shower), I'll clean it with some Dr. Bronners.
If I'm in a public restroom, I'll either dump in the toilet and clean/wipe out with toilet paper (as thoroughly as possible), or I'll take a 1oz spray bottle or peri bottle in with me to help clean the thing over the toilet.
There used to be a WONDERFUL yahoo group dedicated to The Keeper, but I'm pretty sure it's gone... it was a great resource for issues with menstrual cups.