Post # 1
I like i would imagine most women thought these things were pretty gross but after actually doing a bit of research and seeing how they work i’m changing my mind.
Has anyone actually used them? are they worth it? and are they really as effective as they say?
Post # 3
YES YES YES, a THOUSAND times YES!
I bought a Diva cup a few years ago from a friend’s reccomendation and I will NEVER go back to traditional tampons and pads!
They hold for 12+ hours
You don’t have to worry about TSS from tampons
Heavy flow? No problem – change it after 6 hours!
Know that light period time where you want to wear a tampon for protection but it is all dry and scratchy coming out? Yeah, none of that with these things!
I work 10-12hr shifts. Even on my HEAVIEST days, I put it in before work and I don’t take it out until after work. I get NO leakage, but I still wear a thin pantyliner just in case.
After your full cycle, you boil it in a pot of water for a few minutes to completely disinfect. During your cycle, I wash mine out in the sink or shower at each changing.
Post # 4
Before I got an IUD I was using them! Totally recommend them. Completely worth it, and they are also environmentally friendly unlike pads and tampons (which can clog up your toilet as well).
Post # 5
I posted a thread a couple weeks ago about finally ordering one after being convinced by some bees! I asked for tips and such and when I got it…a thousand times better and easier than I could have ever imagined!! They work great and they’re comfortable. Get one!
Post # 6
Yes! I thought it was gross and weird until I tried one.Its awesome. I keep trying to convert my sisters but they think the same thing that I used to.
Post # 7
@nearly-mrs-R: I must be the only person in the entire world who tried it and hated it 🙁 I had a major panic attack and passed out in the bathroom at my house–alone– when i couldn’t get the thing out of me!! i thought I was going to die. Everyone else recommends them so I must suck 🙁
Post # 8
Oh my, YES! I have been using the Instead Softcups for over 10 years exclusively. I will NEVER go back to tampons. I am thinking of getting a Diva Cup this week because I hear they’re even better.
Post # 9
@Chapssstick: What?! Just squeeze it a bit and pull. It comes right out!
I love mine! I just wish I knew about them years ago! They’re the best thing since sliced bread.
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@nearly-mrs-R: btw, do NOT forget about it on the stove when boiling! Yep, learned that the hard way. All the water boiled out and the thing caught on fire and deposited flakey ashes all over my kitchen and living room!! I’m lucky I didn’t burn the house down. Not my proudest moment!
Post # 12
What brand do people reccommend? I’ve never tried one, but now I’m interested.
Post # 13
Love it! I’ve been using Instead cups for 3 years or so now. I think they’re supposed to be single use, but I rinse and reuse mine through one cycle and then throw it away. Maybe one day I’ll decide to purchase a more permanent style, but this method works for me!
Post # 14
Love mine. My dog is a trash can tampon thief but I wanted to stop flushing them, so I switched to DivaCup. It’s pretty great.
Post # 15
I use Instead Softcups and will never go back to pads or tampons. Pads are like wearing a diaper and marinating in your own juices… tampons dry me out and are uncomfortable (which I never realized until I knew there was a better way with cups).
Post # 16
@Chapssstick: Lol, I’m scared of this too, which is why I never even considered a cup. However, it’s so expensive buying all those tampons so perhaps I should give it a try.