(Closed) Anyone have experience using menstrual cups instead of tampons?

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I used the DivaCup while I was traveling in developing countries for 8 months (tampons are not usually available in those places) and thought it was great/easy to use!

What exactly was your question? Are you thinking of using it so that you don’t have to change a pad/tampon while in your gown? They are great for that. I’d just make sure that you get the hang of it by using it for a period or two beforehand.

Post # 4
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371 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@judybot:  Omg, I love my cup! I’ve been using mine exclusively for close to two years now and it’s such a game changer.

I have a purple LadyCup. Inserting and subsequently getting it to open may be hard at first, but if you give it a few dry runs, and learn what method is easiest for you, it should be a breeze when you are actually on your period. Cups can also be used while not on your period, so you can pop it in a day or two before you think you may get it, and you won’t have to deal with any surprises, ha. LadyCup is one of the softest cups out there, and because of that, I really can’t feel it when I have it in so it’s extremely comfortable. Emptying it can get a little messy, so I try to only do that at home or in single stall bathrooms where the sink is in there with you, but I usually only empty it in the morning and right before I go to bed, even on my heaviest days. I recommend checking out http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/. They have lots of comparison charts and have helpful tips for finding the best fit for you (since all cups are not the same!). If you have any other questions, no matter intrusiveness, just ask!

Post # 5
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378 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I’m always soooo intrigued by these.  I’m just hesitant about how I’ll like it.  And I’m not one to let my apprehension to get the best of me.  

 

… Maybe I will try it sometime!  I want to hear someone say they didn’t like it.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@judybot:  I just finished my fourth period using a Diva Cup. I love it and seriously hated going back to tampons when we went camping (handwashing issues). There’s a learning curve and adjustment time, but once you get in the groove it’s like there’s nothing there. Depending on your flow, you may need to check on it more often than 12hrs, just FYI. 

Post # 7
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3771 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’m using a soft cup right at this very moment! lol It took me a a little time getting used to it, but it wasn’t hard. After a couple cycles of using it, I had it down pat. No problems I also wear a very thin panty liner just in case. I never have any leakage and it can stay in for 12 hours 🙂

You can buy a pack of them at walmart, cvs, walgreens. I went with this because it was easier to get and try right that second instead of having to deal with ordering it and waiting for it to come in the mail. And they’re cheap so if you don’t like it you’re not throwing as much money down the drain if you don’t like it.

http://www.softcup.com/?gclid=CKDju4C6m7YCFdFT4AodQAcAZg

also the soft cup sits up higher than some of the other cups so you can actually have sex with it in! I haven’t tried it yet, but it’s definitely possible.

Post # 8
Hostess
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@judybot:  I’ve been using a DivaCup for the last 5+ years and I absolutely LOVE it!!

I tend to toss and turn a lot when I sleep and travel a lot so this helps with knowing that I don’t have to worry about leakage. There’s quite a bit of info online in terms of how to fold to insert and remove. I’d recommend using it for a cycle or two before your wedding to get the hang of it. Also when you first start; do the removal in the shower so you don’t have to worry about spills. When I use it; I end up showering morning and night to deal with emptying it.

I haven’t had to deal with the awful pee string or the uncomfortableness of tampons and the best part is that there’s no smell! Downside is that you have to be comfortable with your own body and the sight of bodily fluids.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I used a divacup for 2-3 years & loved it! The only reason I’m not still using it is because I got an IUD and occasionally the divacup would sort of suction to my cervix & I didn;t want the suction to pull our my IUD. I’ve heard of people still using them although my doctor really had no knowledge on the subject so I’m back to crappy tampons =( 

I second what’s been posted already- if you’re new to it def. try it out for a few dry -runs & periods before hand. My first few cleanups were pretty messy before I really got the hang of it. I did have it leak only once but it was due to user error, it wasn’t where if should have been placed & a good kegel must have squeezed it right out. I knew better but was in a hurry and thought i’d fix it later. 

I think you’ll really like it!!!

Post # 10
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378 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@missporkchops:  the same cup for 5 years, or do u need to replace it.  Do you boil it?  Lol, nothing too personal!

Post # 11
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732 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I tried it once. It was okay while it was in, but then it was such a mess to take it out. I guess with more practice I would get better at not spilling everywhere, but I decided it wasn’t something I wanted to deal with.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Woodstock:  Hahahahahaha! I don’t have any on my computer, but my brain totally went to the “I’m doing it right now” memes!

Post # 13
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256 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

@judybot:  I love my Diva cup, but it took me probably 3 or 4 periods to get really confident with it. You have to learn how to insert it and how to make sure the suction is good to prevent leakage. There are a lot of tips online, but practice is really the only way to know all the ways it can go wrong.

Definitely give it a try! I don’t want to go back to tampons everrrr.

Post # 14
Hostess
1427 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Ice_cream:  You can find them online for cheaper than Whole Foods (around 19 dollars?) I’m on my second… I accidently dropped one in the toilet once and immediately chucked it!!

I get lazy and I no longer boil… I buy the microwave steamer bags for sterilizing breast pump equipment and chuck mine in the microwave… And when I used those up, I just put it in a special cup and cover it in water and microwave for 2 minutes, 3 times and its “boiled/steamed.”

I also don’t bother with the divawash that they advertise and do a 24 hour soak in Dr. Bonner’s Castille Soap before I do the microwave thing.

For those that are curious, I’d recommend the “punch down” fold vs all the rest of the ones they advertise out there. It’s the easiest and most comfortable for me.

If you use your fingers to squeeze to “break the seal” it helps with the removal so you don’t feel the horrible suction feeling.

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@HisMoon:  I dont’ think I’ve ever seen that meme.. so I googled

this one?

on another note… sorry if it was tmi. lol but I love these things, much better than tampons (although I do still use them occasionally)

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee

I was so skeeved out by diva cup. …now I love it! I can’t imagine going back. I don’t miss the weird timing of tampons (“ok, i changed it 2 hours ago. I suddenly am stuck in a lecture for 5 hours. It will hurt to change it now, but…”) as well as that horrible “whoosh” when you wait too long.

I don’t feel it. It feels so much cleaner. I don’t have to worry about buying tampons anymore, which I hate, or running out, which I hate more.

I would give it a go! It’s marvelous.

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