Diva Cup experiences?

posted 2 months ago in Wellness
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2019 - York, ME

otterbee :  I’m sorry you’re dealing with this! It sucks being a woman sometimes!

I tried the Luna cup and honestly just couldn’t get the hang of it. It was a little painful, and really hard to insert and get into the right spot.  I ended up having it leak more than half the time because it wasn’t in the right spot.  When taking it out it’d make a mess, and was also hard to remove.  

I think you really just have to buy one and try it out, and get the hang of it before deciding. Tampons work well for me, so I gave up trying after my first few periods.

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

I LOVE my Diva Cup.  I switched about 7 years ago and haven’t looked back

I only have heavy flow for 1-2 days, but even on those days, I only empty it every 12 hours.  I think you would be able to make it for 6 hours no problem.  You can always go for No. 2, which is a little larger (it’s for over 30/after pregnancy) and could hold more.

I will say for the first month, I would wear a pad or be armed with tampons, as there is a bit of a learning curve of inserting it.  I only had one time that I leaked and it was within the first or second month and i didn’t put it in property.  

And as for moving around for work, you won’t even know it’s in there and that is not a problem at all.

 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2019 - City, State

I love my menstral cup! I had the same problem as you – I can bleed through an ultra tampon in less than 2 hours…and as a teacher, that doesn’t work out so well.

On my heaviest days, I still have to empty my cup every 4-6 hours. But compared to an ultra tampon every hour, it’s great. On long days I tend to use a pad and a cup, just in case of overflows, and worst case scenario that can get me through around 6-8 hours without emptying. 

If it’s in correctly, you won’t feel it at all. They are way more comfortable than tampons. 

Sometimes it does take a little experimentation with what brand/size/shape works best for you.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2019 - City, State

Diva cup is life.  For real.  It takes a couple tries to get the hang of and to get over the initial uncertainty about it, but it. is. amazing.  I will never ever ever go back to the tampon/pad switchoff.  Don’t even think about it anymore – just go get one.  And you don’t need to bother researching all the other brands and stuff – I tried several of them and they were all mediocre at best.  DIVA CUP is where it’s at.  For serious.  And as a quick tip, if I’m home and need to empty it out, I just jump in the shower for like 2 minutes and do it there – way cleaner and faster.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

sharpshooter :   chelbell23 :   hickoryhills :  

Never used one and I find the concept pretty gross to be honest, but commenting out of curiosity. Those of you that wear them and need to change it say every 4-6 hours, you do it in a public / work restroom?! Just take it out, empty it into the toilet, and put it back in? Don’t you need to wash it out? I’m not quite understanding how you take it out, put your underwear back on (which will then be covered in blood), exit a stall and clean it in a public sink (disgusting) and then go back into the stall and put it back in? This reason alone is why I have never used one. Personally, I feel like if I had to change it at work I would come back covvvverrreddd in blood!  

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2019 - City, State

jackjackattck :  It does take some practice to do cleanly, yes, but it’s really not hard.  I empty it out into the toilet, clean it off if needed with toilet paper, and reinsert.  I agree it’s a SUPER weird concept to wrap your head around, but it really is amazing.  I don’t ever have to change mine early most of the time though, so I can usually go the full 12 hours – this means I rarely have to do it in public.

Post # 8
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Helper bee

 

I have lena cups. I say go for it. There are tons of brands that can work for you and they come in large sizes too. Doesn’t smell… environmentally friendly. Overall more sanitary. No used pads or tampons going into trash or toilet. 

I don’t enjoy putting it in… but I think its totally worth it. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee

jackjackattck :  there is no need to take off your underwear when you remove it.  Just squat, pull it out (similar to a tampon), and dump.   

It is tricky if you have to empty it out in a public restroom, but in a pinch, you can just wipe it down and reinsert it.  I do typically clean it with anti-bacterial soap and hot water twice a day, but you aren’t going to die if you have to put it back in not fully washed.  

Post # 10
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Blushing bee

Thank you, OP for asking this. I have had the same questions. Thank you also to those who have given valuable insight. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

sharpshooter :  Yeah I didn’t mean take your underwear off. I just meant if you need to clean it in a sink, you have to walk to that public sink with your pants/underwear pulled up…bleeding into them while you clean it. And if someone else walks into that bathroom and sees you cleaning a menstrual cup in a public sink?! Just seems too foreign for me! But I get the concept of only wiping it down with TP while in public, makes more sense. I wasn’t sure how clean it needed to be and assumed washing it with water each time was appropriate, which is what didn’t make sense to do in public! 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee

And I also thought it was weird and maybe even gross when I first read about it, but it is actually so much cleaner and 100 times easier than having to change tampons multiple times a day.  Plus it saves a ton of money and better for the environment.  

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee

jackjackattck :  and keep in mind, MOST people can go 12 full hours without having to empty them.  4-6 hours would be someone with an incredibly heavy flow and not the norm.  It’s nothing like a tampon where you have to change them multiple times throughout the day.  These can hold a lot of liquid.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2019 - City, State

jackjackattck :  I don’t rinse mine if I end up emptying it in public. I wash my hands before going in the stall, empty it in the toilet, reinsert, and clean up. Once you get the hang of it, it’s easy to do cleanly. I do however try to carry wipes in my purse to wipe my hands so if I accidentally spill or get blood on my hands I can wipe up so I don’t touch the stall door or anything else with bloody hands. I obviously still wash my hands though.

But I do make sure to empty and wash it once I get home, even if it doesn’t need to be emptied quite yet. That’s another upside, even if it’s not full, it doesn’t hurt to take out unlike tampons. Can’t tell you how many times I’ve pulled out a tampon after 4-6 hours only to find my flow was not as heavy that day as I expected and felt the consequences.

And I second hickoryhills – emptying and cleaning your cup in the shower makes things so much easier.

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