Diva Cup experiences?

posted 2 months ago in Wellness
Post # 16
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1345 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2020

I have a heavy flow the first three days, and lovey diva cup. Actually, I recently started my period early while away from home and wanted to cry at the thought of going back to tampons so I ran to Target and bought a new cup. It makes my period so much easier!

I still empty about every 4 hours on my heavy days and wear a pad for overflows, but otherwise it’s very comfortable. It definitely has a learning curve, but don’t let that discourage you. Once you learn, it’s worth it.

Re: public bathrooms. I take it out, empty it, clean off the cup using toliet paper, re-insert, then clean off my fingers a bit before washing them thoroughly. Not a problem.  When I get home, I wash the cup in the sink using the branded soap that’s made for cleaning the cup.

It also tends to permanently stained after a few years. Nothing harmful about it, just something to know.

Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2020

otterbee :  I do wear it to bed – again, a lifesaver. I can actually sleep a full 8-9 hours without getting up, even on my heavy days. Still recommend wearing a pad in case of overflow though.

Post # 18
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1247 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2019 - City, State

otterbee :  oh my god it’s the best for bed! it’s the only way I don’t have to get up in the middle of the night and change my pad or sleep with a towel on the bed! A cup and an overnight pad and I’m set.

Post # 19
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

Love my cup! I bought a knock off version on amazon and used it for a few months, now i’m pregnant so obviously haven’t used it for a little while but I would seriously recommend. They can be a little challenging to insert at first but keep working with it. It should be comfortable. I typically put it in in the morning of my period at say 7am. Work all day, get home around 5-6 and empty it at home. After i empty it i rinse well with soap and water, then reinsert. I then typically remove/wash one time before bed and repeat. I could get away with emptying it less but it’s just a habit now. 

I find I bleed a lot less with the cup than I do with a tampon. Also it’s so much more eco friendly, and has saved me money even in only a few months of use. 

Post # 20
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1364 posts
Bumble bee

otterbee :  The Diva cup constantly leaked for me. I switched to the Lena cup and that is a lot better for me and also easier to insert. I have a heavy flow and still have to empty 3-4 hours on the heaviest days. You may find you’ll still need to wear a pad for backup just in case. Still, much better than tampons for sure. 

Post # 21
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240 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016 - City, State

otterbee :  switched to Diva cup 7 years ago as well and never looked back! I haven’t bought any tampons or pads ever since. I can wear the cup for 12h with no problem. My routine is: boil the cup in water for 5min before each period. During period wash when I wake up/dress up in the morning and in the shower at night. I usually don’t need to wash it in public toilet or at work but if it happens (sometimes I forget to wash it when I wake up) I wash my hands before and after removing it and wash it discreetly in the sink. I’ve never had any issues of leaking during either day or night and it is so much more confortable than tampons

Post # 22
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Bumble bee

How long have you been off the pill? There are so many hormonal imbalances that can happen in the first year of coming off the pill. Heavy bleeding is usually caused by excess estrogen/not enough progesterone. I used to have super heavy periods. I used to bleed through ultra tampons in less than an hour. I worked on naturally reducing estrogen and boosting progesterone and my periods are so much lighter now that I don’t even need ultra tampons at all. Sorry I don’t have any advice about diva cups, but just thought I’d share. Heavy periods are so effing annoying. 

Post # 23
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13 posts
Newbee

I’ve never tried a diva cup specifically, but i’ve been using menstrual cups for the past 4 years and love it! You can do anything with it in. Sleeping, swimming, sports, camping etc.

I had to try a couple of different ones before I found the one that works best for me, and it did take a couple of times to learn how to insert and remove it correctly. However, once I got the hang of it, using a menstrual cup revolutionised my period experience.

I have a heavy flow, and used to have to change a supermax tampon every two hours on my heaviest days, AND wear a pad because of frequent leaks. Plus, tampons used to cause a lot of discomfort for me.

I tried the mooncup, which was too long for me due to my low cervix. Then I tried the lunette cup which was a bit too soft for me as I have strong pelvic floor muscles, which would cause it to leak occasionally. Now I use the Lena cup, and it works perfectly for me. It’s the right length with the stem cut off for my low cervix, and firm enough that I don’t get leaks.

Pros:

  • Only have to change it every 12 hours on a normal day, and every 6-8 hours on a heavy day.
  • Can’t feel it if it’s in correctly
  • Doesn’t hurt to insert or remove when done correctly
  • No smell as long as you empty it as reccommended, as the blood does not have contact with the air (which is what causes the smell with pads and tampons)
  • Many different brands and sizes, so there’s somthing to suit almost everybody’s needs.
  • No risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome, as there is with tampons. There have only ever been two cases of people getting TSS when using a menstrual cup, and both were attributed to other causes.
  • More hygenic than pads or tampons
  • More environmentally friendly than disposable pads or tampons
  • Cheaper in the long run than tampons and disposable pads
  • Only ever had to empty in in a public toilet twice in 4 years.

 Cons:

  • Can be difficult to use at first
  • Might have to try more than one cup before you find one that suits you
  • Some people are too squeamish about their own menstrual blood to feel comfortable using a menstrual cup
  • More expensive up front than tampons and disposable pads

 Tips:

  • Find out if you have a high, medium or low cervix (tells you if you need a short or long cup, and if you should cut off the stem)
  • Find out of you have strong, medium or weak pelvic floor muscles (tells you how firm your cup should be)
  • Do some research to find a cup that will suit your needs
  • Look at instructional videos on youtube before attempting to insert or remove a cup
  • Use a water or oil based lube (DO NOT use silicone based lube with a silicone cup)
  • Try it for the first time in the shower or bath
  • The menstrual cup cannot get stuck or lost.
  • If you’re having difficulty getting it out, don’t panic.
  • If you can’t reach it, then squat and bear down with your pelvic floor muscles. This will push it down to where you can reach it.
  • If it feels painful, or like it’s “pulling” when you try to remove it, then you have not broken the suction seal, and you need to pinch the base of the cup until the seal breaks, then you should be able to remove it easily.

 

 

Post # 24
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

I just bought one for this past month, and I love it. I wore it with a backup pad (especially at night) but so far haven’t had any issues. I am not the biggest fan of putting it in (it’s a tad uncomfortable for me till it’s in, then I can’t feel it at all), but I found putting a bit of lube on the rim of it the first couple times really helped (I had to manipulate it more at first until I figured out what worked best, so it made things more comfortable). I’m just a newbie but so far it seems way better than tampons!

 

Post # 24
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - City, State

I first learned about cups on this site. I got the Lena cup and never looked back. Takes some getting used to as far as inserting, but once you get over the learning curve it’s a lifesaver. 

Post # 26
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265 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: Scotts ~ Walnut Creek

Probably in the minority here but I didn’t care for it one bit. Couldn’t get the hang of inserting or placing it correctly, wasn’t comfortable, didn’t have the patience to keep going through trial and error scenarios and frankly the experience was far messier than tampons. Like Carrie prom scene level….no bueno.

I like the idea but it wasn’t worth giving up what works. Now if I had stuck with it the whole week instead of a mere two days who knows. But I can’t even imagine going through what I did in a public bathroom. Hell.No. All I can say is give it a try. 🤷‍♀️

Post # 27
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Buzzing Beekeeper

otterbee :  On the advice of other bee’s I got one for my niece who has an extremely heavy flow (they were talking abalation or hysterectomy as the only two options left) and she is now one happy teenager. 

Due to her heavy flow with clots she has to change it out in the school restrooms and as you can imagine that was a very daunting prospect for her. But she got the hang of it and loves the freedom (she would burn through a super tampon and pad combo in two hours on her heaviest days). She says at first she would get freaked out about leaking especially if she coukd feel a clot sliding into the cup. She says it feels like it is just sliding out but the cup does catch it all.

I also got her some cup wipes to use in the public restrooms and she finds them a great help, especially since the suction hole thingys can get blood/clot in them and they need to be clear. She can use the wipe to clean it out. But I am not sure if that is a problem ladies with normal flows have.

She can now enjoy spot and swimming etc whilst on her period. And can get a full nights sleep! But it did take her a few months to find her rythmn but is glad she didn’t give up.

I wish I had heard about them when I got my period (medical menopause) and I find that here they are not talked about or well known. Even her gyno had never met anyone that used one and they are not stocked in many places.

Go for it. if it isn’t for you then you haven’t really lost anything!

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