Post # 1
So after reading this thread earlier today about a woman finding a moldy kotex tampon, I was freaked out (and EXTREMELY grossed out). My friend has been using a menstrual cup for a while now and she swears by them. She recommends the Mooncup/Keeper Cup because they’re made in the U.S. (yay for creating jobs! haha) but through my research, I’ve become interested in the “Fleurcup” because it’s not as “stiff” as other cups.
Any bees here using menstrual cups with any recommendations?
Post # 3
I don’t use one, but I’ve heard great things about the DivaCup.
Post # 4
I’ve been using the DivaCup for around 6 years now and I love it. I haven’t tried any other brands and it seems that most everyone I know that uses a cup also has a DivaCup.
Post # 5
@lybarra: I’m always wondering whether you can really leave the cup in for 12 hours at a time. Do you ever do this?
Post # 6
I’ve been using the ‘softcup’ and tampons but kind of alternating between the two.. I’ve noticed I seem to cramp a little more when I wear the softcup so that’s the primary reason I switch it up with the tampon and or pad. but it is SOOOO much better than tampons…. and I don’t get paranoid about TSS and I don’t feel all dried up if I accidentally use a larger tampon thna necessary. You can get soft cups at CVS… and I think some other drugstores.
PS I’ive only used it for 2 cycles so I’m still trying to figure out what works best (when it comes to putting it in and how long I need before removing…)
Post # 7
I love my DivaCup, but I haven’t tried any other type of cup, either.
Post # 8
@goodasitgets: Yes, I do leave it in for 12 hours on my second and third day. It may be a little Too Much Information but on day one my flow is heavy, a super tampon will hold me a little over an hour. However on those days the cup will hold for around 4 hours. By my second day I can pop it in before work and not have to worry about it until I get home.
Post # 9
People who use them– isn’t it nasty to change it or whatever in a public bathroom? Like, on your first day or whatever?
Post # 10
+1 for Divacup. I’ve used it for over a year and i’m totally happy. It does take a couple tries to learn how to get a good seal (so you might want to use a liner the first couple times that you use it), but once you get the hang of it, it’s pretty much foolproof.
As far as leaving it in for 12 hours – YEP. Done it, even on my first day. I’ve only ever once had to do some adjustment in a public restroom (I hadn’t put it in completely correctly so it was leaking – ugh!), and yeah, that’s a bit unwieldy, but it even says in the instructions that you can just wipe it out and put it back in once before washing it. (Make sure the next time you take it out, you give it a good cleaning, though.)
It also helps to be super comfortable with your body if you’re going to use one, because you WILL be getting up close and personal with your lady parts. Overall though, go for it, the DivaCup is great. You can buy them online, and lots of health food stores carry them. (I got mine at a Whole Foods.)
Post # 11
@foodnerd81: Sorry in advance as this is way TMI–it depends on how heavy your flow is. Like PP have said, you really can leave them in for 12 hours so most of the time it’s not even an issue.
BUT if you do need to empty it in a public place, it’s really not that bad. The outside of the cup is “clean” (i.e. not bloody), so it’s not like you get blood all over your hands when you remove it. Then you just empty it into the toilet and use a piece of tp to wipe it out or bring in a bottle of water to rinse it, and reinsert. (It goes without saying, wash your hands before and after). I haven’t found it to be any worse than changing a tampon.
I will say this, it does take a little practice so you probably would want to try it at home before you do it in a public place.
Post # 12
I can’t wrap my head around this menstral cup thing. It seems… uncomfortable. It also seems like it would be a little messy when removing. I’m really intrigued but slightly terrified. Can anyone explain/ give some peace of mind? I’m one of those must-know-as-much-as-possible before I buy.
Post # 13
I’ve been using a Keeper and then when I temporarily misplaced that, a Moon Cup, for… I don’t know, several years. I love them. I usually have a fairly light period and don’t need to empty it over the course of the day, just at home, but when I do it’s not a big deal. I just remove it, empty it into the toilet, and replace it- I’d rather not get toilet paper in it, but I’ll rinse it out if I’m at home or in a private bathroom. But I do like to wipe off my fingers of any blood so I don’t come cut of the stall all Lady Macbeth style. 😉
Right now, I’m taking a break from menstrual cups as I recently got an IUD and want everything settled before throwing that back into the mix… and oh my god, let me tell you, it is hard to go back. What do you mean, I have to remember to bring tampons EVERY DAY of my period? What I mean is, I love how little period planning I have to do when using a cup.
Post # 14
I use the keeper by moon cup. I actually got it just a few month ago & I love it! It’s really not uncomfortable at all, although I removed almost all the stem from my cup. I only empty it once every 12 hours. It’s so nice to not have to think about it during the day! I empty it when I wake up & when I take my shower at night. From what I’ve read, there are slight differences between the cup brands. If you’re looking to buy one you can google a comparison between the different brands and you can choose the one that is best for you.
Post # 15
@bellasperanza: Thanks– I was totally wondering about the blood on the hands thing but it felt like Too Much Information… glad you went there 🙂
Post # 16
I used the DivaCup for a couple of months, but I went back to tampons. It wasn’t as comfortable for me, and I didn’t like dealing with the blood so directly. But to each their own! My period is light enough that I only need to carry a few tampons with me even on the heaviest day, so I guess I’m lucky in that regard. If I had to change a super tampon every hour like PP above, I’d probably be more likely to try a cup again.