Post # 32
tennisSML5, after your comment i realized i should qualify my statements so you all don’t think i’m some hack coming on here and leaving random health advice. I am a medical student (and future ob/gyn, yay!) who has worked closely with one of the top physicians in Family Planning in NYC – the information i gave to you is what she has taught me, and subsequently this information is what the staff in our office give to our patients.
I will advise anyone considering skipping who needs reassurance to call their OB/GYN and discuss your options first. surely there is a certified ob/gyn on the board who can comment as well?
Post # 33
I am going to skip mine with the pill. Phew!
Post # 34
For those who can’t avoid having their period on their big day, I highly recommend trying the Diva Cup. It is a flexible cup you use in place of tampons. Unlike the disposable cup a previous poster mentioned, the diva cup gets washed and reused, so it is a great choice for those who want to be green. I also think it’s sturdier and has less of a chance of leaking that the disposable cups or tampons. I love mine, I can leave it in for 12 hours! I bought mine from Lunapads.com.
Post # 35
I second (third?) the Diva cup suggestion if you’re not on the pill. You can put it in before your period starts, if you’re expecting it within the next couple of days (unlike a tampon). So just in case you aren’t quite regular enough to guess when during the day your period will arrive… that will help.
And seriously, you will save soooo much money!! I would totally recommend it for everyone. Saving money, saving the environment… it’s awesome!!!
Post # 36
<span style=”font-size: 7.5pt; font-family: Verdana”>Since you don’t seem to be interested in actually avoiding your period, I also wanted to recommend the Diva Cup as a great way of dealing with it. <span style=”font-size: 7.5pt; font-family: Verdana”>I’ve been a dedicated user for years now and I would NEVER go back. You only need to change the diva cup twice a day (I do it when i get up in the morning and before bed). Leakage is basically not a problem at all, especially if you take a quick shower after putting it in to "clean everything up" if-ya-know-what-I-mean (I always do this). For your wedding day I’d use a small panty liner but day-to-day I don’t use anything extra.<span style=”font-size: 7.5pt; font-family: Verdana”>Seriously ladies, ALL of you should be looking into it whether it for your wedding day or not. In my personal experience it is cleaner, more convenient, cheaper, and more environmentally friendly. One cup literally last years. Thing of how much you spend on tampons in years! From an environmental perspective this is the product that should be the basic go-to for all women. The conspiracy theory is that the pad/tampon companies actively keep us in the dark – could be true, who knows? But it seems that people only find out about this girl-to-girl.<span style=”font-size: 7.5pt; font-family: Verdana”> And speaking to the post-child birth problem Mighty Sapphire mentioned about her mom – they make them in two sizes "before child birth" and "after child birth." Mighty Sapphire – tell your mom! I doubt double tampons is particularly awesome to deal with.<span style=”font-size: 7.5pt; font-family: Verdana”>The one thing I would say is to start using it a few months before your wedding if possible. It is something new to get used to and the first time or so that I used it I thought it felt weird. After a few months though I was confident in the way that it worked and didn’t feel it anymore.<span style=”font-size: 7.5pt; font-family: Verdana”>There is also a version called the Keeper which I think was the precursor to the Diva Cup. The Keeper is made out of natural latex and the diva cup is made of something else. I personally chose the Diva Cup because I have sensitive skin and worried that I’d develop a bad reaction to latex. Google either term and you’ll easily find an online retailer. Some female focused sex shops even sell them!
Post # 37
Dang it! It took out all of my carefully place page breaks. Let me re-post that:
Since you don’t seem to be concerned about avoiding your period, I also wanted to recomend the Diva cup as a great way of dealing with it.
I’ve been a dedicated user for years now and I would NEVER go back. You only need to change the diva cup 2x per day (I do it when I get up in the morning and before bed). Leakage is basically a non issue as long as you take a little shower to "clean everything up" after you put it in. For your wedding day I’d use a little panty liner but day to day I don’t use anything.
Seriously ladies, ALL of you should be looking into this (wedding or not!). In my experiene it is cleaner, more convenient, cheaper, and more environmentally friendly. One cup litterally lasts you years. How much do you spend on tampons in years! LOTS!
And MightySapphire – tell your mom. They make it in two sizes: 1) pre child birth, 2) post vaginal child birth. I can’t imagine using two tampons is awesome.
The one thing I would say is to try to start using it a few months before your wedding. It is something new to get used to and the first month or two I thought it felt weird. After a few months I became confident in how the whole thing worked and could no longer feel it.
There is also a version called the Keeper if you prefer. I think the main difference is that the keeper is made of latex (which some people like because it’s natural) while the Diva Cup is made of something else (which some people like because it doesn’t cause the reactions possible with latext). Google either term and you’ll easily find an online retailer.
Post # 38
Sorry 1 follow up – the Diva Cup is a non disposable version of the cups December mentioned. I’ve never used the Instead cups but why not go with the non disposable product? I believe that Instead is the tampon/pad companies’ try at the cup market. They sure love to make us buy disposable products!
Post # 39
mrsbear! Thanks!! You didn’t need to clarify! But just the way you posted it I was like someone either knows there stuff really well! or they are a doctor! Either way it is great and helpful!! It’s better then going on the internet and trying to figure out the best solution! Thanks for your post!! I think it will be very helpful!
Post # 40
Re DivaCup versus the disposable Instead cups, I tried Instead and it was a major FAIL for me. It was messy people, really messy, over and over again. But I was really excited about the idea. Does anyone have experience with Diva vs. Instead?
Post # 41
I also want to recommend the Diva Cup. I know it may take some getting used to, but I find it well worth it. I have been using it for several years now and love it. No more contributing to landfills with feminine products! 🙂 The biggest adjustment was learning how to insert this the first time of use after that it was a breeze and I often forget I have my period. I no longer have cramps! (Though my cramps previously were mild)
Once I tried this I had to tell everyone I know about it. Give it a try!
Post # 42
I have this same fear! I just counted out my packs (wedding is next August) and it seems like I will be on the end of my period RIGHT on our wedding. Im going to probably skip my period. What about Mirena – do you still get your period if you are on that? Ive been thinking of switching
Post # 43
Ok, I’m resurrecting this thread because it’s an emergency. Just started my period and the wedding is Saturday. Regulating it with BC pills is not an option. And if you can only get the Diva Cup and other things like it online and not over the counter in a local drugstore, they aren’t options either. Any other ideas, ladies?
My period is usually heaviest on the second day, and I think I’ve found that the more I wear tampons, the shorter the period is. Right now I’m just thinking super tampons 24/7 and a back-up pad.
My one consolation is that it’s better to have started now than when the actual dress was on. I had been planning on going commando!
Post # 44
I’m afraid I don’t have any ideas. Like you said, tampons and a backup pad are probably your best bets.
I wound up having my period start an hour before the rehearsal dinner. Fortunately, it was relatively light throughout the day of so I wasn’t constantly aware of it but I did make a mess. Nothing anyone else could see but my dress liner took a pretty good hit. And you know what? I didn’t give a sh*t. There were way too many other good things going to spend any energy on it. I didn’t even notice until we got back to our room and I took it off. I gave it one “well that’s a bit embarassing” thought and then forgot about it. So yeah, it sucks but don’t stress about it too much unless you’re wearing a super light, gauzy dress, odds are no one will ever know even if things don’t go to plan.
Oh, and I am now a huge fan of the Diva Cup and wouldn’t have had ANY problems if only I had been using one then. I know it’s no use to you, marjojo, but maybe it will help someone else.
Post # 45
Okay, I did the BC pill regulating thing which has always worked for me in the past. I skipped the placebos a month before just to be extra save so that my period wouldn’t come during my wedding or honeymoon and was so careful about takin gthem tat the SAME time every day and not skipping any. Well, my period didn’t come when it was supposed to, but on the PLANE ride to the honeymoon it came. A little heavier than spotting, enough to put a damper on things. I was so pissed b/c the last time we went to Mexico it did the same thing. Totally out of cycle and I’m ON THE GODDAM PILL!!!