(Closed) Tell me about your menstrual cup! (Possible TMI)

posted 4 years ago in Wellness
  • poll: Do you wear a menstrual cup?
    Yes and it's the best relationship I've ever had beside my SO. : (33 votes)
    70 %
    Yes and it was like a traumatic hellfire. I may never be the same. : (7 votes)
    15 %
    Yes and it was okay, but don't see what all the hype is about. : (2 votes)
    4 %
    What the heck is a menstrual cup?! : (5 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 16
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    929 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2017

    I’ve been using diva cup for years. I have a pretty heavy flow, and like a PP I now also have a copper IUD so that only made it worse. I will empty it more than necessary due to paranoia of leaking but even so probably only empty 4 times a day TOTAL. It’s such a great price too. I have noticed some mild discolouration with my previous diva cups, but thorough cleaning does avoid almost all staining. 

    Post # 17
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    2579 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    carnationsunshine:  I wouldn’t say traumatic in the slightest! The insertion takes a few goes. Make sure you are comfortable where it sits and if not then try again. I think because of the stem I inserted it a bit lower than I should have at first. I removed the stem entirely and then felt happier about it. The cup should sit just inside you, but don’t push it up or anything.

    It does a really good job. I’d check it between lectures to begin with if you have a heavy flow. Just so you can genuinely gauge the blood flow. Be steady when you remove it, as obviously you don’t want to spill it if it’s full! But this is unlikely 😉 I found it much better to use than tampons. I found the use of those more invasive/bothersome and less reliable.

    I used to use one before my IUD and started it in my early twenties. I have not had children so I used the smaller cup.

    Try to always use a bathroom with a tap so you can wet the cup again. Wear a thin pantyliner for any slight drop of blood on your knickers. Good luck!

    Post # 18
    Member
    6272 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I’m a mooncup user and it’s the only one I’ve used. Love it. I have a short period and no cramps and as I’ve used it for 10 years I wonder if the mooncup is partly responsible for my easy cycle as so many people seem to say their periods are better. 

    Anyway, I cut the stem off. It just gets in the way. Give it a squeeze at the bottom when you take it out to break the seal. And when you put it in, I use the fold technique and then give it a little twist to make sure it’s snug and fully opened.  I’ve never had a leak 

    Post # 19
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    1842 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2016

    kcoast:  you can use a cup with an IUD. I’ve used one the whole time I’ve had the IUD. Lots of people do. Just make sure the IUD strings aren’t in the way. Mine are nowhere near the cup though. 

    Post # 20
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    99 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    I like my diva cup! It was a bit traumatic at first, but after a few cycles, you’ll get the hang of it. It takes time to get used to, but the fact that you leave it in for 12 hours is SOOO convienient. My only complaint is that sometimes it leaks, and you really have to always make sure it’s open all the way, you can do this by turning it inside you 360 degrees. good luck!

    Post # 23
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    55 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2017

    I have the lunette cup and I love it so much! My friend had the Diva Cup but didn’t like it, so at first I ws a bit skeptical. You need to do your research as menstrual cups are not “one size fits all”!

    There is a bit of a learning curve to using them, although I received mine before I started my period, so I was able to practice with it on a “dry-run”. Inserting it was pretty easy once I found a fold that I liked. Most companies reccomed the C-Fold, but i found that still too big. I like the seven-fold. Removing it was a bit tricky, i had to prop one leg up on the toilet and bear down really hard, but I got it out and now it’s so easy to use. 

    I can wear it through the night, which is the best thing ever! As pads would always irritate me and tampons always leaked. I’ve never had any leaking with a cup, although for some people, it can take a bit of practice to insert it properly.

    I’m also the laziest person when it comes to periods, so a menstrual cup is great, as I clean it once in the morning and then again before i go to bed. Throughout the day I can just forget about it! Once it’s inserted properly, you can’t feel it inside you; although you may have to trim the stem a bit because some people find them a bit long.

    There’s a really great Youtube channel called PreciousStarsPads which has loads of videos and reviews about menstrual cups, as well as things like cleaning tutorials and different fold techniques.

    Post # 24
    Member
    484 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2016

    I’ve been using a DivaCup, but on the advice of someone here I ordered a MeLuna. It has a little handle for easier removal! I haven’t tried it yet, but am starting my period on Monday! Will report back!

    Post # 25
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    269 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    I only have wonderful things to say about menstrual cups. It’s more comfortable and easier to manage than disposables, not to mention saves you an actual fortune in the long run. The average woman spends £18000 in her lifetime on sanitary disposables. Even if I bought 50 mooncups in my life it’s not even a scratch on that figure. Go menstrual cups! You’ll love it. 

    Post # 26
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    2579 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    carnationsunshine:  You’re welcome! These things can be daunting so it’s useful to speak to others. You could do a dry run! Just wet it and try the squeeze and fold technique like U.K.Bee mentioned. Don’t wear it around for hours though, I don’t think that would be healthy. I didn’t test before my period for what it’s worth. I just checked I hadn’t split a few times a day on my first period with it. It was never anything major though, I just slightly adjusted. It’s pretty much second nature, if you know how your body works it’s really easy to get used to. You won’t lose it! That’s what most women worry about I think. But they’re designed that they don’t sit anywhere near as high as a tampon. I really love that they’re environmentally friendly too.

    I boiled mine in a (specially designated!) saucepan for five minutes in water between periods too.

    Post # 28
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    1165 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2017

    Lavender28:  Wait really!? Oh my gosh I hope this is true! I asked my Doctor and she wasn’t too sure. I had heard that the cup could accidentally pull the IUD out?!

    Post # 29
    Member
    1842 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2016

    kcoast:  yes! I wasn’t willing to give up cups when I got my IUD but I saw that other people still used them so I took the risk. I’ve heard that they could pull the strings (although unless the strings are super long I don’t see how that’s possible) or that the suction could pull the whole thing out. Gosh, I hope my cervix is stronger than that, lol.

    To be honest, I’m not even that careful. I don’t really even “break the seal” when I take it out, I kind of drag it most the way until I can get a good grip on it. It’s been 4 years and 3 different cup brands and I’ve never had an issue. 

    Post # 30
    Member
    484 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2016

    carnationsunshine:  GUYS GUYS GUYS. I have been using the Meluna for 2 days, and it’s amazing. I would totally suggest it for a first-time menstrual cup user.

    It’s squishier than the Diva, so it’s more comfortable to get in the first time. And it has a ring, so it’s super easy to pull out! I think the scariest thing about first using a menstrual cup is that moment of panic when you first try to get the thing out, and it’s a bit hard to grip, and you’re like, “oh god, what have I done??” But the ring is so easy to grab!

    I ordered this one, because I haven’t given birth: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00XFNYZKK?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00

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