(Closed) The DivaCup opinions

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

@Usuki: I think it kind of depends a lot on the shape of your cervix, like how much it dips down. Because when you look at the cup you might think it seems to have a lot of room in there, but for some ladies, their cervix occupies quite a bit of that space. On heavy days, I still need to empty the cup every two to three hours to be on the safe side. Because unlike a tampon, when the cup starts to overflow, it gets MESSY. Sorry this is probably not what you were hoping to hear.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I have been charting my period for over a year now and as it turns out my wedding day is on the day AF comes! (Sigh)
BUT now onto my story: I have tried it. I tried instead cup which I am 100% sure they are the same thing. I love it! It felt like I had nothing up “there” if you know what I mean. It was also very very clean. I do not suggest using it on your wedding though if you are heavy… It is only a cup (without any cover) so as soon as you pull that sucker out it floods and spills everywhere! Clean but not clean at the same time. I only like to wear them while I am sitting around my house and have my whole bathroom to sprawl out and make sure it drips in the toilet. I would NOT suggest using that while you are wearing your wedding dress. Just too messy. (I am very heavy, so that could be one of the reasons) BUT try it out – it may be you! If it gets stuck the first time DON’T freak out. (Becuase that will happen)

Also, if you do happen to have your period on your wedding there is nothing wrong with running to the bathroom to change a tamp. It just gives you more excuses to make sure your make up is all right and make your Maid/Matron of Honor suffer 😉

 

Good luck!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

There are bigger cups than the diva… like jayce said, it really depends on the positioning of your cervix & how much room it takes up in the cup.

Diva is the LONGEST cup on the market, but there are wider, and higher volume capacity cups out there.

 

You should check out the menstrual cups community (like a forum) on Livejournal. Just google it. They have size charts comparing all the brands on the market width vs length vs capacity.

look at it this way, if you have a big cup it is going to hold more than a super tampon any day (even if it gets over full) and if you are already using back up pads for a tampon, it is the same thing with a cup.

Difference between a cup and tampon is mostly the fact that tampons harbor bacteria and cups dont; cups are reusable tampons arent; annnnnnd cups have a steep learning curve whereas tampons are just a shove in and go deal.

hth.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@ThePinkTyrant:

instead cups are different than the diva and other menstrual cups — I am pretty sure insteads are disposable. Never used them myself.

 

FWIW I whole heartedly plan on using my cup on my wedding day if necessary — I have used it camping, rock climbing, travelling (like 9+hour road trips), and I have never had an issue, even on my heaviest days, but YMMV.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I use a Diva cup and love it!  I’ve been using it for 5 years now and it is awesome.  It took some getting used to, especially overnight since I guess my usual sleeping position loosens the suction…anyway, I fixed that problem by sleeping in a different position and it’s been 100% reliable ever since.

I have a very heavy flow a couple days a month and have to empty about every 4-5 hours which I still think is way better than tampons, plus you’re not throwing away money every month on something that lands in the landfill (financial and environmental benefits, yay).  I’m a total convert.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Happy to help, hope the fluercup works out for you!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Just wanted to note that another big difference between instead and Diva is that Diva is NOT meant to be worn up near the cervix. It is actually meant to be worn almost as low as possible (many women cut off the stem part because of this). So the cervix isn’t supposed to be taking up any “room” in it.

I LOVE my cup. I dont find it to be messy or gross at all and I can go just about the whole day without even needing to think about it. I don’t have a higher-than-average flow, however, so I’m sure that makes a difference.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’ve been using a menstrual cup for about 10 years now. I used to use the Keeper – and it was awesome. I’m now using a Diva cup. It doesn’t seem to fit me as well – but it still works great! I keep it in up to 12 hours, but like some have said here, the first couple of days I’ll empty it every 4 or 5 hours.

If I wear it on my wedding day, I’ll use a panty-liner or something as added protection. Its not impossible for leaks to happen. But give it a try! I am much happier using it than pads or tampons.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

@littlemissmango: The way it’s shaped, I find it kind of impossible to keep it down low where it’s supposed to be. Plus I can feel it when it’s down low and it’s so uncomfortable that way!

Despite what I said above though, the cup is still better for me than tampons or pads. I haven’t bought a single other feminine hygeine product since buying my cup!

Post # 15
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Helper bee

So I know the OP already found a solution, but I just had to say that I LOVE the Diva cup!  It’s the best thing I’ve ever done period-wise, besides the pill. 

It’s so much better than tampons.  Yes, it can get leaky if it gets too full, but I don’t consider that a major drawback… I mean, it’s a silicone cup, it’s not meant to be a floodgate. I just wear a pantyliner at the same time just in case and it’s great.  I sometimes forget that I’m having my period…

I don’t know if the learning curve is the same as for the Fleurcup, but it takes a little while to get used to removing/inserting efficiently (it doesn’t have to be messy if you do it right) and to get to know your period (how often you’ll need to empty it on which days).

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Very interesting post! Alas…I will most likley be on my period for the wedding day, plus crampy and puffy. Bleh.

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