Diva Cup

Jenny - posted on 02/16/2011 ( 81 moms have responded )

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Alright, I've been thinking about it for too long. I bought the Diva Cup today. It was $40 which will pay for itself within 5 months. It was easy to use, easy to remove and more hygienic than you think. No more risk of toxic shock syndrome either. And I have reduced my monthly garbage amount significantly.

Are there any other Divas Cup users out there? Anyone thinking of converting?

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Jenny - posted on 02/17/2011

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I did have a tiny bit of spotting this morning but I bled a full ounce and then some. Ya, in 7 hours. Then another 3/4 ounce by 9 this morning. It wasn't messy or anything though like it was with tampons.

I wish I got one years ago.

Tara - posted on 02/17/2011

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Hey Deanna,
I have lots of kids too, I homeschool too, I've very active too. And I've used my cup for over 6 years or so. It has never dislodged, I am a heavy bleeder for day 1 and day 2. A cup holds more blood than any pad or tampon. Even on my heaviest days I only empty it 3 times throughout the daytime. I have never leaked through at night, and I used to have to change my super size tampon at least twice in the night to make sure I didn't soak the sheets.
I've never had an accident with my cup.
And as for bloody hands, never. And when I empty it in a public washroom, I dump, wipe it out with a baby wipe or toilet paper, re-insert and wash my hands like I normally would anyhow.
Not gross, no clots or clumps, no stinky tampons, no leaking pads, no worry about having tampons when I'm out and about, no worry about my period catching me off guard either, I can insert it the day I'm due and if I don't get it, oh well.
And it's only silicone, it is non-allergenic and non-irritating. Safe for everyone!!!!
Go get em ladies, they will change your world!!! (at least your period world)

Minnie - posted on 02/17/2011

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Yeah, and even with pads I always made a mess. Even with sticky backings they shifted around and got bunched up.

No mess with the Diva cup. Jennifer- I was super excited when I got mine too, and I'm still excited about it, lol. Who knew that a little silicone cup could bring so much happiness? :P

I've converted my mother and my sister so far. I'll be getting it for my girls when they're ready.

Jennifer - posted on 02/17/2011

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i am getting one and i am way more excited than i probably should be about something that collects bloody uterine lining.



i've had the mirena for nearly a year and apparently i am not one of the ones who looses their period...in fact, my period was 10 days long last month so needless to say, i am going back to the doctor to figure out wtf the problem is. i don't mind having my period in the least bit but if i'm going to have it i want it to be reliable/regular soooo i think i'm having the mirena replaced with the paragaurd so i don't have hormones messing with my cycle.

Minnie - posted on 02/17/2011

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I personally have become much more aware of my body, too. I have found that for me I DO have to shove it all the way to the base of my cervix to get a good seal. And sort of downwards. But I've learned that I'm crooked and point to my left LOL.



Oh- and I only empty it in the morning when I get up and right before bed. I find that I sometimes completely forget I'm on my period.

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Iridescent - posted on 02/19/2011

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How on earth can a tampon that won't hold 9mL of blood soak of a whole glass of water?

I just got done buying my cup...and I hope it works well and comfortably. I also got a set of cloth pads for the transition period of getting used to it, plus as backup in case it doesn't work. No more allergies!

Kylie - posted on 02/18/2011

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OMG i just threw up in my mouth. He gets them out of the bin!? arghh! I have a little bin in my bathroom that is up on a cupboard, it works well.
I remember in year 7 a teacher put a tampon in a glass of water and left it there and at the end of the lesson it had swelled and absorbed all the water and was as big as the glass. That image always stayed with me. Think of the poor plumbers who have to unclog the pipes Sarah :/

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Erin - well noo technically you're not supposed to but if i don't and no matter how much i wrap it up my son always seems to fish them out the last time he did it i passed out cos he unwrapped the tampon and proceeded to put it in his mouth toddlers have no boundaries i tell you

Erin - posted on 02/18/2011

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I thought you weren't supposed to flush tampons? I'm been meaning to get a diva cup but just keep forgetting. Thanks for the reminder. I'll be getting one before next month :P

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i have actually heard of this...i have implanon cos i just hate my period full stop! but ohh god im not having anything i have to empty and wash tampons are bad enough but at least i can hold the string drop and flush and not even look at it. (i hate the sight of blood...even menstrual blood makes me faint headed)

Tara - posted on 02/17/2011

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Diva Cuppers Unite!!
Way to go everyone, the planet thanks you and you are all free from the drudgery of disposable feminine hygiene products!! Spread the word....let's save our planet one aunt flow at a time!!

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I've been using a diva cup for the past 6 months (I think) and used a tampon once since then.... I was SOOO grossed out by the disposable tampon... the feeling of heaviness, having to change the damn tampon every 2-3 hours not to end up with blood soaked panties... I can say that I've had more blood on my hands resulting from using regular tampons and pads than I've ever had with the cup... I barely ever have any blood on my hands and if I do, it's usually because I'm a klutz.

The cramps!!!! OMG, I've had cramps only a handful of times since I started having a period. The most I get in a regular period is annoying bloating which completely vanished when I started using the cup!!!! Going back to regular tampons for half a day gave me HORRIBLE freaking cramps. I put the cup back in when I got home and within an hour the cramps had vanished.

I'm very happy that I only have to empty it 2-3 times a day even in my heaviest periods. No annoying leakage except when I don;'t pay attention to what I'm doing when I put it in.

The fact that I am not throwing out a huge amount of pads, wrappers and tampons also makes me feel much better!

Another great thing is that I don't have to worry about which position I sleep in or having to get up in the middle of the night to change a pad. Plus, not having to wear clothes to bed year round is awesome hahahaha

One of the best investment I've made :D.

Charlie - posted on 02/17/2011

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disposable pads and tampons have always grossed me out ....
Im getting one now .

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I love mine, got it two months ago, its the best thing ever. It took a bit of getting use to with the removing and whatnot, aside from that its easy and perfect♥

Marylea - posted on 02/17/2011

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I just recently read an article about tampons and the presence of dioxin in them. Since then I've been seriously considering switching to the Diva cup. I think I'm going to buy one for next month.

Tara - posted on 02/17/2011

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lol, no sloshing, you can't feel it at all, like others have said I too forget that I'm on my period.
Dumping it just becomes a routine part of my day, and after day 1, i only dump first thing in the morning and again before bed.
As for use after childbirth I wouldn't recommend it, your vaginal muscles need time to go back to normal. I would hold off until your first actual period post birth.
I have done the following whilst wearing my cup.
Horseback riding,
mountain biking,
swimming,
tubing, waterskiing, jetskiing
running, gymnastics, pretty much the only thing you can't do while wearing a cup is have sex. lol
love my cup, did i already say that?
I have converted probably 20 women since i started preaching the virtues of them!

Cyndel - posted on 02/17/2011

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This sounds awesome, I get so tired of all the money I pour into pads and tampons. Esp since I can't wear tampons after the first couple of days as the flow has slowed enough that it hurts. But I spot for nearly 5 days after that and feel nasty and can't swim. It is frustrating. I would really like to come up with the money to try this!!!

BTW, how long did you wait to use this after childbirth? I give birth in the middle of may, but I bled for the full 6 weeks (spotted the last 3 weeks, annoying) after having my son, so would it be possible to us it after 4 weeks? I intend to ask my midwife, but wanted to know what what you were advised.
Sorry if this was TMI.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 02/17/2011

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I know i have read through it all before, but how about swimming and excersisng??? Do you feel sloshing?

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I am thinking about converting...last month I got my period for the first time in almost 2 years....I was waiting to get it this month...but aunt flo was a no show. I will probably just get one to have it on hand....I have been curious for quite some time now.

Amanda - posted on 02/17/2011

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LOL Katherine, i'm crossing my fingers that it's just stress.... guess it just gives me more time to go pick up a diva cup!

Katherine - posted on 02/17/2011

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@ Lisa, I AM buying one. I must put a string on my finger or something to remind myself.

Katherine - posted on 02/17/2011

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Uh oh, four days late.....you could be.....it just reminds me of the threads on the welcome page.
"I'm 4 days late, could I be pregnant?"

Minnie - posted on 02/17/2011

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I love my Diva Cup! But I bought it for $23 on Amazon :).

So nice to not have smelly pads with nasty chemicals sticking to my body or shoving the perfect breeding ground for bacteria up me.

Also nice to not be adding to the landfills.

Amanda - posted on 02/17/2011

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i've been meaning to buy one.... my flow since my last baby has been rediculous on day 2, and it sounds like the cup would work so much better than nasty tampons (i can't stand pads and liners)..... unfortunately aunt flow is 4 days late though.......

Tara - posted on 02/17/2011

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I agree Cathy, it took me about a day to feel confident to go out of the house, but it really wasn't hard. You can "feel" when it's right and when it's wrong. The stem part needs to be trimmed!!! That's why it's so long when you get it out of the box, it's not a handle people, it needs to be cut down to size. If you can feel it poking you anywhere while it's inserted, it needs to be trimmed!!

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It does take practice to get it leakage proof. If you put it in too high you don't get a good seal.

And if you put it in too low and don't cut enough of the stem off .... well... don't leave the house until you're sure!

Katherine - posted on 02/17/2011

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I was just going to ask about leakage. Good to know it's leakage proof if you change it accordingly. I have REALLY heavy periods.

LaCi - posted on 02/17/2011

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I've been thinking of converting since the big tampon/pad debate of 2010. :) Think I'll go get one now, before I forget about it.

Tara - posted on 02/17/2011

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I was the poster from the earlier thread about the Diva, I had intended to post a follow up to see if anyone had converted after my last marketing and advertising spree on DM.
lol
Love my Diva Cup, have been using a Diva for at least 6 years or so now.
Would never go back to tampons (yuck do you know what's in those things) and never pads (hate stewing in my own juices so to speak.)
LOVE THE DIVA.

Hey Jenny, did you get your little pin that says "Diva"?

Sal - posted on 02/17/2011

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i saw an earlier debate about this and it kind of grosses me out....i have an iud and have very little period to worry about, most months a thin liner a couple od days does it, i don;t even know if they are available here, i have never seen them marketed..(austraia)

Lady Heather - posted on 02/16/2011

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I don't use a Diva Cup (any sort of synthetic material seems to cause issues for me), but I do use cloth pads. Cheaper, nothing to throw away, not allergic to them...yeah it's just an all around good choice. I will never go back to anything disposable.

Alyssa - posted on 02/16/2011

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Thanks Johnny. I think i was using it right. It doesn't always come out perfectly especially if it's really full and you have to squash it to break the suction.

Jocelyn - posted on 02/16/2011

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I use it ^_^
Well, I use to (thanks be to the Mirena! no more periods! lol)
It's wonderful, a bit tricky to use until you get the hang of it, but it's really comfy. I've belly danced in it with no ill effects! And that's a lot of hip shaking :P

Johnny - posted on 02/16/2011

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I think maybe you were using it wrong Alyssa. I've never had blood all over my hands, except for the first couple times when I was learning. You wash and get on with it. I'm pretty sure virtually no one would keep using a product that turned them into a bloody mess.

Alyssa - posted on 02/16/2011

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Amy Lea, thats half the reason I stopped using it too. You take it out, blood all over your hands. They suggest tipping it into the toilet then wiping excess off with toilet paper. oh and they suggest you don't have to wash it if you can't like when your out...eeeew. You just can't get all that blood off your hands with just toilet paper hmmmm

Jenny - posted on 02/16/2011

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You just dump it out, wipe it with toilet paper (or not if the stall is empty) and reinsert it.



It does feel cleaner too. I hated overflowing tampons constantly during the first few days. I also get clumps that don't absorb at all (sorry for the TMI) so they are dealt with too.

Johnny - posted on 02/16/2011

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I just dump it into the toilet, give it a little wipe with toilet paper. and put it back. No fuss. When I get home I rinse it out. If I am out for a really long time, like a trip, I'll try to use a "private" washroom to rinse it. I've never had an issue, and I'm not a homebody.

Iridescent - posted on 02/16/2011

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How do you handle it in a public restroom (such as when traveling)?

Johnny - posted on 02/16/2011

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Deanna, my flow is still fairly heavy. I have to change a pad hourly. On my last period, I rinsed my cup about every 4 hours.It handles way more.

Iridescent - posted on 02/16/2011

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Lol, Deanna! I can't see it as any different than going to the bathroom to change a pad every half hour, the heaviest flow there is, for 3 solid days before it slows, then spending the next 10 minutes cleaning up the appearance of a slaughterhouse...

Jenny - posted on 02/16/2011

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Deanna, you only need to empty it 2-3 times per day. I don't do high maintenance either.

Johnny - posted on 02/16/2011

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I used it for years before I had my daughter. I was on the pill and I had medium flow. It was fantastic. I did a lot of yoga and bike riding back then. I never had any problems. The only issue was that on heavy flow days it wasn't enough for night time.



After my daughter was born, I was on Mirena for 18 months and had no period. When I had the Mirena taken out, my period was super heavy. It's been hard to manage actually. I went out and bought the bigger "post baby" cup and it did NOT do the job. I just couldn't run to the toilet every 45 minutes. Not feasible. But things have slowed down a bit now, and my girlfriend recommended a different brand. I tried it last week and it worked well. Again, a couple nights where it wasn't right, but overall, I'm "back on the cup". I actually find I feel way cleaner using it instead of pads or tampons. I don't feel so icky down there.

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Alright. Never mind. I couldn't go through that. It ACTUALLY measures it for you too! Can we say eewwww....gross? I am sorry but I am naturally a heavy bleeder from the get go. I am a SAHM, I homeschool, I am the backbone to my family. There is no way on god's green earth I am going to the bathroom every hour or so to dump out and clean a cup I have to shove up my who ha. If I got to sit around and not do much fine. But we are very very active in our house so umm...no.

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