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Diva Club

Over on yogaferret's "for us ladies" thread many of us started talking about Diva cups (divacup.com) and other reusable menstrual products (keepers, etc). Turns out a few of us already use them and many more (10 at last count!) are in the process of making the switch-- and telling big tampon to go stuff themselves!

I started a poll to try to get a better count of those in the "Diva Club."  Using alternative products can be lonely at times because we are trained to view our periods as dirty little secrets--it is hard to know what someone uses unless you ask or they bring it up!

I thought it would be good to open a new thread more focused on reusable products. If you have questions, concerns, exciting things to share related to all things menstrual, this is your thread.  ;)

jewel and HHoney  >:( argh people can be stupid!

maybe it was just a bad work day. in class we were talking about sexuality and i have a couple students who were being pretty homophobic in their comments, to the point at the end of class i had to upfront be like, yo, i'm not easily offended and, while we can talk about different things and how you feel is valid, a lot of the comments are inappropriate and not productive to the class. there are a couple students in the class who i get gay vibes off of and they looked uncomfortable. the thing that gets me is that they are black men-- you would think that living in a racist society they would have a better understanding of hate than they appear to do.

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i love my diva cup. i love it so much that i would cry if i every lost it. i would have to order another one.

i think the thing i love the most is that it truly is like not having a period. i only have to "deal" with it when i empty out my cup. no products to buy and throw out, no smells, no weird feelings, no worries about leaking (well, generally).

i know the above sounds "anti period" but i'm not anti period. i don't mind it as long as it isn't make my life difficult. diva lets me and period be best of friends.

Joining this thread late, but DITTO! I'm not anti-period by any means, but I hate the waste associated with it, which is why DivaCup is perfect for me. Love it! I love having only having the ONE thing when I travel, and the money I've saved over the past year and some, and the room I've spared in a landfill. Hurrah!

A couple tips. Someone mentioned this already, but if you're still working on the insertion part, practice with lube. There are certain times of the month where I get a little dry, so either make sure it's plenty wet with water, or dab on a little lube. It really helps.

To clean it, you can just boil it, but it won't make it look sparkly and new again. If you really want it to look fresh and new, just soak it overnight in a 1:1 mix of water and hydrogen peroxide. Eco-friendly and easy and cheap! Of course, the discoloration has nothing to do with how clean it actually is, but whatever. To each her own.

Every once in a while, I do get super crampy and just can't stand the thought of putting anything in there. I've been meaning to buy a cloth pad or two to use when the cramps get me down, but so far, I think I've used like maybe 3 pads or tampons in the last year and a half.

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I do so recommend sewing them.  Flannel and old towels do the trick, and you don't need to do anything fancy for a fastener... I use safety pins.

Mine are very pretty combos of different patterned flannels.  I decided they might as well be girly, so I bought a very little of some outrageously pretty flannel and went from there.  So economical that they're worth it.  And I'm actually proud of the suckers, which changes my whole outlook from the embarrassment I felt with paper ones.

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To clean it, you can just boil it, but it won't make it look sparkly and new again. If you really want it to look fresh and new, just soak it overnight in a 1:1 mix of water and hydrogen peroxide. Eco-friendly and easy and cheap! Of course, the discoloration has nothing to do with how clean it actually is, but whatever. To each her own.

Thanks for this!  I soaked it for about 6 hours today per your suggestion and it looks *almost* new (not quite, but it is almost 2 years old so I don't expect perfection)!

Elizabeth

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If you really want it to look fresh and new, just soak it overnight in a 1:1 mix of water and hydrogen peroxide.

Awesome tip, thanks. 

Update:  Since I keep going on about this - The tail has extruding rings.  I cut the bottom-most ring off and now it's fine.

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If I can figure out how to make the removal less painful I'll be all set. I do the breaking the seal, twisting and pinching bit, but the inevitable popping all the way open once out kind of kills. Anyone else? I'm totally excited not to purchase tampons anymore. On the cramping issue, I got mine earlier and harder than normal. They kind of put me out of commission for about a half an hour, though I don't know if that was just coincidence.

I am using mine now for the first FULL period.  It does hurt when it pops open on the way out.  I think I will try to hold it closed as I'm taking it out.  I am also experiencing a bit of discomfort shortly after I put it in, but it goes away.  It's nice to not have to worry about anything period related for the whole day!

I was having a few paranoid thoughts though.  1- I once read that if you use big tampons, it could press against...something, and make it so all your urine can't come out.  It could cause infection because of that.  I wonder if it's the same deal with the Diva?  I would thing it would be even worse than tampons because it's sitting all day instead of 8 hours.

The other is, what happens to the blood while I'm laying down??  I'm picturing this river of blood flowing back and forth between my body and the cup and...ick.

Just looking for input- I actually love the thing and I'm telling everyone about it!

Oh, and if this thread ever dies I will be so upset!  It's the first thing I look for when I come on vegweb!

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This is my first period trying to use the diva cup and i just wanted to share... i bought the cup because i found that tampons dried me out..i would have to alternate between pads and tampons since inserting a new tampon after throwing away the old one was too hard. in addition when i would go to visit someone i would hate it when they had nice clean bathrooms with no trash in the trash can because i felt dirty  :-\ leaving my dirty pad in the can... so whenever i went to my uncled house to go swimming i always made an excuse to walk to the big trash can... maybe this sounds crazy and maybe nobody can relate but i was embarrassed. i had the hardest time trying to insert the cup the first time i was on the toilet for 20 minutes and then after almost giving up i got it in and then i had to take it out to trim i was exhausted it felt like too much work and i was ready to quit. but im glad i stuck to it because i think it is comfortable and i dont have to worry about stuffing my pockets with pads and tampons before i go to the bathroom. The first couple of days i had to empty my cup every three hours or less and it would be halfway full, now i went half a day without needing to empty it. 

but i wonder what does happen when i lay down, does the blood just flow around  ??? 

Does anybody know you use the diva cup?

how do i make removal less painful?

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dude i LOVE this thread!

but i wonder what does happen when i lay down, does the blood just flow around  ??? 

Does anybody know you use the diva cup?

how do i make removal less painful?

when you lay down, it just hangs out in your vagina. it sounds weird, but if you think about using tampons and having all those chemicals soaked in blood just "hanging out" in your vagina, it is a lot less gross! since vaginas are the gateway to the world for the blood, it isn't unnatural for it to "hang out" and it won't do anything bad as long as you, you know, clean the cup out every once in a while.

several people know i use it. i talk about it. i love it. i've actually met others who use them just by talking about it.

to get it out, it can hurt at first. i think your body has to get used to the whole diva cup expirance. i find it helps to pinch it and then twist as i pull down and tilt back. this breaks the suction every time. i have more "pain" getting it in that pulling it out, so i'm surprised people have pain pulling it out. i do it in a pretty quick motion, so it doesn't have a lot of time to think about it  ??? ust make sure you BREAK THE SEAL!! or you'll be plunging your uterus with all the suction

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Today was the first full-on day of my period using the Diva Cup.  I am sooooo thrilled!  It's comfortable (I cut all of the stem off, except for the very last rung)...it's easy...I'm overjoyed.

I've been (in a weird way) looking forward to my period so that I could finally try it out for real.  Now that I (first-hand) know how great it is, I've emailed all my female friends and family about it.  I told the two other women in my office (both older ladies), and one of them was so excited about the product that she called one of her daughters right away to tell her about it and said she was just going to buy it for her other daughter who still lives at home.

More divas in the making!

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I wonder if Diva has noticed an upswing in sales recently... ;)

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hmm.. someone was asking about cramps and how this might make them better and a lot of people sited that it 'stablizes muscles' or something to that effect. i kind of doubt that that is what it is because i am pretty sure cramps are caused by the vaso-constriction of the blood vessels in the walls of your uterus.. but i definitely have no idea why it would help with cramps.

i can not wait to get a diva. i am definitely going to order one soon!

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diva doesn't help my cramps that much.

however, i could see it helping some women who might be irritated by using tampons. maybe the whole bloody wad of toxic cotton/rayon irritates the vaginal muscles and they cramp up some in efforts to make it go away.

i guess it would depend on what kind and where the cramps are. it just makes me think of all the fun places we get cramps.... uterus, lower back, vaginal, and those strange "anal" cramps  :-\ good grief!

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Baypuppy, I love your glasses!!! :)

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Baypuppy, I love your glasses!!! :)

yeah, i was gonna say something about that. your new picture is really cute.  :)

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aww, thanks! it took four years but i upgraded.  ::)

that was actually taken at the local park during the earth day celebration. they had a free lunch buffet with lots of vegan chow! apparently, vegan diets can save the earth...hummm...

the best was a seitan sandwhich on bread with veganiase and veggies. somehow i managed to get one with cheese on it (notice it is cheese, not cheeze) even though i remember grabbing one on the "no cheese" plater.

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I am finally the proud owner of a diva cup!  Woo hoo!!!  I had insertion success on the second try.  The only reason the first try didn't work  is because the stem was too long, so I trimmed it and put it in again.  Ta da!  Perfection.  It's amazing how it just opens up inside and stays right where it needs to be.  I wore it around the house for a few hours, and had such success with that that I decided to be brave and where it while salsa dancing.  Wellllll... two and a half hours of crazy salsa dancing later and the diva was still doing her job!  Bless her!
Taking it out wasn't much fun, but I've improved my technique in the few times I've done it.
Also,  I found that getting it a bit wet with water before I insert it made it much easier to get in.

Well, ladies, I am a very happy (and rather giddy) convert.  The Diva has rocked my world.

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hey rosewood-- awesome! i love the bit about salsa dancing. i think a lot of us feel that way. once it is in right, there is nothing to worry about!

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I ordered one for my daughter last week.  Hopefully even being 14 she wont mind using it because she is sick and tired of tampons and I hate knowing she uses those.

I ordered a Diva over the Keeper (which I own) mainly to find out if there is any difference in the two.  haha

Also thank you ladies for the Hydrogen Peroxide tip.  My keeper looks 4 years younger now!  Amazing.

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i think the keeper is latex rubber, and the diva is silicone. other than that, i don't see major diff.

i hope your daughter likes it! if she is using tampons then i guess she is okay digging around down there... it is alot easier and more convient than tampons, for sure. maybe she can start the party with her friends!

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Best of luck to her.  I think the Diva is a little more conceptually daunting but after you steel yourself for the idea, it's so much more user friendly, clean and comfortable...

I did not like mine at all until I trimmed back the stem a little bit.  I am on my 2nd Diva and the 2nd seems much better to me... I don't know that there's a difference from the first run, but I do like it much better for whatever reason. 

I do recommend cloth pads for days when you don't feel you can stand the cup.  Like I said above, make them pretty, quality items worth the investment of effort and money and then maintain them well, and they will pay for themselves very quickly.

And that is the OTHER luxury of the Diva (and reusable pads)... wow, are we ever saving money.

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