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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.  ;)

I'm not sure, Baypuppy, I don't think I put it too high up. I think next time, I'll put it even lower and only wear for maybe 3-4 hours. 

I'm sorry for your troubles, Hopfrog but I'm glad I wasn't the only one pratically in tears the first time with removal.

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it will work out eventually. i cried the first month each time i had to get it in/out and for the next couple of months i had trouble getting it to work. it is a strange learning curve-- it doesn't work and you try different things and then when you figure what works best for you out its like, crap, that was easy.

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deuceo, I am new to all this too & the first time I inserted it, I had it too high. I could barely reach it. It took a lot of grunting & some pushing to retrieve it . Now I put it just above the pubic bone. It is real comfy there & easy to reach.

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I'm officially a convert!  No problems whatsoever.  When summer school starts, I am leaving my other supplies in the ladies' room.  Thanks baypuppy!!!

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OMG!!!  I wrote the following letter to the company:

Dear Diva International,

I belong to an online vegan forum, and we are absolutely crazy about your product.  In fact, the member who got us all talking about it has named us the Diva Club.  I was wondering, for those of us that do not need to use these types of products, but still want to be in the Diva Club, is there any way to get one of those extremely cool pins that come in the package?  We would really appreciate being able to proudly display them on our lapels, purses, and reusable grocery bags.  Thanks for your help!

-Aimee

...and they wrote back:

Dear Aimee,

We can certainly send you some pins!!  How many would you like?  Thank you for your ongoing support.

Warm regards,
Diva International Inc.

So..........who wants a pin?  Anyone that is interested let me know.  Anyone want extras?  I can PM you so you can send me your address, and I'll mail it to you!!!

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DUDE THAT IS F****N' AWESOME!!  ;D

i would have put in some numbers.... what's the poll at these days? i have my pin. perhaps now that we are "the club" i will put it on my bag.

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I have a brand new one, but that's awesome that you did that!  And it's awesome that they are going to send you some!  Yay!  I walked by the "feminine" section today and said "won't be needing these anymore!"

Oh!  And I just heard a quote that should be the Diva Club's motto- "Nothing that is human is alien to me."  -Terence  (There was a column in this month's Jane Magazine about the phrase "TMI" and this guy was saying that there's no such thing because we are all human.  ;D)

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I wish they had Diva Cup stickers. I don't drive a car and have no fenders on my bike so I put all my "opinion" stickers on my folder for classes, so people in class ask me about them. I would love to have people ask me what a diva cup is if I had a sticker to put on my folder... maybe I should write them about it.

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I wish they had Diva Cup stickers. I don't drive a car and have no fenders on my bike so I put all my "opinion" stickers on my folder for classes, so people in class ask me about them. I would love to have people ask me what a diva cup is if I had a sticker to put on my folder... maybe I should write them about it.

You have the perfect vegweb name to be promoting the diva cup. Say it fast! When I say it in my head it sounds like vagina with a weird accent. Sorry! ;D

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I got mine!!!!!!!!!!!
(Not my period yet, but my diva cup!)

I'm still not supposed to be 'messing about with my vagina' since my sugery but I HAD to try it out.
I was scared to stick it too far in because of the above mentioned fact.
And after I inserted it I stood up and walked around a little and I went, "Oh no, if this is how it feels... that is crappy!"
THEN I reached in and tried the spin manuvere thing (pamphlet says it should 'spin' in your vagina) anyway, it did not feel like it was going to BUDGE AN MILIMETER but i tried anyway and lo and behold... guess what... after the "spin attempt" it was comfortable! I did have to squat like a madwoman to get it out and there was brief panic when it was "tough" to do.... i'm thinking maybe i'm just used to tampons and the way they are remove and this is a bit different and i just need to get used to it.

Heehe it reminded me of when I wore a tampon for the first time (all those years ago!) I ended up leaving the inner applicator in my vagina and I walked around for a while thinking, "This damn tampon deal hurts... i cannot wear THESE things" luckily i figured that one out!

OH and BTW I was surprised at how small it was! Not that it's tiny but the pictures make it seem huge but it's not so bad. I think Elizabeth just has tiny hands!

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Heehe it reminded me of when I wore a tampon for the first time (all those years ago!) I ended up leaving the inner applicator in my vagina and I walked around for a while thinking, "This d**n tampon deal hurts... i cannot wear THESE things" luckily i figured that one out!

;D LOL!  That made my morning - because I have a whole list of things like that I've done.  The eureka moment is joyous, followed by a "duh!"

Edit:  I should add that the cardboard thing was one of them.

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Yay! I just got my Diva Cup!!! I'm so excited but I haven't tried it out yet because yesterday I fell down (front somersault, actually) some metal stairs at work and severely sprained my right hand (among other assorted goose eggs and contusions). I'm pretty sure Diva insertion is impossible with only one fully functioning hand, but I'd appreciate any techniques that would prove me wrong  ;) ;)

Oh, and I think the bag is way cuter than the pin (but I will display my pin with pride  :) )

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I'd like one of those sweet pins!!!  ;D

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I got mine!!!!!!!!!!!
(Not my period yet, but my diva cup!)

I'm still not supposed to be 'messing about with my vagina' since my sugery but I HAD to try it out.
I was scared to stick it too far in because of the above mentioned fact.
And after I inserted it I stood up and walked around a little and I went, "Oh no, if this is how it feels... that is crappy!"
THEN I reached in and tried the spin manuvere thing (pamphlet says it should 'spin' in your vagina) anyway, it did not feel like it was going to BUDGE AN MILIMETER but i tried anyway and lo and behold... guess what... after the "spin attempt" it was comfortable! I did have to squat like a madwoman to get it out and there was brief panic when it was "tough" to do.... i'm thinking maybe i'm just used to tampons and the way they are remove and this is a bit different and i just need to get used to it.

Heehe it reminded me of when I wore a tampon for the first time (all those years ago!) I ended up leaving the inner applicator in my vagina and I walked around for a while thinking, "This d**n tampon deal hurts... i cannot wear THESE things" luckily i figured that one out!

OH and BTW I was surprised at how small it was! Not that it's tiny but the pictures make it seem huge but it's not so bad. I think Elizabeth just has tiny hands!

I could not get it to spin either!  No way, wasn't going to happen. Did you cut the stem, Jen?  I haven't yet and I think maybe I'm putting it up to high. Which woudl explain the problems I have getting it out.  :D  How do you know when it is up high enough?

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apstaats - I'd like another pin to post at work, if that's not a problem.  8)

celtkat - I've fallen on metal stairs, too - but I just slipped and stood back up (and fractured my tailbone).  I can only imagine a front first summersault down them.  Ouch!  The thing I've found, as a first time user, is that there is a learning curve.  You may want to heal now and try the Diva Cup the next time around.

I think mine was too low, because I was very aware of it when I tried it.  I'm going to try spinning it next time.

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i think it is right when it is just sitting above the public bone (as someone said, i forget who). the stem might poke out a little and be bothersome-- it is for me sometimes but i just try to push it in a little or adjust whatever it is poking/pulling/ouching

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I would love a pin but I am a keeper girl.  haha  Do I qualify?

Spinning is best done when it or you are moist.  Rinse cup, shake off excess water, fold and insert.  The cup should still be wet and will spin easier.  The base of mine never really gets farther in (up?) than the length of my thumb.  So its easy enough to go in with thumb and forefinger to pinch the base and pull out at an angle.  It gets easier with practice! Honest.

Also, public restrooms!  The two best ways I have found are either go in, wash hands, dry hands and take the moist and leftover dry paper towels with you into the stall.  While sitting, remove cup and empty.  Using a dry paper towel in your other hand place the cup into it and either wipe down with a moist towel or simply fold and reinsert.  Wipe off fingers with moist towel.

The other way is to go in with a disposable cup, bottle of water and paper towels.  Sounds like a laundry list but wrap the towels around the bottle and put into the cup.  Then, while sitting, put water into the empty disposable cup from bottle, put dry paper towels in your off hand, remove Diva cup, empty into toilet, place in disposable cup with water in it.  Swish it around to rinse, remove, place in dry paper towels, fold and reinsert.  Pour dirty water in toilet after you stand up, throw away paper towels and cup as you leave.  So all you take with you is a water bottle or you can just put water in the cup from the sink if that is convenient.

But honestly, if your flow is light and you are wearing a pantyliner just a handful of paper towels is all you need to get you from the stall to the sink.  hehe Been there! Done that!

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Also, public restrooms!  The two best ways I have found are either go in, wash hands, dry hands and take the moist and leftover dry paper towels with you into the stall.  While sitting, remove cup and empty.  Using a dry paper towel in your other hand place the cup into it and either wipe down with a moist towel or simply fold and reinsert.  Wipe off fingers with moist towel.

The other way is to go in with a disposable cup, bottle of water and paper towels.  Sounds like a laundry list but wrap the towels around the bottle and put into the cup.  Then, while sitting, put water into the empty disposable cup from bottle, put dry paper towels in your off hand, remove Diva cup, empty into toilet, place in disposable cup with water in it.  Swish it around to rinse, remove, place in dry paper towels, fold and reinsert.  Pour dirty water in toilet after you stand up, throw away paper towels and cup as you leave.  So all you take with you is a water bottle or you can just put water in the cup from the sink if that is convenient.

Hey, great public restroom advice! Thanks! I wouldn't have thought of washing my hands before I went in and just getting a paper towel. Also, our grocery store has free coffee and water w/ cups at the entrance (right near the restrooms) so i can just grab a cup if needed on the way in LOL!

I could not get it to spin either!  No way, wasn't going to happen. Did you cut the stem, Jen? 

I have not cut it yet. I'm waiting until I have a period to test it out for real before I alter it. After trying it though I'm not sure if I would need to or not... the stem didn't seem to poke me it was the lower base (the ribbed area) that 'felt funny'... as a matter of fact I think the ribbing scratched/rubbed me in an annoying way on the way out. But that could be because I wasn't having my period and therefore somewhat dry-ish.... hey I wonder if some kind of lube would help (or hinder) insertion or removal...?

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hey I wonder if some kind of lube would help (or hinder) insertion or removal...?

i've read someplace that you can use some waterbased lube to help get it in. don't use silicone based lube if you have a diva-- it will f**** it up!! mine doesn't spin and really "drags" sometimes. i find the gentle tugging methods works for me to see if it opened (cause it will feel like suction vs. the keeper falling out)

cali: of course you can be in the club! we do not discriminate based on the kind of reusable products you use!! diva just sounds better than "keeper club" or "mooncup club" or "lunapad club" etc etc

diva is sassy

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Hello all you amazing women!

For the past two years I've been reading vegweb and enjoying all the wonderful recipes and discussions and have finally decided to join because of this post. 

Several years ago I tried using Instead and had no luck whatsoever.  After reading all of your posts I am convinced that I MUST buy the DivaCup.  Not only does the pin look sweet, but I love how much better for the environment it is than pads and tampons.  My only problem is that I'm not sure what size would be right for me.  I'm 30 and have not had children.  Hmmmm.  I'm right on the border.  Any suggesions or thoughts?  I'd greatly appreciate it.

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