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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.  ;)

So.  The first time I tried being a Diva it was already a few days in.  The cup felt uncomfortable and I gave up on it.  Last night I got to try it again from Time 0.  On Day 1 my abdominal muscles spasm, which cause my stomach muscles to spasm, which results in hours of dry heaves.  That only happens sometimes, but I can tell right away.  Last night I could tell it was going to be one of those months.  However, once I used the Diva cup, the pre-spasms stopped and I was even able to go back to sleep.  No painful wishes that I could just pass out and I can't even feel the cup this time.  This is totally awesome!

Humbolt---you have no idea how completely happy I am for you! Yay!

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Thanks!  (acceptance speech voice)  Without you, none of this would be possible. 

Seriously, cramping as bad as I do is as draining as having the flu.  I'm weak for the following week.  This is awesome!

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I'm curious...
for all of you who have had nasty period symptoms (cramps, spasms, heavyness, etc.), do you really think that the diva cup makes a difference?  I mean, I couldn't imagine that the method of collection should have anything to do with severity of cramps, and the like.  I dunno....I guess it's hard for me to determine, since I started using mine around the same time that I switched birth control.  I started having much lighter periods with this new pill, which almost defeated *one* of the reasons I got the cup (I was, uh, going through LOTS of super tampons, lemme tell ya).

That aside, I'd just like to be one of the many spokesladies to speak out for this wonderful product.

* It pretty much pays for itself after a period or two, not having to buy all those pads and tampons

* It's an environmentally conscientious alternative to cotton pads, etc., and much easier to maintain, IMO.

* Perfect for camping/backpacking, not only because you can wear it for hours on end, but because you don't have to worry about carrying around bloody waste!

* For those who are initially uncomfortable with digging around in the vajayjay, it should make the process all worthwhile, and hopefully teach those ladies to be comfortable with that part of their bodies.

/thank you, now where's my endorsement check?
//oh, I'm not getting paid for this?  Ah, well....

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* For those who are initially uncomfortable with digging around in the vajayjay, it should make the process all worthwhile, and hopefully teach those ladies to be comfortable with that part of their bodies.

Hey Carrot Wench, we're proud to be able to talk about our vaginas here and call them that!  ;)   ;D   After all, we're women without fear nor limited by the society that has tried to make us feel bad for having them, keeping us under its thumb for so long!!    :D

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* For those who are initially uncomfortable with digging around in the vajayjay, it should make the process all worthwhile, and hopefully teach those ladies to be comfortable with that part of their bodies.

Hey Carrot Wench, we're proud to be able to talk about our vaginas here and call them that!  ;)   ;D   After all, we're women without fear nor limited by the society that has tried to make us feel bad for having them, keeping us under its thumb for so long!!    :D

Yes!  I'm not bothered by "vagina" at all, but "vajayjay" just creeps me out. 

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* For those who are initially uncomfortable with digging around in the vajayjay, it should make the process all worthwhile, and hopefully teach those ladies to be comfortable with that part of their bodies.

Hey Carrot Wench, we're proud to be able to talk about our vaginas here and call them that!  ;)   ;D   After all, we're women without fear nor limited by the society that has tried to make us feel bad for having them, keeping us under its thumb for so long!!    :D

Yes!  I'm not bothered by "vagina" at all, but "vajayjay" just creeps me out. 

I actually read an article about the use of the word "vajayjay" on Grey's Anatomy. The network would not allow them to say the word vagina too many times in one episode.  Evidentally, the network had no problem with "penis" but they had to put a maximum limit on "vagina."  So stupid!  It's a medical show with a OB/GYN as a main character and that is part of the female body!  ::)

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I actually read an article about the use of the word "vajayjay" on Grey's Anatomy. The network would not allow them to say the word vagina too many times in one episode.  Evidentally, the network had no problem with "penis" but they had to put a maximum limit on "vagina."   So stupid!  It's a medical show with a OB/GYN as a main character and that is part of the female body!  ::)

I don't think I know enough foul language to convey my thoughts on that.  "Penis, Penis, Penis, Penis, Penis, Penis, Penis, Penis."  Ummm, "lady parts.".  GIVE ME A BREAK.

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haha, don't worry, I'm perfectly comfortable talking about the VAGINA and referring to the actual name....I realize that other nicknames are usually by prudish societies/people who aren't comfortable with acknowledging something for what it actually is, but I like using alternatives for either set of genitalia just for fun's sake.

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haha, don't worry, I'm perfectly comfortable talking about the VAGINA and referring to the actual name....I realize that other nicknames are usually by prudish societies/people who aren't comfortable with acknowledging something for what it actually is, but I like using alternatives for either set of genitalia just for fun's sake.

Everytime I hear "vajayjay" I see in my mind this clip of Oprah (that I think was on The Soup?) saying vajayjay and half rolling her eyes.  <shudder>

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for all of you who have had nasty period symptoms (cramps, spasms, heavyness, etc.), do you really think that the diva cup makes a difference?  I mean, I couldn't imagine that the method of collection should have anything to do with severity of cramps, and the like. 

I think it's a stabilization / internal support thing.  I have worse cramps with pads than with tampons.  I think it acts as a muscle spasm girdle - it provides support so things can't jiggle around as much.  (I wonder if there's a place in the world where people still wear those?) 

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oh good lord! i leave for a day and come back to find this madness  ;)

i think the cramp reduction might also be related to not having toxic chemical produced things hovering in the vagina zone (inside or outside). i've read that intercourse and orgasm are good at "helping" cramps... perhaps the inserting of the cup does something to help relax the muscles.

like a vaginal massage.... your cup goes in and, with a twist, you seduce it into a calm, where it now knows you do indeed love it, for you are not stuffing it full of toxic cotton/rayon "hygiene" products.

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Yes, thank goodness you're back to rein us in Baypuppy!   ;) 

like a vaginal massage.... your cup goes in and, with a twist, you seduce it into a calm, where it now knows you do indeed love it, for you are not stuffing it full of toxic cotton/rayon "hygiene" products.

Oh, and not to mention... to empower us and our vaginas, all the while entertaining us into fits of laughter from your refreshingly, hysterically honest, and creatively descriptive insight!    ;D   ;D   ;D   ;D

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Diva Cup is the best.  I am allergic to paper products and decided one day that my skin and the environment would thank me... I love this thing.  Yes, it's fiddly, but it's just wonderful.  And I find myself comfortable for even marathon plane flights and bus trips... which is a HUGE bonus.

I sewed a passel of flannel/toweling/microfiber pads and I also love them.  Cannot imagine why I didn't start doing this earlier.

I guess I thought it would be too "hands on" -- but the comfort, lack of odor, and security of the Diva Cup and natural pads is too much benefit to ignore.

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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.

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diva lets me and period be best of friends.

That would be a good advertising line!

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ha ha, i can see the ad now.... i always hated tampon and pad ads. they are goofy. what's up with the tampax (?) ad with the women in the skirts? or the ones where they are like "i can play sports!" like their period is totally gonna mess them up for a week-- thanks to tampons, i can swim, go on dates, where white pants AND bikinis! jesus! all by shovin' some cotton plug in. good lord.

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ha ha, i can see the ad now.... i always hated tampon and pad ads. they are goofy. what's up with the tampax (?) ad with the women in the skirts? or the ones where they are like "i can play sports!" like their period is totally gonna mess them up for a week-- thanks to tampons, i can swim, go on dates, where white pants AND bikinis! jesus! all by shovin' some cotton plug in. good lord.

;D  ;D  ;D
I am officially in love with my Diva Cup too!!  No more skin irritations, smell, stuffing my purse full of pads/tampons, freedom!  The post Jen made about pushing it towards your tailbone, not up like a tampon totally helped me.  I think by my next period, I just might be public-restroom ready!  :)

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;D  ;D  ;D
I am officially in love with my Diva Cup too!!  No more skin irritations, smell, stuffing my purse full of pads/tampons, freedom!  The post Jen made about pushing it towards your tailbone, not up like a tampon totally helped me.  I think by my next period, I just might be public-restroom ready!  :)

cool! i never really used tampons so the whole "don't put it in like a tampon" thing made no sense to me. well, i used them like three times when i went swimming and they sucked! *cring*

public bathroom ready? now that is sweet! i've done the PB already, on my first cycle, cause i was leaking all over! i had no choice!

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One more glowing review.  I just got home from a 15 hour work day.  I wasn't planning on such a long day, so if it wasn't for my Diva cup I would have run out of sanitary supplies.

Completely NVR rant:  My 15-hour day was spent at an incident with about 100 men.  Yep, men.  I was the only female.  They kept asking me if I was a reporter and trying to direct me to the information officer - because that would be the only logical reason a female would be on scene.  I had to show them my business card and then my ID to verify my business card while men just showed up and said, "I'm here!"  Argh!!!  Argh!!! Argh!!!

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Hey humboldt_honey - I'm so sorry, what a frustrating day!!  It always pisses me off when it is assumed that, as a woman, you couldn't possibly be doing what it is you do. 

My personal favorite is when our very ignorant and close minded Director of Security calls me "girl" as in "hey girl" or "okay girl have a good day".  I'm 30 friggin years old, I'm hardly a girl.  Grrrrr!!  I feel your pain  :o

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