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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.  ;)

This is a great thread baypuppy!  I hope that when I have a daughter, I will be able to talk to her so she won't think getting her period is gross, nasty, and weird.  We never talked about stuff like that in my family.  I was so embarrassed when I started mine, I didn't even tell my mom...I just stole some of her pads until she finally figured it out. 

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Oh!  And I can't WAIT to get my diva cup!!!! ;D

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I use unbleached organic cotton tampons. I have been following the other thread & I just want to say I am either REALLY lucky or else I have some thing wrong with me. I probably use 9-10 regular absorbency tampons my whole cycle. I'm curious about the diva cup, but not sure if its worth it.  I realize this thread could get really gross going into details, but how does it work? you need to wash it every day? Could i just wash it in the shower? Can you sleep, run, swim, etc wearing it? Do you have to take it out for sex?

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I use unbleached organic cotton tampons. I have been following the other thread & I just want to say I am either REALLY lucky or else I have some thing wrong with me. I probably use 9-10 regular absorbency tampons my whole cycle. I'm curious about the diva cup, but not sure if its worth it.  I realize this thread could get really gross going into details, but how does it work? you need to wash it every day? Could i just wash it in the shower? Can you sleep, run, swim, etc wearing it? Do you have to take it out for sex?

The Diva Cup sits in the lower part of your vagina and collects the blood there--it does not absorb any body fluids like a tampon so does not dry you out (which was a major problem with me and tampons).  I only change my Diva Cup twice per day, so I am always able to be at home when I do it (sometimes, I completely forget about it and only empty it once per 24 hour period).  I sit on the toilet, pull it out, and dump the blood into the toilet (though I may try Anna's idea of collecting it to put on plants) .  You absolutely could empty it in the shower if you wanted to.  Then I wash it with soap and water.  At the end of my period, I boil it (along with my toothbrushes).  Like a tampon, you need to take it out before sex.  But it is perfect for swimming, jogging, running, camping, sleeping...whatever you like to do! 

Elizabeth

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I'm anxiously awaiting the arrival of my diva cup!  hehe...I told a friend about it last night.

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Oooh.  I've been meaning to get a Diva Cup (or equiv.) for a while now but keep forgetting.  Where did you all get yours?

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You can also get them at HFS, check the Diva Cup website for stores near you who carry them. You can search by zip code. Also, I think this was mentioned in the previous thread, you can get them a little cheaper on Amazon.com.

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PAY HEED, I'M PROUD TO BLEED!... and so excited to join the Diva club!
(lol I've been working on that slogan for about 5 minutes now! :D)
I told DH about the purchase and he thinks it's the coolest thing ever (though he was worried about how clean it will stay and asked about yeast infections... I assumed it'd be less likely than a tampon)... DH is also oddly familiar with TSS and bleaching in tampons... weird huh? I have no idea why... he's not really that into women's issues...

I have been following the other thread & I just want to say I am either REALLY lucky or else I have some thing wrong with me. I probably use 9-10 regular absorbency tampons my whole cycle.

I actually have such a light period... mine last 3 days max and I use far less than the 5 tampons a day I estimated on the other thread... but I have a friend whose period last 2 weeks (!!) and she goes through super duper tampons AND pads... so i tried to go somewhere in the middle...  :D

Oooh.  I've been meaning to get a Diva Cup (or equiv.) for a while now but keep forgetting.  Where did you all get yours?

I just ordered mine from smartbomb.com check out the "ladies" thread for my 10% discount code... i believe it was: j567

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There are several sellers on ebay who have good prices too (that's where I bought mine).

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DIVA CLUB!  I love it!  Can't wait to update everyone when I get my brand new diva cup!  ;D  I love women- do you think men would ever make a thread like this?  Please.  ;D

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Ok I've been following the other thread too and as much as I'd like to be I'm not totally sold on the diva cup yet.  ???  I am gone from my house roughly 9-10 hours a day. Can I go that long without emptying it?  How long did it take to get used to putting it in and taking it out?  How many diva cups should a girl own?  I'm a little leary, help me make the switch!  I'm tired of the boxes of tampons and pads taking over my bathroom cabinet space! 

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I have some 'Instead' cups (they are not reuseable, but with a little rinsing one lasts for one cycle) and I love them...so much more comfrotable, really cuts down on cramps, no need to change them all the damn time...but I hate wasting the plastic every month, and am thinking of a Divacup.  My only issue is spending that mucy money on something before knowing it's really going to work for me.  So I'm still a bit on the fence, but seriously considering.

Has anyone tried both Diva and the Keeper?  Which is better?  The Keeper just looks so damn big.  :o

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Ok I've been following the other thread too and as much as I'd like to be I'm not totally sold on the diva cup yet.   ???   I am gone from my house roughly 9-10 hours a day. Can I go that long without emptying it?   How long did it take to get used to putting it in and taking it out?   How many diva cups should a girl own?   I'm a little leary, help me make the switch!  I'm tired of the boxes of tampons and pads taking over my bathroom cabinet space! 

You should be fine for 9-10 hours (I usually sleep 9 hours per night and it's fine after that time).  Empty it right before you leave and right when you get home.  Like I said, sometimes I completely forget it's in there and leave it for an entire 24 hours (which is probably not recommended).  Even if you need to change it during those 9-10 hours you can empty it, wipe it off with a damp tissue, and reinsert it.  Exactly how long you can leave it in is probably dependent on how heavy your flow is and changes throughout your cycle.   I've even been on a weeklong camping trip on my period using the Diva Cup, and let me tell you, it was great not worrying about how to dispose of tampons and pads.

You only need one cup.  I practiced putting the cup in and out when I was not on my period, so I felt confident using it during that first period.  It took me, I'd say, about 6-10 insertions before I felt completely comfortable.  The first time was the worst because I was unsure of myself. Just follow the instructions, RELAX (this is the biggie) and you'll be fine.  Use baypuppy's suggestion of pinching the base of the cup and twisting for removal; I also find that removing it at an angle, rather than directly, helps a lot.  Bear down with you muscles during removal too.  I think it was about the same way when I first learned to use tampons--a bit scary.  Now it's just as easy as using a tampon.

If you can't tell, I'm passionate about this product.  I'm confident that most, if not all of you who have decided to purchase it will be happy, provided that you don't get discouraged after your first practice attempt (I was at first and didn't touch the thing for over a week, then decided to give it another try after reading encouraging message boards---so glad I did!!)

Elizabeth

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it sounds so weird but yet cool. i was on the phone and told my friend about it and she said the same thing. it just looks ginormous. (no pun intended) she was on instant messenger and sent the link to a few of her guy friends and their reactions were pretty funny.

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I've been meaning to use something reusable like this for years. I've been been wary, though, ever since I plunked down some cash for those Instead cups and had absolutely no luck with them. They wouldn't fit over (or under?) my cervix...if that makes any sense. My ob/gyn said that my cervix is a little more slanted than some people's. Does anyone think that that would affect my ability to use the Diva Cup? (Hope this isn't TMI!  ::))

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I've been meaning to use something reusable like this for years. I've been been wary, though, ever since I plunked down some cash for those Instead cups and had absolutely no luck with them. They wouldn't fit over (or under?) my cervix...if that makes any sense. My ob/gyn said that my cervix is a little more slanted than some people's. Does anyone think that that would affect my ability to use the Diva Cup? (Hope this isn't TMI!  ::))

Can anyone tell I'm not busy today?

From Diva Cup's website:

"Can it be worn for women with a tipped cervix? 

Yes, The DivaCup™ can be worn for women with a tipped cervix. Since it is worn lower in the canal it does not interfere with the position of the cervix." 

Instead is worn much higher up (over the cervix, infact)  than the Diva Cup, which sits right at the base of the vagina.  See the Wikipedia entry on menstrual cups for some diagrams of where the Diva Cup is placed compared to Instead-type cups and tampons (the diagram is in the second section titled "usage").

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Menstrual_cup

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also, if you want to "test it out" divacup.com does offer a money back program if it doesn't work out for you-- so you have nothing to loose by ordering one and trying it out!

i'll put out some thoughts on a couple things brought up:

keeper vs. diva: the difference is the materials used. the diva is silicone and the keeper is gum rubber (latex issues for those with latex problems). silicone is sterilizable, i don't think gum rubber is (i talk about this a little more on the "for the ladies" thread re: materials and "adult" toys if you need to read more). the "keeper" company also makes a "moon cup" that is silcone.

size: yeah, it looks big but it works! if you want i can post a pic of it in my hand....granted i have big hands but it can provide an idea as to size. you fold it in quarters to insert it-- it becomes no larger than a big tampon at that point.

leaving it in: okay, might be TMI for some. i bleed heavy my first couple of days and need to change it out every 3-4 hours (yeah, pain in the ass when i'm at school but now that i have it down it isn't an issue) and i use pads as "back up" on really heavy days. after the bleeding does down, i have a day where i empty it in the morning and at night and after that (the last couple of days) it is light enough that i've forgotten about it for 1.5 days before cleaning it out. i haven't had problems because the silicone isn't absorbent (can't grow bacteria). i don't think you can have problems from leaving it in longer with a light flow but you might want to be more careful if you are prone to vagina problems.

sex: ummm, again DON"T READ if you want to avoid TMI... ha ha, disclaimers. if anything is going into the vagina, you have to take it out. however, you can do lots of other sexy things down there (here i will not provide examples, but you can imagine  ;)) with it in. it makes sex really nice because you don't have strings, blood, "period smells", etc getting in the way when you do stuff where the cup is in.

OHHH THE SMELL THING!!! no more funky period smell like you get when you use products! i love that.... after the heavy day it is like not having a period at all unless i'm emptying/cleaning.

with the poll, i was going to use two categories for disposables-- the "regular big tampon" stuff and the organic/natural/enviro better but figured it was more about getting alternative numbers vs. a detail of what everyone uses.

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I use the Keeper Cup. Love it! I started out wearing washable pads, but without a washing machine I don't use them anymore. The keeper cup will save you money! Plus I believe it last about 10 years. There are two different sizes, one for women who have not given birth vaginally and one for those who have.

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sex: ummm, again DON"T READ if you want to avoid TMI... ha ha, disclaimers. if anything is going into the vagina, you have to take it out. however, you can do lots of other sexy things down there (here i will not provide examples, but you can imagine  ;)) with it in. it makes sex really nice because you don't have strings, blood, "period smells", etc getting in the way when you do stuff where the cup is in.

The wikipedia site said that it can get shifted when you have an orgasm and cause leakage.  Have you had this experience?

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