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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.  ;)

TMI Alert - My period started, so I bought a Diva today instead of tampons.  At first I didn't think it fit right because it remained kind of folded by the pelvic bone, but it settled into place.  I can see why some of you cut off the bottom tab - it pinches.  How far down did you cut it off?

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heh heh!! yay!!  ;D i haven't cut it off.. yet... but i find that i don't use the tab really to pull it out-- my fingers slip off. much better just grabbin the base. if you cut it, they suggest leaving 1/4 inch i think but i don't think that is really needed. just don't cut the end of the cup off!

my partner didn't have any leakage issues that i noticed... i haven't gotten lucky enough to get some action lately so i can't help with that. but i wouldn't think that an orgasm (spasming vagina) would be intense enough to bust the suction.... shesh, i have to try pretty hard sometimes to get that mo-fo out!

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... I can see why some of you cut off the bottom tab - it pinches.  How far down did you cut it off?

I have seen that info somewhere online and now I cannot find it. Rats. :(

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Ok ok....I have been persuaded.  I'm making a trip to Whole Foods next week and I'm going to pick one up.  I'm still a little uneasy about it for some reason but I'm going to try it.  I read a lot of info on their website and wikipedia.  The pros greatly outway the cons.  I'm just scared to death I'll get it in there and won't be able to get it out!  Why am I feeling like I'm 13 years old again???  :D

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

Mine doesn't do that, though I have no experience with this at the height of my period (when I bleed the heaviest), so maybe if the cup is full it would leak a little, but mine's never moved out of place at all. But everyone's vagina acts differently during organsm.

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Wow, I've really learned a lot from this thread, and I really appreciate everyone's candor.  You are all awesome!  Is there anything I don't like about vegweb?  :)

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I have used Instead and after the last baby, they didn't seem to work real well anymore and I am older, nearing what I THINK is the end of my periods. 

When I first looked into the cup, what I found was The Keeper and I have a problem with latex, so didn't have one.  I did, however, order some tampon shaped sea sponge for this purpose (though this is NOT a vegan solution!!!)  I have had a bout of cervical cancer that I treated successfully with homeopathy (it was not HPV).  I was told never ever to use regular tampons and only use unbleached cotton ones because the homeopath felt that the dioxins used to bleach the products white played a role in my problem.  This is the reason I went to sponges because I could not regularly get all cotton tampons.

Now, I am thinking I'll get a DivaCup.  It was lack of information about how it fit and where that also discouraged me.  I don't know about you ladies, but pads chaff me terribly.  I sit all day and type for a living.  Between that irritation and the problems associated with sitting, I have taken to getting boils in my groin folds, under my ischial spines (the bones you actually sit on) and elsewhere around "there."  I think I have a real issue with the elastic in some of my underwear too.  ANyway, The Cup could fix some of this I think.  I'll surprise my oldest daughter with one too.  I think my other girl who needs one just would not use it we have enough issues with the whole ISSUE.

So, thanks for straightening me out I appreciate it very much.

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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.

Yeah could you post pics? Also a pic of pinching it/how to pinch it would be good.
I actually have no issue whatsoever with the size... I just don't want to be surprised when it gets here and I'm like holy crap that's huge (or not)!
... But then again I have had a 9 lb child come out my vagina... so this little thingie...? no biggie ;)

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

I think this is a really helpful link! It shows what a HUGE difference Diva and Instead are.... two totally different products! (i.e. If Instead didn't work for you there is no reason Diva couldn't work.)

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true true, i was surprised at how high up instead went...it looks more like a little "hat" than something that would collect blood. at least i wouldn't think it would work for me!

i will post some pictures once i find my digital camera.... my roommate is moving out and my friend is taking over the lease so the place is pretty nuts here now!!

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Here are two pictures.  You can tell that the cup gets a little discolored over time (mine is close to 2 years old).  I cut the stem completely off, as you can see.  The second pictures shows how I fold it for insertion (which is how the directions say to do it, I think), though I've read there are numerous ways to fold it.

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thanks hopfrog!
wow it does seem sort of large-ish :)

how do you guys store it when not in use?

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how do you guys store it when not in use?

It should come with a little cloth bag.  I store it in that.

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how do you guys store it when not in use?

It should come with a little cloth bag.  I store it in that.

yup, in the bag in my dresser. thanks hopfrog for gettin' the pics up. i was going to add some with tampons next to them when i find my camera.... for comparison. i have heard about different "folding" methods but i can't see how you can do anything other than the one hopfrog shows (half and half) that makes a "U" shape.

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Hopfrog, do you mind sharing whether that is the Model 1 or 2?

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Hopfrog, do you mind sharing whether that is the Model 1 or 2?

It's a model 1 (no kids and under 30).

I know it looks big.  It looked huge to me too.  But I don't think I'd have a problem with the larger size.

Elizabeth

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User Comment:  Okay.  So I've used it since last night.  I picked mine up at my HFS and they only had one size - the one for women who have given vaginal childbirth or those over 30.  I bought it because I'm a bit over 30 (but no children).  I might should have ordered the smaller size online.  When walking around it's fine, but when laying down or sitting it feels like a misplaced tampon (you know, it doesn't "hurt" but you're aware of it).  I haven't cut the stem off yet.  Some of the discomfort could be coming from being poked by the stem.  I was going to empty it this morning, but I was supposed to leave my house for a doctor's appointment at 7:30, but didn't wake up until 8a, so I was out of my house in 10 minutes.  Since I have light flows I'm going to wait until this evening before I "dig around in my vagina" because removing it for the first time sounds like an adventure best kept out of public restrooms.

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User Comment:  Okay.  So I've used it since last night.  I picked mine up at my HFS and they only had one size - the one for women who have given vaginal childbirth or those over 30.  I bought it because I'm a bit over 30 (but no children).  I might should have ordered the smaller size online.  When walking around it's fine, but when laying down or sitting it feels like a misplaced tampon (you know, it doesn't "hurt" but you're aware of it).  I haven't cut the stem off yet.  Some of the discomfort could be coming from being poked by the stem.  I was going to empty it this morning, but I was supposed to leave my house for a doctor's appointment at 7:30, but didn't wake up until 8a, so I was out of my house in 10 minutes.  Since I have light flows I'm going to wait until this evening before I "dig around in my vagina" because removing it for the first time sounds like an adventure best kept out of public restrooms.

I think I had similar issues when I first started using it (being aware of its presence at certain times).  I don't have that problem anymore.  Be sure the cup is fully open when it's inserted (even now, sometimes it won't be completely open and that's when I can feel it).  I think with practice you become better and better at finding the perfect position for the cup in your own body.  Don't give up on it.  I also think the cup becomes more flexible with time (it's "stiffer" when new) and more able to mold to your body shape.

Elizabeth

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Ok, that picture DEFINITELY looks big and scary...but I'm not going to let my fear control me.  ;D 

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Ok, that picture DEFINITELY looks big and scary...but I'm not going to let my fear control me.  ;D 

It's bendy and you have to fold it like in hopfrogs picture when placing  After that it opens into space that it's shaped for, so I didn't find the size to be a problem.

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I had seen pictures someone took of the different folding techniques a while ago. I'm trying to find them as we speak because they helped me a lot. I don't like the C-Fold much, I like what someone called the "punch fold," because it makes it seem smaller and because it won't slip out of my hands while I'm inserting (I insert in the shower and the C-fold tends to slide and pop out of my hands, which is annoying, but the punch fold doesn't).

Here they are:
http://community.livejournal.com/menstrual_cups/769444.html
http://community.livejournal.com/menstrual_cups/453392.html

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