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So I've had my Diva Cup for almost a year now...

post #1 of 19
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And I can never ever go back to tampons!

We went out of town for Christmas and I forgot to pack my Diva Cup. Well AF came early and I was stuck using nasty sposie pads and tampons. Those stupid tampons leaked in under 2 hours! And pads are ewwwww yuck! : I swear I will never ever go anywhere without my Diva cup again! I love how on my heaviest days it last for 6 hours! I love how I have less cramps and NO leaks! I love that is last overnight without problems! Most of all I love how easy it is that it makes your forget you are even on your period!
post #2 of 19
Aren't they great? I'm so glad I bought one and persevered through the first few difficult uses. It got way easier and it's so much nicer than tampons!
post #3 of 19
Divas rock!

Did the same thing and forgot to pack my Diva on a trip, and had to use a tampon for one day. I could not wait to get home to use the Diva. My cramps were horrific with using tampons!
post #4 of 19
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Originally Posted by Spicey Momma
Most of all I love how easy it is that it makes your forget you are even on your period!
EXACTLY!! I've been a DC user for only 2 days and already I'm in love! I'm trying to convert my mom over. I'm shocked that I don't have any cramps and I was shocked that I didn't leak overnight or haven't leaked YET.
post #5 of 19
I am very intrigued by these, but I haven't tried them yet. I read somewhere that they are linked to an increased risk of endometriosis, and now I am scared to use them. Does anyone know whether they are risky in that department?
post #6 of 19
I am using something called Damebegeret, this translates to "the ladies cup". Inside the cup it says "Keeper, made in the USA." I think this is almost the same as a Diva Cup?

I LOVE it! I could have written the original post. I will NEVER go back. Never.
post #7 of 19
I just got the Diva Cup for an early bday present and now i am actually looking forward to my period.
post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by SaveTheWild
I am very intrigued by these, but I haven't tried them yet. I read somewhere that they are linked to an increased risk of endometriosis, and now I am scared to use them. Does anyone know whether they are risky in that department?
Hmm. Interesting. This is what the diva cup site says: http://www.divacup.com/content_qa_sh...&questionid=27

And then on the flip side, there's this. http://www.endocenter.org/cupsfdapetition.htm

*shrug*
post #9 of 19
I just read that FDA article. What a crock!

Ok, so this is just MY opinion.

But I've had Endo since I was a teen. I've done a lot of research. Every few years they come out and say endo is caused by something else: sex during your period(!), tampons, dioxins~which are in the pads and tampons we';ve all used., etc. They don't have anything reasonable to offer as a treatment or cure, but they spread all this garbage. Do a GOOD, well-run study, then tell us the results!

ANyway, I've used my Keeper for 4 years now. It's a blessing. My endo causes heavy cramping and bleeding. THe Keeper aloows me to swim, something I can't do with tampons, and to have a life. My cramps are MUCH less, sometimes none. My flow has slacked off, something I can accurately measure now.

I'm sorry for the minor hijack rant, but I'm fuming!
post #10 of 19
Thanks, Red. I feel better using mine now. I'm a worry wart and after hearing that I started to wonder if I should just use cloth pads, but thank you for your rant.
post #11 of 19
The negative article keeps talking about blocking the flow? How is a cup collecting the flow considered blocking? Or if they do consider it blocking because the flow cant trickle out then wouldnt tampons be blocking too?

I love my cup, it has never come close to being full (usually 1/2 to 3/4 full) so I dont know how this could be blocking the flow from flowing out of my cervix/uterus.
post #12 of 19
I could be wrong (it has happened before, LOL) but I think the articles are mainly referring to things like Instead which are actually supposed to be kept higher up, next to the cervix (thougth logically, no more so than a tampon).



my Diva. At this point I take it with me when I got out of town independent of when I'm expecting AF.
post #13 of 19
Gee... I wonder who sponsored that research... Tampax maybe? What a load. You would NEVER hear negative stuff about tampons in the mainstream press. Grrr...

Anyway, I have a Keeper and I love the way it works but I have started to HATE inserting it. Maybe a Diva is easier... anyone have both?
post #14 of 19
OK, I have to say that this:

"Both products carry recommendations to be left in place for up to 12 hours to block the release of menstrual debris."

is ridiculous! If you have even a basic understanding of anatomy you would understand that the cup is catching "debris" not blocking it.
post #15 of 19
The fact that they refer to menses as "debris" bugs me. :

Call me crazy.
post #16 of 19
Me too.
post #17 of 19
Quote:
The fact that they refer to menses as "debris" bugs me.
Good point.

There are so many terms used commonly with women's issues that are either rude or dispairaging (incompetent cervix, etc...).
post #18 of 19
thanks for the responses!
post #19 of 19
This is what Su Hardy who sells Mooncups (a Keeper equivalent) in the UK has to say on the subject of endometriosis. She also gives the link for a survery of menstrual cup users.

Hi Su!

I have recently purchased a Mooncup over the Internet after hearing about it via this webgroup on livejournal.com (www.livejournal.com/community/vaginapagina). It seems now that there has been a petition to the FDA in the USA regarding other brands of menstrual cup and their supposed links to endometriosis (here's that link too www.endocenter.org) Understandingly, there's been some concern over this, and I was wondering if you would have any comment? Thanks.

Rachel


Dear Rachel

Many thanks for the links. Unfortunately, the causes of endometriosis are unknown, and may be multiple. It has been suggested that devices which block the release of menstrual debris, such as menstrual (and perhaps tampons?) may be linked to the onset or worsening of endometriosis. Please bear in mind that at this time there is only a theoretical link between the use of menstrual cups and endometriosis, however as a safeguard I would recommend emptying your cup as often as possible. The Endocenter are currently conducting a voluntary survey of menstrual cup users to try and establish whether a link can be made between menstrual cups and this unpleasant illness. I would encourage all Mooncup users to take part in this survey in order that an accurate picture is formed. More information and the survey can be found at www.endocenter.org/menstrualcups.htm.

Best Wishes
Su


from www.mooncup.co.uk
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