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post #21 of 39
I have used both the Keeper and Diva cup. Somehow the Keeper didn't work for me. Maybe I shouldn't have got the large size. It's hard to put in and very uncomfortable to take out, would leak everytime I lie down, and I had a nasty UTI after using it. (That's the only time I've ever had UTI.) Then I bought Diva cup small size. I couldn't believe how easy it was. It's a breeze from the first try and there's no leak. I didn't trim the tab and couldn't feel it at all. I'm over 30 and had two vaginal births. Somehow the small size just fits me. I think it all depends on your own anatomy and preferences. You have to try them to figure out.

* Diva cup would turn a bit yellow with use as well, especially if you boil it.
post #22 of 39
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Originally Posted by Poddi

* Diva cup would turn a bit yellow with use as well, especially if you boil it.
Especially if you boil it?! I guess that would explain why my pump parts & bottle nipples keep getting yellower & yellower despite my attempts to make them clear again (by boiling the crap out of them)

I just got my Diva Cup (& luna pads) in the mail yesterday. It'll probably be another 6 months before I get to try either though.
post #23 of 39
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Originally Posted by seed
I've used both, and I loved both. I had the Keeper for about three years, and I have short cycles so I probably went through nearly 40 cycles with it. It's a great product, but I switched to the Diva cup when I began to suspect I have a sensitivity to latex. I'm glad I did it--my cramps went away and my period went from five days to four. I've used it for eight or nine cycles.
What were the signs of the latex sensitivity? Anyone else find out they have one while using the Keeper? I've just had some really wicked periods lately, I've been using the Keeper for about a year, used the Diva cup for 6 months or so before that, and never had cramps like this until now. As in called in sick to work, sent DS to daycare, and curled up in bed for the entire day bad. Just wondering, from this quote above, it maybe this could be the problem.

Alison
post #24 of 39
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Originally Posted by witchbaby
i'm sensitive to latex, so i got a diva cup.
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I only got to use mine for 3 months then i got pregnant now i have to buy the bigger size so that kinda sucks
post #25 of 39
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Originally Posted by Alison
What were the signs of the latex sensitivity?
I noticed my latex sensitivity because I was working at a job where I wore powdered latex gloves. My skin started peeling and I thought it was the powder, so I switched to powderless gloves. It was only when I got away from latex that my fingers healed. When I thought about it, I realized that I always had skin reactions to latex with prolonged contact (dental visits, sexual activity, etc.).

My cramps aren't gone, but they're much better now that I'm using the silicone cup.

Also, someone asked about the size and shape of Keepers/Diva Cups in an earlier post. The pre-childbirth ones are about the size of a shot glass.
post #26 of 39
I know this is an old thread, but I was googling Diva Cup vs. Keeper and found it. I am thinking the Keeper would work better for me, but several women in my family have latex allergies, so I would like to stay away from the rubber. It looks like the Moon Cup is the same thing as the Keeper, but silicone, so I am wondering if it is as stiff as the Diva Cup. I really don't want anything pushing and gouging at my girly bits. Does anyone know?
post #27 of 39
I just did a dry run with my Diva for the first time yesterday and getting it in was a breeze. Even though the silicone is a bit stiff it wasn't uncomfortable at all and I couldn't even tell I had anything in there, so I don't think the silicone is uncomfortable. the only issue I had was that it was a bit hard to remove. I had to reach up there and bend it back into a C shape to get it out, but even that wasn't bad and I am thinking once my period comes it will be easier to remove.

Namaste,

Michelle
post #28 of 39
I have been looking for this kind of info too, I have been using Instead to see if I liked using something other than tampons. Now, I don't think I can ever go back to them. I have been trying to figure out if there is a significant difference between the Diva, Moon, and keeper. Thank you ladies for all the great info!
post #29 of 39
I've personally tried Diva, Mooncup (original from UK), and the silicone version of Keeper (latex allergy won't allow for rubber keeper). The silicone version of Keeper is ok, no complaints. The original Mooncup is great, no complaints. My preference (and first of the 3 cups) is Diva. She holds more fluid, she's skinnier and longer, and I like the notches on the stem (cutting guides if you need to cut, you might say), as well as the fluid measurement lines on the cup. Diva is stiffer than the other 2, but only to the fingers that are inserting. The hoo-hah doesn't notice a difference in stiffness between the cups. I found Diva easier to insert, and after using it more often, it was more reliable than the other cups.
Having said that, I was an Instead user for 10 years until making the switch this summer to a real cup. Can't say a bad thing about them except that after making the switch, I don't miss the mess or the waste (used one Instead per cycle, so not too bad on waste). I liked the convenience of the Instead allowing for intimacy, but I'll never part w/ my Diva. I created a Diva Dance for those out there needing help w/ insertion, and it has proven to be very helpful to most!
My DD started her first cycle this summer, and that was my motivation for finding the best there is out there. She's been a Diva since her 2nd cycle, and never explored her body before, so it was awkward at first, but she's a pro now! If she can do it, anyone can!
post #30 of 39
solidcitizenqueen, it's great to hear that your daughter uses a cup! My daughters use Lunapads, but they have never even heard of a cup at all. I think that after Christmas I will order a Diva Cup and hope that it works. I can't STAND these freaking pads! I just got AF back 23 months PP, not as good as last time's 28 months. This is my 6th total period in 6 years, so I'm not used to the mess and I HATE IT!

It must be pretty messy putting anything inside, right? I mean, it doesn't just slide in like a tampon. I guess the mess I can wash off my hands is better than the mess I'd be sitting in, right?
post #31 of 39
Honestly, once you get it down (I'd say 2 cycles), there is virtually NO mess at all. We both use the punch down method of insertion, which is pressing the edge of the rim of the cup toward the middle of the cup, then folding the remainder of the cup in "half". Insertion (after you've wiped clean, of course) is pretty simple, like an o.b. or something of the kind, just getting it in until your fingers no longer cooperate. Then, you can just take the base that is still sticking out, and push it in further. I pinch the bottom of my cup, to help it open up, give it a twist and a little tiny push (I personally have to make sure the rim of the cup is past my vag wall). Then, run your finger around the outside of the cup to make sure it's open (a soft squish inside is normal, because it is flexible).
Then comes my Diva Dance:::::
I stand up, bend at the knees w/ feet hip width apart, and circle my hips in both directions like I'm hoola hooping. Diva will inevitably move to her comfy spot, and no leakyleaky!

Removal is simple w/ a tiny bit of bearing down so you can reach the ridges on the base (my stem is still in tact as a guide, and it doesn't rub on me like it does others who cut it off). I pinch the base to help break the seal, and gently fold the base a little to give it a "fold" (not like the fold going in though) for removal. Dump the fluids, wipe myself (with cloth!!), rinse the cup, and re-insert. I hardly ever come in contact w/ fluids.
Best removal and rinse after day 2 is in the shower. Getting Diva back in perfectly while standing in the shower has been a PITA, so I squat to do it, or put a foot up.

Anyway, when you decide to take the plunge, I'm good for support! No looking back for me!
post #32 of 39
I will definitely be coming back here for support, thank you! It might still be a few months before I get one, but you'll be hearing from me.
post #33 of 39
This is my 2nd month using the DIVA CUP AND I LOVE IT!! I found a great price on the internet for $19.99 for it!
post #34 of 39
Crunchy where did you find it?
post #35 of 39
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Originally Posted by Mom2fiya View Post
Crunchy where did you find it?
Yea I want to know too! I have a friend who wholesales them for twenty, but I missed the ordering
post #36 of 39

$19.99 diva cup links

Ladies here are a few links to the $19.99 diva cups , you might need to compare and see which comes out the least with shipping. Most of them offer free shipping over $50 or $75 and I need 2 cups and few other things so I ended up w/ no tax and no shipping...

here are the links directly to the diva cups..

betterlife.com

http://www.betterlife.com/prod_home_...?prod_id=25058

lucky vitamin

http://www.luckyvitamin.com/857538000022.html

fubao health

http://www.fubaohealthstore.com/Diva...CupModel2.html
post #37 of 39
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Originally Posted by Crunchyandsweet View Post
Ladies here are a few links to the $19.99 diva cups , you might need to compare and see which comes out the least with shipping. Most of them offer free shipping over $50 or $75 and I need 2 cups and few other things so I ended up w/ no tax and no shipping...

here are the links directly to the diva cups..

betterlife.com

http://www.betterlife.com/prod_home_...?prod_id=25058

lucky vitamin

http://www.luckyvitamin.com/857538000022.html

fubao health

http://www.fubaohealthstore.com/Diva...CupModel2.html
PERFECT! I have a huge order in at luckyvitamin anyways, so now i'll just add the divacup to it thx.
post #38 of 39
WELCOME:-) I like luckyvitamin.com as well.. as I order several things like the LUNA bars and the kids bath care products oh yeah and Dr bronner's ( I Love this man..hehehe! )
post #39 of 39
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Originally Posted by Crunchyandsweet View Post
WELCOME:-) I like luckyvitamin.com as well.. as I order several things like the LUNA bars and the kids bath care products oh yeah and Dr bronner's ( I Love this man..hehehe! )
Between me and 4 other people we just put in a 200$ order at that site :
Tons of stuff lol, only sucky part is I have to sort it all when it comes.
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