Originally Posted by mama_kass
Very helpful information mamas. That's it no more tampons for me! I have been concerned that using a device like the Diva Cup would be...
1.) Inconvenient and messy.
2.) Uncomfortable. I don't think I would be able to use something that I was aware of.
3.) Won't work well enough. I have a VERY heavy flow. I suspect endemetrosis, which I now suspect could be partially a result in using tampons. I am going to the GYN next month when my health insurance kicks in.
Could some of you elaborate on my concerns? For the moment I will be using cloth liners. I think it would be great if Mothering would publish an article on the dangers of tampons and better alternatives. Don't you?
(1) It's not inconvienient at all - the opposite in fact - you don't have to remember to take tampons out with you! If you are in a public loo you can just empty it and wipe it with loo roll - you don't need to rinse it everytime.
(2) It is not uncomfortable at all- you cannot feel it when it's in. (I had to cut the whole stem off though and most of my friends did too)
(3)I can't imagine it wouldn't work well enough even if your flow is very heavy - you may have to empty it more often but even if I leave mine for 8 hours it is never more than about half full - it does hold a lot. The only reason it may leak is if you have weak pelvic floor muscles and maybe don't get a good seal. I would think that unlikely though.
I have been using a mooncup (that's what they call it here) for the last 3 months and I can honestly say it is so much better than tampons. You have to get over the initial "ick" factor but it has made my periods 2 days shorter and I no longer have cramp. I would reccomend it to anyone (have already converted several friends lol!)