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post #41 of 79
what the heck is diva cup and why is this healthy? :

I would never use a tampon because of toxic syndromme possibility
and does this thing have a chance of creating one?

also.. does it contain anytthing other then pressed paper or celulose?
as in plastic because i it does I am out..

there is no good plastic.. correct me please.. I am open for options.
post #42 of 79
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Originally Posted by BellaClaudia View Post
what the heck is diva cup and why is this healthy? :

I would never use a tampon because of toxic syndromme possibility
and does this thing have a chance of creating one?

also.. does it contain anytthing other then pressed paper or celulose?
as in plastic because i it does I am out..

there is no good plastic.. correct me please.. I am open for options.
The Diva Cup is a menstrual cup. It is made of silicone, the same type of silicone used in many medical devices. It is not made of plastic, pressed paper or cellulose. If you don't like silicone there is also the Keeper which is made of natural gum rubber (latex). As far as I no there is no risk of TSS with menstrual cups as they do not absorb the menstrual flow.
post #43 of 79
I love my keeper cup! I chose it over the other types of cups because natural gum rubber just seemed more like a good idea to me. Now if only the rubber trees were organic it would be the perfect product... It is as natural as reusable menstrual supplies can be!
post #44 of 79
Interesting conversation! I've been lurking and have enjoyed honest reviews. I haven't had a pp period yet, but I think I want to give the Diva Cup a try
post #45 of 79
Does anyone have any experience using a cup while camping in the woods, not at campgrounds with running water? How could one get their hands clean enough to change the cup? Or would I need to wear sterile gloves to change? Or just haul lots of cloth pads?
post #46 of 79
Warning: Graphic


Anyone have problems with it falling out? I had a Keeper (size B) that I used for 4 years before my first child was born. I loved it. While it did leak a small amount, I never had any other problems. I just always wore a cloth pantyliner pad to catch the small amount of leakage.

After my first DS was born and my cycle came back, I tried the same size B Keeper and it wouldn't stay in. So I bought a size A. When I put them together, the size A didn't really seem much bigger. Anyway, I used it and while it sometimes felt loose, it never fell out. My cycle just returned after DS2 and I had my Keeper in. We were at the park where there aren't any bathrooms, and I could feel it creeping out. I had to walk funny all the way home and I was so scared it would fall out. When I got home, it was almost out and I would have had a big mess on my hands if it had. I have been doing kegel exercises. Is there something else I can do to love it again? From the looks of it online, the Keeper and Diva look the same except for the material.

I have a friend who tried both the Keeper and the Diva and had the same problem and gave up. She now uses the sea pearls sea sponges and is trying to convince me to get some. I really want to use my Keeper.

Help, I want to love it again.
post #47 of 79
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Originally Posted by LaurenS View Post
I have a friend who tried both the Keeper and the Diva and had the same problem and gave up. She now uses the sea pearls sea sponges and is trying to convince me to get some. I really want to use my Keeper.

Help, I want to love it again.
No advice, but you might want to check out this site/blog:

http://menstrualcups.org/

There are tons of info and tips for all different brands of menstural cups.
post #48 of 79
I am really interested in a diva cup, but I have a couple questions.

Since it sits so low, how is it possible that you can't feel it?

How do you get it out without spilling all over?

And finally...

I had a c-section due to "pelvic incompetence" so I am wondering if A would be better than B for me?

Thanks,
Ash
post #49 of 79
: Subbing.

I tried the Diva one cycle. Could not get it in correctly. Was very disappointed. I want to love this thing! I am gathering up the courage to try it again.

How do you get it out w/o it spilling? I wondered about this taking it to work.
post #50 of 79
I used the Keeper pre-kids and liked it. After I had my kids I got a Diva in the postpartum size and it has never worked for me. It sits too low or something and is uncomfortable. Has anyone else had this problem post-kids? I have to assume I'm "doing it right" since I used one for years before I had children.
post #51 of 79
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Originally Posted by NotBroken View Post
I am really interested in a diva cup, but I have a couple questions.

Since it sits so low, how is it possible that you can't feel it?

I don't wear mine low at all. I push it back fairly far, close to the cervix, so the bottom point of the cup would be about 1 1/2 inches in. I used to sometimes feel the point/tip so I just trimmed it off.

How do you get it out without spilling all over?

I remove it while sitting on the toilet so any spillage goes in the bowl. (Sorry if TMI) I reach up with 2 fingers, and pinch the tip between them to break the seal, and slowly pull out.

And finally...

I had a c-section due to "pelvic incompetence" so I am wondering if A would be better than B for me?

Check out the sizing info here: http://www.divacup.com/en/home/sizing/
Looks like you would need the Size 2.


Thanks,
Ash
Love my divacup!!! :
post #52 of 79
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Originally Posted by LaurenS View Post
From the looks of it online, the Keeper and Diva look the same except for the material.
I found this website that has comparisons of ALL the menstrual cups on the market. Very helpful! I hope you're able to find one that you will love! I've got the diva cup and love love love it!!!
post #53 of 79
Just an FYI for those who find typical menstrual cups too big or small (I was one of those people)- see your doc and get fitted for a diaphragm.

It'll fit you a lot better.
post #54 of 79
I use the smallest Mooncup even though it says that women who have given birth and/or are over 30 should use the bigger one. But the biggest is tog big, the smallest is a good fit.
post #55 of 79
I have a diva cup...but I have never been able to use it!
It always freeked me out when it "POPPED" open and I am REALLY squeemish with things like that (save for childbirth apparently! LOL)

I am going with the glad-rag method I think...
post #56 of 79
I tried my Diva cup a few times since giving birth and it always was super uncomfortable. This cycle I gave it a try after a couple of cycles of just using tampons, and all day today (very heavy flow day) I keep forgetting that I even have my period! I am LOVE, LOVE, LOVING it!

Well, except for when my son sees me pull it out and screams "Blood Mommy!!! Blood!!!!"
post #57 of 79
Thread Starter 

Hey hey I'm still using my Diva cup each month!

TMI WARNING:

I'm using it today. Now my first day is always heavy! I have to empty my Diva Cup hourly for about 12 hours -- that's 6 oz in one day!?! The rest of my menstrual cycle I can leave it in for 2-3 hours so problem.

If you feel it leaking take it out and put it back in. You didn't get a good seal. If it hurts take it out and reinsert it as you've got it in too far or something. Removing it and putting it back in always works for me.

When camping I bring a small water bottle and a tiny bottle of Dr. Bronner's liquid soap and a baggie with a washcloth to clean my hands. You could also use wipes.

It sure was fun to see my post from 18 mos ago! I use Luna Pads pantyliners as back-up.

Sincerely,
Debra, homeschooling mom of 4 ages 12, 11, 9, and 6
post #58 of 79
Thread Starter 

Hey hey I'm still using my Diva cup each month!

TMI WARNING:

I'm using it today. Now my first day is always heavy! I have to empty my Diva Cup hourly for about 12 hours -- that's 6 oz in one day!?! The rest of my menstrual cycle I can leave it in for 2-3 hours so problem.

If you feel it leaking take it out and put it back in. You didn't get a good seal. If it hurts take it out and reinsert it as you've got it in too far or something. Removing it and putting it back in always works for me.

When camping I bring a small water bottle and a tiny bottle of Dr. Bronner's liquid soap and a baggie with a washcloth to clean my hands. You could also use wipes.

It sure was fun to see my post from 18 mos ago! I use Luna Pads pantyliners as back-up.

Sincerely,
Debra, homeschooling mom of 4 ages 12, 11, 9, and 6
post #59 of 79
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Originally Posted by Pumpkin_Pie View Post
Well, except for when my son sees me pull it out and screams "Blood Mommy!!! Blood!!!!"
"Not funneeeeeee!"
post #60 of 79
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Originally Posted by loraxc View Post
I used the Keeper pre-kids and liked it. After I had my kids I got a Diva in the postpartum size and it has never worked for me. It sits too low or something and is uncomfortable. Has anyone else had this problem post-kids? I have to assume I'm "doing it right" since I used one for years before I had children.
There is a difference in the length of the cups. This article on Wikipedia has the dimensions of all the cups. I had the Diva and now have the Mooncup UK. I loved that the Diva can hold more but it was longer and I also felt uncomfortable with it. The Mooncup UK I can't feel at all but it holds the least amount of all the cups out there and I have to empty quite frequently on my heavy days. I just ordered a Ladycup and I hope this will be a happy medium for me. It's longer than the Mooncup UK but not as long as the Diva.

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Originally Posted by AuntLavender View Post
TMI WARNING:

I'm using it today. Now my first day is always heavy! I have to empty my Diva Cup hourly for about 12 hours -- that's 6 oz in one day!?! The rest of my menstrual cycle I can leave it in for 2-3 hours so problem.
Yes, that's what happens to me on the heavy days, I have to empty quite frequently. As for holding a full ounce I would see how much water the cup actually holds for you on a day between cycles and see if that's a true ounce for you. I was very interested in measuring how much my flow was when I first got the cup, now I don't bother.
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