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My sister was horrified to find that I have been using tampons for years. She told me that her GYN told her that they are very bad for a women's body. Has anyone here ever heard this? Do you have an informative website or article to read? If you do, please post it to this thread.
 

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I had used them for about 20yrs and over the past 2 yrs or so I switched to the diva cup. I have tried to move toward a more chemical free living. I quit using disposable diapers then it dawned on me that I am placing a chemically bleached cotton product next to my cervix 1 week a month. I can tell you my periods have shortened after using the diva cup. I dont have any websites to share but it just "dawned" on me that it probably wasnt good.
 

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It wasn't until I started using a diva cup that I realized that vaginal discharge didn't stop during a period. Just with 2 months of using it, I notice a huge difference in just how I feel during my period.<br><br>
I don't have any sites bookmarked, but I know I've read in numerous places about how bad they are.<br><br>
You might have more luck if you look in Natural Home and Body Care forum.
 

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I may be asking for TMI, but here it goes. How long were your periods when using tampons and how painful were your cramps compared to using the Diva cup? I'v heard about these recently but I'm feeling sceptical.
 

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Mine were 7 full days pretty heavy ( super tampons) now I go about 5 1/2 days with only 2 days being what I call heavy. those days I use cloth panty liners. I havent had craps for 15yrs LOL those went away after I had my firrst son.
 

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I got an email from a friend awhile back that changed my mind (forever!) about using tampons. It said, in part:<br><br>
Tampons contain two things that are potentially harmful: Rayon<br>
(for absorbency), and Dioxin (a chemical used in bleaching the<br>
products). The tampon industry is convinced that we, as women, need bleached white products in order to view the product as pure and clean. The<br>
problem here is that the Dioxin, which is produced in this bleaching process,<br>
can lead to very harmful problems for a woman. Dioxin ispotentially<br>
carcinogenic (cancer-associated) and is toxic to the immune and reproductive<br>
systems. It has also been linked to endometriosis and lower sperm counts<br>
for men. For both sexes, it breaks down the immune system. Last September the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reported that there really<br>
is no "acceptable" level of exposure to Dioxin, given that it is cumulative and slow to disintegrate.The real danger comes from repeated contact. (Karen Couppert, Pulling the Plug on the Tampon Industry).<br><br>
I'm sure there's a ton of more info out there if you do a simple search. I'm so glad I got the Diva and have been sooo happy with it. I don't have to carry around tons of "supplies" and don't leave messy trash in my and other people's bathrooms. It's so freeing!
 

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My cousin nearly died last year from Toxic Shock Syndrome caused by a tampon. She was in the hospital for over a month, and on a ventilator for about 2 weeks. In all honesty the doctors didn't think she would make it. Thankfully she lived, but she has problems from it.
 

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another very satisfied customer of the Diva Cup! there is a slight learning curve, but when you get the hang of it, it is just as quick and easy as inserting or taking out a tampon, is quite comfortable, and i love not having to worry about whether i have to buy more tampons/pads every month. i thought for a long time about making the switch, but just couldn't quite wrap my mind around it. now that i've done it, i wish i had made the switch sooner!<br><br>
tampons are bad news. you can get organic unbleached ones, but even still...i don't think it's worth the risk when there are safer alternatives out there. i used them for years, but now would never ever give up my Diva.
 

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Cramps are the same for me for diva vs. tampons. But my cycle is 2 days shorter using the diva.<br><br>
I love that I don't have anymore waste. No pads and tampons to toss or flush. No paper or plastic wrappers. No need to waste gas rushing to the store to get more.<br><br>
I did the math one time. Diva = $30 (approximate for 10 years). Pads and Tampons = $650 ($5 per cycle for 13 cycles each year for 10 years)
 

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Well...I don't know if they are bad for everyone, but I certainly don't use them anymore. I found out that they were responisble for me having crippling bladder/urethral spasms, bad crams, and heavy bleeding leadign to anemia. I switched to cloth, and in one cycle, I went from seven days heavy bleeding to three days moderate, and haven't taken a painkiller in seven months now. I only sih I had thought to change years ago!<br><br>
However...no one else i know seems to have any problems with the tampons, so I guess it's all individualized. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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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...<br><br>
1.) Inconvenient and messy.<br><br>
2.) Uncomfortable. I don't think I would be able to use something that I was aware of.<br><br>
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.<br><br>
Could some of you elaborate on my concerns? For the moment I will be using cloth liners. I think it would be great if <i>Mothering</i> would publish an article on the dangers of tampons and better alternatives. Don't you?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">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...<br><br>
1.) Inconvenient and messy.<br><br>
2.) Uncomfortable. I don't think I would be able to use something that I was aware of.<br><br>
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.<br><br>
Could some of you elaborate on my concerns? For the moment I will be using cloth liners. I think it would be great if <i>Mothering</i> would publish an article on the dangers of tampons and better alternatives. Don't you?</div>
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(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.<br><br><br>
(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)<br><br>
(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.<br><br>
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!)
 

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I've read about the DivaCup here on MDC forever now and am always intrigued but still too chicken to make the leap. I never used tampons in my life until two years ago at the age of 30, but I have since read so much about the bleached cotton or rayon being terrible for you and the delicate area you are placing it in. Ugh..... So I'm still pondering.<br><br>
Can anyone explain to me though why your periods are shorter with the Diva or why you think tampons cause a longer period? Mine is literally 2 days so maybe I'd get down to 6 hours or so with the Diva? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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They definitely work with heavy periods. I'm having my first postpartum period, which is always the biggest ever for me. No discomfort once I cut the tail off of it. I do know I need to kegel more which may explain a little slippage, but it also has a learning curve to know where to place it so it works for you.<br><br>
As for cramps, my 1st PP period is usually really painful, but this time, very little cramping. I am just amazed at how much better I feel!<br><br>
And my period is almost over after 5 days... usually it's 8! Why is it shorter? I'm not sure, though I would think it has to do with the chemicals interfering with hormones maybe? I don't care why it works, I just know it does!
 

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I used tampons from the time I got my period until maybe...oh, I dunno...shortly before my last pregnancy. I started getting really bad headaches while using them. I suspected it was the tampons but wasn't sure so I started using pads part time & it didn't take me long to see it WAS the tampons. Not sure why but I am not using them anymore. Beyond the headaches, they made me dizzy and just generally yucky. It took years of use for me to feel that way & I'm not sure why it started but I'd rather use pads than endure that. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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OK mamas. You talked me into it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I bought the Diva Cup. It arrived yesterday. It looks BIG. It comes with a really cute bag. I'm so excited to read the little pamphlet. I told my sister and my best friend. They are all waiting in anticipation of my review. Thanks so much mamas. As always you are the best.
 

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someone mentioned possible leakage/slipping with weak pelvic muscles....Im pretty sure mine are weak since I recently had my 4th 9lb+ baby lol (and I do kegels but things just arent what they used to be LOL)<br><br>
Do you think its still worth trying one?
 
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