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08 February 2010 @ 04:15 pm
I am currently on my 6th cycle with the diva cup and I'm still loving it WAY more than tampons. I was just wanted to ask if you have noticed a difference (or not, in my case) in how often you empty your cup when compared to how often you used to change tampons. I would change tampons every 3-4 hours on my heavy days and it seems that it hasn't changed much with a cup =/ I was hoping for the ideal cup experience of only emptying twice a day but oh well. Today I am trying to leave my cup in until it is absolutely full (no longer than 12 hours of course) to see if maybe I've just been paranoid and stuck in tampon mentality for the past 6 months. I look forward to reading your responses/experiences/advice/etc.
Kai: pic#84732488 kuradi8 on February 8th, 2010 09:32 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's an "it depends" question! It depends on what absorbency and sometimes even what brand of tampons were used. And it depends on what brand and size of cup is being used. Some cups barely hold more than the lightest absorbency tampons. Others hold more than the most super-duper ones.

Check the capacity charts over at http://community.livejournal.com/menstrual_cups/1285963.html

As for me, I used to get about 3-4 hours out of a Super Tampon on my worst day. I get 5-6 from my large Lunette. And those are both to EMERGENCY OVERFLOW "oh please let my liner contain this deluge" status. Obviously, I try to plan a trip to a facility before it gets to that point -- but I've been surprised once or twice in the last few years.
feministin29 on February 8th, 2010 10:08 pm (UTC)
On my heaviest days I had to change my tampons every three to four hours. With cups, it varies. Sometimes it's 3-4 hours, but a few times I've left it in for 6-7. Maybe I'm putting it in differently or something! The real advantage I notice with cups is for lighter days. I couldn't wear tampons on those days because it was too uncomfortable to put in and take out, but with the cup I can put it in in the morning and leave it in until I go to bed. And I can wear it until my period is absolutely done - something I could never do with tampons.
The Quiet One _merricat_ on February 8th, 2010 10:13 pm (UTC)
I may change the cup just as often, but I no longer require the use of extra long high absorbancy pads in addition to the cup. Those are not cheap either, and I'd go through several of those a day as well as super absorbency tampons prior to using the cup. Also, I was no longer comfortable with tampons on the lighter days. Tampons would leave me too dry and sore. The cup does not do that, and it seems like I just have 1.5 days of heavy flow now, not 2 like with tampons. I don't know why this changed.
hairballsplat hairballsplat on February 8th, 2010 10:16 pm (UTC)
with tampons and disposable pads as backup, on my heavy days I'd have to change the tampon and the pad every hour at times. on lighter days, I'd change anywhere from 3-8 hrs depending on the flow/day of my period.

with a cup and cloth pads as backup, on my heavy days I have to empty every hour at times still, BUT at least there isn't as much leakage to the pad. on lighter days, I'll empty anywhere from 4-12 hrs depending on the flow/day of my period.

SO, even though I'm not necessarily getting much more time on heavy days, I at least feel cleaner and am a tad less worried about leaks. And on most light days, I don't even use the backup pad anymore.
Janine janinedog on February 8th, 2010 10:22 pm (UTC)
I definitely get more time with my cup. I only empty it twice a day, while with tampons I changed them 3 times a day, and that didn't count overnight because I didn't wear them overnight (I do wear my cup overnight). That said, I was pretty paranoid about leaving a tampon in too long, so I often changed them before they were actually full. I'm not paranoid about leaving my cup in too long, so it's much better. And I also don't have to wear a backup pad with my cup (though I do wear a pantyliner just because I'm paranoid, but I haven't actually needed it yet), while with tampons I wore a regular maxi pad because they would leak a little most of the time on my heavy days.
NineThumbsUp freedomliberty on February 8th, 2010 10:26 pm (UTC)
I would use three super tampons a day, vs. not even coming half-way to filling a lrg. LC or lrg. Lunette in 16 hours.
Book of Mirrors: Cute bookofmirrors on February 8th, 2010 10:33 pm (UTC)
I've found similar results, as far as how often I change my cup. I think I got caught up in what's advertised on the Diva cup site (and I hope I'm remembering this correctly, my apologies if not) that most/average women have a TOTAL flow of about 30 cc or so, which is basically the capacity of one Diva cup. If that's the case, I'm CLEARLY in the category of heavy flow, because on my heavy days, I'm changing my cup 3-4 times a day, just as I did with tampons. I agree with you that the cup is MUCH better than tampons, even so, for a lot of reasons (no painful insertion/removal on the slow days when the tampons are dry; a lot less leaking on heavy days, and even that more due to not getting somewhere in time to empty the cup; it does last a LITTLE longer than tampons, more comfortable in general, etc.).

I do think someone posted a while back, though, that in reality, most women actually fall under what's considered an "extremely heavy flow" category, so maybe what you're experiencing isn't as unusual as we think!
no solestella on February 8th, 2010 10:55 pm (UTC)
Tampons would only last about 3-4 hours, and I always had to wear a pantyliner because there still was some leaking.

With the cup I use it 12-14 hours and it's only a little more than half full on my heaviest days with absolutely no leaking.
foxdragon415 on February 9th, 2010 01:27 am (UTC)
I would change my (medium-absorbency) tampons every 4-6 hours whether or not they were full, but I can get by with my small MeLuna changing three times a day (when I wake up, around lunch, and when I go to bed) on my heavy days and twice a day on my light ones.

Anyways, like others have said, it just depends on the tampons you were using and the cup you're using now, and your flow.
I'm not silly, I'm just seriously impaired relsqui on February 9th, 2010 02:24 am (UTC)
My understanding is that the actual *capacity* of the cup is more than you'll need for an entire cycle; given that, I'm sort of confused as to why a cup would leak if it's seated right. That said, I empty my cup 1-2 times a day, as opposed to switching tampons 3-4 times (but after the first couple of days I'm pretty light). I do notice, however, that when I'm on my period I also produce more moisture of the non-blood variety, and using a cup instead of a tampon I can definitely feel that more. It made me nervous about leaks until I realized that's what was going on.
hairballsplat hairballsplat on February 9th, 2010 01:02 pm (UTC)
no matter what the stated capacity of a cup, some of us lose a lot more fluid than that. sometimes my cup will fill in under an hour and then i feel the bubbly, leaking feeling cause it's overflowing. I might only overflow once per period, but i'm still filling it again and again during the same period. I lose on average 180ml per period...which means sometimes i lose less, sometimes more. and i KNOW i've read others posts stating they lose a lot more than me. on my lighter days my cup works as advertised...i get many hours between emptying. which is not to say that it ISN't working on the heavy days, i just lose more than it can contain. for me it's still better than disposable options.
Elly: Princess eleanor_ariail on February 9th, 2010 05:44 am (UTC)
I've found the opposite to be true in terms of which I change more. Although it is a huge comfort to know that the cup will last as long as I need it to, I still empty it pretty often, mostly because I just like playing with it. (It's still just my second cycle with it; the novelty hasn't worn off yet!) With tampons, I felt like I was wasting money if I changed them before I absolutely had to, so I'd almost always end up waiting until it leaked and was probably super unhealthy.
Moem m03m on February 9th, 2010 08:53 am (UTC)
I definitely notice a difference. On my heaviest day, the cup buys me at least one or two extra hours between toilet breaks. I'd have to change a tampon every two hours, and with the cup I can usually wait four hours.
organicchef on February 10th, 2010 01:34 am (UTC)
For me, tampons last longer than any of my cups. I change a super plus or ultra Tampax tampon (the only brand I trust) every 5-6 hr.- that is when the tampon would start drastically leaking. I have to change my Diva (small) and Lunette (large) every almost-4 hours, because at 4 hours I have to change my cup, my panties, my liner, my pants, and whatever I was sitting on at the time.

This is why I want to find a way to get a large fleurcup in the US!!!
fearthefear on February 10th, 2010 10:16 pm (UTC)
If you're looking for big capacity you should also consider large Yuuki and the MPowercup. Both are available to the US.
piponga on February 10th, 2010 06:35 pm (UTC)
I changed on my first two days the super plus tampons every 3 hours, maybe 3.5 hours if i was lucky...now I have a large Lunette and a large fleurcup and I change like about every 5-6 hours, sometimes 4-5 if my period is really heavy.Maybe I would be possible to wear the cups a bit longer, but actually 5-6 hours is ok for me :)