A (urban_faerie_) wrote in menstrual_cups,

What to do with a retired menstrual cup?

And how do you know when to retire it?

'Ive had my Diva for over a year now. The web site says it is only FDA approved for a year of use, but I hear women saying their cups have lasted them from 5-10 years. There is nothing outwardly wrong with it although it is slightly discolored (the website also says this is fine) it still works well.

So what to do?

1) The obvious answer: I could throw it out. But that doesn't sound very eco-friendly.

2) Can you recycle it? If so how?

3) I could always keep it as a back up cup once me new one comes. it would be nice to have one at work.

What do you do with a cup you didn't end up liking?

I recently bought the keeper/Mooncup (US) as a potential replacement for my Diva. I heard great things about how easily it pops open, etc, so I thought I'd give it a whirl, but it DID NOT get along with my body. I think it was just too hard. I was in exquisite pain the entire time I wore it (both times!) standing up, sitting down, I just couldn't find a position where it wasn't jabbing into me. Not just the stem, I could feel the edge of the cup inside me too. :/ It got so awful that I actually got up in the middle of a movie and exucsed myself to take it out becuse I just couldn't stand it anymore. it was so painful that I was afraid it was actually hurting the inside of my body. I'm sure the Mooncup is awesome for some people, but I'm very sensitive and it just didn't work for me. When I wore my Diva I usually forgot it was in and couldn't feel it at all so this is very surprising/dissapointing for me!

I know I'll never use it again, but I don't want to waste it. People don't buy used cups, so then what to do? I could give it to somebody who needs it for educational purpouses (like showing it to potential cup convertees) but I don't know anybody who does that. Ideas? Point me in a good direction, please!
Thanks in advance!

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