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23 March 2009 @ 11:56 am
I searched the community and didn't see a mention of this; please forgive me if it's been discussed to death already and I missed it.

I've been using GladRags (reusable menstrual pads) for years and I love them. However, I've just started biking again and I'm not looking forward to having something bunched between me and the bike seat, so I'm thinking about trying a cup. Have you tried biking with a cup? Does it work well? Is there anything I should be aware of?


Later edit: The verdict seems to be in: cups are absolutely fine to wear while biking. Thanks, everybody!
Rohaarohaa on March 23rd, 2009 05:14 pm (UTC)
I've been biking the half hour to uni and back for a year now with my MCUK, and it's been perfectly fine.
Iphigeneiaiffygeneia on March 23rd, 2009 05:24 pm (UTC)
Same for me, only I have a Diva and have been using it for 3 months (successfully). No problems whatsoever. And it is great not to have that diaper feeling!
(no subject) - rohaa on March 23rd, 2009 05:35 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - aedifica on March 23rd, 2009 10:44 pm (UTC) (Expand)
another revolutionaryjennifer19 on March 23rd, 2009 05:20 pm (UTC)
i've had no problem biking or distance running with my Diva cup.
aedificaaedifica on March 23rd, 2009 10:45 pm (UTC)
Oh, very cool! Among other things, I'm hoping that biking will get me back up to the point where I can start running again (I ran a little bit, taking it very easy, earlier this spring and my body creaked for days afterward).
Kai: pic#73999355kuradi8 on March 23rd, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC)
I ride the motorized kind. No problems with cups at all!

However, Insteads didn't work well for me. My (considerable) mass centered on the Instead and squished out anything that had collected in there.

Take your time in selecting the right size cup. It will make all the difference in the world.
aedificaaedifica on March 23rd, 2009 10:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link. I had seen that page once before and was digging around in the community tags trying to find it again!
shivadidj on March 23rd, 2009 05:43 pm (UTC)
Just another happy bike rider who uses her cup regularly. No problems here!
aedificaaedifica on March 23rd, 2009 10:46 pm (UTC)
Kliffpull_rank on March 23rd, 2009 05:44 pm (UTC)
I've done lots of biking with my Diva with no issues. It's far enough up that it doesn't really seem to matter what I'm doing.
aedificaaedifica on March 23rd, 2009 10:46 pm (UTC)
four thetathrees: Girl achiever supremethetathrees on March 23rd, 2009 05:59 pm (UTC)
I have a diva cup and bike 16+ miles a day
Love it! I only had issues when I first started using it and wasn't inserting it high enough/getting a suction. I could feel the stem poking me and that was weird. However, it was poking me in any seated position, so I just had to resolve that problem in general and learn how to do it right. (I never did end up having to trim the stem thought a lot of people do)

I used to use glad rags and I hated how they bunched up and chafed against my labia, and if I didn't change them soon enough (I don't bleed very much, after day 1 it's almost all like spotting, so I otherwise don't have to change them very often) and the blood dried they turned like hard and chafed worse.
also with tampons, I'd notice the string would ride back up my perineum/ass crack when I'd bike and moving around on the saddle would tug at the tampon.

so the cup is a HUGE improvement. I honestly just...basically feel like I'm not on my period. except for the PMS fatigue stuff.
aedificaaedifica on March 23rd, 2009 10:47 pm (UTC)
Re: I have a diva cup and bike 16+ miles a day
Cool! Thanks. (I've never had a problem with Glad Rags chafing--and mine are old and have been washed so many times they're soft--but the bunching is a problem on a bike seat.)
don't mess with the Pie Ho, oh no!: puccascootjantalaimon on March 23rd, 2009 05:59 pm (UTC)
I've bicycled and motorbiked with my MCUK and been much, much happier doing both activities with them than I ever was with pads or tampons. More comfortable, too---even done long road trips on the motorbike. :D
aedificaaedifica on March 23rd, 2009 10:47 pm (UTC)
feyanifeyani on March 23rd, 2009 06:00 pm (UTC)
I can feel my MCUK when I'm biking. That's the only "problem" I have. It's not even a real problem, I would say. It's just that I've cut the stem all the way off and can't feel it at all normally. I guess the extra pressure from the seat makes my cup poke me a bit.
mushu_star on March 23rd, 2009 08:06 pm (UTC)
I do mountain biking, which as you can imagine involves a lot of bumping. I've cut 2 tabs off my lunette (leaving 2 tabs attached) and I don't feel a thing!

Try it out, and if you think you can feel the cup then trim the tab until you get it right. Trust me, the friction rash from pads after a 4hr bike ride is sooooo much worse than anything a cup can do!!
(no subject) - feyani on March 23rd, 2009 09:30 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - aedifica on March 23rd, 2009 10:47 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Basil80: Drowbasil80 on March 23rd, 2009 06:52 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you brought this question up--I was curious, too, but hadn't gotten around to asking.
aedificaaedifica on March 23rd, 2009 10:48 pm (UTC)
My pleasure!
hiriel1804 on March 23rd, 2009 08:13 pm (UTC)
I don't bike for exercise, just for transportation, so I haven't been on long bike trips with my cup in, but I ride my bike to and from work during summer, and I have never noticed the cup while biking. If it's in right, I don't notice its presence at all, no matter what I do :)
aedificaaedifica on March 23rd, 2009 10:49 pm (UTC)
I'll be biking for transportation too.
Gloria Patchgloriapatch on March 23rd, 2009 08:33 pm (UTC)
Yep, concur with everyone here! I ride a bike to work and around for fun and errands, and have no problems with the Diva I have. Totally worry free! I swim, too, and that's been super.
aedificaaedifica on March 23rd, 2009 10:49 pm (UTC)
Very good to hear, thanks!
wiesoauchimmer on March 23rd, 2009 08:42 pm (UTC)
i'm another bike-riding cup user - and it has never been a problem. the only issue i have is that i get slight cramps when i pedal hard on my first 2 days of the period. i didn't use to feel them when i was using tampons because i was on pain medication on a permanent basis during those days because i would get such bad cramps. now that i use a cup the cramps are as good as gone, so now i feel it when i ride. but that's not a cup issue per se.
aedificaaedifica on March 23rd, 2009 10:49 pm (UTC)
Huh. I'm happy your cramps mostly disappeared!
rainbowkiwirainbowkiwi on March 23rd, 2009 09:12 pm (UTC)
They work well on horseback too!
aedificaaedifica on March 23rd, 2009 10:51 pm (UTC)
But I don't! (The last time I tried to ride a horse, I was astonished to discover I was afraid of the height, even just being a few feet higher off the ground than usual. I think it's because the horse was moving and I didn't have the bone-deep knowledge that I could control its motion.)

Good to hear, though. Thanks!