July 30th, 2005

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So I just received and tried my first cup, the Keeper. Lurking in communities like this played a big role in deciding to buy one. I know it's common to experience some difficultly using cups at first, and reading through all these entries helped me make my first insertion very easy. I have one question that I didn't find in the memories section: how do you pull it out without having the rim scrape the vaginal opening? I broke the seal, got it right to the very edge with no pain, but the rim sort of hooked on to me. Should I use my other hand to fold it while the other pulls it down? Any suggestions, tips or hints?
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  • athene

some newbie questions

Hi Everyone. After doing a bunch of research and asking around, I just bought my DivaCup yesterday. I'm so excited about it. Of course my period just finished, but I'll get to use it next time :)

Anyway, I have a couple of questions that I haven't seen asked anywhere (I checked the memories).

1) My period is generally pretty light. By the third or fourth day I could keep a tampon in for more than the 8 hours easily (if it wasn't for the risk of TSS). By the 5th day it's barely there and it's usually over by the 6th. By then I'm generally wearing pantiliners just incase there are a few extra drips. So, I'm wondering if I'll be able to wear the DivaCup for all of my period, or if I should move to pantiliners for the 5th/6th day? I'm worried that I won't have enough mosture to get the cup in comfortably.

2) My body rebels if I wear tampons for 24 hours. I'm one of those people who wears a tampon during the day and a pad at night (although i usually only have to wear the pad at night through day 4). Will I be able to wear my cup for my entire period (emptying it out regularly, of course)?

I know these two things are probably things I'll have to find out on my own, but I was hoping someone else has had similar experiences.

Thanks,
athene
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cramp-a-rama

Poll #542672 Of Cups and Cramps

I use...

The Diva Cup
139(74.3%)
The Moon Cup
23(12.3%)
The Keeper
14(7.5%)
The Instead
11(5.9%)

The Diva Cup made my cramps...

better
40(27.0%)
worse
22(14.9%)
the same
51(34.5%)
I'm not sure
35(23.6%)

The Moon Cup made my cramps...

better
13(26.5%)
worse
3(6.1%)
the same
4(8.2%)
I'm not sure
29(59.2%)

The Keeper made my cramps...

better
6(13.0%)
worse
4(8.7%)
the same
10(21.7%)
I'm not sure
26(56.5%)

The Instead made my cramps

better
5(9.8%)
worse
8(15.7%)
the same
9(17.6%)
I don't know
29(56.9%)


I think that collecting these statistics will be useful for us. You don't have to answer every question in order to submit it. Just makin' sure you all knew that. If you can think up a better poll, I'll write it up if I have the time.

EDIT: I shoulda done check boxes for the first question, but that could blur the results. So choose what you use most often or currently. I chose Diva even though I also used a Keeper once. For the record, both made my cramps go away :-)