August 4th, 2008

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A thank you

I recently bought a Diva cup to use during my period and had the usual issues with it.  I spent awhile perusing the Diva Cup website and other websites, and even had a very graphic discussion with the woman at the help desk of the health food store I bought it at.  I have to say though, this community was SO helpful with everything.  I just wanted to thank everyone for sharing their thoughts and what worked for them.  I think I finally have the divacup figured out after spending some time reading over the posts in here and looking at the pictures for insertion, and I'm actually excited about my next period! 

On another topic, does anyone have any good recommendations for cloth pads?  I love the idea of not having to throw ridiculous amounts of cotton out in the trash, but I'm not quite sure about quality/price of cloth pads. 

outraged doesn't even begin to cover it..

I've been stalking this forum for over a year now. The user experiences and brand comparisons helped me decide on getting my beloved Mooncup UK. Before now I have never posted anything, as my menstrual cup experiences aren't much different from those of others. I have spent a vast amount of time answering questions about menstrual cups from friends, family, and Yahoo! Answers. I am constantly searching the net for more information about menstrual cups so I can feel that I'm truly educating myself on the topic. Imagine my disgust and surprise when I stumbled upon an article posted by a MAN on a "green" website about how disgusting the idea of reusable menstrual products are. It's a very short article, but it offended me on a very deep level.


Reusable menstrual products?

by Jonathon Morgan

Obviously recycling is a great way to reduce the impact that your everyday consumption has on the environment -- but an even better way is use less in the first place.

With that in mind, we're putting a compost bin in the backyard (so our lawn trimmings and food waste don't end up in landfills), trying to use washcloths instead of paper towels in the kitchen, and making an effort to buy clothes that'll last a few years. However, there's a line between doing my part to help the planet, and doing stuff that totally creeps me out (which is why I won't be using the "family cloth" any time soon).

Ladies, I wonder if this might be where you draw that line: reusable menstrual products. Granted, they are more eco-friendly than disposable pads and tampons. And, even though you have to shell out $39.99 up front, given that disposal menstrual products can run you up to $200 annually, these "Diva Cups" will actually save you money in the long run.

That said, I get the sneaking suspicion some women might find this idea a little unnerving. If that's the case, you might try organic cotton tampons. Not as eco-friendly, but also not as gross.


http://www.greendaily.com/2007/11/11/reusable-menstrual-products/

To my knowledge, there is no scientific evidence that suggests unbleached tampons are "better" than bleached, or that organically-grown cotton is better than regular cotton or rayon. It saddens me that tampons are still the "almighty" menstrual product and even so called "green" sites are still shouting their glory from the rooftops. Why can't women love their bodies and not see their periods as gross, unnatural, or inconvenient? I wish there was more I could do to educate women.  Sometimes it feels like an uphill battle...

*EDITED AUG 06, 2008

I can see that I'm not the only one that was angered by this article. Please follow the rules of the community and keep the name calling and rudeness to a minimum. I honestly didn't mean to cause such an uproar. I hope that you will take this anger and use it for something good like I'm trying to do. Try to educate as many people as possible about alternative menstrual products and women's health. Women in today's society are overall clueless about their bodies and how natural their menstrual cycle is. There are many more individuals out there who are bashing the idea of using reusable menstrual products, women and men alike. So educate them. Let them know the truth. Thanks to the mod for being so understanding throughout all this!
Sense & Sensibility - 23 fulfillment

Cups helped me in school. :)

I just want to thank you all for this community.

I am currently in a summer English course (essays every weekend *groan*), and the paper I just wrote is a product review of menstrual cups. The essays are supposed to be persuasive evaluations. Using menstrual cups, or at least reusable products, is something important to me, so it was an easy topic.

Every Monday, we have peer reviews. We're divided into groups of three, then we read the essays of the other two people and mention flaws we see and things we like. I spoke to my teacher (a male) before I wrote the essay, and I made sure to mention I would prefer not being in a group with males because I don't think they could quite relate. My teacher was incredibly supportive and kept saying how fantastic the idea was, and he put me with a few other females today.

Well, these girls read my paper and could not stop saying how amazing and informative it is. I have all of you to thank for that. Neither of them had any idea menstrual cups exist, not to mention any other reusable products. My paper hit the five page limit. When they finished reading, they both had more questions and seemed genuinely interested. I thought about bringing one of my cups to class (especially the Diva I haven't even touched in a year) to show them, but wasn't sure it was a wise idea. Now, I wish I had! They wanted more information about the shape (I tried to draw it, but I'm no artist) and the flexibility.

Even if I didn't create a few converts, now there are two more women in the world who know what cups are. I really hope my paper was enough to get them to want to research it on their own, and perhaps we'll see them here!

9 month recap (Mooncup UK)

Hey there!

I've been using the Mooncup for a while now, so I figured it was time to post a little recap :)

*General*
First of all, I am very happy with my small Mooncup UK. Since I am 24 w/o children, and am not sexually active right now, I had decided to go for a small/slender cup. The lower capacity compared to other cups did not bother me, since I have a medium-light flow. So after 9 happy periods I can safely say I this cup works great for me.

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Colposcopies and Birth Control and Cups, Oh My!

First I want to say how happy I am this group exists. You’re all so helpful and enthusiastic that you’ve given me the little push I needed to decide to buy my first cup. I’ve narrowed it down to the Mooncup UK and the Miacup and plan on purchasing one by the end of the month.

So, onto my questions.  In a few weeks  I’ll be having a colposcopy done. I’m not sure how long after this that I should wait before starting to use a cup. I can’t find any info about this anywhere except the usual “wait at least a week before sticking anything up there” advice, but it seems like waiting longer would definitely be wise since the suction could open the cuts back up if they’re not completely healed and since struggling to figure out how to get it in and out properly is likely to cause some irritation for a while anyways.  Obviously I will ask my gyno this while I’m there but as I’m going to the Planned Parenthood to have this done and she’s overworked as it is, I don’t want to call and ask ahead of time. I figured some of you might have experience with this. Any ideas how long I should wait?

And then on to the second question. I am currently using the patch but have decided to switch to  Implanon. I expect to experience some spotting and irregular periods and would love to be able to use a cup sometimes when I am at work or out and am afraid I might start bleeding. I know it’s very different for everyone (so this question might be pointless)  but I’m trying to get a general feel for how long it would take me to get used to the cup enough that I might be able to wear it more frequently than just during a regular period.  How long were you using your cup before you felt comfortable enough to leave it in for longer periods of time or when you were just spotting?

BTW, I am 23, never given birth, and not really sexually active right now, in case it matters.