January 14th, 2009

What's the longest you will happily leave yours in for?

Hi all

This is my first post other than introduction so I apologise if I put it in the wrong place or anything...I don't even normally join online communities etc.

I am thoroughly enjoying my first cycle with my Mooncup and will shortly be espousing it's brilliance to all my female friends.

I have a very light period really, and have no real reason to empty it (could probably leave it in for my whole period without it overflowing but I obviously wouldn't do that) regularly. So far I have been emptying it 3 times a day just like I did with tampons (8 hours a pop) but this is just out of habit and because that's what the manufacturer says...
From reading other comments, people seem to say different lengths of time they are happy to leave theirs in for so I was hoping for some advice on this and just to curb my curiosity on the subject.

Thanks

Nice work all of you by the way, great community!!

I know this has been discussed before, but....

Last night, a friend of mine mentioned that she was about to start her period, and was really worried about it. (We are supposed to be going to a big formal event in 3 days. There will be dressy gowns, and limited bathrooms.)

I mentioned cups to her (Insteads to be precise, as she doesn't have time to order one), and I believe her reaction was something like, "AAAAaaaHhhhhhhHHHhaaaaggg!!!"

This made me curious... Have any of you "converted" friends or family to cups, or brought up the subject and received a positive reaction? What did you say, or how did you go about it?
yipyip

Keeper

Hello!

I've had my Keeper for about 2 or 2 and a half years. Everything's been going just dandy, but the inside of my cup seems to be deteriorating. Whats up with that?

Instead of being smooth like it used to be (and like it is on the outside) parts of the inside of the cup are sort of. .  rough. Almost... blistery? It's hard to describe, but it definitely doesn't seem good. Has this happened to anyone else? Anyone know what might have caused it? Should I get a new cup? If I do, do you think the Mooncup US will last longer since it's made out of a different material?

As far as cup-care goes, I rinse mine with hot water during my cycle (unless I'm in a public restroom, then I just dump it out and put it back in) and I wash it with soap and water at the end and beginnings of my cycle. I've never boiled it or soaked it in anything.
X-mas 2009

(no subject)

I expelled my Mirena this morning. I think this is a good thing because I had an appointment to get it removed tomorrow, so I won't have to pay for it. I'm not sure if my body was rejecting it, or if it was my DivaCup that caused it to come out. If I had it to do over I wouldn't have gotten the damn Mirena. I think my I'm depressed because of it, not to mention the EXTREME irritability, but I love my Diva. In conclusion, yeah Diva...boo Mirena.

x-posted
scars

Flow question

I assume that cup users actually appear to have a heavier blood flow than tampon/pad users because the later absorb making it hard to determine an actual amount of blood lost during the average period. Be that as it may, heavy flow is considered 80 mL or more during a single cycle.

Have any of you ever added up how much blood is lost during your period? Do you consider your self to have a heavy flow?

I estimate that I lose about 180 mL per cycle and that seems like a ridiculous amount to me. Already within the first 24 hrs of this cycle I've lost roughly 90 mL.

ETA: I use the Large Lunette and I remove when it is at or slightly above the top line (15 mL). I leak a lot if it gets too full. Since 1PM yesterday (it's 8:20P now) I have emptied my cup 6 times when it was at or slightly above the top line and twice when it was at the bottom line.

Good point about fluid vs. blood. I don't get clots so I guess I've never thought about that aspect. I've always had heavy periods though so this really isn't unusual for me, it's just a little shocking to see actual numbers.
Bedraggled

Cloth pad + Diva Cup FAIL

So today was my first trial run with my new cloth pad purchased on Etsy and my Diva cup. Today was my first day of my flow, and thus very is always very heavy, and for some reason when I start out I never seem to situation my cup right or it leaks and thus I always have to wear a maxi pad as a back up. I had hoped I could stopped having to use disposable menstrual products altogether by switching to the cloth pad. I ended up having to run around all day today from lab to lab doing some hardcore science, and couldn't really pay attention to my menstrual situation. So when I finally sat down to use the bathroom, I found in horror that I had soaked through my cloth pad, through my underwear, and even through to my pants. I had to go home and completely change my clothes and put on a maxi pad.

So I'm a little frustrated at this point with clothpads but I don't want to give up just yet
I'm thinking that I need to
1. Better prefect my Diva cup technique. (I thought I had it down, but I guess on my heavy flow days I need to check it more often
2. Get more pads designed specifically for heavy flow days.

I really wish I could learn to be one of those Magical ladies who just has to wear the cup perfect each time and never has to worry about pads, but I'm suppose I'm still at the figuring-out-how-to-properly insert phase, even after 7 cycles with it

So yeah advice and suggestions appreciated.
cross posted to menstrual_cups and cloth_pads
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