June 6th, 2009

scarlet begonias

missing tampons after 1.5 years of diva cup use?

hey everyone! i had a friend in this community a long, long time ago who introduced me to the idea of cups. i bought one myself after i got to college, about a year and a half ago. i'm really glad not to have to go out and buy tampons every month, i'm very happy without economically and environmentally friendly my cup is.

but, sometimes i really miss tampons. it seems like no one else with a cup ever looks back, so i feel kind of abnormal, but...the cup is just really a hassle to me. it's not that i haven't "gotten the hang of it", i manage to get a seal easily, it doesn't hurt, and i'm pretty familiar with my vagina/cervix. but it's sort of uncomfortable taking it out, and mostly just mesys...with a tampon, i could just yank it out and put in another one, no mess. the cup always spills and drips all over, and my sink is only a couple feet away! what do you guys do about this? i don't mind blood, but i still don't want to have to wipe down the toilet seat, bathroom floor, or my legs every time. i always take it out in the shower in the morning, but i can't take a shower multiple times a day.

and on heavy days it's really messy and i ALWAYS wake up covered in blood (and i don't even sleep 8 hours, more like 5 or 6). i've resorted to a makeshift pad (basically just wadded up flannel that i wash during the day so i can use it at night), but i hate pads. i wish there was a way to make it...hold more? i've never used sea sponges before but i was reading about them, would it be possible to combine them with the cup? i'm not really sure, my cervix is really low so i don't think i'd have room...would it be better to use two sponges at night and use the cup during the day? or do sponges leak worse than the cup? does anyone else use the cup in combination with something else?

also, i know a lot of people have their cramps lessen when they start using cups, but i've been having bad cramps for the past year and a half even though i used to only have cramps once in awhile...and it just occurred to me that they started around the same time i got my diva cup. could my cup be contributing? has this happened to anyone else? maybe my insides don't like the suction? i think next month i'll try using something else to find out...i just don't know what to use, i don't want to be wasteful, and i don't want to use cloth (no washing machine, too bulky, etc).

thanks for reading!
:)

Worst experience ever with small Ladycup

First, sorry for the scaring title (it's not meant for new users to run away ;_;), but those really were the only words that came to my mind while I was struggling to remove my small Ladycup...

Bit of recap : I've had a small Mooncup
UK for more than a year, and have been very happy with it. I've never had any problems, and I'm used to saying that it came as a revolution in my life ! But I found the material quite stiff, pressing too much (I admit being fussy) against my urethra, and I wanted to give the super soft Ladycup a try, so I ordered one last week and received it yesterday.

I put it in yesterday, and the time for removal went this morning...

Well, I thought "the smallest, the best" but I guess I was wrong : the small Ladycup is super tiny, and though I'm quite petite (5ft, 88lbs) it has proved TOO small !
That was my first mistake. The second one is that I assumed, before putting it in, that the stem would bother me, so I cut it off entirely, as I did on my Mooncup UK without encountering any problems with that...
Well, that was without considering the super smooth surface of the Ladycup, making it difficult to grab. But that was not an insurmountable problem, as using nails would have done anyway.

The thing is that my cervix was completely inside the Ladycup, leaving it airtight !! So it was impossible to release suction by either squeezing the bottom of the cup or reaching the rim with my fingers (fortunately I don't have any problems with putting my fingers in xD)
I had varied thoughts, such as piercing it with a pin... 
I eventually brainlessly pulled it out, in a horrible pain x_x (but at least it's out...)

I'm happy that it isn't my first cup, otherwise I would have been completely traumatized !! (again with the scaring words >_< don't misunderstand me here, I really LOVE my MCUK !!!)

So here comes a question : for those who own a Ladycup, how do you remove it ? I mean, without having it slipping off of your fingers (I'm not necessarily talking about a suction problem) ? Did you leave the stem untrimmed ?

After this dreadful experience, I’ve come to this conclusion : not disdain the biggest size, and TEST it out before trimming the stem completely !

Yuuki Cup in the UK

I have now listed the Yuuki Cup on the Feminine Wear website.
I have marked it as out of stock but you can still buy it if you want to. I can't dispatch it until the stock arrives. I think it will arrive by June 12th, at the latest. Postage within the UK is free but there is a charge for overseas orders.
http://www.femininewear.co.uk/yuuki-menstrual-p-411.html

Thanks
Teresa
http://www.femininewear.co.uk/
Washable Menstrual Products
brains

Activism?

So, I've been thinking lots today, and this week, and was just wondering if anyone else here gets the same strange urges as me.

I work in a grocery store, a ShopRite, and obviously they do not sell cups. So, whenever I see ladies buying a box of pads or tampons, I get the urge to talk to them about their menstrual product choice... especially those who are kind, don't use an excessive amount of coupons, and help me put their items in bags(bonus points for re-usable bags!). Unfortunately, theres no possible way for me to break the ice about this subject while helping them, since there are so many other things to remember while checking each person through the line.

I know that there had been a bunch of ideas on here about making up a pamphlet... and I was seriously considering this. I could just slip one into the same bag as their menstrual product and then they could just discover the world of cups when they got home instead of being assaulted and possibly offended by me at the register.

Also, a pamphlet that is available through this forum could be printed by whoever wants to spread it around... at malls, sex shops ect. If we can't get our doctors to advocate it because of professional backing and blah blah blah, then maybe we should do something about it?

If anyone has suggestions on the information to be put in this pamphlet, that'd be great. I was considering using lots of information from lots of different places and citing all of it, so that all the information isn't just coming from this website, but don't really know where/how to start it off.

Ideas appreciated!
blackwolf

Fleurcup?

Hey, I've been successfully and joyously using my Divacup since last summer.

I started an information thread about reusable menstrual products on a forum I frequent, and someone mentioned this brand: Fleurcup. Anyone heard of it? It appears to come in clear, pink, purple, orange, and black (which looks more like navy blue to me). Seems to be a French company.

I like these colors much better than the other new colored cups. :o

(edited) Oh, and since I'm considering buying another cup to have around possibly as show and tell to my new dorm mates, does anyone know if the colored cups discolor less than the clear ones?