My favorite period panty maker just started selling a menstrual cup! I love Dear Kate underwear as period backup and they are now selling the gladrags mooncup with a set of their panties. (See dearkates.com for the modern period set) Im not in the market for another cup, but I was so happy to see it, seems like the word is spreading.
In case you're interested, Dear Kate's are high tech panties for reusable wear. Its kind of the opposite of the organic cotton pad! I like them better than reusable pads because I'm a bike commuter and the reusable pads I've tried bunch up and have snaps that chafe in a sensitive place when I ride. The absorbent fabric in Dear Kate's were invented by a female chemist and are she owns the small business that makes them, which is the type of business i try to support. They aren't cheap, but I've found them really comfortable and reliable. If you're interested, be aware that they only come in an absorbency equal to a mini pad or liner, so not for you if you need more absorbency. I used to use disposable liners as cup or tampon backup and find the full lining a perfect replacement for the day.
I'm so happy I found menstrusl cups that I want everyone to know about them. Anything that increases visibility is good in my mind. Just the other day I was daydreaming about sending email to one of my favorite sports clothing merchants to try to get them to carry one. Maybe I'll go off and do that now...
I had posted before about trying to decide on a new cup, having previously tried a Lady Cup with quite literally zero success. I had found the idea of a Diva Cup intimidating because.. well, it is a larger looking cup with a rather pronounced rim. I had been told the cup was fairly firm too, which scared me off so I never gave it a shot. I had been eyeing the Si-Bell as it is a softer cup.
The really funny thing is, having given in and bought a Diva Cup as I really didn't want to face another period with disposable products, two things about this cup really surprised me. Number one... this cup is MUCH softer than the Lady Cup was! And number two, the rims of both cups when compared are nearly the same size anyway. Like, there is a TINY bit more width to the Diva than the Lady, but not enough at all to matter.
I've used the Diva for 2 days now, with no discomfort, no leaks, no real problems with inserting or removing... all issues I had with the Lady Cup... and I have to say I find it amazing! Added bonus is I didn't have to pay shipping or wait because I could just pick a Diva up around the corner. I am so happy! With the Lady Cup, I was leaking when the cup wasn't even close to full, I had a horrible time trying to get it out any time it was in, and I found it really uncomfortable to wear. Also, it seemed to "pop" open too hard and hurt me that way. NONE of these issues with Diva! I can't believe it. *shakes her head*
I guess I'm just posting this to admit I was wrong about Diva Cup and to advise any new users/shoppers to NOT judge a "book" by it's "cover"! I wish I had saved myself the time and cash and started with Diva. I might still get a Si-Bell for crampy days, but I sure learned my lesson for judging the Diva.
I had to go and get a consultation and a typhoid vaccine, in preparation for going to the Cape Verde islands, at a new place today. The nurse was going over medical risks in the area, stuff I might need to know, etc. When she told me I should bring my own pads and tampons because they're hard to get there, I told her I'd just started using a menstrual cup. She didn't know what they were, so I just pulled it out of my purse and told her about it. Hopefully, she'll tell other patients. It's a place that gets you up to date on shots and meds for travel, so I'm sure her patients could use it.