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16 February 2010 @ 11:57 am


What are your favorite benefits of cups?


COST:
Instead of (US) $4-5 a month for disposables, which comes to about $50-60 a year, one $15-50-ish cup can last 5-10 years.

ENVIRONMENT:
The average woman disposes of a large dump-truck full of disposable menstrual products and packaging in the years she has her period.  One cup can last 5-10 years.  Only one small package to throw away.

DISCREET AND CONVENIENT:
No more return trips with a fresh disposable product.  No more taking your purse to the ladies room.  No more smuggling a tampon.  No more horrified panic that you hadn't replenished your supply of disposables.  No need to carry a large supply of disposables if you're away from home for an extended period of time.

CAPACITY:
Most cups hold more than disposable products so they don't need to be attended to as often.

MANY SIZES AND SHAPES TO FIT A VARIETY OF WOMEN:
Click here for the size guidelines and charts.

IRREGULAR CYCLES, PERI-MENOPAUSE AND BREAK-THROUGH BLEEDING:
Unlike tampons, menstrual cups can be worn in anticipation of a period or for on-and-off spotting.

CERVICAL MUCUS:
Some use cups to catch their cervical mucus to monitor their fertility.

BEST OF ALL:
The invaluable good advice and support from fellow List Members!
Click here for the HOME PAGE.


What else?
 
hairballsplathairballsplat on February 16th, 2010 05:12 pm (UTC)
not moisture-sucking like tampons. not having to pull out a mostly dry tampon ever again. i love my cups!
hairballsplathairballsplat on February 16th, 2010 05:12 pm (UTC)
almost forgetting about my period on my light days.
(no subject) - mallt on February 16th, 2010 05:48 pm (UTC) (Expand)
a clockwork cuttlefishcastalianspring on February 16th, 2010 05:12 pm (UTC)
1) Comfort - Cups don't dry you out like scratchy tampons tend to do, and they keep you from sitting in your discharge all day like pads.

2) They allow you to keep track of the amount of bleeding in a given cycle much more accurately than any other method, thus giving doctors a better understanding of your health and what is "normal" for you.
fearthefear on February 16th, 2010 05:15 pm (UTC)
My periods are often very light and unpredictable. In the past I never knew what tampon size to use or if I could use a tampon at all.
Saturday night I thought my period was very light. In pre cup days I would have worn just a pantyliner... and soaked through my pyjama, sheets, ... But as I was wearing my small LadyCup it was just a little mess :D
jarethrake: Marciajarethrake on February 16th, 2010 05:38 pm (UTC)
It's so easy to use. I can put it in before my period starts and leave it in to catch the last few drops. I'm not taken by surprise when my flow is lighter or heavier than I expect, since it doesn't make any difference to the cup.
strizzie on February 16th, 2010 05:46 pm (UTC)
FORGETTING MY PERIOD once the cup is in correctly. :D
zebrachildzebrachild on February 16th, 2010 06:37 pm (UTC)
CAPACITY:
Most cups hold more than disposable products so they don't need to be attended to as often.


yes! specifically being able to sleep through the night without waking up in a pool of blood or having to waddle to the bathroom to change a leaking tampon in the morning.

I love everything else about cups too!
Using stars as icecubes in my moonlight punchkaelstra on February 16th, 2010 07:32 pm (UTC)
I think you covered most of the bases. Although some cups can be significantly cheaper. Mine was only $15.

I love it for all the reasons you listed, and the fact I can basically forget all about my period except for 1-2 times a day. Much better than changing a tampon every few hours. I love that you can forget about it for long periods of time.

Oh!

No risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome!
queen_of_ena on February 16th, 2010 08:50 pm (UTC)
No risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome!

THIS so, SO, much.

Everything else is just an added bonus :)
moonlady26 on February 16th, 2010 08:48 pm (UTC)
Besides everything everyone else has said, I love using a cup because it makes me feel in tune with my body. I kind of feel a little smug knowing that I am not grossed out by the whole idea, and have never been, and that I am not afraid of my own body and flow.

I also like the idea of not wearing tampons and pads, and feeling liberated from buying them, worrying about carrying them in my bag, etc. It's not just that alone, but knowing that I am not contributing the the earth's pollution is a big plus for me.

I love my cup(s)!!
hiriel1804 on February 16th, 2010 08:59 pm (UTC)
Let's try a bit of alliteration:
Comfort, Cost, Convenience and Capacity!
I really like the environmental aspect, it was part of what attracted me to cups in the first place (the other mainly being curiosity. "What the heck is that?!" ;)), but now that I use one, it's just so comfortable and convenient that I sort of forget about that bit.
Sir Digby Chicken Caesarnecromance on February 16th, 2010 11:06 pm (UTC)
Fewer UTIs. And not starting my period only to find out that I forgot to restock my supplies and having to fashion a temporary pad out of toilet paper to quick run to the store. I did this a lot. :(
foxdragon415 on February 16th, 2010 11:21 pm (UTC)
As others have said, comfort.

No/minimal leaking.

Like you said: discreet and convenient.

Also (almost surprised no one said this...) the ability to have "clean" sex on your period.
Using stars as icecubes in my moonlight punchkaelstra on February 17th, 2010 02:44 am (UTC)
I dunno what kind of cup you use, but there's no way I could fit a Divacup and a penis in myvagina at the same time, lol.
(no subject) - foxdragon415 on February 17th, 2010 09:40 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - lintilla on February 17th, 2010 10:22 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - kaelstra on April 10th, 2010 04:10 pm (UTC) (Expand)
a penny in a diamond mine: Expect some delayseverstar3 on February 17th, 2010 12:19 am (UTC)
Amusing squishy noises when you take them out!

...Too gross?
Goat Friendsfrolicnaked on February 17th, 2010 02:25 am (UTC)
Dude, aside from the ridiculous cost of disposables for me (try $15-$20USD per cycle), this is one of the best parts of cup use for me as the others don't really pan out.

Squishy noises FTW.

Oh, and:
1) Sticking a (clean) cup to one's nose just for the sake of amusement.

2) No longer having to explain to company why one's dog has dug a tampon from the toilet and is now munching it in the living room.
Mixed feelings: Mooncup usergemfyre on February 17th, 2010 01:24 am (UTC)
Comfort!

When it's in properly I can literally forget it's there. You can do anything with a cup in.
Trade Me Halos: Faunatrademehalos on February 17th, 2010 03:11 am (UTC)
Clean! I felt like I was having issues with tampons and pads. I was getting too many infections even though I was staying clean otherwise and making a big effort to pay attention. Switching over to my cup has helped that tremendously.

Not stinky! This is the biggest thing for me that I wasn't expecting. I don't get period smell anymore! Sitting down on the toilet during the period meant smelling stink. I rarely get that now unless I've managed to get spotting from what's left on the walls after a removal/reinsertion.

There are so many great things about these! I don't know why my friends are so hesitant to try them even though I sing their praises. I guess reaching up inside your vagina during a period is scary. I think it's ten times more disgusting to walk around in a wet squishy pad that you have to roll up in toilet paper and throw out just so you can walk around with a squishy pad again. ughhh.
alice_confetti: 1893alice_confetti on February 17th, 2010 03:46 am (UTC)
This is my favorite thing about cups - no smell! It made me feel better about my body, too, to realize that it's not the blood which smells, but the blood plus pads.

Edited at 2010-02-17 03:47 am (UTC)
Jenatarisemochick on February 17th, 2010 03:15 am (UTC)
Not to be a grammar nazi, but I am a transcriptionist and I type the words "cervical mucus" probably about 100 times in a shift. "Mucus" is the physical mucus substance while "mucous" refers to a membrane, i.e. mucous membrane.

Other than that, I really like your information here, quick and to the point!