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05 April 2010 @ 11:15 pm

Im am currently awaiting my first cup in the mail. One of the reasons I decided to make the switch was the idea that the cup was good for up to 10 years! I still find this hard to believe, and have heard that some companies suggest replacing them more frequently. My thought was that if they are all made out of medical grade silicone, shouldn't they last the same amount of time? Maybe companies suggest more frequent replacement to make more money. 

Anywho, I was wondering if anyone had used a cup that long (or longer even), and how it has held up to long term ware. Im hoping mine can last up to 10 years (or until i have a baby, im 19 now so its possible that that might happen in the next decade). 

So, how old is yours? 
Sarahrosethorn05 on April 6th, 2010 03:30 am (UTC)
I have a small Diva, and she is four years old this month! We are very happy together, and I will be using her for the foreseeable future. She's much dingier than she was when I first got her, but she works just fine. I'd say as long as you get one of the medical-grade silicone cups, you can use it until you feel like you need to replace it, or until something bad happens to it (like you lose it, or you let it boil dry or something).
Leprechaunlileprechaun on April 6th, 2010 04:01 am (UTC)
I have a Diva that I've had for six years and a Mooncup UK that I've had for, I think five years now. Aside from a small amount of discoloration, they both look like new. I don't see any reason why they shouldn't last at least ten years, if not longer. I have no intentions of replacing my cups unless their structural integrity looks compromised in any way. I think I heard somewhere (maybe here?) that Diva claims they started recommending yearly replacement because of government health department pressure or something like that, but I tend to agree with you that making more money may be the main motivation.
Michellepinkdagger on April 6th, 2010 04:06 am (UTC)
I think it's a combination of FDA crackdown and more money that's causing companies to change/deny their 10 year claim.

My Diva is currently only 2 years old (this month, in fact!) but I bought it under the impression that I'll still have it when I'm 28+, which would be a good decade. My MeLuna's just a baby (haha, I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who finds some way to personify their cups), less than a year but I'm expecting to have that for a long time too! I'll push their life spans as long as I can. I could never replace them and throw them out just because they were, say, a year old but still functioned perfectly.

Also, there are some who give birth and can still use the same cup. I've read several stories on this community of women who either gave birth and try a "post-birth" cup only to find it isn't a comfortable fit, or just don't bother getting a new one right away and are able to keep using their pre-birth cups without issue. Just a little addendum. :)
mooneyes25mooneyes25 on April 6th, 2010 04:45 am (UTC)
"I could never replace them and throw them out just because they were, say, a year old but still functioned perfectly."

This! I have had mine for 1 year (this month) and when you think about it, I have only really used it 12 times! That is not enough to make me feel like I should throw it away.

So long as you take care of them I assume they will last at least 10 years :) yay!
melissa569melissa569 on April 7th, 2010 02:34 pm (UTC)
Ditto! First one I ever bought was Diva a year and a half ago, and it is showing NO signs of needing to be replaced. Barely even any discoloration, and I used it the most during that 1+ year, until I got the small clear Lunette.
elizabby: ACup iconelizabby on April 6th, 2010 04:27 am (UTC)
Three years, and I don't see *any* wear at all, or any reason to replace it. I only got a second cup because I wanted a pretty colour!
Hello, yes, I am Briamlionessvalenti on April 6th, 2010 04:29 am (UTC)
I've had my Diva for five years in March. I have about 15 periods a year which is why I have a hard time buying an exact time stamp on when to replace your cup -- no company is going to know how much you use it. I use mine a lot, but not everyone has as many periods as I do, and the amount of days vary from person to person.

Really, other than discoloration, it's the same as when I got it. Right now, I don't see why it won't last me another five years, and possibly beyond.
Goat Friendsfrolicnaked on April 6th, 2010 05:17 am (UTC)
The oldest cup I currently own is my Mooncup UK, which is bordering on 6 years old. I owned a Diva before that, which I only got rid of about a year ago (because I knew it was just too long for me, not because it was breaking down or anything). The worst I've seen is that those cups went from white to yellowish white.
gingersaurusgingersaurus on April 6th, 2010 08:17 am (UTC)
My Mooncup UK is about four and a half years old. She's a bit stained, but other than that, perfect.
vesta1975 on April 6th, 2010 10:11 am (UTC)
More of what the others have said. :) My UK Mooncup was in use for six years, and undoubtedly would have lasted for many more years. I switched brands to gain more capacity.

Before that, I had a Keeper for four years, and when I gave it up for my Mooncup, it was still in good shape and working well, too.
.odalisque on April 6th, 2010 12:49 pm (UTC)
My diva is a year old, and my ladycup is a few months old. Little babies :P
Stepford Wife with ATTITUDEpatsila on April 6th, 2010 01:29 pm (UTC)
My Diva Cup is about a year and a half old, but have already long paid for itself. Furthermore, it still looks brand spanking new. Yay cups!
Meghanmegamuphen on April 6th, 2010 01:52 pm (UTC)
Gosh, I'm not even sure. But I did have a Keeper that only lasted around two years before the inside of the gum rubber changed to a weird texture.

My ladycups seem to be going strong though!
Karlyneonvultures on April 6th, 2010 05:27 pm (UTC)
My small Diva and I have been together for about two years. My Ladycup has been with me for about a year. My Meluna has been with me for about 8 months. Last but not lease, my Keeper US has been with me for about 4 months.

I shouldn't buy anymore.
Kai: pic#84732488kuradi8 on April 6th, 2010 09:28 pm (UTC)
I don't know. Both are 2nd hand. I've had them for about 2 years.