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03 January 2011 @ 09:55 am
I have just finished using my new diva cup for the very first time and must say...it appears to be wonderful! one leak and that must have been my fault so I am assuming it will only get better.
My question ... we are going away on vacation and due to poor planning on my part I will be taking my new cup with me. We are going to a resort and i plan to be in and out of the water often but did read most people say to empty it before and right after going swimming to avoid leaks. Does this mean I will have to empty maybe ten times a day? Any advice is greatly appreciated.
BTW...I liked it so much I am gonna get one for my older daughter as well but I think my younger one may be too young (just turned 13). Any suggestions here?
 
Kai: pic#84732488kuradi8 on January 3rd, 2011 04:07 pm (UTC)
Let them decide for themselves whether or not they're interested. Give them time to look through the size charts and to peruse pictures to pick out which they might like. Or not.

http://community.livejournal.com/menstrual_cups/1285963.html
summer001 on January 3rd, 2011 04:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for the link...it certainly has all you need to know. My only concern is the diva cup is the only one approved for sale in Canada and when i checked some of the other websites they didn't seem to ship to Canada
Kai: pic#84732488kuradi8 on January 3rd, 2011 04:39 pm (UTC)
Yes, only the Diva is approved for sale within Canada. Same with the US -- only a few can be sold here. But thanks to the internet, nearly every cup can be shipped anywhere in the world.

http://www.femininewear.co.uk/ is a trusted distributor -- but shop around and compare prices for the best deals.
Erinclxtgirl on January 3rd, 2011 05:49 pm (UTC)
I live in Canada, I have a 13 year old and a 14 year old. The 14 y.o. picked out a small Meluna from Femininewear and likes it a lot better than tampons. I think it depends on if your 13 year old is a tampon person or a pad person. If she is already using tampons, the transition isn't that hard.

My baggage is that I really didn't like my Diva, so I was reluctant to get one of those for my girls. The small Meluna is so small, I can't believe it works that well, but she really likes it. Plus, when you are 14, colour options are a big deal.
Saráhwhimaway on January 3rd, 2011 07:00 pm (UTC)
This. :) If one of your children doesn't like internal products, she may be interested in cloth pads. They are a lot more comfortable and come in cute colors as well. And if she likes cups, but is unwilling to try them out, it's always good for her to have one just in case. Like if she has to go swimming. :) Personally my divacup has never leaked on me while swimming or showering. I've changed it a bit more frequently, and sometimes there was a bit of pool/lake water in the cup, but never filled.
Erinclxtgirl on January 4th, 2011 01:27 am (UTC)
We love cloth pads here! Since you are from Canada, I would highly recommend Homestead Emporium from Victoria BC. You can find them on Facebook. They also have etsy and Hyena Cart stores.
Andreafushigi_na_chou on January 3rd, 2011 04:35 pm (UTC)
I've never worn my cup in the pool, but I have worn it in the tub while taking a bath, and I've never had any problems with it leaking as a result. I've had my cup leak a few times apart from being submerged in water, but it's usually been because it got full overnight and leaked a little before I had the chance to clean it out. I think, depending on your flow, if you make sure it's empty right before going swimming, you should be okay during the time you're in the water. The properties of osmosis help to keep anything inside you from wanting to come out anyway (you could technically swim without anything -- tampon or cup -- and theoretically you wouldn't have any leaks until you got out of the water). But again, I think it depends partly on your flow.

As far as getting cups for your daughters, I second what the other commenter said. Let them take a look and see if it's something they would be interested in. I know a lot of younger girls prefer to use pads, just because the idea of putting anything into the vagina is a scary concept at first. If you're looking for something that's eco friendly, you could try cloth pads for your daughters. :) As for the younger one being "too young," it's my personal opinion that if a girl is old enough to menstruate, she's old enough to know what her options are for managing it. But ultimately it's up to you to decide. :) Hope this was helpful.
demiraks_worlddemiraks_world on January 3rd, 2011 04:50 pm (UTC)
I've used mine swimming a LOT (spend a lot of time on the boat in the summer) and have never bothered to empty it before/after - no issues.
Maxine of Arcmaxineofarc on January 3rd, 2011 04:51 pm (UTC)
I've never experienced any leaking when swimming or bathing with my cup in. YMMV.
Kai: pic#84732488kuradi8 on January 3rd, 2011 06:19 pm (UTC)
As for emptying it often or seldom -- use your judgement. Some gals get water in their vaginas/cups/tampons when they bathe or swim. Others don't. If you didn't when you were a tampon user, you probably won't as a cup user.

It doesn't matter how empty or full it is when you do. It's not like you're "wasting" a barely-used tampon if you empty a cup with hardly anything in it. (Of course, you don't want it to overflow either.)

As you become more familiar with your cup, you'll be able to judge if/when it needs attention. And it's OK to revert to previous methods if you think you'd be more comfortable with them. There is no Cup Police to come after you! :oD
bicyclegasolinebicyclegasoline on January 3rd, 2011 06:38 pm (UTC)
I've worn my MCUK in a hot tub on a heavier day; and my small Meluna in swimming pools on my lighter days, and never had any issues with leaks :) Just empty it as you feel it needs it.
Tessgryphonwing on January 3rd, 2011 06:47 pm (UTC)
No issues here - I wear my Diva in the tub, swimming, whatever, no leaks because of it. I'm actually a "no leaks ever" person, which is pretty awesome. :) Anyway, I have trouble seeing what's really going on if people have leaks because of swimming - do they get enough water inside them to compromise the seal, maybe? Because nothing should really happen while swimming anyway. I suppose after?

leighah on January 3rd, 2011 09:41 pm (UTC)
I definitely vote for getting both girls a cup. Once they have them, I'm sure you would give them plenty of room to try them out, see how they like them, and use them/not use them however often they like. I know they're not cheap, but even if they decide not to use them regularly, they have them there as an option and sometime in the future may feel differently about them. That's just what I think about it.

And I wouldn't be too worried about using the cup in the water. Just empty it as frequently as you normally would, maybe a little more frequently just so that you won't be worried about it. Like someone else mentioned, when you're in the water, you're unlikely to leak even if it's full - at least that's my experience.
DenimCat: bonesdenimcat on January 3rd, 2011 10:58 pm (UTC)
As long as your daughter is willing to try it, there's no reason not to get one for her. It's just probably not the best choice as a surprise gift. ;) "Thanks, mom, it's.... wait, it's WHAT?"
rypoff22 on January 3rd, 2011 11:12 pm (UTC)
I'm a lifeguard, I spend a lot of time in the water for training and such. I haven't ever had an issue with leaking or finding water in the cup.
lizsterineglizsterineg on January 4th, 2011 01:32 am (UTC)
The frequency of emptying is a personal preference or need. Everyone differs. The thing I love about cups is that spontaneous swims can just happen, like if I had my cup in all day and I stumble across a very inviting pool or beach, I can just jump in! I've never experienced leaks or issues with any body of water, beach, pool, spa, bath.

Once you get your inserting down to minimize leak issues then you'll love the freedom of your cup for such a vacation. I found it's a perfect vacation accessory. :)
ジャねこ]: divacuptheinfamousj on January 4th, 2011 06:36 am (UTC)
I have never ever consciously cleaned before and/or after going in the water.

It usually works out that the act of changing into my swim suit seems to encourage my body to take the opportunity to go to the bathroom, so I usually do end up going into the water with a relatively clean cup. However, after exiting the water I don't recall ever having emptied it.

And, when taking a swim-conditioning course back in college (six years ago ... yikes!), I often had little time before "report to the pool" time, so didn't get a chance to bathroom prior to entering the pool. So in I went with a not-clean cup.
heatha_featha28 on January 4th, 2011 10:00 am (UTC)
Im one of the unfortunate souls who tend to get water in their cup while swimming...while they wont leak while youre swimming, they may leak after theyre full of water. In which case you'd be leaking water, which isnt the biggest deal in the world-but is irritating. I've had tons of water get in while wearing a Diva, Meluna and Fleur so Im thinking it is more dependent on your vag...

For all of you who don't get water in their cups... Which cups are you using and how long do you spend in the water(and on second thought what swim stroke do you use??) I prefer being in the water and not the water being in me.