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29 January 2011 @ 10:49 am
I'm in the beginning stages of month 2 with my Diva Cup.  Last month went....ok, considering it was my first time.  I had trouble during my heavy days, but it think that was because of heavy cramping.  I didn't want to do anything other than lay in bed, curled in a ball, let alone fiddle with something "down there".  I usually have heavy spotting for 3 or 4 days before things really pick up, so we'll see.

I really hope I get the hang of everything sooner rather than later.  I'm chaperoning a school trip to Europe at the beginning of April - of course I'm due to have my period then.  It would be great to be able to take care of things at the hotel in the morning and then not have to worry until we got back in the evening.  It's going to be a go-go-go trip and searching for a bathroom is not something I'm going to want to have to do.
Kai: pic#84732488kuradi8 on January 29th, 2011 05:19 pm (UTC)
Whether or not you can go all day really depends on your flow. Me, I can't get more than 4 hours out of an equally high capacity cup on those days. But there are others who don't come close to filling their cups.

If you aren't going pee in that time anyway, you aren't drinking enough. Just empty it whenever you do. It doesn't matter if it's only partially full. Cup usage is not a contest to see how full you can get it or how long you can go. :o)
madamenb on January 29th, 2011 06:04 pm (UTC)
What I meant about the bathroom comment was that I wouldn't want to have to empty it in a public pay toilet. Obviously I'm going to have to pee. I'd just rather empty my cup at the hotel. I haven't mastered removal yet, so some pretty funny contortions are necessary. Having to do them in a dirty public stall does not entice me at all! It looks like I'll be in Europe during the first few very light days of my period. If things continue to go the way they did last month, I should be able to go the full 12 hours.
Melon the Sleepermelonaise on January 29th, 2011 08:05 pm (UTC)
I wasn't using the cup when I was in Italy, but I was on my period-- and I definitely made full use of every good bathroom I found. Museums are an excellent opportunity-- never pass up a museum bathroom! Then you don't have to worry about finding a pay bathroom on the street later.
saynotospam on January 29th, 2011 10:02 pm (UTC)
Emptying in a public bathroom is rarely the nightmare we think it will be, especially if it's done before the cup's capacity is reached. Besides, there are a lot of awesome public bathrooms in Europe in which the stalls are like their own little enclosed rooms, and some of them even have sinks inside. If you really aren't comfortable emptying anywhere but in the hotel, though, and your period is reasonably light, maybe just use a backup pad or liner in case you don't quite make it for the full 12 hours.
Dina Clarelintilla on January 30th, 2011 12:41 am (UTC)
I've emptied mine in airplane bathrooms. If that's possible, *anything* is possible. ;)
saynotospam on January 30th, 2011 03:20 am (UTC)
Ha! Ditto. The worst is when you hit turbulence in the middle of it. :S
Dina Clarelintilla on January 30th, 2011 04:26 am (UTC)

At least the sink's right there, I guess?
Melon the Sleepermelonaise on January 29th, 2011 08:06 pm (UTC)
I'll be starting my second month in a couple days. Good luck!
rypoff22 on January 29th, 2011 09:05 pm (UTC)
I'm going to be on a trip in late March/early April too, and due to bleed all but the last two days-if I get more than 5 hours out of my cup on my heavy days, I'm going to be a very happy camper.
piekepieke on January 30th, 2011 12:17 pm (UTC)
Just another tip, use the disabled bathroom if u're worried about mess and taking weird positions. Disabled bathroom stalls are HUGE, and have their own sink ^^