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Cait
Hello all, I'm looking into getting a cup for any number of reasons (desire to be more eco-friendly, travel ease, the cost of pads/tampons, etc.), but I have a few questions. My sister has been using a Diva for the past year and absolutely loves it but I'm not sure if the Diva would be the right choice for me. (Apologies if it seems like you've answered all of these questions  before!)

A few of my questions/concerns:
  • I'll be studying abroad in the British Isles from August to December of this year. I'll be travelling with about thirty other people (six guys but otherwise women). We'll be staying in many different places from hotels to cottages to college housing. How feasible would it be to maintain the cleaning on a cup whilst travelling in a group setting where I wouldn't necessarily have my own kitchen/pot/etc.?

  • For the Diva (in particular though others as well), the website says to only clean it with water or the Divawash. How strict is that? Because if I were to get a Diva, I don't think I'd really be able to bring Divawash with me through customs. I don't mind if I have to pick up something over there.

  • I'm twenty (on April 24th), a virgin, and have only been using tampons for the past four or five years. I can insert one finger easily but two is less comfortable (from the last time I checked which was a while ago). Do you think these would affect using a cup? Because I'm not entirely sure what size to look for (other than the smaller size with the Diva).

  • Tampons are sometimes irritable, especially when inserting or removing. This might be due to the fibers involved. In your experiences with cups, are they more comfortable than tampons? (I'm pretty sure I already know the answer to this question but I figured I'd raise it anyway.) I'd like something that allows the ease of movement that tampons do but without the discomfort. I also have only used tampons with applicators (both cardboard and plastic, which kills the eco-friendly side of me) and I'm not entirely certain how similar the application process tends to be. The Diva website said that the user manual is more in-depth than the online explanation.How similar/different are the application processes (cup v. tampon)?

  • Of the cups I've looked into, I'm interested in the Diva, Fleur, and MeLuna. (Part of the thought with the Diva is that I can drive five miles to a Whole Foods Market and pick it up now instead of waiting for it to ship.) I've looked at some of the charts but one thing I can't quite figure out is the comfort aspect. I know that it'll be different for everyone but before I, on my univ. budget, make a purchase, I'd like to know as much as possible. Comparison thoughts or cup suggestions?

I'm currently on my period (which is why I'm kind of leaning toward the Diva because I'd love to start using a cup as soon as possible). Any tips, comments, suggestions are welcome and appreciated! Thanks, everyone!

Edit: I've just ordered a medium Meluna with a ball stem. Thanks for all your advice and help, everyone!
 
Cait: Donna Noble : Fur Coatmscaitlinpotter on March 29th, 2012 10:32 pm (UTC)
Most excellent! Well, how about any places I should visit whilst I'm there? (I tease, of course. We have a really great itinerary including Fringe Fest in Edinburgh, London, Birmingham, the Lake District, etc. etc. etc. I'm really excited. I don't know if you can tell.)

I actually went to a meeting for the semester on Tuesday night and Boots was brought up. Are there particular products you use (for cleaning or otherwise) that would be available there? I'm planning on getting most of my toiletries when I land and, if I run out, I'd like to know where I could find stuff! I won't have a mailing address so I won't be able to order anything.

(Benzoyl peroxide. I just checked my overnight spot stuff.)
Lebannen Luitreath: not quite zenlebannen on March 30th, 2012 09:35 am (UTC)
Edinburgh in August! It is chaos and insanity and fun! Depending on how much you can arrange your own schedule, if you find ALL THE PEOPLE to be getting a bit much, it's really worth going for a walk in Arthur's Seat park (not necessarily up to the top of the hill) to chill out a bit and get some fresh air.

But anyway! Boots sells ... most things, I don't know. Like I said, I don't buy any special period-related cleaning products, I use the same stuff as on my face, which as it happens is by Simple (no fragrance or colours), but if I didn't have that available I'd just use shower gel. I was somewhat surprised to find that the Boots in the small town where I live sells mooncups, they used to only be available in city centre branches (and the more health food / natural products kind of shops). There are lots of brands that are available in both the UK and US, so depending on whether you want to buy something familiar or foreign, it should bepossible to do either!

And have a great time!
Caitmscaitlinpotter on March 30th, 2012 04:25 pm (UTC)
I'm both terrified and excited! I know our time in Scotland is brief (only four days so my soul is weeeeeeping) but I'm hoping to spend a few days there prior to the start of term. I'll definitely see if I can take a breather there.

Alright, most excellent. I feel somewhat more prepared for this trip. (Now to compile a packing list and figure out what small amount of clothing I love enough to wear for five months.)

Thank you!