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12 July 2012 @ 02:43 pm
I've been reading posts here for a while but never posted myself. I've been struggling to use my Diva cup (tried both sizes) for a couple years. Sometimes I gave up and went back to tampons but I kept going back to the cup because I love the concept. I finally found some tips that really helped it work for me like enlarging the little holes and lying down to put it in. I'm on my period now and it's going very well! But I've also realized that maybe the Diva isn't the best cup for me so I bought two MeLunas from mcsales and am eagerly waiting to get those to try my next cycle. If they don't work, I'm trying a Fleurcup. It took me a while to accept the idea that I may have to try different cups and that the Diva not working wasn't necessarily operator error.

But I just want to thank everyone in this helpful community! What a resource! It's amazing. I'm 44 and I'm just sad I didn't discover cups in my teens or 20s! And you can bet I'm going to turn my daughter, nieces and young friends onto them when they get to that point.

trainerfevertrainerfever on July 12th, 2012 06:51 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear that. I agree. I love this board!
femininewearfemininewear on July 12th, 2012 06:57 pm (UTC)
Tell me about it! I am gutted that I first heard the words "menstrual cup" at the age of 42!
Kai: 50IsntOldkuradi8 on July 12th, 2012 08:09 pm (UTC)
I learned about them when I was 12. My mother had some Tassaways back in the summer of 1970.
"What's that in the medicine chest, Mom?"
"It's for periods. Do you want one?"
"EEEEWWWW!!!!!" (And I always regretted that.)

I always meant to get one but never actually did until my 50th birthday. Lemme tell ya, it has been a GODSEND through peri-menopause. I never knew from day to day or even hour to hour what my body would do. Nothing? Spot? Gush? I bled for over a year straight and haven't lost a drop in months. Am I done? I don't know. But I'm glad I have my cups for if I'm not. :o)
barkingantsbarkingants on July 13th, 2012 01:56 am (UTC)
Wow, I just googled the Tassaway cup. Interesting stuff. I didn't know there was anything like a cup at that point. Not surprised they didn't take off though. Amazing that the earlier Tassette looks so similar to modern cups. I need to ask my mom if she ever saw their ads or considered using one. I remember her not wanting me to use tampons as a teenager. Her reasons were 1) they didn't work for her (???) and 2) she thought it was unnatural to keep the blood "up there" and not let it come out. I promptly ignored her and used tampons anyway. I remember when I first started, she had me using a sanitary belt and pad. This was in the early 80s and girls in the locker room looked at me like I was alien!
Thank goodness for cups!
Kai: 50IsntOldkuradi8 on July 13th, 2012 01:21 pm (UTC)
Cups have been around for a long time. http://mum.org/MenCups.htm

I VAGUELY remember magazine ads for another square bottomed "bucket shaped" cup in the 1970s with a ring and a string on the base -- but can't find any reference to it. Ensure? Assurance? Or did I imagine it??? (I'm starting to think that maybe I did.)
chamekke: cha_iammadeoflove_by_iconomiconchamekke on July 13th, 2012 02:45 am (UTC)
I second your praise for menstrual cups during perimenopause. My period likes to veer off course every now and then, and it's wonderful to know that my cup has my back (so to speak). It's also tremendously handy for the occasional overabundance of discharge.

I wish I'd found mine decades ago, but, still not complaining because I'm elated I've got it now. Awesome little thing!!
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on July 13th, 2012 08:38 pm (UTC)
Have you tried flipping your Diva cups inside out to shorten them? That's the only way a Diva will fit me. I have other cups that I like and trust much more but I always have my Diva in my purse for "just in case."
barkingantsbarkingants on July 14th, 2012 01:44 am (UTC)
I did try it once. I'll have to try it again. I didn't notice a big difference. I may need to make the holes even bigger. The suction just seems *too* powerful. I feel like sometimes it makes me crampy. Would that be too much suction?
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on July 14th, 2012 02:25 am (UTC)

The holes are there to help pop the cup open, to allow air to escape as your cup fills and then again to help with breaking the seal for removal. Yes, enlarging the tiny anti-suction holes on a Diva can be helpful.