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10 August 2012 @ 04:22 pm
Some of you probably know me as the girl with the cup phobic parents (lol, from my most recent post about the whole cup freak out issue.) I really appreciate everyone's help and support with that and for warning other new teen cup users to talk to their agents first. Anyways, I was given two instead Softcups as a free sample--I tried both several times and could not manage to get it all the way in. I've never been told I have a low cervix, but I do know that I can reach it with about half a finger in and the Softcups stuck out about an inch. I ordered a small lady cup and was unable to get my hands on it because my parents freaked out and sent it back (they thought and still believe its a gimmick-thing and were incredibly scared by the fact that I goes in me.) It is possible for me to purchase a Diva Cup since they are available in like 3 local stores in my town. If the Softcups didn't work, does anyone think I'll have issues with the Diva Cup? Diva cup users--are any of you on the shorter side? Has anyone seen any of the others in the US? Ordering online is sort of not going to work since 1. My parents will ask what I bought and likely send the cup back 2. I don't have a credit card--the last cup was purchased via gift card.
Kellykelism on August 10th, 2012 08:59 pm (UTC)
Instead and diva cups are very different and fit very differently. I couldn't use instead but I have no problems with a diva cup.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on August 10th, 2012 09:52 pm (UTC)
Cervix height has nothing to do with an Instead. As you can see, they are VERY different from cups. They don't really have a "height" because that part is just a plastic baggie. And Insteads simply don't fit some people. They are 70mm wide and sit very differently than cups. Personally, I never had good luck with Insteads. They fit me OK but my experience with them is that they're leaky and very messy to remove.

If you are willing to tempt fate and risk your mother's wrath again, then a Diva will cost nearly double from a store than online. It will be an expensive item to lose if she find it and throws it out. And she will be even MORE ANGRY if she finds out that you have defied her when you know how strongly she feels against cups in general.

That having been said, in answer to your question:

As for length, a Diva can be flipped inside out to shorten it if need be. Get the hang of removal rightside out before you try it flipped.

(Edited for poor wording.)

Edited at 2012-08-10 09:53 pm (UTC)
emmy708 on August 11th, 2012 04:43 am (UTC)
I'm sorry that this isn't really an answer to your question (I haven't used the Diva Cup). I just wanted to give you a heads up- I noticed on the other topic that you said you had irritation from regular pads. Please learn from my mistake and stop using regular pads/tampons if they cause irritation! I found out the hard way that the more you use them, the worse the irritation gets. Ask you parents if you can go to Whole Foods and buy the pads that are made of cotton (not the 365 brand because they have harsh irritants just like the normal brands). Maybe your mom won't freak out about that because it's still a pad, just made of something biodegradable, better for the environment, and better for you. Don't try to just tough it out if you're having irritation!! It's not worth it and there is a chance it will result in a more serious sensitivity.
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on August 11th, 2012 04:47 am (UTC)
I don't think SoftCups tell you much about how a bell-shaped menstrual cup will fit. I have a medium cervix height and could barely get the Instead behind my pubic bone -- it would slip out because it was too long. I'm pretty sure the Diva isn't an ideal cup for a low cervix, though, since it's one of the longest cups on the market.

If you shout out on the mc_sales page (link is on the side, near the top) with your story, I think you may be able to score a free, lightly used cup from a member. A number of us have multiple cups but stick to just one favorite.
OmniAliaomnialia on August 11th, 2012 05:28 am (UTC)
So sorry to hear the parents are being such a drag! Perhaps you could get your family doctor to weigh in? There's plenty of evidence to support the safety of these things. I totally understand parents' reluctance to go with the times though. I know some parents still tell kids that they can't use tampons before sex or marriage!
Getting the doctor to explain to the parents that cups are healthy and safe and medically accepted (and safer and more sanitary than pads and tampons, and of course CHEAPER!) may help.
Do you have a friend who can help? I'm not one to advocate going behind parents backs, but a matter of body and personal health should be YOUR choice.
Good luck- its tough when family can't help support you when you're obviously trying to do something healthy for yourself.
spitnglitter89spitnglitter89 on August 11th, 2012 05:58 am (UTC)
You should show your mom this site, and then all the stuff on youtube ( http://www.youtube.com/user/MenstrualCupInfo ). They've been around since the 1930's and are used and manufactured all over the world.Regardless if they're still against it you could always try cloth pads too, if you get irritated by regular disposables.

Edited at 2012-08-11 05:58 am (UTC)
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on August 11th, 2012 07:39 am (UTC)
The Divacup and Softcup are two very different beasties, as people have said. That said, the Diva's one of the longest cups out there, so if your cervix is really that low then it may not work for you very well. If you have a natural foods coop in town, they may be able to order a different brand for you from their supplier. Also, you could follow mc_sales, people often just give away cups they got as samples or something so you might be able to get one there.
juliiie87juliiie87 on August 11th, 2012 02:20 pm (UTC)
I don't personnally have one, but I think I've read the Diva can comfortably fit people with a cervix height of about 2 inches and more, as it can be flipped to that approximate length. If you're considering buying one,compare this to your personal measurment, and DO NOT mention it to your parents. It's obviously not worth it trying to discuss this with them. Alternatives to products that give you a rash, namely organic disposable cotton pads and tampons, now why not.
Culfitzbeew on August 12th, 2012 01:11 am (UTC)
best of luck with everything. I used a Diva for 5 years before I lost it :'( but I have never used Insteads, so I can't help you there. I agree with kuradi8: think about if you do want to risk your Mom's wrath. :( I'm so sorry that you have to go through this. It's so silly that some people are so close-minded.