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14 September 2012 @ 04:46 pm

Lately I've noticed an increase of posts from young girls who want to purchase menstrual cups but have difficulties in obtaining one due to their apprehensive parents that do not know anything or have extremely limited knowledge of cups. Could a few of us possibly work on a FAQ or some sort of guide for this website to educate these people? It's disheartening to read about these girls getting upset because their parents will not let them have one for sometimes silly and purely ignorant reasons. Obviously they mean well for their daughters but since menstrual cups are not a mainsteam product (yet) more information is still needed especially on this tangent. 

We could call it "The parents guide to menstrual cups". 

BTW I think that it is fantastic that young people are interested and willing to try cups. I also think that it is great that they feel confident in posting there concerns on this forum. 

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chamekkechamekke on September 14th, 2012 08:07 am (UTC)
Not a bad idea!

I wonder whether phobic parents may be particularly persuaded by the citation of medical authorities who have endorsed cup use, implicitly if not explicitly?

For example, I did a quick Google and found this short summary on the Mayo Clinic site about menstrual cup use - written by a female ob/gyn:

What can you tell me about the menstrual cup?

The fact that the Mayo Clinic DOESN'T warn for any threats to health etc. is tantamount to endorsement of the menstrual cup as a safe product for women.

I don't know how easy it would be to find other such citations, but the matter-of-fact acceptance of menstrual cups as a viable option by recognized medical authorities would go a long way towards easing parental anxieties, I suspect.

Edited at 2012-09-14 08:22 am (UTC)
XDeasilydistra on September 14th, 2012 11:45 am (UTC)
a note of concern-- that gyno does say it HAS to be boiled 20 minutes after each cycle, that anything other than soap/water will be damaging, and that a cup "should last for a year." maybe she's just sticking to the fda-approved standards? i feel like most of the users on this site don't follow those rules though XD
it also links to a site that claims the handle should be sticking out if it's inserted at the correct level...
okwaho_okaraokwaho_okara on September 14th, 2012 04:53 pm (UTC)
Wow 20 minutes?? I thought it was 5 and I hardly boil at all. I'm planning on twice a year and the exception would be if it accidentally dropped in a toilet or something.
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on September 15th, 2012 12:46 am (UTC)
different companies have different recs. i think diva is the only one that recommends 20 mins and replacing annually.
okwaho_okaraokwaho_okara on September 22nd, 2012 01:28 am (UTC)
Makes sense. That seems like a LONNNGGG time though. No wonder they recommend a year per cup then, I would think that boiling it that long each month would make it last for a shorter amount of time than if you rarely boiled it or only for 5 minutes once a month.

Edited at 2012-09-22 01:30 am (UTC)
wiesoauchimmer on September 14th, 2012 05:16 pm (UTC)
while that is true and i find your concern totally valid (and btw, i NEVER boil my cups. i probably would if i dropped it in the toilet like okwaho_okara mentioned, but not under normal circumstances), i think the conditions under which the cup will be used can be discussed between teen and parents later, while the way i understand the target of the guide is to make it easier for teens to obtain the cup in the first place.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on December 23rd, 2012 04:02 pm (UTC)
It seemed to me that the author of this article only read the Diva and Keeper sites, and isn't basing her knowledge on any first hand experience. Most of us here are far better versed on the ins and outs (literally and figuratively) of cup usage.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on December 23rd, 2012 03:49 pm (UTC)
Re: the Mayo Clinic article

Unfortunately, the author did not do her homework well. While the overall message is that cups are a safe alternative to other internal products, she got a few things wrong.

The Diva and the Moon Cup are not single-use disposable cups.

And the Instead Softcup (that we all know is completely different) is the only one that is designed for use during PIV sex.

Those errors should not negate the message, but need to be pointed out and corrected -- even of only here.
queenazuraqueenazura on September 14th, 2012 08:54 am (UTC)
Excellent idea! I've noticed that many adults (men and women) who are unfamiliar with cups just jump to the conclusion that they're unhygienic and gross... as if they hear the word "reusable" and are instantly horrified. So an FAQ for parents would be great, as well as younger girls learning about cups at the same time as other methods, so they all seem equally normal.
Kai: K75kuradi8 on September 14th, 2012 12:41 pm (UTC)
I teach people how to ride motorcycles -- a far riskier endeavor than cups. ;o) There's a great line in the classroom video about Personal Responsibility and Risk Management that says, "A motorcycle is as dangerous as the person who is operating it."

Yep. Same for cups. A cup is as hygienic as the person caring for it.
okwaho_okaraokwaho_okara on September 14th, 2012 04:51 pm (UTC)
Fantastic idea!!!

I agree, it's absolutely wonderful that they ate interested in using cups!!! :)
okwaho_okaraokwaho_okara on September 14th, 2012 04:54 pm (UTC)
Are not ate. Typing on an iPod touch.
teacupcake89 on September 14th, 2012 08:53 pm (UTC)
I think it would be a GREAT idea!!

Melissa has some really great info pages which would be good for parents: the still not convinced? and Q&A page http://menstrualcupinfo.wordpress.com/cups-still-not-convinced/

Perhaps we could have a page/doc with info and then a bit with useful links, videos etc? :)

I also think that if everyone made an effort to mention cups to their GPs, Gynos, Midwives etc etc there would be more chance that they would know what cups are when worried parents want a doctor's approval/opinion. It would also help spread the word amongst medical colleagues, friends and clients. :)
foggyimagefoggyimage on September 15th, 2012 02:06 am (UTC)
This is a great idea ! Since I would be one of the "young girls" you speak of, I really don't have any ideas. My mom let me buy one (or really multiple because I kind of fell in love...and then went crazy about them.... ) because she thought I was mature enough to make my own decisions and since it was my own money, she really didn't care (I'm 15)

Edited at 2012-09-15 02:07 am (UTC)
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on September 15th, 2012 08:15 am (UTC)
an important thing to mention would be that non FDA-approved doesn't mean bad or unsafe, and that most FDA-approved cups are not the best choice for a young virgin (Keeper/Moon cup US have this huge rim, while the Diva is very long and you shouldn't get it unless you're absolutely sure you have a high cervix).
Kelly Holden: RainbowOzkelly_holden on September 15th, 2012 08:46 am (UTC)
Yeah. Also, As far as I can see, all cups that have tried to be FDA-approved have been. Same with Australia's TGA, and probably with other similar agencies.
Serpentserpent_849 on September 15th, 2012 08:51 am (UTC)
yeah, it's just expensive to apply.

great icon btw:)
sizecharts: SizeChartssizecharts on September 15th, 2012 02:03 pm (UTC)
A Parents Guide to Cups

I think this is an EXCELLENT idea.

Please, please, please, start drafting it. :o)
juliiie87juliiie87 on September 25th, 2012 10:49 am (UTC)
I thought I should add this link for parents' reference, where FDA-approved Lunette company discusses first time use of a menstrual cup for teen girls. Lots more information on their website : http://www.lunette.com/blog/2012/09/teens-menstrual-cups-tips-for-first-time-use/

for example, here : http://www.lunette.com/index.php?id=29

Edited at 2012-09-25 10:54 am (UTC)