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31 January 2013 @ 04:57 pm
I'm sure this has been posted before, but new compilations are always fun to read.  :)  How/when did you learn about them?  What were your initial thoughts/reactions?  How many friends/family members/etc have you tried to/successfully turned on to cups?

I can't really remember where I first heard about them, but it was in the last several years.  I had always used tampons with mostly satisfaction.  Hearing about cups didn't immediately pique my interest, but I wasn't completely turned off to the idea.  Cut to the fall of 2011, when a tampon I flushed in my new apartment ended up clogging the septic system.  Oops.  So I googled cups, and bought a Divacup just because it was the easiest to get my hands onto.  It wasn't exactly right for me, but was OK for the few months before I finally bought a Fleurcup (= perfect!).

I've specifically talked to two of my friends about them, though one of them has a Mirena IUD and gets no period.  The second friend had never heard of them and was pretty put off by the idea.  Sigh.  I actually don't have all that many friends to really talk to about them, lol.  A few weeks ago I told a friend whom I've gotten closer with lately about them, and she was totally willing to try one.  She said she had seen an info booth about them several years ago at a state fair, but had never gotten around to buying & trying one.  I gave her an extra Fleurcup I ordered in their winter sale, and she loves it!!  :D  She's also going to tell her two sisters about them.  So I'm hopeful for two more success stories there.  It's fun to (successfully) spread the good word. 

So, share your success stories!!  :)
mikayla_224601mikayla_224601 on January 31st, 2013 10:11 pm (UTC)
I first heard of them when I was 13, I was searching for a way to help with my cramps. I had never heard of them before. Didn't really think about it, just knew I wanted one! I was sick of feeling uncomfortable and disgusting with pads, and I hated tampons as well. Don't really know why. So I asked my mom, we talked about it and she bought me one. In Canada we have no choice but to buy the Diva, so I did that. And very thankful, honestly, that I didn't have to think about different cups and such. I had a lot of trouble starting with them. I was very uncomfortable with my body as I had never put anything up there except a tampon, so it hurt a lot and I didn't have a clue what I was doing. Eventually, I got it in and was so happy! I had several problems after that but have been problem free for a year or so. Maybe even more. Now I am 15, still love them so much, they've changed my life, made me more comfortable and I am so much more... aware of myself and what's...down there. :) LOL! Well, if I told my friends about it they would think I was disgusting for touching myself and putting something like that up my vagina. So no way have I told them. My mom told my sisters and I got these responses "I don't like putting random things up my vagina"...and "Ew, that's disgusting". They are 19 and 21... and apparently very immature. I guess cups are not for everyone! I would love to recommend them to people because they made my life 25 times easier and better, but I won't as I will be judged. So unfortunate :( I love my cup! <3

Oh PS-Diva was my only option, so I couldn't think about size and stuff like that, and I have never had a problem with it! So I should say to people that making the decision as to which one to get really doesn't have to be a major decision. Just pick one and try it out! :) But I do realize that all don't work for everyone...

Edited at 2013-01-31 10:16 pm (UTC)
rbca03rbca03 on January 31st, 2013 10:41 pm (UTC)
I always love hearing from teenagers who use them! :) I probably would have tried them when I was a teenager had I known about them, but since I was pretty happy with tampons, I never really had a reason to explore other options.
juliiie87juliiie87 on January 31st, 2013 10:50 pm (UTC)
Honestly, I'm not quite sure how I first learnt about cups... I probably saw a Mooncup on a "green" website once years ago, and didn't think much of it, except that it was something for the hard core hippies. Then I saw a Lunapads sticker saying "eco periods" on a toilet bin at my college and got intriguiged... and pretty soon stumbled upon this group and convinced myself that I needed one. Health benefits and TSS risks in tampons was a big factor in my decision.

Now, a year and a half after my decision, I helped 2 good friends pick their first cup and transition, recently my roommate just started using cups too, and with one of those converted friends we've helped 2 more friends switch. Not to mention I rave about them whenever I meet girls at a party or make new female friends... so there's probably a whole lot of potential conversions on the way ! And oh, yeah, I made friends with this girl who already used a Divacup, convinced her to get a Fleurcup in the recent sales, she got a pair and another one for a friend of hers she'd been talking too, with the intention of donating the 2 extras to other girls. Yay for group orders! Finally, I gave away a cup I won in an online contest to give to another friend. Changing minds and reducing waste one person at a time. :)

Edited at 2013-01-31 10:55 pm (UTC)
chamekke: cha_xmas_meluna_bellschamekke on January 31st, 2013 11:04 pm (UTC)
I'm one of the older users... technically perimenopausal, although I'm still merrily bleeding like clockwork :-P

I came across a reference to menstrual cups on vaginapagina last year, whereupon I promptly bought a size 2 DivaCup - turns out cervix depth and age are NOT related, bleh. Luckily I stumbled upon this comm and mc_sales shortly afterwards! I then lucked out by buying what turned out to be my Goldilocks cup - a medium MINI Meluna - soon afterwards, thanks to a kind mc_sales seller who was willing to ship to Canada. Later on I ordered a medium and a large Classic Meluna from Germany (in the optimized style - 'basic', no stem), which I use for the occasional heavy day.

I remember having a little difficulty with the DivaCup, but when I got my Meluna it was smooth sailing from the very first try. I feel so very lucky to have found menstrual cups, and this comm.

I was also amused to notice that now I'm a cup user, it turns out that menstrual cups (well, the DivaCup) are sold in every pharmacy and grocery store in my neighbourhood. How about that!

P.S. A special shout-out to menstrual cups as the best emergency-preparedness solution EVER. I live on the Pacific Rim, and heard last year from a woman in New Zealand who described how essential her menstrual cup was in the post-quake devastation, when both water and menstrual supplies were hard to come by. So now I've got spare cups in my grab-and-go bags at work and home.
H: pic#119646647heatherrebecca on January 31st, 2013 11:32 pm (UTC)
I became introduced to cups about 2 months ago - I probably heard of them a time or two before that but actually started doing research and buying them 2 months ago. Just found them after getting my IUD and since I was going anti-pill taking I figured I'd start going money saving on tampons too. The learning curve has been minimal with insertion. But I have liked it thus far! Enjoying it quit a bit!
ElianaOpalopal581 on February 1st, 2013 12:06 am (UTC)
I first heard about the Keeper from a poster in a bathroom in college. Due to PCOS, I had infrequent periods (once or twice a year), and continued to use up the stash of pads my parents had bought me. Someone on may friends list here on livejournal mentioned loving their DivaCup and that was the first I had heard of other brands. I continued to use pads until I switched to tampons (my mother in law gave me her stash when she didn't need them any more). I started looking more into cups as my period became more frequent and I saw how much I was throwing away. I switched to the FleurCup after my first miscarriage (I didn't need any supplies during the 4 years I had my Mirena). I told my best friend, who tried, loved, and ought the spare cup I had bought.
ext_1626869 on February 1st, 2013 12:43 am (UTC)
I'm not sure when I first heard about cups, but I think it was on Jezebel. I thought they sounded interesting but wasn't sure it was for me. I read about them for awhile after and eventually ended up here. I bought my first cup in December 2011 and it was kind of an impulse buy. I was in the middle of my period, had a day off of work and ended up at Whole Foods buying a small DivaCup. I got it home and it took me awhile to get it in but it wasn't too bad. It took me awhile to get it out though and then the next morning it was so far up I couldn't reach it and was panicking. I stuck with it though and got the hang of it. I used it for two cycles after before I decided it was not the right cup for me. I found it too be too soft and had some trouble getting it to open. I did my research after that and ended up getting a model 2 Lunette Cynthia from Feminine Wear. The first time I tried it I thought I made the wrong decision because it was so uncomfortable, but that was a dry run. When I used it for my cycle I had no issues. I love it!

I did find that I still need a backup pad for heavy days. I used disposables but since I didn't use them regularly I found they really irritated my skin. I now have quite a few cloth pads that I also love. I could never ever go back!

Edited at 2013-02-01 12:46 am (UTC)
Kai: 50IsntOldkuradi8 on February 1st, 2013 01:50 am (UTC)
I'm probably the oldest person here.

I learned about cups 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.)

That same summer, I can only imagine what led up to it but one evening my father's booming voice echoed through the house, "...that's because they're supposed to be DISPOSABLE!" And Mom went back to tampons.

I never forgot those strange little cups and I always wanted to get one but never actually did until decades later on my 50th birthday. I was e-shopping for something completely different when I saw a Diva in the SALE column of the site. "Is that what I think it is? YES!!!"

Lemme tell ya, cups have been a GODSEND through peri-menopause.

TMI: I developed "issues" and bled for over a year straight. I never knew from day to day or even hour to hour what my body would do. Nothing? Spot? Gush? That has finally been resolved (PHEW!) and now at almost-55, I still have (unpredictable but normal) periods a few times a year. "ENOUGH ALREADY! I'm too old for this sh!t."

And I'm SOOOO GLAD that I had cups to get me through these last few years.
Nataliasofty5310 on February 1st, 2013 08:17 am (UTC)
What a fun question!!
I found out about them in 2005. I was doing some research in the sex_tips community, and stumbled across someone talking about cloth pads. Those intrigued me, so I bought a set of lunapads. Afterwards, I found out about cups. I thought it was a gross concept, much grosser than washing cloth pads. i am blind, and the idea of reaching into myself down there was just... nasty. i also have some problems with penitration, so the concept of cups just frightened me. Over the next several years, I warmed up to the idea slowly. i have really heavy periods and was still bleeding through the lunapads set I'd bought. I convinced my ex to buy me a heavy set of lunapads for my birthday, this was in 2009. I asked for a Diva cup with them.

I got them and started using the Diva. I liked it, but sometimes the stem would hurt/poke me. It took some getting used to and getting it in was difficult at first. Once I got it, I wore my pads as a back-up, plus the cup each period. In April of 2011, I got an IUD and stopped having periods for several months. i gave my Diva to a friend of mine who was getting sick of buying pads all the time. She loves it!! I let her use it one time when she visited me and she was instantly hooked!!

After giving the cup to Dina, of course, I started having periods again. I decided to invest this time in a Lunette. I like it so much better than the Diva. dina still loves her Diva, so everyone's happy!! I've told my best friend about them and she says she'd be willing to try one, if she were having periods. She's on the birth control implant. My grandma knows about them from me and thinks they're wonderful. She just wishes they had been around when she was a girl. My mom thinks they're gross and doesn't understand how I can use them. I don't have a lot of girls in my life, but the ones I do, I have told. The only one I have converted, is Dina, but that's better than nothing!!
sorry for the long comment! It was just fun explaining all that!!
Have a good day,
fluffmyflamingofluffmyflamingo on February 1st, 2013 08:43 am (UTC)
I first started hearing about them here or rather in iud_divas nearly fifteen months ago when I had just had my iud inserted and so frequented the community alot! My initial reaction was revulsion I'm ashamed to admit, the thought of ferreting around internally and the blood as I'm rather squeamish! However since getting my iud I have this strange phenomena where I can no longer use tampons which I'd used always before, I couldn't insert them properly (iud strings in the way or cervix lower since iud?!) and my flow became so heavy and watery that even when I could they'd leak clear fluid and I'd have permanently damp underwear - nice! Also with having to regularly do a string/cervix check I got used to messing around in there so thought what's there to lose? I'll try anything rather than have to say goodbye to my iud! The most readily available for me was a Mooncup UK which has been acceptable but not perfect, I'm actually soon about to try the FemmyCycle as I have trouble with capacity, sealing and leaking some days and also like the look of the loop as my nails are weak and struggle with the grip stem as I'm high cerviced and it likes to climb high! I will post on my progress once I do! Despite these problems I am totally converted and determined to never go back to disposables! :-)
neumeindilneumeindil on February 1st, 2013 09:06 am (UTC)
Suddenly in 2001 boys realized I exist, which was pretty awesome. But, what all the extra *ahem* attention did to my sugar dish kinda wasn't. My Ph went all kaflooey and I ended up with the flu, hence dehydration...
cue a 36 hour kidney infection that sent me to the hospital for fluids and antibiotics...
which caused a yeast infection...
which caused BV...
the treatment for which caused another yeast infection...
which was cleared up by my period...
just in time for the UTI to come back.

That cycle repeated for 7 months. It was hell. Now, my periods have always been kind of like a stage prop from a GUAR concert, coupled with crippling pain for 2-3 days, nausea, migrane, you name it. But the UTIs kept going away with my cycle ending and coming back once I had to spend 7 days wearing a pad and tampons that I had to change every 2 hours. So I started researching UTI and their causes/treatments, and put two and two together.

Tampons are either reintroducing bacteria to places they *don't* need to be, or I have a sensitivity to the rayon, polyester, etc. in conventional menstrual products. So, I had to go research options, hesitant to get into cloth pads like my grandmother had used because college dorms have communal laundry rooms (and I really don't like pads anyway). I happened to trip over a mention of the Diva cup when I went looking for a free sample of Instead Softcups and thought it was a good idea. Then, I did the math. $130/year on bleached paper and cotton that caused me another trip to the doctor and missed classes due to UTI, plus the damage these infections were doing to my kidneys, plus the fact that tampon applicators etc. don't biodegrade until Wall-E retires... Tampons and disposable pads just SUCK!

But I couldn't find them anywhere in the States at that point. SO, I went another 3 years in that UTI/YI/BV/YI/Menstruate cycle. My ex finally got me a cup for my birthday and I was thrilled. Yes it was the Divacup, which wasn't the best choice for me, but it was SO MUCH BETTER than the hell I'd been through!
bec_clothcyclebec_clothcycle on February 2nd, 2013 06:29 am (UTC)
I can relate to your experience as I came about using cloth pads/menstrual cups via a search to help my daughter with her UTI's. I don't know why I thought that her UTI's were related to tampons/disposable pads... just had a hunch and thought maybe all the excessive drying out from disposables was causing her problems - as they often came around after her cycle.

This was around 2007, I was not making pads then so bought her a stack of pads which she found helped her problems ++ Now I use/make cloth pads and we both use a menstrual cup too.

I have told friends about cups but so far none of them (as far as I know) have started using a cup. I do have 2 friends who have switched to cloth pads, and just gave my sis in law a couple of pads - so hope she likes them too.

My daughter tells me they sell menstrual cups in the health food shop at her Uni but I have not seen a cup sold in any pharmacy here (Australia).
moonhoney925 on February 2nd, 2013 11:45 am (UTC)
I have seen Lunettes (all colours) for sale at a wholefoods store in Melbourne for $56.00. Much cheaper to buy from an overseas website.

I too, have never seen them in a pharmacy either.

Edited at 2013-02-02 11:49 am (UTC)
bec_clothcyclebec_clothcycle on February 3rd, 2013 08:46 am (UTC)
Pretty sure cheaper than that on cloth pad shop, but not sure about post charge etc..
moonhoney925 on February 3rd, 2013 09:14 am (UTC)
Re: Lunette
Luneshop has no shipping charges worldwide- my Lunette cost about AUD26.00.

UK postal charges are minimal too, if you want to use femininewear or Luxury Moon.
bec_clothcyclebec_clothcycle on February 3rd, 2013 11:40 am (UTC)
Re: Lunette
Thats great! Wow did not know that.
moonhoney925 on February 5th, 2013 06:46 am (UTC)
Re: Lunette
Yeah, Australia Post is expensive. I buy many things from the UK from E-bay and I don't think I've ever paid more than $10.00 on postage.

Good luck.
bec_clothcyclebec_clothcycle on February 5th, 2013 11:37 am (UTC)
Re: Lunette
Yes Australia Post does not help economy. I bought my first cup from the UK too.
Keekeestone on February 1st, 2013 01:39 pm (UTC)
I first heard of menstrual cups and got curious as a teen when Instead soft cups came on the market and actually had a promo stand in my local drugstore. I'd only had my period a couple years, tampons were awful, either scratchy and dry or not anywhere near absorbent enough, pads were even worse, and it sounded worth a try. I loved them . . . until one tipped out on one of my extremely heavy flow days. Aargh! Not too long after, the drugstore stopped carrying them and I didn't go looking too hard for more.

A couple years later in college, I still hated tampons and hated pads even more, and I somehow found myself browsing http://www.mum.org/ and reading all about other cups (insomniac college procrastination pre-Wikipedia and TV Tropes). They sounded like a great idea, and I hated how much disposable stuff I was tossing out, but I was hesitant about the up-front cost. I finally ordered a Diva cup in 2005 because it looked like my choices were either that or the Keeper and I was concerned I might have a latex sensitivity (I was right). It took me a few months to figure out that all the instructions about the cup sitting lower in the vaginal canal just weren't applicable to my body that was why I was uncomfortable and leaking. As soon as I let it ride up to where it wanted to sit comfortably it was the best thing ever, and being able to actually measure the amount of blood I was using helped me to realize my periods were actually abnormally heavy and that needed checking. I've since gotten two close friends using cups as well. My sisters have not been convinced yet.

Speaking of learning curves, did anyone else have a horrible learning curve with tampons? I recall my first couple months of having a period being awful because I hated waddling around like a soggy duck with those big-ass pads, but I just couldn't seem to get tampons in. They hurt! I wish I'd had the kind of advice first time cup users get here, because I ended up needing to make myself relax, find the right position, and use lubricant on the applicator until I got used to it. By the time I switched to a cup I was using OB tampons and I figured a similar learning curve would be natural.
the_bone_doctorthe_bone_doctor on February 1st, 2013 02:27 pm (UTC)
I'm 30, and despite being a strident feminist, somehow never heard about reusable menstrual products until just a few years ago. I was browsing Regretsy and they were making fun of a cloth pad with Pikachu on it. I laughed as I read the comments, but I REALLY loved the idea of cloth pads. So I jumped on Etsy and bought several and fell in love with them. Shortly afterward I heard about vaginapagina and created a livejournal account just to access it, and there I first heard about menstrual cups. I was less excited about them, because I dislike putting stuff in my vagina, but I lurked and read people's stories. Then I was having drinks with some friends and mentioned my awesome cloth pads, and someone mentioned that she was a 'cup girl' so finally, there was someone that I knew in real life who used them. I bought a Diva cup (didn't know about other options) about a year and a half ago. The learning curve was not bad at all for me, just a bit awkward the first cycle. And my girlfriend at the time was intrigued and asked if she could watch me insert, and after that she immediately bought one too. Hurray for cups! I love menstruation and talk about it frequently, so I mention cups and cloth pads to anyone who will listen. In fact my brother wishes he had a vagina just so he could use them too.
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on February 1st, 2013 03:40 pm (UTC)
Cloth pads were my gateway drug. Once I became interested in those via various green circles, people kept bringing up cups as another alternative. I wasn't interested at first because I saw a Diva at Whole Foods and was like, "No way is that going to fit." I had never been able to get a tampon in, and these were so much bigger. A few months later, I had a conversation with a friend who mentioned casually that she could forget she was on her period while using a cup, and that really piqued my interest. I found this community, read lots of articles, debated lots of cups, and finally went for a small Lunette. It wasn't quite the right cup for me, so I went through a couple of others and found the LadyCup, which works flawlessly for me. I'm amazed at how one little cup replaces so many pads.
neetzscheneetzsche on February 1st, 2013 03:44 pm (UTC)
When I was a teenager my friends found out about divacups somewhere and we thought the idea sounded funny and gross, not to mention invasive and uncomfortable. Fast forward a few years later and I find them again in an article on a blog about making your lifestyle more eco-friendly. I was THIS close to buying a ladycup, but the price combined with the fact that I was a virgin and had pain even with tampons drove me away.

More time elapses. I get used to tampons and start having sex comfortably. I don't remember where I saw cups mentioned again, but it brings me to this community and MC sales where I got 2 melunas for pretty cheap. And later, a lunette and a fleurcup.

So I've known about cups for almost 10 years, but I've only been using them for 1. Wish I had bought one sooner!
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activistmindactivistmind on February 4th, 2013 01:51 am (UTC)
can you give me a link to the website where you ordered these leaflets?
sweet_gidget on February 3rd, 2013 05:29 pm (UTC)
I first heard about cups over a year ago, and thought they sounded interesting but never ended up buying one. Then about a month ago, I seen them mentioned again on a site I frequent and was pointed in the direction of this board. I ended up making a Livejournal account to join here. After reading through the information here I went out and bought my first cup, a Diva cup. Last week was my introduction cycle to using a cup. With the information posted here and the help of you girls, my first cycle was a complete success. With the exception of some minor leaking one day caused by me being hurried, I had no issues at all. Other than online I had never heard of menstrual cups. I don't personally know anyone who uses them. I've now shown my cup to one of my sisters, and she is very interested in trying cups too, but she wants me to try mine for a few cycles and let her know how it goes before she buys one. If she hasn't bought one by her Birthday, I plan on buying her one. :)
activistmindactivistmind on February 4th, 2013 01:46 am (UTC)
I'm 17 and I first heard about cups on youtube a few months ago. My initial reaction was "THAT IS SO COOL". no gross out or anything.
I have always lived in the south, where genital shame is a huge issue. The past couple years i've been working hard to get rid of mine, and i feel like my diva cup is helping. im obviously still kind of a newbie, but getting up close and personal with my period has already changed the way i think about myself. I also love the plus of not sending tampons upon tampons into landfills.
My friends are disgusted by the idea but not as disgusted as i am by disposable feminine products now that ive used my cup.
moonhoney925 on February 5th, 2013 06:55 am (UTC)
I saw the Diva Cup on a friend's FB "like" status feed. I was curious but a bit embarrassed to ask her about it so I did the next best thing, Googled it. That's how I found this site and learned that there were more cups available than the Diva.

I was already adopting a more greener lifestyle and was wondering about tampon usage and the effects of the environment so I was sold.

I could never go back to disposables, I just wish that I had found out about them 20 years ago.
jaffakakejaffakake on February 10th, 2013 02:09 pm (UTC)
I'm sixteen and I found out about menstrual cups in fall 2011 and I was intrigued. I convinced my mum to let me order a small lunette and I've never looked back. Since buying it I haven't used a tampon :) I've recommended them to a few friends, some have been disgusted and others say they're fine with tampons - their loss!
jess_lynn_2095 on July 23rd, 2013 08:57 am (UTC)
I just sort of knew that there HAD TO BE ANOTHER WAY. I just googled 'other ways to deal with periods'. I somehow ended up on a 'history of feminine hygiene products' page. I read through and found menstrual cups and was really just ready to google anything, so I looked it up. It seemed so freakin perfect I was so excited. One problem. My mom and I had never really talked much about 'girl stuff' and I was really nervous about asking her. I sat down and talked with her and now I feel so much more confident talking to her about so many things, it feels great. Anyways, the first time using it I actually ended up crying because I didn't think I would be able to get it out, but a few more tries and now it only takes a few seconds in and out. I feel so confident now that I don't have to worry- I am a generally self conscious person. My favorite part is that you can wear it when you are not actually on your period, so I can wear it before it starts. Also, it helps me with discharge goop that is almost as bad as my period.

Conclusion: LOVE IT! NEVER GOING BACK TO PADS/TAMPONS eva eva evahhhh!