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02 October 2013 @ 12:49 pm
Third period using my Diva Cup and so far so good! Even with this flu, I keep coughing and I haven't had any issues with the cup moving around and leaking. I think I'm getting used to it with removal and insertion and everything... Now I just have one question...

Twice a week (Tuesday/Thursday) I'm out at my university campus from 10am until 9:20pm. If you count travel time (15 - 20 min) I'd have to wear the cup for about an hour more than 12 hours at most to avoid changing it at school. I have stuff to change it should I need to (lube, wipes, discreet place to carry them) but I'm not sure I like the idea of pulling something outta my vagina in a public washroom and shoving it back in...

Is it going to make a difference if I just leave the cup in the extra time until I get home? I don't bleed much, it's like half full on my heaviest day after 12 hours. I'd like to know what people think on this site since I'm assuming the packaging says 12 hours for a reason, and if that reason isn't heavy flow, I'm kind of wondering what it is.


Sidenote: Apparently I found out they sell these things at Canada Safeway now! Like 2 months ago you could only find em at health food stores... I'm sure this is a sign I'm not the only one switching over around here.
Aut viam inveniam aut faciam.infragilis on October 2nd, 2013 07:18 pm (UTC)
I don't think that would be a big deal. Anecdotal, but I've left mine in for 14 hours on a light day before by accident (I forgot about it) and I was fine. Conversely, I left it in for 6 on a heavy day and started feeling lightheaded--I discovered it was really full so I think I was having some kind of reaction, I really don't know, but I do empty more often on my very heavy days.

If you're a light bleeder though, I would think one extra hour would be fine.
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divagirl98 on October 2nd, 2013 07:25 pm (UTC)
Yeah probably! I'm just concerned... after all they put stuff like that on the instructions for a reason. With tampons it's TSS, although I've never had a problem when I accidentally left one in now and then (guess I'm lucky... and I'm glad I don't have to rely on luck anymore lol)

I guess I'll try it and see how I feel... probably won't be an issue and it's only once or twice a week every month for this semester depending on when I get my period so...
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divagirl98 on October 2nd, 2013 08:52 pm (UTC)
hmmmm... I'll see about that... I actually need to find a gyno cause I don't have one. Never really been in for this kind of thing so I've never been to the gyno before, thus I haven't chosen one to talk to when stuff like this comes up.
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teacupcake89 on October 3rd, 2013 09:44 am (UTC)
not necessarily, in the UK many women can go their whole lifetime without seeing a gyno if they have never had need to be referred to one. I'm 24 and only due to have my first smear/pap test next year, then every 3 years after that.
Carriecarrieb on October 2nd, 2013 07:35 pm (UTC)
I routinely leave mine in for more than 12 hours when I am having a light day. I think my record is 48 hours (I totally forgot it was in! Whoops!). I've never had a health problem (been using 7 years).
darkanddusty on October 2nd, 2013 07:41 pm (UTC)
The worst that happens to me when I leave my cup in for awhile is that it gets kind of a funky (but faint) smell, which usually doesn't go away until after I've soaked/boiled it at the end of the week. Other than that, I've never had a problem.
serenebean: writingserenebean on October 2nd, 2013 10:04 pm (UTC)
I, uh...might regularly wear mine for 24-36 hours on light days. I've had no problems whatsoever. Of course, every body is different. If your body is okay with it, go with it! Like you say, it's only an extra hour or two. ;)

I think they probably put the 12 hour limit on their instructions just to cover their own butts - just in case something goes weirdly for someone.
Alwynsabishii_kirito on October 2nd, 2013 10:51 pm (UTC)
The only problem I've had with leaving mine in for a long time (which, for me, is 8+ hours) is the smell. Sometimes I'll forget and leave it in for 12-15, and... Ugh. The bathroom smells like death.

Been tested for infections, so it's nothing like that. My period just has an awesomely strong funk that gets exponentially stronger the longer I leave my cup in.
Luceafaraluceafara on October 3rd, 2013 12:37 am (UTC)
On light days, spotting days, and off-period, I leave mine in for about 24 hours - basically just take it out in the shower to empty it and either replace with a different one or reinsert.
Never had a problem with this.

Edited at 2013-10-03 12:38 am (UTC)
Keekeestone on October 3rd, 2013 04:51 pm (UTC)
I have left mine in for more than 12 hours with no problem. It's not a hard and fast rule, just a guideline that they can be pretty sure is safe. Logically, an extra hour or two isn't likely to cause a problem. I just empty the cup when I get up in the morning and when I go to bed instead of counting hours.

I've left it in for over 24 hours due to forgetting to empty it and I didn't have a problem per se, but I wouldn't really recommend doing it because it starts to smell rank. Frankly, I don't think any of us want want old blood sitting there for that long.

Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on October 3rd, 2013 05:23 pm (UTC)
i recommend getting one more cup (same brand or another one if you're curious), in order to air your cup properly after you've worn it for so long. i routinely wear mine for 15 hours or even more, but i never put the same one back in if i can help it.

as for the risks, they are theoretically the same as with tampons: infections or TSS. however there are no recorded cases of TSS from cup use. i guess they just had to draw the line somewhere. 12 hours is definitely safe, 24 is something that can't be officially declared okay (although this also happens, and there are cases of forgetting it at the end of your period and wearing for like a week). the 12 hours thing is a bit of marketing, too - it's longer than you can wear a tampon, and a reasonable expectation for many folks with a light or medium flow. it's also something they can pretty much guarantee to be safe even for those with a history of TSS. i think officially declaring 16+ hours as normal would be seen as suspicious, much like those old tampons that were to be used one per period. but if tampons were safe to use for 12 hours, i can totally see cup companies claiming 16 hours are the maximum (especially if you buy two identical cups and switch between them).

and besides, no matter how much time is declared okay, there WILL be people exceeding it by 2-3 hours :))) the companies keep that in mind too. if someone gets problems after 20+ hours it's clearly their own fault, but they wouldn't want anyone to have health issues from going just a bit over the limit.

btw just for the record: for me the most common reason for emptying is actually that it gets a tiny bit uncomfortable when it's been inside for hours. i guess it's a combination of factors - sleeping, bm's or anything else is perfectly okay per se, but little by little everything contributes, so that after 17 hours it's less comfortable than after 7. but if you've worn it okay for 12 hours, 13 will be fine too.

also, depending on how clean it is, a public restroom might be more risky in terms of infections (although it's still a fairly small risk provided you keep your hands clean).

Edited at 2013-10-03 05:51 pm (UTC)
okwaho_okaraokwaho_okara on October 3rd, 2013 06:22 pm (UTC)
Well, I've left mine in 16-18 hrs accidentally a few times before, and nothing bad happened :)

I hope you feel better soon!!!
bonernationalboner on October 7th, 2013 04:56 am (UTC)
I leave mine in for 12+ hours on most days because I don't have a particularly heavy flow. The cup never fills up completely, so I haven't had any issues.
divagirl98 on October 7th, 2013 05:21 am (UTC)
Well now that I'm at that point where my period is just spotting and really light flow... I've tried wearing my cup for over 12 hours... actually I got a bit carried away and changed after 28 hours by accident XP

Seems to be doing fine... I might be pushing it on a heavier day should I have a cough or something like that, in which case I'll just change if I leak.

I'm gonna try wearing it just at night for the next few days since I spot after my period for a little while... I can prolly go without the cup during the day, but I sleep naked when I'm not on my period (might actually try it on my period when I'm more confident with the cup) so this'll prevent me from spotting all over the sheets.