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05 January 2014 @ 03:37 pm
I finally got my cup! I worked up the nerve to order one after I got a bunch of money for Christmas (I also got Charlie Banana liners, which are nice to ease my mind about overflow). I ordered the Diva Cup after asking on this community and researching for myself, because I have a fairly heavy flow. Thank you to those who commented on my post and were so helpful!

As it so happened, I got the cup in the middle of a period (I have fairly unpredictable periods), so I was glad to not have to buy any more tampons or pads ever again. The first time I tried to get it in was, ahem, interesting, because I didn't realize the first few times that the C fold was too wide for my vagina. The pushdown fold worked much better, and once I figured that out, the fit was perfect and I didn't have any pain, although it felt (and still feels) weird to have it in there. I can still feel the cup, but it's not a painful feeling. I've gotten to the point that I could change it in the church bathroom, no biggie!

However, my sister has...issues with my using a cup. I excused myself from the kitchen saying "I need to change my stuff" (never mind that I felt the need to say "stuff" instead of "my cup" to avoid grossing her out), and she went, "EWWW! Really??" Yes, really, dear sister, just like you have to change your disposable pads, I need to dump out my cup. And don't get her started on how gross it is that I have to *gasp* wash cloth pads! Oh, the humanity! At least my mom had the decency to just say, "Well I hope [the cup] works out for you." Sheesh...

I know that the Diva isn't supposed to be used longer than a year, but has anyone used it for longer than that successfully? I'm lucky if I have 6 periods a year, and I highly doubt it's going to spontaneously combust once January of next year hits. :P
teacupcake89 on January 5th, 2014 08:51 pm (UTC)
Divacup only recently changed their replacement guidelines from 10 years to 1 year. they haven't changed their cup material or anything, more to get more sales. Keep using your Diva until you think it's needs replacing, or if you want a different brands with higher capacity, colours etc etc :)
magyargirl3magyargirl3 on January 6th, 2014 03:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the info! That's a comfort to know.
Carriecarrieb on January 6th, 2014 12:16 am (UTC)
My Diva is 7 years old and going on strong.

As for your sister, saying Ewwww. Ummm. . why announce that you are changing it? If you don't want to hear negative reactions, it's best to keep private information to yourself (true in all areas of life, not just cup usage).
magyargirl3magyargirl3 on January 6th, 2014 03:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks on the lifespan info!

My sister and I are that kind of people who, ahem, over - share. She'll say, "I need to change my pad" or "I need to go pee," and it's no big thing, and same with me. It doesn't bother me to hear that stuff. I don't make a big production of having to deal with hygiene, and neither does she...most of the time.

So, it's not really that I'm irritated at her being grossed out - I fully admit that there are things she does that gross me out - it's the sheer hypocrisy of it. She can talk in great detail about the anatomical reasons she can't use tampons (I didn't need to know the exact specifics, and certainly not several times over), but my having to deal with a cup apparently is something not to be borne.
karenoh on January 6th, 2014 03:37 pm (UTC)
I've had my DivaCup 8 or 9 years, and it works as well today as the day I got it.