So officially, I've been through two cycles with my Diva Cup so far. The first period I got it was very trial and error, and I only used it about a quarter of the time - the rest was spent with fighting to shove it in, hacking the stem off, and yanking it back out to hack off more of the stem. The second period I had was great with very few leaks (occasional user errors n.n) except for one very unpleasant experience I had at night (which I still think went over better with the Diva than it would have with pads or tampons). Today is the first day of my third cycle. I wanted to list my personal experiences for anyone who is iffy about the cup.
1. Whenever I used pads at night, I was always extremely concerned that it would move out of place. I used to have to reach down and feel every time I rolled over, just to be sure. With the Diva, I can be sure it's still in the right place.
2. As soon as I got up in the morning with the pad, I had to run to the bathroom to avoid the disgusting "gush" of blood. Again, with the Diva, I don't have to do that. It's nice not to have to eject my parents from the bathroom right away.
3. Pads used to give me a painful chafeing rash on the inside of my thighs. This is mostly because I always kept my legs pressed tightly together, and when I would sweat, the pad would rub against my skin. With the Diva, I'm not afraid to "spread" my legs (i.e., I don't have to keep my legs pressed together all night).
4. I hated wearing pads after a shower but not going to bed right away. It was always bulky and I was very aware of it. It always used to make me feel unclean.
5. I can twist into whatever position I want during the night and not be worried about leaks.
Diva Pros Over Tampons
1. Often before I went somewhere, I would want to check to make sure I hadn't filled a tampon up. It was fine if I had, but pulling out a tampon that wasn't filled up was painful.
2. At the same time, or at the end of my period, pushing in a tampon when I was drier was uncomfortable. It made the tampon sit lower, which was irritating.
3. I was usually always very aware of tampons, even when they were inserted correctly. This was especially common if I was laying down or sitting on something that was soft.
4. Frequently, I used to leak even though the tampons I was using weren't completely full. I would pull it out and there would still be spots of white, but there was also blood on my panties and the string. This was just a huge waste!
5. No more running to the bathroom in the small space between classes to hurriedly change a tampon. I wish I had known about cups during high school!
Diva Pros in General
1. I <3 walking past the "Feminine Hygene" aisle and looking with pity at the poor souls who are glumly plopping down boxes and bags into their carts. I <3 not having to do the same!
2. The money I've saved. My cup has already paid off.
3. The extra space. I never realized how much space tampons and pads too up until I got my convenient, small little storage pouch!
4. The comfort. It's beyond description.
5. Knowing I'm helping the environment!
1. The learning curve. That is the biggest drawback.
Erm, so I ran out of Cons. xD Seriously, I like to think I'm getting better with my cup everytime I remove her and then put her back in. I was actually excited for my period to begin a few days ago, and today when it did, I think it's the first time in my life I was ever happy to see the blood. I said a very perky "hello~!" to my cup when I pulled her out. ;-) My sole regret is that I didn't have a cup sooner, but then I think that it's only been six years with pads and tampons, and some of you went for twenty years, so I consider myself lucky. :-)
Anyone else have some experiences to share?