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Damia
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Wednesday, 05-Mar-2008 11:59:43

I thought that title wuld keep the guys away, but who knows. I just after hearing from some people's journals... will not mention... I bought a moon cup by keeper. It looks like a great ulternative, and for the most part I hear wonderful things about it. I did find a place with some nice sales on the cups too. Yay for google! It's called south coast shopping and they had 3 types, and each was atleast $10 off the normal price. I want to know others thoughts on the menstral cups, and just wanted to start a board for questions and other such lovely things. I know I'm excited about it, and I won't miss the bleach and other such yucky things found in pads and tampons.

Post 2 of 170

Texas Shawn
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987 posts
Wednesday, 05-Mar-2008 12:26:02

oh, I so can't wait for rbm to find this!

Post 3 of 170

PorkInCider
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Wednesday, 05-Mar-2008 12:53:20

The only downside I can see to all of this, is the fact of having to get your fingers in there, to fish it out, and to do so without spilling the contents everywhere, but every alternative if thought to be good should be investigated.

Post 4 of 170

The Roman Battle Mask
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Wednesday, 05-Mar-2008 13:31:31

Why use a cup when I'm more then willing to lickc every last drop of blood and other fluids out of your pussy? I consider it my duty as a mail to help women with this as often as possible.

Post 5 of 170

mysticrain
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Wednesday, 05-Mar-2008 13:34:18

hahahahahahahaha Jared, too damn funny!

Post 6 of 170

Damia
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Wednesday, 05-Mar-2008 13:37:06

1. Kev they have a little stem at the bottom of the cup in order to help take it out, and I am told that thismakes it easy to take out and hold on to.
2. Jared dear if you would like to burry your face in my pussy for four days straight take it up with scott, I'm sure it could be arranged. Does this mean you'll move your toungue enough to maybe at one time or another give me a nice orgasm? That would be a nice bonus. I know two other girls who use this device, and what if our period over laps. They're in NewYork and i'm in michigan. Is your tongue long enough for all that work? :P

Post 7 of 170

tunedtochords
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Wednesday, 05-Mar-2008 15:32:24

It's not messy; it's actually way less messy than pads or tampons. The cup forms a seal, so it's pretty difficult to spill the contents during removal until you're ready to empty the cup. As for getting your fingers messy, you'd deal with the same thing with a tampon (except the string holds on to all sorts of bacteria, so it's even more unsanitary), and it's why we use soap and water to wash our hands...

I'm just... gonna choose to ignore post 4.

Post 8 of 170

Reyami
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Wednesday, 05-Mar-2008 16:01:03

God, to post four ... I don't think so. not for me. To the rest, I think i'm jsut going to have to tell my mom about these. They seem easy enough to use.

Post 9 of 170

Blondie McConfusion
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Wednesday, 05-Mar-2008 16:22:06

i haven't researched these and have no need to do so, but have a few questions that come to mind. in my opinion, i'm thinking it'd be gross. what happens when you are out at say walmart and it needs changed? are you just going to dump it in the toilet and rinse it in the public sinks? or stick the bloody thing in your purse? same thoughts if you were working and the situation came up. or staying with a friend... from past experience, tampons go in the trash. simple, quick, easy. this just seems like too much grossness in my opinion.

Post 10 of 170

tunedtochords
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Wednesday, 05-Mar-2008 16:50:57

It's not gross at all. Yes, you need to be comfortable with your body and what it does, but in my opinion, this is a good thing. It promotes self-awareness.

Firstly, cups need to be emptied less often than pads or tampons need to be changed. You can wear a cup for up to 12 hours (or longer if you have a light flow). No matter what the situation, you would empty the collected blood into the toilet, so this part of the proceedings wouldn't be any different in a public restroom or at home. As for cleaning in public places, there are several options. If it's one of those single-unit public restrooms, you can certainly rinse the cup in the sink as normal, as no one's in the restroom with you. If it's the more typical type with multiple stalls, you can wipe the residual blood off the cup with toilet paper and do a real rinse when you're back at home. Some women also carry around baby wipes for this purpose, but I don't think it's necessary.

And how is using a menstrual cup when visiting friends more difficult than using tampons? I actually think it's easier. The whole process is much more discreet. You're not filling up a trash can, announcing to the world, "Hey, I have my period!!!" (Not that it's anything to be ashamed of, but still.) Rather, you and you alone are aware of what's going on with your body. Your cup's always with you, so no need of worrying if you have enough pads or tampons to last the duration of your visit, no need to run out to the store in the middle of the night, Etc.

I know it seems a bit squicky at first, but honestly, after using the cup, pads and tampons seem way more gross to me. Hope I answered your questions satisfactorily.

Post 11 of 170

shea
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992 posts
Wednesday, 05-Mar-2008 20:27:43

i don't think it's for me either. ewww. i sure as hell don't want to wash my hands in some public sink after someone just rinsed there crotch cup in it. tampons and pads have been used for years and years and years. i'm sure some have issues with it. but most don't. if you clean and change like your supposed to. it's rare to have issues with them.
but to each there own.
shea

Post 12 of 170

tunedtochords
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Wednesday, 05-Mar-2008 20:34:43

Actually, cups were used long before tampons. It's not pads and tampons themselves I (and other cup users) have issues with. It's the way disposable products are made today, with chlorine, carcinogenic materials, dioxines, Etc. Cloth pads are also a good alternative.

Post 13 of 170

Blondie McConfusion
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Thursday, 06-Mar-2008 12:42:08

what i meant about being at a friend's house for instance is i wouldn't want to be washing my cup in their sink. then i'd feel the need to go ask for cleaner to then clean the sink. and it would be the same way at home. if i were to wash the cup out in my sink, i'd want to sanitize it right away. that's a pain in the ass. and i'm sorry, but sanitized or not, i don't want someone washing their cup out in my sink where i brush my teeth and all. and like shan said above, I don't want to be washing my hands where someone has cleaned their cup out in public. and whether you've wiped it out with toilet paper or whatever, i wouldn't want to be carrying around a cup that still had bits of period on it, in my purse. it all just sounds disgusting and beyond unsanitary to me.
also, if you can leave them in for 12 hours, that can't be on the healthy side. it also sounds like you'd be at a higher risk for toxic shock or something along those lines.
again, no thanks, but to each their own.

Post 14 of 170

Blue Velvet
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Thursday, 06-Mar-2008 13:55:15

I've never even heard about these cups, but I find this discussion interesting.

Post 15 of 170

shea
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992 posts
Thursday, 06-Mar-2008 15:51:10

peepy, i so agree with you! to whoever said it. you can wipe it off and sanatize it later when you get home. um, ok, so your putting a dirty cup back inside you? and if your done, you putting a dirty cup in your purse? That just sounds nasty to me! You would think your would get lots of germs and stuff like that from it. if your using it that way? like i said not for me! I bet if you really got that picky, toilet paper has lots of chemicals and stuff in it too. if you go by the book these days nothing is good for us!

shea

Post 16 of 170

tunedtochords
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Thursday, 06-Mar-2008 17:27:04

Um... the cup never even touches your sink. it never leaves your hand. The blood (what little there is left of it) washes totally down the drain. I'm not asking you to switch, and neither is the person who created this topic. I think it's just important to be aware of the alternatives. Also, reinserting *your own cup* when it hasn't been rinsed is not dirty. Because, uh, it's your own blood. So. And there is no risk of TSS because the cup is not made of harmful materials (like tampons), and it does not absorb the natural lubricant the vagina provides (like tampons) and it does not wick bacteria into the vagina (like tampons). Just sayin'.

Post 17 of 170

OrangeDolphinSpirit
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Thursday, 06-Mar-2008 18:38:57

Hey wow, this is an interesting topic. Glad I chose to click on it.
You all failed to mention the price difference, too. I'm sure you only buy one cup, and while you spend a chunk of change all at once (more than you would pay for a box of pads or tampons), you save money in the long run because you only pay once for the cup as opposed to buying box after box of disposable crap.

-- Allie

Post 18 of 170

OrangeDolphinSpirit
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Thursday, 06-Mar-2008 18:40:36

Oh, and if you don't mind, Candi, sharing the site where you bought it from, that'd be great. I'd like to check it out. Thanks.

-- Allie

Post 19 of 170

tunedtochords
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Thursday, 06-Mar-2008 20:31:37

I thought I mentioned the great monetary benefits, but I guess I didn't. Lol. It's a great side benefit for me. You spend litterally thousands of dollars in a lifetime on pads and tampons. A cup will last you for ten years, and the most you'll pay for one is about $35. Quite econonomical if you ask me.

Here's where Candicc ordered from. That page has all the cups South Coast carries, and it's definitely a significant discount. The only benefit ordering straight from the company gives you is... Well, there is no benefit. Diva used to offer a year-long warrantee where you could return the cup within a year if it didn't work for you (and before anyone asks, returned cups are destroyed, not resued, obviously) and you could get a full refund. Keeper/Moon Cup by Keeper will still fully refund you if you return the cup within 3 months, so if you want that brand, ordering from the company might appeal to you if you think you might have problems and want the option of returning the cup.

Post 20 of 170

tunedtochords
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Thursday, 06-Mar-2008 20:32:46

Uh, apparently I lost the ability to type in that last post... Excuse all the typos.:)

Post 21 of 170

Ukulele<3
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915 posts
Thursday, 06-Mar-2008 20:33:40

yes. This topic is really interesting. When I first read about menstral cups in the diaper board topic, I thought "Wow. Something new and supposedly cheaper and better for you." lol But it was just one of those things I like to be aware of but not get if you know what I mean. I guess I would just rather stick with what I know. But after reading what Pipi and Shea wrote, I am totally disgusted. hehehehe No offense is meant by this but I too would not feel comfortable washing my menstral cup in another person's sink nor do I want to think of them doing so in mine. Also the whole washing it in a public bathroom just doesn't do it for me. Most bathrooms have stalls and a line of sinks and being realistic, I would find it horribly embarrassing if I wasn't the only person in the bathroom. lol Also, what do you do when you pee? Do you take it out and put it back in again? I don't want to be vulgar but I pee like 4 to 5 times a day so taking it out and putting it back in would just seem gross to me. So I guess I'll take my chances with tampons but I will pass on the info to women who might be interested.

Michelle

Post 22 of 170

tunedtochords
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Thursday, 06-Mar-2008 20:57:08

You don't have to remove the cup when you urinate. SInce there is no string like a tampon, urine will not be wicked into the vagina, compromising the health of the vagina or the absorption of the blood (since cups don't absorb, they collect... But I'm trying to make a sucky analogy here... :) )

Uh, I just need to throw this out here. People hack up phlegm in sinks. They spit in sinks. They're washing their urin-andfeces-covered hands in sinks. No one has a problem with this, but apparently menstrual blood (which is cleaner and more sanitary than all the aforementioned bodily fluids...) is where you have to draw the line? Maybe it's just me, but I don't get it.

Post 23 of 170

Reyami
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Thursday, 06-Mar-2008 21:55:28

I tried explaining about menstrual cups to my mom, but since English is her second language, it's difficult for her to understand what they are and how they work because she's never even heard of them before. god, if there's a site out there that's in Korean and gives a good explanation about these things, I'll be happy as a clam, because I find talking to my mom about something she and I have never even seen before to be complicated. No, I did not learn Korean as a child. she tried teaching me, but gave up after my brother and I lost interest when we were four and three years old.

Post 24 of 170

tunedtochords
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Thursday, 06-Mar-2008 22:00:23

I don't know of a site in Korean, but try showing her the websites of the various companies that make the cups. Seeing pictures might help her understand better.

Post 25 of 170

OrangeDolphinSpirit
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Thursday, 06-Mar-2008 22:07:49

Ooooh, Amanda, you make a good point about people spitting their phlegm into sinks and washing their urine/feces infested hands in those sinks. When I brush my teeth, my toothbrush doesn't come in contact with the sink. Neither do my teeth. When I wash my face, it's not like I start rubbing my face on it. Gross. What do these people do that it's so gross to rinse a moon cup in the sink?
Oh, and about sanitizing ... you want to sanitize the sink every time you wash your hands in it? I mean, the germs, dude! They're everywhere!

-- Allie

Post 26 of 170

tunedtochords
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Thursday, 06-Mar-2008 22:30:43

Exactly. Even when I wash my hands, they don't touch the basin of the sink. I still fail to see how rinsing a menstrual cup in a sink is this giant public health hazzard.;)

Post 27 of 170

Damia
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Thursday, 06-Mar-2008 22:48:31

A few things I would like to say here, and you can do with this what you like.
1. As for the purse you have a draw string bag that comes specifically for your cup that it stays in for storage that you can stick in your purse.
2. As for twelve hours leaving in the vagina there are a couple of devices used for contriseption you can leave in for that long as well, and it is rair to get infection unless the person does not clean these devices well.
3. Everywhere I have done my research I have found that 0 cases have been linked to toxxic shock sindrom.
4. People spit in sinks, wash bloody panties in sinks, wash hands after handling bloody pads/tampons,, piss and poop. Not to mention other things such as throw up in sinks. I just honestly keep my hands under the water and not touch the bottom of a sink, but that is me.
5. An advantage to being able to wear it for so long is that basically you'd only have to take it out twice a day or maybe three times to deal with it. It holds over an ounce of blood, and I really doubt you are going to fill that up in any short length of time. If you do, well I suggest you find a doctor. What I'm saying though is that It shouldn't be that difficult to find a simiprivate place to do this, and if i understand it correctly...
You take out the cup.
Empty the contents in the toilett.
Then you wash your hands and I'm not sure if you can use a wipe on the cup or not but I am pretty sure you can.
Then you wash it out in the sink when it's empty. People aren't telling you to dump your blood in the sink.
If you know you are going to a public place you can always carry a small bottle of water with a very gental soap for cleaning it or use feminin wipes to clean it off and reinsert it, and keep the messy business out of public. I know wikkapedia is not always the best place for information but I found ther a list of advantages and disadvantages and I'll post them here, and I'm sure in a few weeks I can, and now Amanda can conferm or deny these.

Post 28 of 170

Damia
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Thursday, 06-Mar-2008 22:53:09

General

Advantages

list of 11 items
Can be worn up to twelve hours before emptying. Manufacturers recommend that tampons and pads be worn for no more than eight hours.
Contain no harmful substances (e.g. dioxin and bleach), unlike many commercial tampons and sanitary napkins.
Compared to sanitary napkins
list of 4 items nesting level 1
Can be worn during sports such as swimming. Tampons can also be worn swimming, though they may wick water, become saturated, and then drip dilute bloody
water. Menstrual cups are therefore more reliable menstrual protection for public swimming activities.
Will not cause
cystitis
by transferring
E. coli
from the anus to the urethra or vagina, as long as proper hygiene is practiced.
Will not cause the warm, damp conditions around the vulva that favor bacterial growth.
Will not absorb the natural fluids present in the vagina, which can cause dryness.
list end nesting level 1
Compared to tampons
list of 6 items nesting level 1
Do not dry/scratch the vaginal walls or leave fibers behind.
Do not interfere with the vagina's natural sloughing off of dead cells.
Do not disrupt the vagina's natural acidity as bleached menstrual products do.
Have never been linked to
Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS).
Can be inserted at any time of the month. This allows the user to practice inserting the cup or to insert the cup when they are expecting their period,
instead of having to wait for it to begin.
After urination, leaves no wet string behind.
list end nesting level 1
Longer-lasting
list of 2 items nesting level 1
Useful for travel, where access to tampons or sanitary napkins could be limited.
Cost less than tampons or sanitary napkins, if expenses are added up over the long-term.
list of 1 items nesting level 2
Some manufacturers, such as The Keeper and Instead, offer a money back guarantee.
list end nesting level 2
list end nesting level 1
Manufacturing may be less harmful to the environment, as it does not use bleach, wood pulp, or other potentially environmentally damaging substances.

Require very little storage room, making them ideal for packing in luggage or for those who have very limited living space.
Menstrua tends to have less odor compared to tampons and pads.
Allow the user to track the amount of menstrua by visually inspecting the contents of the cup.
Can be used for a wider range of anatomical structures (ex. with tilted uterus).
Are ideal for paramenopausal women or women on certain hormonal contraceptives who can have irregular spotting (light bleeding) during much of the month
and for whom using tampons for such long durations is not possible because of dryness, irritation and health risks such as TSS.
list end

Disadvantages

list of 4 items
Some are uncomfortable with the amount of touching required in the genital area.
Removal and/or insertion may take some practice, and can be messy if an inappropriate technique is used.
Requires access to soap and running water, or hand wipes, for cleaning hands before and after removal and insertion.
Use with an
IUD
must be approved by a health professional.

all taken from wikkapedia as mentioned in the previous post.

Post 29 of 170

tunedtochords
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Thursday, 06-Mar-2008 23:02:03

For once in its life, wikipedia is spot on. As for needing access to soap and running water for insertion and removal... well, I would hope that one would use soap and running water when changing a pad or tampon, too.:)

You don't necessarily need approval from a health professional to use a cup with an IUD. When you have your IUD inserted, just ask to have the strings trimmed short, and be very careful when inserting and removing the cup, double-checking before removal to see that you don't yank on the strings.

As for uncomfortableness with the amount of touching of the vulva... I think it's a sorry state of affairs that women are so ashamed of their bodies and what they do.

Post 30 of 170

Damia
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Thursday, 06-Mar-2008 23:03:40

One more thing and I'll go away for a couple posts. They also have desposable versiones of these cups. I don't know much aboutthem but found them in my research, so if one gets used to the cup, and travels to a friend's home who says they could not take a disposable one and chuck it when finished?

Post 31 of 170

tunedtochords
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Thursday, 06-Mar-2008 23:14:37

The disposable cups are called insteads. If we want to draw yet another analogy so you can understand a little what these things look like, the reusable menstrual cup looks like a larger version of a cervical cap. It's bell shaped and is made of silicon or latex. Insteads look like a larger diaphragm. They're made of polyeurothane (excuse me while I murder the spelling of chemical compounds). They're a neat idea, but are expensive (and since they're disposable, they don't offer the monetary benefits of reusable products) and if you think reusable cups have a steep learning curve, you ain't seen nothin' yet. But Candice is right, in a pinch, Insteads are a good alternative, although they wouldn't be my first choice, personally.

Sorry if I'm coming off as some kind of crazy person or something. I just think it's important that women are a) aware of their bodies, B) not ashamed of what their bodies are capable of, c) are aware of the alternatives for both health and environmental reasons, and d) can make informed decisions for themselves.

Post 32 of 170

Tiffanitsa
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Friday, 07-Mar-2008 0:43:20

Hey there. I haven't read all the posts in this topic yet, because I'm being lazy right now, but I just wanted to say that I'm a proud and happy diva cup user. At first, I thought I'd never be able to use it. I even put it away for about two months. But now, though I still occasionally get frustrated, it works well about 98% of the time and when it's in me, I can't even feel it. I'm so happy that I found out about these. It makes my life so much easier and is convenient to boot. Washing it is not as difficult as I thought and actually doesn't gross me out, which I thought would be an issue. So yeah, I'd definitely recommend these to women who don't mind a little mess for alot of comfort, and no leaks, either in your pants or in your wallet (cost of pads or tampons).

Post 33 of 170

Miss Prism
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Friday, 07-Mar-2008 1:16:30

Wow, Wikipedia really does inform about everything! Haha

I've never seen the Instead cups, but have read from several users that they are messier than the reusable ones, so that option seems not a good one, if one is new to this business.

Absolutely, leaving a Mooncup in place for several hours is no different than, say, leaving in a diaphragm over night, and women have been using those since the 1920s!

As for leaving the cup in for 12 hours, I wanted to reitterate that doing so is safe and possible, but not what you'd normally do. Most likely, you'd empty it every 4 to 5 hours. I prefer not to deal with mine when I'm away from home, and I've seldom had to. The public restroom thing where you have no privacy at the sink *is* a problem, though. There's no way that would be comfortable, it's true. That is the biggest drawback.
And following on that, Tunedtochords is right--if there's no way to rinse, and you must re-insert, it won't harm you! But having to do that shouldn't need to be a frequent occurrence.

As with a diaphragm, you should not feel the cup, once it's in place. Nobody's asked about that yet, but I expect someone will.

Post 34 of 170

Reyami
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Friday, 07-Mar-2008 1:54:58

Do you have to remove it before you ... um ... use the bathroom?

Post 35 of 170

tunedtochords
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Friday, 07-Mar-2008 2:08:03

Depends on what's comfortable for you. Standard answer is no, though.

Post 36 of 170

shea
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992 posts
Friday, 07-Mar-2008 14:10:49

no matter what is said, it can't be good to put a dirty cup back inside you. for those that have said it won't harm you. as soon s the air hits the cup it is full of germs, expecially when it has blood on it and it's wiped and put back in you. that can't be good for you at all@ your bound to get some sort of infection! i'm talking about those that said if you can't wash it it's ok to put it back in you. and no yo don't touch the bottom of the sink when washing or whatever m. but i'm sure rinsing a cup your going to touch the tap on accident. ewww!
and last of all. if someone is sick in my sink or hacking or whatever you said. i sure as hell am going to clean it. i would want to know this just like i would want to know if you changed and rinsed your cup in my sink. i wouldn't want to have to tell my friend, hey i washed my cup in your sink you may want to clean it. no. just not for me. i'm not saying there not good for some , just not me!

Post 37 of 170

Caitlin
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Friday, 07-Mar-2008 22:48:39

I've always wanted to try one of these. How do you know what size to buy? And how exactly do you insert it, if someone doesn't mind explaining? I'll probably have to wait to do this in college, since when I told my mom about it and asked her if I could get one, she hit the freaking roof. Even when I totally explained all the facts. I can't even figure out how to get a tampon in and I hate pads, so if I can get this to work for me, I'd die with glee.
Thanks in advance,
Caitlin

Post 38 of 170

tunedtochords
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Saturday, 08-Mar-2008 1:31:19

Each company makes two different sizes, one for under 30/no vaginal birth, and one for over 30/vaginal birth. For the Moon Cup/Keeper, Size A is after birth, and size B is before birth. For the Diva, size 1 is before birth and size 2 is after birth.

For people with small anatomies (if you've had trouble inserting a tampon, this means you) the Lunette is a great option. There's a small Lunette and a large Lunette. Obviously, you'd want the small one.

There are several different folds that you can use to insert the cup. The most common one is called the C-fold. You press the sides of the cup together so it's flat. Then you fold the flattened cup in half so it looks like a capital print letter C. Then, angling it toward your tail bone, not straight up, you push it in. Once it's inserted, you give it a twist to make sure it's unfolded all the way. I don't like this fold because I find the top to be too wide. I use one called the punchdown fold. For this fold, press part of the rim of the cup in and down, so the rest of the rim comes together and forms a point. Then insert like you would with the c-fold. I'm really sorry that these explanations probably sucked... There's a Livejournal community with ridiculous amounts of information and very good descriptions of the folds I described as well as others.

Reguarding touching the tap/faucet with dirty hands... You have to touch the faucet with dirty hands after you urinate or defecate or even when you change a tampon or pad. I fail to see how one situation is different from the other.

To Tiffanitsa, thanks for chiming in. I have to disagree with you on one small thing, though. I actually find the cup to be way less messy than either tampons or pads ever were. I've never had a leak with my cup, whereas tampons failed me constantly.

And no, I wouldn't leave my cup in for 12 hours all the time, either, but I don't think you need to change it as often as every 4 or 5 hours unless you have a heavy flow. The sheer fact that you need to empty it less avoids the whole question of dealing with public restrooms.

Post 39 of 170

Caitlin
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Saturday, 08-Mar-2008 1:34:24

Thanks, Amanda. Your descriptions were really helpful. You're the bomb. I love how you're so knowledgeable about this and willing to share. Seriously.
XOXOXOOXXX,
Caitlin

Post 40 of 170

Emerald-Hourglass
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Saturday, 08-Mar-2008 10:42:17

these things sound great, i think i'll look into it. how much are they, disposable and the one you carry everywhere..

Post 41 of 170

tunedtochords
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Saturday, 08-Mar-2008 18:06:54

Prices for reusable cups are quoted above; anywhere from $17 to $40. Disposable ones around $7 for a box containing 14. Which is steep and you don't get as much bang for your buck, but...

Post 42 of 170

Preciosa
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Saturday, 08-Mar-2008 18:35:32

my vagina and i prefer tampons. i'm also not saying that the cup isn't good for some but i think i'll take my chances. i mean, what happens if you have a spill while you're trying to empty it out and you're somewhere really important like work, a formal occasion or a friend's house? taking into account the fact that most of us can't see, what would you do? do you clean it up as best you can and then inform the host of the occasion or your boss that "hey, i spilled my cup while i was trying to empty it, wanna make sure i got all the blood up?" no thanks...tampons and pads have zero risk of spilling and like shan said, if you change them frequently, there's no leakage or messiness involved.
danielle

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tunedtochords
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Saturday, 08-Mar-2008 20:21:22

You empty the cup over the toilet, so the chances of spilling the contents everywhere and making a mess are pretty slim.

Post 44 of 170

SensuallyNaturallyLiving4Today
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988 posts
Saturday, 08-Mar-2008 21:58:31

Wo, holy shit. I just read through this whole thing. Here. we. go. Ok, first of all if you have a problem with touc your own vagina then you have way bigger problems than what to use for your period. You need to wipe after urination, wrinse and clean in the shower, check your self for any medical issues, insert medication such as vaginal sipositories when you have an infection, you touch your vagina when you masterbate, when you trim or shave your pubic hair, when you have sex and when you have a baby. It's unavoidable, so get over it. As for spilling it all over the place. If you can pour drinks, string beeds on to a necklace, push buttons on your telephone and do other such simple dextral tasks then you can empty one of these things with out making a mess. If you do spill it then you are either having a very bad Monday or your hands are shaking because you are over-tired, high on something or not feeling well and have the shakes. It's no different from getting sick at someone's house and accidentally getting some throwup on the rim of the toilet, or losing your grip on a nasty pad or tampon and having it miss the garbage or the toilet or accidentally having a smeer of blood from your hand end up on the basin of the sink after changing your pad. As for having someone see me wrinsing my cup in the sink of a public rest room. First of all they will probably have no idea whatsoever it is and will have no clue if it is some dental appliance, a makeup tool, a really weird mediscine cup or something equally incorrect. Secondly, once you have had kids and of course been pregnant you probably won't care. There's just something about laying on your back on a delivery table with blood and amniotic fluid and urin and even possibly crap on your legs, your bum and the table, with your legs spread wide open and tuns of people standing around to watch you swear like a sailor and screach and sweat and pant like a dog that makes having some old lady in an Apple Bees bathroom watch you wrinsing your Moon Cup seem downright trivial. And, please if you decide not to try it do it because you've heard something negative from someone who has actually used it, rather than simply agreeing with the posts of people who have never even heard of it until now, especially when knolegeable people who do use the cup have already addressed the concerns of those people in later posts. If you have ever used a tampon, a vibrator, a dildo, manually stimulated your self or someone else, helped birth a baby or another mammal, changed a diaper or washed your self then using these should be no problem. And, if you have never done a certain thing on that list, I.E. washing your self then please, please never come anywhere near me. rofl

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martin
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Saturday, 08-Mar-2008 22:15:53

heather, your an oppinionated fucking cunt how comes you think you can have your oppinion but no1 else can?

Post 46 of 170

tunedtochords
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Saturday, 08-Mar-2008 22:24:51

Well that was mature... Pretty sure she was saying that one shouldn't form opinions before one has all the facts.

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Damia
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Saturday, 08-Mar-2008 23:14:36

Right, Martin i don't see you needing to care about it anyway so ya... Just go away.

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shea
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992 posts
Saturday, 08-Mar-2008 23:55:43

lol martin, me thinks you may need a crotch cup! heheheheh! and to the previous posters, Just because we don't like the idea of cleaning a bloody cup int the sink in front of people. heck i don't want to clean it at all. but anyway, that doesn't mean were not in touch with our bodies. We all have different opinions on this and can all form them on any facts or lack there of. this is the boars and a topic so it's ment to be discussed. were all not going to feel the same. and last of all. just because your having a baby or have had, doesn't make you god's gift to womenhood! There are many people out there that can't have babies, and have been through a lot! So let's not play this i've layed with my legs wide open and whatever. so i'm in touch with my body, you should be too. we don't really care. that has nothing to do with the fact that we do or don't care for the cups.

don't think there for me, and have stated why this is.
oh yeah, and I'm sure there are miss haps emptying the cups now and then, and they don't have to be high or shaking or whatever. we have all spilled something and not been messed up. accidents happen!

smiles shea

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Thom3of5
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Sunday, 09-Mar-2008 11:11:57

Wow, First let me say that this is NOT Thom it is Diana his wife. He found this and knew how much I would like the idea of not leaking. I am fully sighted and have been having a cycle for almost 30 years.(damn that makes me feel my age) I have used pads and tampons, Hell I use them at the same time and still I manage to leak. I have heavy flows and if this product has the ability to help us ladies keep our self cleaner it is worth a shot. I feel terrable when I have to change close every 3-4 hours or less because of a "Flood" and if I dont have to keep a tampon in overnight along with 2 overnight pads then I will be a much happier woman. As to the clean part. Well I know for a fact if you have a heavy flow it doesnt matter how hard you try you will get something on your hands the comode the sink or somewhere. I for one do not mind washing my hands more,because something got on them than my cloths because I leaked. I prefer it. I also think that if you have to wash out at a bathroom sink other than in your home you can use the same soap you use to wash your hands with two seconds prior to that, then wash your hands again. There is a clean sink and clean hands. At least just as clean as it was before you used it if not cleaner. Thanks for letting us know that there was a possible solution to our problems out there.
Diana

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tunedtochords
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Sunday, 09-Mar-2008 13:13:25

Hey Diana,
Glad you're intrigued.:) Lots of women with really heavy flows find the cup to be extremely helpful. They still have to empty the cup a lot, but for the most part, it solves the leaking problem.

I'd caution you about using certain kinds of soap, though, as a lot of soaps are antibacterial, and while they kill off germs, they also kill the bacteria that keep the vagina healthy, which can cause yeast infections, and that's not fun for anyone.:) A mild soap like Dr. Brawner's is what a lot of people use.

If you have an extremely heavy flow, I'd recommend either the Diva Cup or the Keeper/Moon Cup by Keeper. Both of these cups have the greatest capacity. The Mooncup UK holds a significantly less amount of fluid, and the Lunette, Femmecup and Ladycup all fall somewhere in the middle.

Hope this was helpful, and I'm really glad your husband pointed you to this topic.:)

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Musical Ambition
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Monday, 10-Mar-2008 13:21:02

The first time I heard about these cups was about a month or so ago. I saw them in the natural section on drugstore.com. I was, and still am, intrigued about this product, however, I can see both sides of the issue. I, too, would feel kind of weird about washing the cup in the sink. I guess my main concern would be knowing whether or not there was any residue left behind. As for being out in public and needing a place to put the used cup, I personally wouldn't put the cup back inside of my body without cleaning it first. However, if you are not able to clean the cup, a simple solution would be to put the cup in a Ziploc bag, and take care of it at a better time. If it's possible, you can also use a natural sanitizer on the cup before putting it in the bag, to help disinfect it.

My main reason for wanting to try this product is for the alleged health benifits. I have switched my shampoo, conditioner, bodywash, soap, laundry detergent, etc, to all-natural products, and so when I found out that there was a natural alternative to pads, I became very interested. I'm thinking about trying this product, but I do have some lingering questions about it, so I'm not 100% sure yet.

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Tiffanitsa
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Monday, 10-Mar-2008 13:42:01

Yay! Another person who uses all natural products. I love The Natural Store at drugstore.com. Also, you might want to try
http://www.shopnatural.com
Great place, though Drugstore.com offers some Bi-O-Kleen products that shopnatural doesn't have. Anyway, about the cup, I just wipe it with toilet paper before I wash it in the sink, to insure that I won't make a mess. Feel free to ask me any questions you may have, and I'm sure some of the other great people would be willing to answer as well.

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OrangeDolphinSpirit
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Monday, 10-Mar-2008 22:32:31

OK, all this talk about menstrual cups has prompted me to want to buy one. I'm just a bit confused, though. There are obviously so many to choose from, but I have no idea which to go with. Is there somewhere I can read up on the different models? Pros and cons and stuff like that?

Thanks,
-- Allie

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tunedtochords
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Tuesday, 11-Mar-2008 0:15:50

I don't know of a website that lays everything out nicely and neatly ("This is why this cup is good, this is why it's bad..."), but the lj community (livejournal.com/users/menstrual_cups) is awesome. It's a tagged community, so each brand of cup has a tag devoted to it with reviews, tips, tricks, etc. There's also a "comparisons and reviews" tag which you might find helpful. But here are a few general things that might help you decide:

Material: Latex (keeper) or silicon (Diva, Mooncup UK, Moon Cup by Keeper, Femmecup, Ladycup, Lunette)
Size: 2 sizes for either before/after birth or over/under a certain age (Diva, Keeper/Moon Cup by Keeper, Mooncup UK, Lunette, Ladycup) or one size for all (Femmecup)
Place of manufacture: Canada (Diva), U.S. (Keeper/Moon Cup by Keeper) U.k. (Mooncup UK, Femmecup), Czech Republic (Ladycup), Finland (Lunette)
capacity: The Mooncup UK holds about 13-15 ML's of blood, making it the widest cup with the smallest capacity. The Lunette is narrower, but holds more (approximately 20-25 ML's). The Diva and Keeper/Moon Cup by Keeper both hold anywhere from 25-35 ML, depending on the size you get. The other two cups are pretty new and I don't have as much info on them, but it's out there... Like I said, check the LJ comm, there have been several posts on these new cups over the past few weeks.

Hope this was semi-helpful. What kind of info are you looking for? If you let me know, I can dig it up for you.:)

Post 55 of 170

Musical Ambition
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Tuesday, 11-Mar-2008 11:03:03

Tiffanitsa, another good all-natural website is Pure Complexions. The website is purebodysolutions.com. I just recently found this site, and have made a purchase with them. Although drugstore.com has quite a few all-natural products on their site, some of those products still have a little bit of detergents, etc, so they can be harsh on skin. If a product contains things such as detergents, I don't understand how it can be classified as natural, but anyway, at Pure Complexions, they put each and every product they sell through rigorous testing. They will not sell anything that has the tiniest bit of chemicals in it. On their site, they explain all about how they test each product. If you haven't already, check them out.

Post 56 of 170

Dubstep1984
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Tuesday, 11-Mar-2008 11:10:52

hey everyone. i too have been intreagued by the menstrual cups. i have also looked into the all natural sea sponges. i still am not sure which one to get. the cups i think i might have a hard time inserting, but the sponges would absorb vaginal moisture as well as the menstrual blood.

Post 57 of 170

SensuallyNaturallyLiving4Today
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988 posts
Wednesday, 12-Mar-2008 0:01:56

Yes, but you don't want non-blood moisture to go away. It is there for a reason and it is benificial. The vagina is like other mucus membranes like your eyes or the inside of your nose or mouth. It is supposed to be slightly moist. I am glad that despite the imature squabbling that breaks out occasionally on this board topic that we have been able to get a few people interested enough to at least research the cups and a few interested enough to even consider purchasing them. Oh and Amanda you're doing a great job. I research things, but you capital R E S E A R C H things with a jinormous exclaimation point. coodos.

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Dubstep1984
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Wednesday, 12-Mar-2008 0:21:46

oh i really do want to purchase either a cup or a sponge. with the sea sponges, you get 2 for $8 or $10. u also get a little bag to go with them. so u have a spare sponge always with you.

Post 59 of 170

tunedtochords
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Wednesday, 12-Mar-2008 0:32:35

The spunges are a good idea, but... you know how you're wary of the cup being messy? (Not the specific you who's interested in sponges, but the collective "you"... Lol)? Sponges are... very messy. And they do not last as long as the cup. And they are also much harder to clean. So, a good idea, but not my first choice. But of course you're the one using them, not me.:) Use the product that you think will work best for you.

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cattleya
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Wednesday, 12-Mar-2008 18:52:48

I too am now interested...I wasn't going to read this topic, but I'm now glad I did. My reasons for considering it are these: (1) I'm a heavy floer, and often have to double up overnight pads. (2) I can't use tampons do to dryness, changing every hour, ETC. (3) For any woman who is a heavy floer and doesn't make a mess occasionally; Your either lucky or so careful it takes you a half hour+ to do what needs to be done. No matter how careful on occasion there ends up a mess somewhere...my hands, toilet, ETC. So, anything that is easier on the wallet, safer for my body, and maybe easier on me; I'm willing to give it a shot! Mind you, I'm thinking along the lines of carying wipes with...Hmm, a question. What's neater? A cup where you can empty the contents, or blood getting all over ones vagina, butt, ETC? I know which I find cleaner...

Post 61 of 170

cattleya
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Wednesday, 12-Mar-2008 20:23:56

To Post 19...Hmm, The following address: "http://www.southcoastshopping.com/?CLSN_2536=12048530022536aeb5289e82782f8625&keyword=menstrual+cup&searchby=keyword&page=shop%2Fbrowse&fsb=1&Search=Search" is what I'm taken to when I try to go and look at the recommended items. Any ideas?

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tunedtochords
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Wednesday, 12-Mar-2008 20:41:40

Works for me... it lists the cups that south coast shopping carries. if it doesn't work, just go to south coast's main website and search for "menstrual cup".

Post 63 of 170

cattleya
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Wednesday, 12-Mar-2008 22:30:13

No matter which page I go to it's coming up with this...

"This page is parked free, courtesy of GoDaddy.com."

And following is nothing relating to menstral cups...Or even a way to really search, or at least not one that looks like it will actually work. Even if I try going to the site from a search engine the same thing is coming up...

Post 64 of 170

Dubstep1984
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Wednesday, 12-Mar-2008 22:58:42

yeah i have trouble with dryness too due to using tampons for a long time and some other things that went on that i will not get into on here. i wish i knew how to cure the dryness.

Post 65 of 170

tunedtochords
Zone BBS is my Life
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Wednesday, 12-Mar-2008 23:25:06

That's... really weird. It's working fine for me, and I've tried it in multiple browsers on multiple computers. Nonetheless, you can still check the cups out at the various company websites.

Post 66 of 170

cattleya
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Wednesday, 12-Mar-2008 23:50:57

That's exactly what I'm doing, and I found another discount site where I can get the Diva one for $20/$24...Not bad when you consider how much one spends in pads, and I'm talking about the cheapest...Plus, an extra bonus for me...No Laytex, no alergies!!! Which means no fighting to find just the right ones at not to bad of a price...

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Dubstep1984
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Wednesday, 12-Mar-2008 23:51:14

can u link them out here? or not.

Post 68 of 170

OrangeDolphinSpirit
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Thursday, 13-Mar-2008 2:06:45

Click here for the Keeper and Mooncup web site.
I had the same problem Cattleya did when clicking on the South Coast Shopping link, so I'm just going to go ahead and order from the manufacturer's web site.

-- Allie

Post 69 of 170

tunedtochords
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Thursday, 13-Mar-2008 4:09:48

Huh. sorry about that. *boggles*

Anyway, the Diva can be found at divacup.com (or a bunch of other online natural health-type stores), the Mooncup UK can be found at mooncup.co.uk, the Lunette can be found at this site, the Femmecup can be found at femmecup.com, and the Ladycup can be found at ladycup.eu.

You can definitely tell that the manufacturers of the Lunette and Ladycup do not have English as their first language, but all the websites are pretty usable and understandable (The Diva can be kind of annoying, with unlabeled links and stuff, but it's decently navigable with a little guesswork and fiddling...)

Post 70 of 170

tunedtochords
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Thursday, 13-Mar-2008 4:12:48

Oops--Lunette link is broken. Here's the right one.

Post 71 of 170

tunedtochords
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Thursday, 13-Mar-2008 4:41:20

One more link and then I'll shut up. clothpads.org has ridiculous amounts of information on reusable menstrual products, including cloth pads and menstrual cups, as well as organic alternatives for disposable products. Great place to see lots of info all at once...

Post 72 of 170

Reyami
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4659 posts
Thursday, 13-Mar-2008 6:34:13

Thank you for posting those sites, Amanda. Maybe now my mom can get a picture of what I'm talking about. When I first discussed the cups, she said, "You were scared to insert a tampon. How the heck ar you going to use one of those?" Okay, she has a point; I was a little nervous about ... I just hope this will change her mind ...

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Caitlin
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Thursday, 13-Mar-2008 14:07:22

Dude, Amanda, you're amazing. Thank you so much for all this info!
Now I really have to do my homework. Heh. I'm psyched to try out some of this stuff.

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cattleya
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Thursday, 13-Mar-2008 17:54:32

Ok, here is what I found for bargain prices. The site is called: "The Menstrual Cup - Compare & Buy at the Lowest Price - Pronto.com - Best Prices", and the Web address is:

Menstral Cups

If that link doesn't work properly here is the entire link...But make sure you copy the entire thing...I'll put it between parenthesies to make finding the exact link easier...

(http://www.pronto.com/user/search.do?SEM=true&query=the+menstrual+cup&adid=y-20070712-134428-167810_ys&ref={keyword}&creativeid={creative}&site={placement}&OVRAW=menstral%20cup&OVKEY=menstrual%20cup&OVMTC=advanced&OVADID=7442777512&OVKWID=90010223512&loadingComplete=true)

Post 75 of 170

Dubstep1984
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643 posts
Friday, 14-Mar-2008 0:58:49

yay! may disposable products die out! lets all buy menstrual cups!

Post 76 of 170

Miss Prism
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Saturday, 15-Mar-2008 4:51:29

All of you, thanks for being willing to talk about this, and sharing links, and such!

Amanda, I'm very glad you happened to mention that the Mooncup UK holds less liquid! I didn't know this, and have actually been a bit worried that something was wrong with me...that 4-5 hour thing on the first day.. I guess this explains it. And I suppose I'm in the market for a new cup now. *grin* I bought mine before the Mooncup was available in the U.S.

Nymphadora, tampons *are* scary things! I'm sort of joking, there's probably little you can do that would be harmful. Since I've been using a cup for nearly ten years, I'm now skittish about inserting and removing tampons, if I ever again have to--I have this fear that it would break apart and I couldn't remove it! LOL So it really is all just whatever you get used to.

Post 77 of 170

Reyami
I've got the gold prolific poster award, now is there a gold cup for me?
4659 posts
Saturday, 15-Mar-2008 8:22:53

Can the string actually break off of one of those things?

Post 78 of 170

Dubstep1984
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Saturday, 15-Mar-2008 16:37:56

i have heard of it happening about the string breaking off hyes.

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cattleya
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Saturday, 15-Mar-2008 18:21:05

I've had it happen, so, yes, it can actually break off!!! I personally think it has something to do with the string weakening do to moisture, but I've never found out for sure.

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Jenni
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Saturday, 15-Mar-2008 19:06:50

wow, do you have to buy them online? i wanna go drop a twenty in cash on the counter of my drug store next week it would save me so much money and god knows i dont give a shit about washing my cup out in public, its natural to have your period and god knows sited women do it all the time

Post 81 of 170

OrangeDolphinSpirit
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Saturday, 15-Mar-2008 20:00:13

Thanks for posting that link, Cattleya. I'm going to check it out now.

-- Allie

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Damia
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Saturday, 15-Mar-2008 21:55:30

You can get the disposible ones in drug stores I believe, but for one of the ones to reuse jennie I believe you have to order online.

Post 83 of 170

Dubstep1984
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Tuesday, 18-Mar-2008 15:45:55

disposable menstrual cups? no thank you.

Post 84 of 170

sea star
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Thursday, 03-Apr-2008 21:40:53

i only have one question. how long do these cups last until you have to throw them away?

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Damia
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Saturday, 05-Apr-2008 1:52:32

They can last up to about 5 to 10 years. I am using mine currently, and accept for a few minor misshaps... why I practice at home... I love it. It makes me feel allot cleaner,, and as a v pain sufferer it is helping temendously, and i don't have a grbage filling with disposable waist. The only thing i found really anoying was the stem, but I was able to cut that off. It could get a bit polky. To each their own though. I love my mooncup.

Post 86 of 170

OrangeDolphinSpirit
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Monday, 21-Apr-2008 20:48:19

Hi!
Remember, Cattleya, how the southcoast shopping link wasn't working when we tried it before? Well, I swear the site must have been down or something because I tried it again last week and ordered a Keeper Moon Cup. It's here now, and I've boiled it and inserted it and everything, and so far so good! The coolest part about it is, I think I actually started my period today. LOL. Just in time! Yay!
I hear you about the stem, Candi. It was poking me and causing a not-so-nice, poking/rubbing uncomfortable feeling. I might trim it to see if it makes a difference. I just don't want to cut the whole thing off. I'm afraid I'll have trouble taking it out then. LOL.

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Damia
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Tuesday, 22-Apr-2008 9:01:41

You shouldn't if you bare down with your pelvic muscles a little bit it should be wit in reach. You can squeez the bottom together and slide the fingar tup to break the seal. That's what I do because the stem did end up have to come cfompletely off for me. hth
Candi

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hypatia
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Tuesday, 22-Apr-2008 21:13:54

Wow. It's both good and disheartening to read this topic. Disheartening because I thought we sort of did away with all this body discomfortyears ago. Good because I'm learning about something I didn't know about and nice to hear there are so many choices.
I started to write, "whatever happened to Our bodies Our Selves" and then did a check and found out that nobody made the darn book accessible. Not in all these years. I thought it must be badly dated but now it seems like it's time to make it accessible.
Well, at the time I read the book which deals with everything from getting to know your body to various leagl and illegal methods of contraception and abortion and beyond, they had stopped selling the cups in the US and the book mentioned using a diaphragm for pretty much the same purpose. I did for years, using tampons when I would have to change them in public places because at the time I was too uncomfortable getting from as stall in a public restroom to the sink with the thing. but considering the body discomfort my mother passed on, the whole process got me comfortable with my body in ways that were more important. I bleed like a faucet the first day or two of my cycle and it was the first time I was ever able to plan a day without having to plan tampon changes every hour or two. You could even put a tampon in along with the diaphragm if you needed more time and doing this I was able to make it on one of those Mexican buses that don't have bathrooms and run for ten hours without a rest stop. and even then without a place to do sanitary washing. I'm remembering cleaning it with vinegar. I think. The sorriest thing I ever did was to throw the diaphragm away when I decided I wouldn't be using it for its theoretical real purpose.
I did try the dispoisable things when I saw them on drugstore.com but they didn't hold nearly as much and seemed a bit pricy because of their disposability.
and sponges are good for really light days, or if you have a very light flow but that's about it.
anyway, I'd be curious if anyone who has used both these cups and a diaphragm can talk to why the cups work better. One thing about the diaphragm is they come in sizes that can be fitted to you pretty exactly.
And for the women who are concerned about peeing while it's in, your urinary track is totally separate and it's a non-issue.

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hypatia
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Tuesday, 22-Apr-2008 21:17:05

One more thing. I don't know about a cup with a string on it, but for those to whom it's relevant, you can leave them in while having sex.

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Emerald-Hourglass
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Tuesday, 22-Apr-2008 21:22:12

that sounds dangerous

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Damia
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Wednesday, 23-Apr-2008 6:07:20

no it's not. It's not a string. There is a rubber stem at the bottom which i'm sure would make the guy uncomforitable, but I've had sex with mine in and it's fine.

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tunedtochords
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Wednesday, 23-Apr-2008 10:11:33

Reusable menstrual cups are not meant to be worn during sex. (Also, how the heck would there be room? lol).

Re: diapragm versus cups. Menstrual cups are deeper and hold more menstrual blood. Some compare reusable menstrual cups to cervical caps and disposable menstrual cups to diaphragms in regards to look and feel.

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Emerald-Hourglass
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Wednesday, 23-Apr-2008 10:16:26

doesn't that like push it in far making it uncomfortable for everyone lol

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Damia
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757 posts
Wednesday, 23-Apr-2008 11:15:30

Jannelle, i guess it would depend on your vagina shape. When I insert my cup it hugs my cervex where ever it goes. Also when a woman is aroused her vagina loobercates and becomes more open, and almost longer. It is meant to be able to hold up to like 12 inch dicks, and there fore if the tip of the cock presses on it the vagina will just make room. I suppose if you're having really deep sex with a guy who's 13 inches long it could be a problem, but I've never had that problem. *smile*

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tunedtochords
Zone BBS is my Life
258 posts
Wednesday, 23-Apr-2008 13:25:10

Yeah, I'm just thinking about the feasibility of this for *everyone*. Lots of women's cups sit low in the vagina (mine does), and sex with a cup in would just... totally not work. lol. I guess that's why the companies don't recommend wearing the cups during intercourse. However, the Instead disposable cups can be worn during sex, and the company uses this as a selling point.

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Reyami
I've got the gold prolific poster award, now is there a gold cup for me?
4659 posts
Thursday, 24-Apr-2008 1:33:12

Good Lord, i wouldn't wear one during sex.

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Miss Prism
the Zone BBS remains forever my home page
177 posts
Thursday, 24-Apr-2008 15:27:14

My God! I wouldn't try wearing it during sex, that just sounds painful, and entirely unnecessary.

A diaphragm works well, if you're concerned about the mess during your period.

I've had my Mooncup UK for five years...for the person who asked how long these things last.

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SunshineAndRain
I've now got the bronze prolific poster award! now going for the silver award!
1561 posts
Sunday, 27-Apr-2008 20:58:08

This Menstrual Cup sounds very interesting. Not sure if it's for me though. Guess I won't know unless I try. Anybody know if they'd work with an IUD? I don't use an IUD, but for those that want to use them with an IUD, I think it's important they know what they're getting in to.

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tunedtochords
Zone BBS is my Life
258 posts
Monday, 28-Apr-2008 1:12:02

They do work with IUD's. You just have to be very careful to not pull on the strings while removing the cup. Those who use cups and have IUD's often ask their doctors to trim their strings shorter.

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pisces_dreamer
Veteran Zoner
67 posts
Thursday, 08-May-2008 10:28:35

Hi everyone,
possibly a very weird question, but for someone who is blind like myself and would just feel a little embarrassed asking my mum for help with insertion how to's, I am afraid i am very clueless with all this sort of thing, like i dont even know where in the vagina you would insert a cup or a tampon for that matter, is there anywhere blind people could go to find this kinda stuff out? thanks

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