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Menstrual Cups - January 31st 2010, 09:11 PM

Does anyone here use one? I've been using a Diva Cup for almost three years now but am excited about the new colors and types like Meluna and Lady Cup. I'm thinking about getting a purple Lady Cup next.

What is a menstrual cup? They're a reusable menstrual product, worn internally like a tampon, only instead of absorbing blood a cup just catches it. You tip it out, rinse, and reinsert. Mine is made out of silicone, but there are some that are made from thermoplastic elastomer or gum rubber.

   
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Re: Menstrual Cups - January 31st 2010, 09:13 PM

Hmm, I have actually never heard of this. What would be the advantages of using this instead of a tampon?




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Re: Menstrual Cups - January 31st 2010, 09:43 PM

Less waste- reusable. Unlike a tampon. Environmentaly friendly.

But as for using one...i'd be scared about leakages?
   
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Re: Menstrual Cups - January 31st 2010, 10:30 PM

So advantages over tampons is that they're going to save you money, more environmentally friendly and much less chance of causing infections like TSS.

And apparently your far more likely to leak with a tampon. You could always wear a pad the first few times you use one too, until you're confident.

I don't have heavy enough periods to warrant using anything more than a pantyliner anymore, but otherwise I'd defintley use one! I've been converted - I used to find it disgusting
   
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Re: Menstrual Cups - February 1st 2010, 11:46 PM

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They usually don't leak unless you have them inserted incorrectly. If you get them in right you can check to see if it is sealed all the way around. I've only really had one unfortunate leaking incident in almost three years. I grasp the bottom of the cup and "spin" it all the way around to make sure it has popped open properly. That seems to be the biggest problem for many people, to get it to pop open. Sometimes you have to experiment with folding the cup different ways and inserting in different positions. It is great because there is a lot less chance of leakage and you don't even have to wear anything to bed while on your period. The blood stays in while your natural wetness still comes out. Strange but it really works. There is also the advantage of being able to swim when you wear it. No tampon to fill with water and no leaking.
   
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Re: Menstrual Cups - February 1st 2010, 11:51 PM

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Advantages of menstrual cups:
* Hold more fluid than the most heavy duty pads and tampons

* Safe to wear for longer than tampons

* No association with TSS

* Worn internally so you can swim/run/etc with no problems

* Non porous and so do not dry you out

* Made of medical grade silicone (or latex), easily sterilized

* Cheap: they pay for themselves within a few months, and last over a decade

* Much better for the environment than disposables

* Can start using them before your period has started, without wasting any disposables or hurting yourself removing a dry tampon

Okay. Disadvantages, then?
* Initial cost

* Can take a while to get the hang of

* Require a high level of comfort with your body
   
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Re: Menstrual Cups - February 2nd 2010, 05:01 AM

I've wanted to try one but unfortunately don't feel comfortable ordering something like that online (My family, unfortunately, goes through my mail and opens it. Not always, but sometimes they do) and no places around my area sell them.

I'd love to give one a try though at least once just to see if it's any better.

The only thing I'm worried about is emptying it when it's full...all I imagine is a cupfull of blood spilling everywhere.
   
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Re: Menstrual Cups - February 2nd 2010, 05:06 AM

Yeah, how do you empty it when you take it out?

Also, are they more comfortable, or more uncomfortable than tampons, or are they about the same?

Oh and, how to remove them without having to well, you know, put your hands up too far? Since I'm assuming there's no string attached.





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Re: Menstrual Cups - February 2nd 2010, 01:33 PM

ive heard about these but i dunno if i'd feel comfortable using one lol.
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Re: Menstrual Cups - February 3rd 2010, 04:29 PM

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Yeah, how do you empty it when you take it out?

Also, are they more comfortable, or more uncomfortable than tampons, or are they about the same?

Oh and, how to remove them without having to well, you know, put your hands up too far? Since I'm assuming there's no string attached.
Well, a cup sits low in the vagina unlike a tampon so it is closer to the entrance and easier to get out. Cups do come with stems to help pull them out if you need it, kind of like a tampon has a string. For me a cup is more comfortable than a tampon. I could feel the tampon because it was dry and I hated the string hanging out. It is much larger though and has a higher "learning curve" than a tampon. However I found it easier to learn how to use a cup. I could never really "get" tampon insertion.

To get a cup out you sort of pinch the bottom to break the seal. The bottom of the one I have has rings to help you hold on to the bottom. You then just, well, pull it out by the bottom, but sometimes you might need to fold it a little. It is soft and easy to fold without the blood coming out. Pushing down with your muscles can also help if it is too high. Since you will be sitting over the toilet, blood will go in there if it comes out of the cup. It's even cleaner when I change it in the shower because the blood just gets rinsed away.

I find that I usually don't get much blood on my fingers if any at all. Using a cup does require you to be comfortable with your body though and touching yourself. For some reason a lot of people aren't though so I guess it wouldn't be good for them.
   
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Re: Menstrual Cups - February 3rd 2010, 04:34 PM

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I've wanted to try one but unfortunately don't feel comfortable ordering something like that online (My family, unfortunately, goes through my mail and opens it. Not always, but sometimes they do) and no places around my area sell them.

I'd love to give one a try though at least once just to see if it's any better.

The only thing I'm worried about is emptying it when it's full...all I imagine is a cupfull of blood spilling everywhere.
Sorry that you do not have the freedom to buy what you want at this point. When you are an adult maybe you can try it if you still want.

Blood spilling is usually not an issue because with the stem and "grippers" on the bottom of the cup you can get a pretty good hold on it as you are removing it. Plus you'll be sitting on the toilet so the blood will go in there. If there is a really big concern you could always remove it in the shower and the blood would be washed away immediately, even if you get some on your hands. I rarely get any blood on my hands though. The biggest problem women seem to have is accidentally dropping the cup in the toilet! The blood isn't really a big deal. No matter what you use you'll probably get blood on your hands. At least with the cup it hasn't been exposed to air and isn't smelly.
   
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Re: Menstrual Cups - February 3rd 2010, 04:39 PM

I can see why it would be easier, I suppose. But I don't think I could use one. They just seem too *icky*. Atleast with a tampon you can just flush it away no problems, but with a cup you'd have to rinse it out, and it seems more fiddily putting it in and out. And I can't help but think you could feel the blood gushing around inside you because it's not absorbed by anything.

My verdict: No thank you! Seems too gross for me.



   
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Re: Menstrual Cups - February 3rd 2010, 04:48 PM

Here is a full list of cups available and their websites:


Note that all cups listed except for The Keeper and MeLuna are made from medical grade silicone. The Keeper is made from gum rubber and shouldn’t be used by people who are allergic to latex/rubber. MeLuna is made from TPE (Thermoplastic Elastomer). This might be good for people who have a rare allergy to silicone and don't want to risk gum rubber. Meluna also has four different stem choices, which is cool.



Femmecup from UK: http://www.femmecup.com/thecup.html

Fleurcup from France and in plenty of pretty colors: http://fleurcup.com/default.htm

The Green Donna from Brazil: http://greendonna.com/products.html

The Keeper: made of natural rubber and from United States:
http://www.keeper.com/aboutkeeper.html

The Moon Cup made of silicone and from U.S. (same company as Keeper):
http://www.keeper.com/aboutmooncup.html

The Diva Cup from Canada (This cup is known for being the biggest but is a good brand):
http://www.divacup.com/

The Moon Cup UK from the United Kingdom:
http://www.mooncup.co.uk/index.html

The Lady Cup: made of silicone and from the Czech Republic known for being smaller and softer than many. They now come in tons of pretty colors!
http://www.ladycup.eu/

The Lunette from Finland:
http://www.lunette.fi/english_index.html

Lunette Selene from Finland is light blue: http://www.lunette.fi/int/index.php?id=82

MeLuna is the German menstrual cup. It comes in interesting colors and has the feature of a loop stem. (There are other types on the site as well) : http://www.meluna.eu/index.php/mensb...3cc6a45b5d0464

The Mia Cup: made of silicone and from South Africa appears to be a solid pink color.
http://www.miacup.co.za/

Mpowercup is another cup from South Africa: http://www.mpowercup.co.za/index.php/order

Naturcup from Spain has a rounded ball at the end of the stem: http://www.naturcup.com/index.php

Yuuki is another cup from Czech Republic: http://www.yuuki.cz/en/presentation/
Then there is the Instead cup which is different because it is disposable, sits higher up in the vagina, and can we worn during penetrative sex. http://www.softcup.com/product/what_is_softcup.php
   
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