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09-30-2008, 04:40 PM

Does anyone use the diva mentrual blood cup?

Quite honestly this thing scares me. I have friends that rave about its convenience and the environmental pros but it's still...a blood cup. Maybe tampons should gross me out too but this is something you have to boil between usage and empty and rinse out a few times a day. {even in public places?}

**Skeebies here

If you do use it what is your opinion? Has anyone heard anything bad? Do they work if you are overweight just as well.....

Sorry if I grossed you out...well, not THAT sorry. It is just menstruation.

09-30-2008, 04:45 PM
I'm not an alternachick but I love my Diva cup. I highly recommend them. It is actually so much cleaner than any other method I've tried. You can rinse them but also a good wipe with toilet paper in a public restroom works well too.

09-30-2008, 04:46 PM
I have one, and I love it. Once I discovered it, I never went back. I have no problem emptying it in a public stall-- it is no problem. I have another girlfriend who swears by it too. It is awesome. Honestly if the blood grosses you out, I can understand that-- it is not a solution for everyone-- but you don't really have to well, 'look' at it, you know? You don't...

Fat Chick B Gone
09-30-2008, 04:52 PM
LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!! Personally I only have to empty mine twice a day which I take care of at home so I don't worry about the public restroom bit. It's so much healthier for you then the "traditional" products. Cheaper also in the long run.

09-30-2008, 05:11 PM
I have never heard of a diva cup before now but you all love it so much I want one!

09-30-2008, 05:21 PM
I used to use "Instead soft cups". These are not re-usable. I loved them because I felt it was cleaner and I could wear it for 12 hours at a time. With tampons I'd have to change them every time I went to pee (sorry so vulgar) because If I didn't they'd absorb the urine. (Sorry this is really gross).

Also the cups are better for sex... that is... if you feel like having sex while on your cycle.

09-30-2008, 05:23 PM
Hopefully you'd take the cup out first...

09-30-2008, 05:28 PM
I use the instead. I LOVE THEM! I've never heard of the Diva Cup. I'll have to look into this. I found that the 1st couple times I didn't place it right or something but after I got the hang of it. I feel so fresh. LOL they are great. I told my daughter about it and she like eeeww. I now look at those other products and think eewww!

09-30-2008, 05:29 PM
Well, I believe that the 'Instead' ones are worn very high up there, so I guess sex is possible-- kinda like a diaphram... but the Diva cup is worn very low. Seriously, I swear by mine. If anyone out there is considering trying one, I say go for it. I doubt you'll be sorry.

09-30-2008, 05:33 PM
Ladies, I have heard of these and never used them myself. I am now menopausal so thank goodness don't have to deal with anything anymore, but I was wondering if you would recommend them to someone who is having heavy flow problems where tampons just don't cut it so to speak? My sister is having problems and needs something where she is more in control as she is a legal secretary and can't continually be having accidents with her clothing. If so, where can you buy them? Thanks for your input!

09-30-2008, 05:45 PM
Well, I don't think we're allowed to post links to buy things here-- but if you do a web search in google for it, you'll find lots of places to buy it online. You can also find it at organic grocery stores sometimes...

Also, I have heard that they are great for heavy flows-- you just have to change it more often. I say, its worth a shot... Good luck!

09-30-2008, 05:47 PM
Is this the same thing as the instead cup? If so, I love them. I don't wear them throughout my entire cycle, but I do use them my last day or two when the flow is lighter. And if I had a boyfriend, I'd probably use them my whole cycle...supposedly you can still have sex without the mess while using them. They do cost more than pads (initially), though.

I would agree, though, that if you're squeamish, then they might not be for you.

ETA: if you are looking for them here in the US, I found mine at Publix grocery stores. You could probably find them at a drugstore too, in the feminine products section.

09-30-2008, 05:58 PM
Whole Foods has them but I bought mine at I have very heavy flow and tampons would leak within an hour. I don't have that problem with the Diva cup.

Quiet Ballerina
09-30-2008, 06:49 PM
If you're going to get one, lucky vitamin has them on sale right now. Just under $17!! (Plus shipping. Standard for me is only about $6 though).

09-30-2008, 07:05 PM
I have extreamly heavy flows. If she want to be safe she can wear a pad with it. I did that at 1st til I got the hang of it and I knew how long one would last with me on my flood months. I've always had to wear a tampon and a pad before the instead.

09-30-2008, 07:07 PM
Oh yea I buy mine at Wal-Mart. Ok and another note. I get those disposable single packaged.aways wipes to take along with me. Sorry if that too much info.

09-30-2008, 07:15 PM
All right I don't know how many times I've seen people sing DivaCup praises but I'm finally convinced... I'll order one and give it a go.

Also, just speaking from me, nothing on here has been offensive or TMI! If someone was going to be grossed out or offended by all the technical menstruation talk, they shouldn't have clicked on a link that had the word menstruation in it!

10-01-2008, 02:34 AM
i've looked at it in the store but it always kinda grossed me out. then again- i don't really like tampons either.

i went to faerieworlds and one of the vendors was selling washable reusable pads. i got them and i love them. i wish i had bought more.

10-01-2008, 06:32 AM
Thanks girls, you're great with all the info. I am going to pass it on to her. She is having a really hard time of it and could use good advice.

10-01-2008, 09:34 AM
i went to faerieworlds and one of the vendors was selling washable reusable pads. i got them and i love them. i wish i had bought more.

this is what i use and i love 'em. i get 'em from here ( (the same place that sells the diva cup). i've never tried the diva cup, but i, too, hate tampons. too invasive i guess.

10-01-2008, 11:23 AM
I use glad rags as a panty liner. I'm just really paranoid from many years of having very heavy periods. Although I've had very good success with the Diva cup, I'm still paranoid.

10-01-2008, 01:02 PM
i used to have a really heavy period too. i think i'd be scared to use anything other then the most giant sized always pad if i still did. lol. some days i had to call in sick and just stay home. but then Yasmin came out and I have been all better - no more pain so bad i throw up, no more deluge... in fact the last couple months i've had almost nothing at all. i might feel differently about the reusables if i had a heavier flow now that i think about it.

10-01-2008, 02:15 PM
Oh, I swear I've seen that diva cup somewhere before. I think I may give it a try. I stopped taking BCPs a few months ago and ever since I've had a return of a very painfully heavy flow (due to endometriosis). Some days a super sized tampon (teeehee) and a pad must be used. I may even get one for my sister for Yule! She'd totally blush, and thats what I'm shooting for.

10-01-2008, 02:58 PM
weird, i had a heavy flow and then went i went on the pill it stopped completely. that and other issues i've had with the pill led me to quit taking it and ever since i have a barely there flow hence the use of pads. perhaps my body is still playing catch up? nevertheless if it returns, i'll keep all the rave reviews of the diva cup in mind

10-01-2008, 07:23 PM
Ok, I need to get one of these. I had to have a student run to get a hall monitor to cover my class last week because I couldn't make it through 90 min without a flooding accident. Pretty embarrassing trying to teach 11th graders...

10-02-2008, 02:12 PM
I love mine. I can't use tampons (because of the shape/size/arrangement of my cervix) but I can use the Diva cup, which is great.

I usually have 1 day per cycle where my flow is really heavy, and I have to empty it every 4-6 hours. The rest of the time (the other 6-8 days of my period, blah), I can go 12+ hours without emptying. I don't NEED to use pantyliners, even when I'm exercising or sleeping or anything else, because it's 100% leakproof for me... but I still do of course. :P

I've never boiled mine... I wash it really well with anti-bacterial soap and rinse it with hot water EVERY time I empty it (other than in public restrooms). I got a great tip recently to wipe it with rubbing alcohol once a month, to keep it from getting so discolored. It works great.

If I had to use pads with my tight stretchy running shorts, I'd never go running, lol. And this way I can still sleep naked like I usually do. :o And it's a money saver!