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Re: Menstrual Cups
« Reply #250 on: December 05, 2016, 03:46:37 PM »
Just saw this and had to share - I'm so happy this will help other folks discover the wonder of the cup:

http://thesweethome.com/reviews/best-menstrual-cup/

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« Reply #251 on: December 06, 2016, 10:20:45 AM »
since this thread was revived, i just want to say that for thanksgiving i got myself some more reusable pads bc they were a thing i was really grateful this year

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« Reply #252 on: December 09, 2016, 08:05:07 PM »
I use cloth reusable pads. I never did like tampons, so wasn't sure if I would like a DivaCup. I bought some cloth pads for about $30 for a set about 4 years ago. I haven't bought a pad since. Not sure how much I'm saving by not having to buy monthly supplies, but I like less trash if nothing else.

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« Reply #253 on: December 09, 2016, 08:49:47 PM »
I have a DivaCup, but I don't find it all that comfortable.  I've never liked tampons either.  I like cloth pads though.  There are the disposable cups (Instead) that I've seen at the regular stores, but I bought my DivaCup online. 

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I also didn't find the DivaCup very comfortable and don't like how tampons feel either. The DivaCup was mainly too difficult/painful to get in and out and that's why I didn't like it. I like the idea of it though, and kudos to those who have eliminated their pad or tampon use with it.
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Re: Menstrual Cups
« Reply #254 on: December 09, 2016, 09:04:27 PM »
I have a DivaCup, but I don't find it all that comfortable.  I've never liked tampons either.  I like cloth pads though.  There are the disposable cups (Instead) that I've seen at the regular stores, but I bought my DivaCup online. 

I also didn't find the DivaCup very comfortable and don't like how tampons feel either. The DivaCup was mainly too difficult/painful to get in and out and that's why I didn't like it. I like the idea of it though, and kudos to those who have eliminated their pad or tampon use with it.

The few times I tried tampons they were very painful, but my cup (DivaCup) has been wonderful.  Perhaps softer and/or smaller cups would work better for you two?  The DivaCup is comparatively large and not-soft.

I made two reusable pads for my sister as backup for her cup (heavy heavy flow).  There are plenty of patterns that are free online.
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Re: Menstrual Cups
« Reply #255 on: December 10, 2016, 06:56:45 AM »
Another non-tampon user who swears by the cup. I have a small Lena cup. On heavy days it has to be emptied off and on one memorable occasion it overflowed on an airplane, but I prefer to go with the smaller capacity to make it easier to insert. I wear Thinx as backup.
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Re: Menstrual Cups
« Reply #256 on: December 12, 2016, 07:21:29 AM »
I've just gone on to the amazon website, two packs of heavy pads and one pack of thin pads + a cup is about £90

Wow....that's a lot of money. I've been "lucky" enough to avoid needing lady things as I'm overweight so periods stopped. However I've started to lose weight and I'm dreading the day I need to buy tampons. There's a box under my bed unopened since my son was born. 5 years ago...

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« Reply #257 on: December 12, 2016, 07:59:16 AM »
I've just gone on to the amazon website, two packs of heavy pads and one pack of thin pads + a cup is about £90

There are a LOT of brands out there.  Is the cup brand you found on Amazon an import?  In the US, the DivaCup is around $24, which should be around £19.  Is Amazon possibly advertising a bundle that is more expensive than its components?  You can make your own pads or probably find cheaper ones.  Some forums suggest that mothers just use a small, old cloth diaper.  Old washcloths/flannels/facecloths work well to catch light overflow, as do handkerchiefs.
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« Reply #258 on: December 12, 2016, 08:00:30 AM »
I've just gone on to the amazon website, two packs of heavy pads and one pack of thin pads + a cup is about £90

Wow....that's a lot of money. I've been "lucky" enough to avoid needing lady things as I'm overweight so periods stopped. However I've started to lose weight and I'm dreading the day I need to buy tampons. There's a box under my bed unopened since my son was born. 5 years ago...

I don't know your sewing skills but they are some reasonable diy options for reusable pads. I find the ones that come apart into several layers or unfold are easier to keep clean. 

I bought my cup on Amazon, but I think it wasn't Diva brand, I am not sure of the brand anymore, but it cost less than Diva. Check out other options.

I've spent around $5 on menstruation products in the past 3 years.

I've not gotten completely comfortable with the cup, so I do like to keep a few traditional products around for back up. I was frustrated at first, because the cup was supposed to be the end of all products, but even though I don't use it exclusively it has drastically cut down my use of product, reduced my spending and reduced my contribution to land fills.

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« Reply #259 on: December 12, 2016, 08:02:44 AM »
I've just gone on to the amazon website, two packs of heavy pads and one pack of thin pads + a cup is about £90

There are a LOT of brands out there.  Is the cup brand you found on Amazon an import?  In the US, the DivaCup is around $24, which should be around £19.  Is Amazon possibly advertising a bundle that is more expensive than its components?  You can make your own pads or probably find cheaper ones.  Some forums suggest that mothers just use a small, old cloth diaper.  Old washcloths/flannels/facecloths work well to catch light overflow, as do handkerchiefs.

Actually it was the cup that wasn't expensive. Diva Cup's about £30 (prices never translate really) but I found one with good reviews for £9.

The pads, I'm useless with a sewing machine. I actually bought one 3 years ago and it's still at my friends! I quite liked that the pads on amazon had popper buttons so you could keep it secure. Perhaps I should buy those and then in future I can learn to make my own. It wasn't a bundle, it was everything on its own. £90 would be okay if they all lasted for at least 3 years?

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Re: Menstrual Cups
« Reply #260 on: December 12, 2016, 08:07:27 AM »
I've just gone on to the amazon website, two packs of heavy pads and one pack of thin pads + a cup is about £90

Wow....that's a lot of money. I've been "lucky" enough to avoid needing lady things as I'm overweight so periods stopped. However I've started to lose weight and I'm dreading the day I need to buy tampons. There's a box under my bed unopened since my son was born. 5 years ago...

Double replying. Sorry.

I've been a bigger girl most of my life, recently lost a little weight.  The best thing about DIY pads is that you can make them the size you need for your body and your flow.  None of the one size fits most when "most" means a thin model. For overnights I often just fold a piece of flannel and count on my panties and leggings to keep it in place. It's so much more comfortable and less leakage.

Of course, YMMV.

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« Reply #261 on: December 12, 2016, 09:04:38 AM »
I've just gone on to the amazon website, two packs of heavy pads and one pack of thin pads + a cup is about £90

There are a LOT of brands out there.  Is the cup brand you found on Amazon an import?  In the US, the DivaCup is around $24, which should be around £19.  Is Amazon possibly advertising a bundle that is more expensive than its components?  You can make your own pads or probably find cheaper ones.  Some forums suggest that mothers just use a small, old cloth diaper.  Old washcloths/flannels/facecloths work well to catch light overflow, as do handkerchiefs.


I have some reusable pads, but I never use them because they are just too inconvenient. If I'm out somewhere and need to change it, I don't want to have to carry around this used pad in a ziplock, nor do I really want to have to mess with having to wash it out in the sink and then make sure it went through the laundry before my next period.
Actually it was the cup that wasn't expensive. Diva Cup's about £30 (prices never translate really) but I found one with good reviews for £9.

The pads, I'm useless with a sewing machine. I actually bought one 3 years ago and it's still at my friends! I quite liked that the pads on amazon had popper buttons so you could keep it secure. Perhaps I should buy those and then in future I can learn to make my own. It wasn't a bundle, it was everything on its own. £90 would be okay if they all lasted for at least 3 years?
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Re: Menstrual Cups
« Reply #262 on: December 12, 2016, 02:16:09 PM »
I've just gone on to the amazon website, two packs of heavy pads and one pack of thin pads + a cup is about £90

Wow....that's a lot of money. I've been "lucky" enough to avoid needing lady things as I'm overweight so periods stopped. However I've started to lose weight and I'm dreading the day I need to buy tampons. There's a box under my bed unopened since my son was born. 5 years ago...
How many is in two packs of pads? If you're using the cup, you most likely won't need heavy pads (different for everyone of course, but that's a more likely than not scenario I think). Even if you do buy that many, I'd be expecting them to last a whole lot longer than three years. I started off with 12 pads (4 heavy, 4 regular, 4 light) about ten years ago and they're still going strong. The ones that were cool bright pink and blue stripes have faded to a bit nondescript now but the black ones with white flowers still look the same. Since I started using a Mooncup I don't need the pads really but I just use them now as pantyliners so they actually get more regular use than they did at the beginning, since I use one daily. I bought a three-pack of I got my original twelve from weenotions , checking there now, a six-pack costs around twenty-five pounds so what you've seen on amazon is probably about right. But, check out the price of a packet of whatever it is you would have normally used and figure out how much you would spend in a month. I'm 42 now and don't really anticipate ever needing to spend money on this kind of thing again. Except that some of the new fabrics I've just seen on the weenotions site are kind of cool, so now I'm tempted... :)

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« Reply #263 on: December 13, 2016, 01:59:24 AM »
I've just gone on to the amazon website, two packs of heavy pads and one pack of thin pads + a cup is about £90

Wow....that's a lot of money. I've been "lucky" enough to avoid needing lady things as I'm overweight so periods stopped. However I've started to lose weight and I'm dreading the day I need to buy tampons. There's a box under my bed unopened since my son was born. 5 years ago...
How many is in two packs of pads? If you're using the cup, you most likely won't need heavy pads (different for everyone of course, but that's a more likely than not scenario I think). Even if you do buy that many, I'd be expecting them to last a whole lot longer than three years. I started off with 12 pads (4 heavy, 4 regular, 4 light) about ten years ago and they're still going strong. The ones that were cool bright pink and blue stripes have faded to a bit nondescript now but the black ones with white flowers still look the same. Since I started using a Mooncup I don't need the pads really but I just use them now as pantyliners so they actually get more regular use than they did at the beginning, since I use one daily. I bought a three-pack of I got my original twelve from weenotions , checking there now, a six-pack costs around twenty-five pounds so what you've seen on amazon is probably about right. But, check out the price of a packet of whatever it is you would have normally used and figure out how much you would spend in a month. I'm 42 now and don't really anticipate ever needing to spend money on this kind of thing again. Except that some of the new fabrics I've just seen on the weenotions site are kind of cool, so now I'm tempted... :)

Two heavy packs would be 10 pads, then a pack of lighter ones would be another 5 pads.
I canít see me using a mooncup at night to be honest, obviously I donít really have any idea so I might do!

These were the pads

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B018TVX49A/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A4ZEG3ZSIRCER

This is the cup

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00NQ56KW8/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A3RP0P0B5R4FU5

But Iíll have a look at the website youíve suggested, I donít need them right this second so I can save but I anticipate needing them in a month or so

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« Reply #264 on: December 13, 2016, 05:45:49 AM »
I canít see me using a mooncup at night to be honest, obviously I donít really have any idea so I might do!

These were the pads

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B018TVX49A/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A4ZEG3ZSIRCER

This is the cup

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00NQ56KW8/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A3RP0P0B5R4FU5

But Iíll have a look at the website youíve suggested, I donít need them right this second so I can save but I anticipate needing them in a month or so
The pads are probably more or less the same wherever you get them. If you can get a tester pack with one of each size to try out first, that might help you decide. I look at those one on amazon for example and all I can think of is that it looks like kind of warm material - the last thing I need is more heat. But perhaps the material just looks like that and isn't in actuality. I will admit that when I got mine I was disappointed that the top material was not at all, as promised, "like your normal underwear" - but that's because I'm a cotton briefs only kind of girl. For lots of people the slightly synthetic shiny material really would have been just like their normal pants. There are so many options, at some stage you just have to go for it. But maybe try ordering just one pack, or a sample pack first rather than spending a whole lot on one type and then not liking them.

Also, mooncup at night is one of the best things about it! Actually, the first couple of times I tried it, I only used it at night and then on a lounging around at home day. I wanted any potential issues to come up while I was close to my own bathroom and had plenty of privacy. Considering I hadn't chopped enough of the stem off at all, I'm really glad I stayed home, too. Have you read the review link someone posted just above? It seemed like pretty good information on all the different types of cups.

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Re: Menstrual Cups
« Reply #265 on: February 03, 2017, 10:06:50 AM »
I just want to add Thinx period underwear to this! I've used a Diva Cup for years and love it. But thanks to birth control, my flow is sometimes so light that it feels like overkill. These underwear are awesome and so comfortable for those other days. I have friends who use them for heavy days too, but I prefer to keep them for lighter days especially since that means I can own fewer pairs.

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« Reply #266 on: February 08, 2017, 07:50:17 PM »
I just want to add Thinx period underwear to this! I've used a Diva Cup for years and love it. But thanks to birth control, my flow is sometimes so light that it feels like overkill. These underwear are awesome and so comfortable for those other days. I have friends who use them for heavy days too, but I prefer to keep them for lighter days especially since that means I can own fewer pairs.

Yes! THINX is an amazing company. With their underwear and my diva cup, I have saved a lot of cash wasted on disposable, non-environmental, and unhealthy products. Read about the chemicals in tampons. Scary stuff!!!

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« Reply #267 on: February 08, 2017, 07:53:20 PM »

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« Reply #268 on: February 09, 2017, 11:03:20 AM »
Smart menstrual cup that tracks your flow.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/700989404/looncup-the-worlds-first-smart-menstrual-cup

First, I think the idea is creepy.  What if someone hacks it?  Ugh.

Second, you can't boil it or trim off the stem (which most women do) because it contains electronics.

Third, did you see the battery info?!
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Battery   6 Months
Varies depending on usage pattern,
non-rechargeable, non-replaceable

They are estimating that they will sell these things at $50/each with an additional $20 for shipping.  That is a crazy price for something that must be replaced twice a year to maintain its function.

Also, apparently they are having issues with the phone connection thing and have set it to vibrate instead (?!).
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/700989404/looncup-the-worlds-first-smart-menstrual-cup/comments
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« Reply #269 on: February 24, 2017, 08:13:52 PM »
I had a keeper in college 17 yrs ago. It was horrible and painful and leaked.
I have a moon cup now (can be bought on vita cost, frequently on sale!) and it's flexible and great and rarely leaks. It's gotten to the point now that tampons bother me in comparison. Don't give up if you haven't found your match at first!!

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« Reply #270 on: June 23, 2017, 07:14:41 AM »
I just got the Diva cup off Amazon a few months ago, although I've seen them in regular stores like Safeway. It's a bit of a learning curve and I'm still at the point where it occasionally leaks and it's not like I can't feel it at all. BUT considering how much money it will save me not to mention how much better it is for the environment I'm going to continue to use it anyway.

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« Reply #271 on: June 23, 2017, 08:48:48 AM »
I've used a Diva cup for years, and yes it does take some getting used to. Having to "fold" the cup to get it where it needs to be means I don't always get a tight seal (i.e. leaks). I've found running my finger around the top lip after insertion helps smooth that out. You can also lean it to one side to let some of the air back in to help as well (beware doing this in public though as it makes an awesome sound!). Overall though, it's very much worth the money savings.

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« Reply #272 on: June 23, 2017, 09:09:19 AM »
If you're inserting it at home, washing/rinsing it in very warm water for a bit brings it closer to body temperature and softens the silicone enough so that you feel it less.  Sometimes I also need to, ah, "pull" in with my muscles after inserting so that the trimmed-off stem-end isn't poking at the wrong angle or too low.
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« Reply #273 on: June 23, 2017, 09:49:53 AM »
....have set it to vibrate instead (?!).
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/700989404/looncup-the-worlds-first-smart-menstrual-cup/comments

I will seriously consider purchasing the cup that can be set to vibrate.



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« Reply #274 on: June 23, 2017, 12:03:21 PM »
I was just talked into a menstrual cup back in May at my friend's bachelorette party. Apparently about a bottle's worth of champagne and 4 hours of girl talk were what was needed to get me to order it.
Its the lilly cup and was around $40 on amazon. For all the tiny vagina/low cervix havers out there, this one is collapsible. It smooshes down to fit in a little compact looking case and you can wear it with it partially collapsed as well. Super comfortable and it was my first period in 18 years that I had no leaks. I LOVE it.