Lady Parts Question

OK, girls, it’s shark week again and I have a quandary. My flow has not gotten heavier but I am having more difficulty than ever containing it. Cloth pads, which I’ve used since Sam was born, make me uncomfortable suddenly, and tampons leak. In desperation I tried disposable pads, which are so disgusting that I currently want to [retracted for disturbing imagery]. So I need to get either a Diva Cup or Keeper. As far as I can tell they are almost exactly the same, but made of different material. Googling the differences merely let me know that some people prefer the Keeper and some prefer the Diva Cup, while almost no one likes the Mooncup, which I had never heard of until this very moment. As long as I am getting opinions from the internet, I’d rather have yours. So tell me, dear friends and readers, how do you plug yourself up?

20 thoughts on “Lady Parts Question

  1. Crystal

    April 2, 2009 at 10:50am

    I highly recommend the Cup concept in general. I’ve been using the disposable Instead Softcup for a while to see how I like it and I’m really impressed. When it’s inserted right, it’s insane how non-leaking it is.

    I’m really interested to hear about the Keeper vs Diva Cup, too, because I’ve been trying to decide which to get.

  2. Violet

    April 2, 2009 at 11:07am

    Diva Cup. I had a keeper and found it too rigid for me – which meant I couldn’t get it where I wanted it and keep it there (it was always wonky, leaky, etc.) The Keeper has a 3 month returnable time and the Diva has a whole year.

    I love my Diva cup – *love* it. It works perfectly, never leaks, took me only 2 attempts to master the insertion/removal thing, contains 12 hours worth of goo and, in short, ROCKS.

  3. Mary

    April 2, 2009 at 11:11am

    I am just noew having to contend with this problem again, after almost three years. I was sort of hoping it would just forget to come back. No such luck. My good friend highly recommends the Diva, although I do not know the specific difference between it and the Keeper. I’m going to try the Diva I think.

    Mary’s last blog post..It’s April, Fools!

  4. Vicki

    April 2, 2009 at 11:12am

    I’ve been using a Diva Cup for a little more then a year, and it’s really been wonderful. Thrifty, comfortable, easy to use. Highly recommend it.

    Vicki’s last blog post..Limping Over The Finish Line

  5. KS

    April 2, 2009 at 11:55am

    Have you considered one of those sea sponge things? I’ve never used one but it’s another option (and pretty affordable). I tried the Instead cups once thinking that because I knew how to use a diaphragm they’d be great and that if I liked them I’d switch to a non-disposable option but they did not work at all for me!

    I am a die-hard tampon girl (although with only 9 periods in the last 7 1/2 years it’s not like i have to think about it that much) trying to make the switch to cloth pads when I’m not dancing. And when I actually have a period.

  6. DropEdge

    April 2, 2009 at 12:02pm

    I prefer the Keeper, but that’s probably because I’ve been using it for about ten years. I think the Diva Cup is shaped slightly differently (a bit longer and maybe not so wide), and it did seem to leak more often with me. But both of them are about a million times better than a tampon. I keep my Diva cup in my purse as a back-up system.

    And Papaya is right: cut the tail almost all the way off. I left less than a quarter inch on mine; otherwise, it’s very unpleasant and you CAN feel it.

    DropEdge’s last blog post..Second Coming

  7. Cazzle

    April 2, 2009 at 1:18pm

    I just use tampons, because I hate the environment. ;) (I’m scared of leakage, because I bleed so very heavily for the first 2/3 days)

    My ex-housemate used a MoonCup, which she swore by, but the whole topic utterly grosses me out because I discovered she used to sterlise it (i.e. boil it) IN THE EGG PAN.

  8. Gwen

    April 2, 2009 at 1:35pm

    Which tampons are you using? I’ve found that OB are so much better than any others. I’m afraid of any of the cups because I have weird allergies to various synthetic materials.

  9. Stephanie

    April 2, 2009 at 1:16pm

    I have a Diva and for whatever reason, I just can not get it to work without leaking. It’s okay at first, but then there’s a second wave and it always leaks during that part. And I have cut off some of the tail. Maybe I need to cut off more of it? I really just like tampons better, but part of me just doesn’t want to give up on the Diva. I really feel like it must be user error since so many people like it and have no problems. At least I won’t have to think about it for a few more months. (Sadly, breastfeeding has never kept my period away for long.)

    Stephanie’s last blog post..Sleeping Bean

  10. Annika

    April 2, 2009 at 1:41pm

    I’m using OB. They’re leaking like crazy, like the string is soaked with blood before the tampon is. This is the first time I’ve ever had this problem. I assume my vagina has mutated or something.

  11. Annika

    April 2, 2009 at 2:33pm

    Stories that involve lady parts and sneezing are ALWAYS FUNNY. Unless you are the star of said story. (Sometimes even if you are.)

  12. Lori

    April 2, 2009 at 3:22pm

    diva cup FTW! agree about trimming the tail. has *never* leaked for me. can’t believe all women don’t use these – has changed my life. also – i have an insanely heavy flow.

    good luck with your mutated vagina!

  13. Mona Mildew

    April 2, 2009 at 3:42pm

    I love the Diva. I bought a Diva because I have a latex allergy and the Keeper did not have a silicone version at that time, it was also cheaper. It does leak if you don’t get it in position right, but that’s easily correctable. And you do need to be very comfortable touching your girly bits. I also found (as did Cecily http://www.uppercasewoman.com) that my cramps are so minor or gone completely since I started using it.

    Funny story… a while back I went to get mine and found it was gone. I tried giving my then almost 2 year-old son the third degree to find out what, if anything, he had done with it- of course he couldn’t answer me. I looked everywhere and finally decided that he had thrown it away or flushed it sometime in the last month it was in the drawer. I loaded him up in the truck and drove to Whole Foods to buy a new one. I drove home upset that I had to buy a new one for much more than I had paid by buying it online. A month later I found it at the bottom of a toy bin.

    Mona Mildew’s last blog post..Put the needle on the record…

  14. Amanda

    April 3, 2009 at 12:13pm

    On the whole, I really like the Diva cup, but can’t tell you how it compares to the other. I have had some minor spotting, but it’s always right after I empty and put it back, so I’m pretty sure it’s flow that gets past the sealage point during the time I’m cleaning it. I’ve been thinking I should look into cloth panty liners, which I’m sure would be cheaper than my underwear.

    On my heaviest flow day, I do need to empty about halfway through the day, otherwise the explosion after breaking the vacuum on a full cup is disasterous. This is extremely inconvenient in public bathrooms since the sinks are nowhere near the toilets, but that issue has only come up once so far.

    I haven’t felt the need to cut off the tail, but it does seem a little superfluous.

    Those are the only downsides I have experienced. It was pretty easy to figure out what worked for me for insertion/removal, and I think I’ve only failed to seal once since then. Which, come to thing of it, was after the public bathroom where I had to clean it with toilet paper instead of water, so maybe that was my problem….

    Amanda’s last blog post..This Is What We Get For Complaining….

  15. CassyLee

    April 4, 2009 at 7:00am

    I have no opinion, but I’m also following the replies with great interest because menopause isn’t getting here nearly fast enough to suit me ;-).

  16. ecclescake

    April 5, 2009 at 5:33pm

    I’ve used a Keeper for 7 years now and I love it. It took me about six months to figure out how to insert it so it didn’t leak, but it was worth it. (I recommend the modified punchdown fold rather than the default fold described on their website.) My Keeper completely changed my life back when I had a really heavy flow–no more running to the bathroom every 3 hours to change tampons + pads, no more towel in bed at night to keep from staining the sheets. I’ve almost completely forgotten how much of a hassle my period used to be. I say get whichever one you feel like; they’re probably pretty similar once you figure out the ins and outs of each.

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