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    I use a cup at home and at night time and for the last few days of my period. I still use tampons for the heavy days at work though.

    I'm very uncoordinated and often have to insert it a few times until I get it right. For the first 2-3 heavy flow days I have to change it every 1-2 hours or it leaks. When I used it at work on those days I was spending a lot of time in the toilets fiddling around, getting frustrated, getting blood everywhere, trying to wash it with a water bottle, wondering if people in the other cubicles were wondering "what on earth is she doing in there?", wondering if my colleagues were noticing how much time I spent in the bathroom...

    For the lighter days I can leave it for ages and not worry about it, so I use it at work on those days. It's brilliant at night time, no more having to lie very still on my back all night to avoid leaking everywhere.

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    I have used a diva cup since AF returned after #2 son was born- he is now 3.5. I had two periods where I used disposable stuff and it was awful. I have less pain and less discomfort than before (not sure why but it is very real- the discomfort is less because I don't have the moisture being "sucked out" of my lady parts for a week at a time I guess!). My Diva cup was $30 from Canada and I use washable panty liners with it.

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    I'll try them only when they are cheaper. Yes you no longer have to buy disposable tampons/pads each month but this doesn't justify what they are charging considering these things would only cost a few cents to manufacture. The cloth pads to... They coat way too much for what they are. It is and always has been abominable what women pay for essential sanitary items. If men got a period they'd be delivered, free, every month!

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    Mine cost about $20 Au from a UK site - and I sooooooo wish I'd known about them years ago!!

    My periods use to be 6+ days and those last two days were so frustrating as it just became spotting - with a menstral cup periods are generally about 3 days, no pain and no days of spotting afterwards

    Yes, they do take a little time to get used to - but I am no longer sending all that rubbish to landfill and also not causing supply/demand either.

    As for them costing too much, well they are a high grade silicon, and they last for about 5 years

    (Femmecups are £14 from Amazon, and thats about $20 Au http://www.amazon.co.uk/Femmecup-FEM.../dp/B00198771W

    http://www.femmecup.com/paypal/paypal.html. And about $45Au for two )


    I don't think cloth pads are expensive, they are generally made by WAHM's too

    (Arguing about what would happen if men had menstral cycles is a bit of a straw man really cause men don't have menstral cycles, it's not how they are made and never will be. Also, last I checked razors and shaving cream isnt free so I don't expect sanitary products ever would be either. )

    I think it's a shame that Australian Women haven't known about menstral cups 'til about the last 10 or so years, they've been being used in America since the late 80's and longer in the UK
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    I'm a diva girl and have been for almost 4 years. I use cloth for back up for the first day.

    I used to have recurring thrush, which I now think was a reaction to disposable products. I have been thrush free since the switch. Not only am I saving on disposable products, but I no longer see my chemist once a month for a 7 day course of Canasten.

    I got mine here and due to the Aussie $ and the fact that the package was small and light, it was not much more delivered than the advertised price. I have no idea what tampons cost these days, but I think you can have a Diva for the cost of about 4 months worth of tampons. Considering I have only ever bought one and it is nearly 4 years old, that's quite a saving.
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    Can I ask a question? What do you wash them with? Do you need a chemical steriliser? Or is hot tap water enough? And would you need 2, like take used one out, insert clean (sterile?) one, then go wash used one, or do you just tip contents into toilet and re insert.

    I understand if noone wants to answer such a personal question, its just these are so new to me, I want to understand.

    I had to stop using tampons years ago, after I realised the association between severe debilitating menstrual cramps and my tampon use. The cramps aren't as bad using pads, but definately still there.

    If I can get my head around how to use the cups, maybe this is the answer.

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    I tried one a few years ago (between DS2 and DD) and it just didn't work for me, I had to empty it every 30 min to an hour for the first 3-4 days and if I didn't it over flowed I could always feel it and I had leakage around it all the time I came to the conclusion that it just doesn't suit my body I've thought about a sponge but I don't think it would work for my heavy flow, I've tried cloth pads but I find them very uncomfortable and bulky. Fortunately I've only had a handful of periods in the past 5 years so it's all good! Not sure what to do when mine return after DD.

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    Washing: at the beginning of your cycle you boil it on the stove, so I had a specific pot and tongs for mine. Then during your period you just wash it with a natural soap between emptying then boil it again when your period has finished for the month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by happykat View Post
    Yep ... me too! I spent a lot of time looking at them on various websites yesterday as I had never heard of them before reading that thread either. I can't really use tampons so I wonder if they would work for me but it might be worth giving it a go?
    Lol! I think i spent like 2 hrs trawling google before i started this thread!
    Its great hearing everyone's experiences, positive and negative.
    I think i've been convinced its a good product, its just taking that daunting first step & ordering one!

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    I brought one and found out i was pg the day it arrived in the mail! I was so excited to finally use one as id heard so many good things about them!! But im more excited about being pg :-) but unfortunately i prob wont be able to use it as after giving birth you need the larger size?

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