Mooncup/Divacup/The Keeper: Have you used it, do you love it, would you try it?

aliceinthehole aliceinthehole
how many of you know of the mooncup, divacup, or keeper?

who has experience with it, and/or would like to try it?

for those who don't know, the mooncup is a silicone bell-shaped 'cup' folded and inserted vaginally that needs emptying from 0 -4 times a day during your period depending on your flow. it gets rinsed out with hot water and reinserted. it is AMAZING.

next to NO environmental impact (except what it took to create it) and you can reuse it for up to ten years. mine has revolutionized periods for me, as my periods are on the lighter side, and i only have to deal with it (empty it) about 4 times during my cycle.

no dryness due to tampons, sitting in bacteria as with pads, or inserting chemicals into your body (cotton is THE most pesticide-ridden crop and you wear it in your most absorbant orifice).

i absolutely love mine. wanted to spread the word about it (since it is still widely unknown) and get feedback from real users.

Mooncup Site
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
i have one and i love it
49  (38%)
i had one and it didn't work for me
8  (6%)
i have heard of it and it sounds cool
49  (38%)
i have heard of it and it sounds weird
10  (8%)
never heard of it before this poll
14  (11%)
Total votes: 130
Poll is closed
06/21/2011
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MaryExy MaryExy
I just got my Lunette cup a couple of months ago. Never. switching. back. to pads.
06/21/2011
Miss Voluptuous Miss Voluptuous
I use the Diva Cup now... Used to use the keeper, and that style is really great. They're easy to travel with and much less wasteful than disposable products. What I like about the Diva Cup is that there's little measures on the side of it for an ounce, half an ounce, etc. So you can see how much you're bleeding. Pretty cool!

There was another forum post recently that's related to this... link
06/21/2011
Alan & Michele Alan & Michele
It's not for me.
06/21/2011
Noira Celestia Noira Celestia
I've been curious to try a diva cup but really haven't felt like investing in one. I've been using cloth pads for a while and they're so comfortable and I can get them in all sorts of colors and designs. Using them has put me in a way better mood on my period, I feel mores positive about it.
06/21/2011
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
I have some friends that user various cups. I think it's great to have options but not for me
06/21/2011
Gallowraven Gallowraven
I have heard of it I think the idea rocks, but I am kinda partial to the instead softcup, (just switched from tampons a few months ago) There were a couple things that turned me off to the diva cup though, like the bell shape, I can't quite picture how it is supposed to fit in there, the other thing that turned me off to it, was the fact that I could not have sex with it in, where-as, I can have sex with the soft cup in, and before I went out and bought it, I was able to picture exactly how it would work with my body.
06/21/2011
Shellz31 Shellz31
I have a Diva cup and love it! I would never go back to pads or tampons.
06/21/2011
P'Gell P'Gell
I've known about these, being a member of the "Earth Mother" set for many years. Many of my home schooling, cloth diapering, breastfeeding, organic food eating friends also used either cloth pads or something similar to a reusable Moon Cup. (For the record, I am on board with all the above activities! )

I have a history of endometriosis, and a latex allergy. The original reusable cup was made of either latex or rubber and that, along with the endo caused me to not want to use it.

I bleed heavily my first 2 days of my period, and the fear of anything near my cervix for any length of time scares me a little.

I DO think these are a great idea. Good for the environment, good for the body (now that they make them in silicone) and I'd love to try it. The fear of aggravating my endo is a concern, however.
06/21/2011
P'Gell P'Gell
double post sorry
06/21/2011
PropertyOfPotter PropertyOfPotter
I've heard of it and it sounds cool
06/21/2011
eggiweg eggiweg
I really want to give them a try... I already use cloth pads, but sometimes I supplement with regular tampons.
06/21/2011
Eucaly Eucaly
I love the Diva Cup.

I use cloth pads too, without the cup on very light days, or with the cup as back-up just in case (I never know if the cup will fill up in 4 hours or 12 hours, but can usually put it in in the morning before work and rely on getting to the end or nearly the end of the work day before a little blood appears on the pad).

The Diva Cup is the biggest, so if you're heavy and filling time is an issue, it's the best choice.

If comfort during the act of insertion or removal is your primary concern, use a smaller cup than the Diva.
06/21/2011
oohlookasquirrel oohlookasquirrel
I've been using my divacup for years and I can't imagine switching back to tampons. I've always had relatively light periods, and even the small tampons were painful to remove (abrasive!). The only problem is when you have to use public restrooms for 12+ hours, because cleaning it out and reinserting it can be annoying. I carry a reusable water bottle into the stall with me, though, and it's fine.

oh, also be careful if you're drunk, because there is potential for lots of mess if you're clumsy or you encounter a water faucet with pressure like a firehose! I've had a couple laughable moments here and there, but I always clean up after myself.

I am considering getting an IUD, and I'm a little worried about having to give up my divacup so I don't accidentally dislodge the IUD. The opinions about whether it is OK to use both is mixed, but I think ultimately you just have to be careful (which is what my doctor said, though she had never heard of the divacup before). So, we'll see. It's a tough trade-off!
06/21/2011
BBW Talks Toys BBW Talks Toys
Quote:
Originally posted by oohlookasquirrel
I've been using my divacup for years and I can't imagine switching back to tampons. I've always had relatively light periods, and even the small tampons were painful to remove (abrasive!). The only problem is when you have to use public ... More
I'm thinking I'm going to get rid of my IUD. I'm already infertile, and got it to help control my heavy bleeding, but I've been bleeding almost nonstop for the last 3.5 weeks, and spotting on and off since I got it 7 or so weeks ago, so I'm a little put off by my IUD.

I have been using my Diva Cup with my IUD up until about a week ago. I may have dislodged it a little since my strings seem a little longer, I'm not sure. But I did manage to find a way to insert it without creating the initial suction, which will dislodge it. I put it in extended and then turn it to create the seal. I find that works better with the IUD than folding it and having it create its own suction.
06/21/2011
Chilipepper Chilipepper
Going to try this when I finally decide to get a tubal ligation - or even before that. Spending money on pads and tampons has seemed more insane to me the older I get.
06/21/2011
Nothere Nothere
I have a diva cup and I highly recommend it! During my period I never have to worry about carrying around tampons or pads!
06/21/2011
indiglo indiglo
I have the silicone DivaCup and LOVE it!! I have always had periods from hell (heavy bleeding, clots, massive amounts of pain, etc.), in fact the reason I went on the pill as a teen was to help control my endo. The DivaCup has revolutionized my period for me. Much less painful, less of a hassle - over all I honestly wouldn't even know I was on my period if I didn't actually already know. (If that makes sense.) It makes it much easier for me to have sex on my period too because I'm just not as sore. (The DivaCup you do have to take out for sex, unlike the Instead Cup - which is actually a disposable menstrual cup.) I love it, and would encourage anyone to give it a shot. It takes a little practice to get it in there just right, but once you figure it out it fits in there like a glove and is sooooo comfortable. It makes traveling while on my period MUCH easier too! (Can you tell I'm a complete convert? lol)
06/21/2011
catgirl9 catgirl9
I HAVE to order one of these! Does anyone have both the moon cup and diva cup and can comment which one is better? Or what the difference is?
06/21/2011
LuckyStars LuckyStars
Since I've been on Depo, I've not had any bleeding or a period at all in years. However, I'm considering switching back to birth control pills to see if it will help improve on sex drive. So, I'll have a period soon and I was curious about these. It seems kind of gross and messy to me. I've never inserted anything like that other than a tampon in me. Seems like it'd be similar to one of those Nuva Rings. Is it hard to get in place? Do you feel it? Does it hurt?
06/21/2011
LuckyStars LuckyStars
Oh and how much do these cost? Where can you buy them? The ones I saw years ago were at Target and them seemed like disposable ones. I forgot how much they were.
06/21/2011
aliceinthehole aliceinthehole
I'm not sure about the diff between diva and moon cup... i think the diva cup may be a different material than the moon cup's silicone.


wanted to also note that i can fairly easily have sex (except when i'm riding cowgirl on top) with my cup in... which is great.
06/21/2011
BBW Talks Toys BBW Talks Toys
Quote:
Originally posted by LuckyStars
Since I've been on Depo, I've not had any bleeding or a period at all in years. However, I'm considering switching back to birth control pills to see if it will help improve on sex drive. So, I'll have a period soon and I was curious ... More
Getting off Depo will CERTAINLY increase your sex drive.

It's a little messy to begin with, but by the end of your period, you should have the hang of it.
06/21/2011
Chilipepper Chilipepper
The websites are very informative about materials, insertion procedures, lots of answered FAQs, and all that. I found a local store that sells the Diva Cup and am getting the $30 together to buy it.

I mentioned it to my mother and she ranted "DISGUSTING! Those things were out in the 70's and they were gross!!!" This is coming from a woman who never used one, and the only person who she knew used it had tried it only once and didn't bother to keep practicing because 'it didn't work the first time'. *facepalm*
06/21/2011
Rossie Rossie
I have 2 pink Ladycups. I guess I didn't put too much effort into it, so they're not working for me. Besides, I think it's too much of a bloody mess (literally speaking)!
06/21/2011
alliegator alliegator
I've been using a Diva cup for several years and love it. It doesn't make me sweaty like pads can, and I don't feel nervous about how long I leave it in like with tampons. It pays for itself over time since I don't have to keep buying disposables. Once you get it in, it is very comfortable.
06/21/2011
Rain. Rain.
I plan on getting one soon.
06/21/2011
null null
I've had my Divacup for a few years and I love it! I actually get fewer cramps when I use it
06/21/2011
Eucaly Eucaly
Quote:
Originally posted by catgirl9
I HAVE to order one of these! Does anyone have both the moon cup and diva cup and can comment which one is better? Or what the difference is?
It really depends on your personal preference which one you'll like. There are a lot of detailed websites and livejournal groups with information to help you decide.

Sizing is also important, usually varying according to under-30 and over-30.

Many of the brands offer exactly the same model in latex and in silicone, so you can decide which material you want.

Also, try to find a supplier that offers returns. Then you can try, for example, the Diva and if you hate it, you return it and you're only out shipping (they are required to punch holes in all returned ones, so don't worry about getting a used cup - it doesn't happen).

When I bought mine, I believe the trial period was 3 months (it can take two periods to get the hang of putting it in and taking it out; also it is common to feel as if you have the urge to pee all the time for the first week or so you wear it).
06/21/2011
PiratePrincess PiratePrincess
I've been looking into it, but I'm not sure it's the right option for me yet.
06/21/2011
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