What do you use during your period?

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What do you use during your period?

smashthepatriarchy smashthepatriarchy
I was a tampon user for many years throughout my teens years and in July of 2011 I bought a menstrual cup. It was the best decision I've ever made.

If you use cups - what brand do you use?

I use Diva Cup.
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
Pads
66
Tampons
80
Menstrual Cup
46
Freeballin
8
Total votes: 200 (156 voters)
Poll is closed
02/19/2012
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mistressg mistressg
I have never tried a menstrual cups but pretty much anything I've read about them has been "best thing I've ever done". I would be willing to try one.
02/19/2012
alliegator alliegator
Diva cup. Especially after my heavy day has passed I love it because it's comfortable and safe to leave in all day (or night). Also nice is that when I used to use tampons, they often wouldn't absorb fully if I masturbated with it in. The cup stays in place during and keeps working.
02/19/2012
lemondrop lemondrop
I started using the Instead SoftCup a couple of months ago and I will never go back to tampons. I can go all day before having to empty it, it has never leaked, and you can even have sex with it in, which is a major plus for anyone with a partner who isn't fond of blood.
02/19/2012
Roz W Roz W
menstrual cups are amazing (divacup, silicone). Except I seem to have misplaced mine. Humbug.
02/19/2012
BobbiJay BobbiJay
I love the Diva cup. I actually have both because I have a child I got the number 2 and it was too big so I bought the number 1 which is perfect.
02/19/2012
wdanas wdanas
I wouldn't want to be without my Diva cup. Tampons were uncomfortable, pads were messy... but this is just perfect.
02/19/2012
zwee75 zwee75
Divacup. I think we had another chat about this recently.
02/19/2012
Badass Badass
Tampons... divacups sound pretty interesting though
02/19/2012
MeliPixie MeliPixie
I use pads, and rarely tampons (they make my cramps worse). I'd LOVE to try a Diva Cup, but it grosses my boyfriend out. We'll see in the future.
02/19/2012
November November
I use pads and once in a rare while, tampons. I hope this doesn't sound like a stupid question, but what is freeballin?
02/19/2012
smashthepatriarchy smashthepatriarchy
Quote:
Originally posted by November
I use pads and once in a rare while, tampons. I hope this doesn't sound like a stupid question, but what is freeballin?
Freeballin is a term that means you don't use anything. I know a few people who don't use anything.
02/19/2012
November November
Quote:
Originally posted by smashthepatriarchy
Freeballin is a term that means you don't use anything. I know a few people who don't use anything.
What?!?! They don't use ANYTHING? How is that even possible? I've never heard of someone not using anything. I'm not trying to come across as rude, but the idea seems so impossible. Are they on some kind of birth control where they have little to no bleeding? Even with that, you would at least need to use a panty liner; right?
p.s thanks for defining freeballin for me.
02/19/2012
gone77 gone77
I've tried soft cups but the mess that comes with removing them is just not worth it for me. And they were nearly perfect! So, now I just stick with tampons.
02/19/2012
K101 K101
Quote:
Originally posted by smashthepatriarchy
I was a tampon user for many years throughout my teens years and in July of 2011 I bought a menstrual cup. It was the best decision I've ever made.

If you use cups - what brand do you use?

I use Diva Cup.
Well, I used to have awful periods so tampons were the only thin that I could use and those still needed changing every few minutes on some days! Now, I've been taking an injection that stops my periods because I had endometriosis and the injection stops periods and helps with the pain and slows the growth of endometrial tissue. Thankfully, I don't have to spend 4 days going from the bed to the bathroom when I have periods.

My sister used the cups before and hated them. They just aren't really the best for someone with abnormally heavy periods. It was disasterous for her. I can see it being good for some though.
02/19/2012
Dominekoyasha Dominekoyasha
Quote:
Originally posted by smashthepatriarchy
I was a tampon user for many years throughout my teens years and in July of 2011 I bought a menstrual cup. It was the best decision I've ever made.

If you use cups - what brand do you use?

I use Diva Cup.
Tampons with a pad or two in my panties in case im out somewhere and forget to bring extras.
02/19/2012
(k)InkyIvy (k)InkyIvy
I distrust pads, I get paranoid about going without anything, and the idea of a cup gathering my period blood within my lady bits just makes me uncomfortable. I prefer tampons because it absorbs the blood and you toss it out.
02/19/2012
smashthepatriarchy smashthepatriarchy
Wow I'm surprised, I thought cups were still mostly unheard of.
02/20/2012
smashthepatriarchy smashthepatriarchy
Quote:
Originally posted by November
What?!?! They don't use ANYTHING? How is that even possible? I've never heard of someone not using anything. I'm not trying to come across as rude, but the idea seems so impossible. Are they on some kind of birth control where they ...
Well, the people I know are really...free spirits. They eat strictly vegan diets and they make their own clothes. So, they don't use any feminine products, they just have clothes they specifically wear on those days and it's no big deal to them.
They are a bit...on the extreme side, but they are lovely people.
02/20/2012
MissCandyland MissCandyland
I use pads. I had an awful experience with tampons before.
02/20/2012
samanthalynn samanthalynn
Quote:
Originally posted by smashthepatriarchy
I was a tampon user for many years throughout my teens years and in July of 2011 I bought a menstrual cup. It was the best decision I've ever made.

If you use cups - what brand do you use?

I use Diva Cup.
pads
02/20/2012
Cream in the Cupcake Cream in the Cupcake
I use panty liners, those thin small ones. I used to use tampons but over time i found them uncomfortable.
02/22/2012
fredacarl fredacarl
Quote:
Originally posted by smashthepatriarchy
I was a tampon user for many years throughout my teens years and in July of 2011 I bought a menstrual cup. It was the best decision I've ever made.

If you use cups - what brand do you use?

I use Diva Cup.
Pads
02/23/2012
Ahatmadeofshoes12 Ahatmadeofshoes12
I use tampons and have been since I got my period at 12. I am considering trying the diva cup. The only thing I couldn't use is pads. They make me feel like I'm wearing a diaper.
02/23/2012
Lizzy Lizzy
tampons
02/23/2012
Zombirella Zombirella
Quote:
Originally posted by smashthepatriarchy
I was a tampon user for many years throughout my teens years and in July of 2011 I bought a menstrual cup. It was the best decision I've ever made.

If you use cups - what brand do you use?

I use Diva Cup.
Pads and tampons but I'd try a cup if they sold them near me. I dont want to pay extra for shipping right now because I'm not sure if its for me
02/24/2012
Chirple Chirple
I used tampons for years, but started to have the issue of them making cramps worse, so I have switched to pads.
02/24/2012
komona komona
what is the cup?
02/25/2012
geliebt geliebt
Quote:
Originally posted by komona
what is the cup?
There are many different brands of menstrual cups, but the Diva Cup is most widely available.
It's a fairly squishy, silicone cup that's generally somewhat cone shaped, which is inserted into the vagina and if it fits properly, catches menstrual blood without soaking any natural vaginal lubrication up like tampons can, and creates FAR less mess than just pads. Many women like em, plenty hate em.
I really like my diva cup, it's awesome and doesn't create leaks, doesn't HURT like tampons used to, I don't have to worry about ruining my jeans, all that good stuff!
02/25/2012
toxie m toxie m
I use the DivaCup too
02/25/2012
Total posts: 100
Unique posters: 92