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re: Alternative Menstrual Products…be kind to yourself and to the Environment!
By hylndlasmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 7170, member since Wed Sep 22, 2004
On Fri Feb 02, 2007 12:01 PM
^ Try folding it different ways as well.

Sometimes the cup won't seal right depending on the fold you have used vs the shape of your body.
re: Alternative Menstrual Products…be kind to yourself and to the Environment!
By Odessamember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 11250, member since Tue Feb 26, 2002
On Sun Feb 11, 2007 12:19 AM
They don't sell them in regular stores in Australia. They're listed on the Therapeutic Goods Administration, which means they're legal and approved for sale. But you can only buy them online or at specialist stores in out-of-the-way places.
Fascist hygiene companies want us to keep lining their pockets, and so do the supermarkets and chemists.

But I bought mine online on Friday, and I bought one for a girl I work with as well.

I'm not going to be chained to the hygiene companies anymore!

Erin.
::righteous babe::
re: Alternative Menstrual Products…be kind to yourself and to the Environment!
By hylndlasmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 7170, member since Wed Sep 22, 2004
On Sun Feb 11, 2007 09:26 PM
^If you (or anyone else) is interested in Pads let me know.

I'll make you some. :)
re: Alternative Menstrual Products…be kind to yourself and to the Environment! (karma: 1)
By Odessamember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 11250, member since Tue Feb 26, 2002
On Wed Feb 14, 2007 12:28 AM
My Keeper came today! And obviously the one I ordered as a gift for my friend.

I'm at the end of my period, but it feels so good to know that TODAY IS THE DAY I USE MY LAST PAD FOR THE NEXT TEN YEARS!!

No more landfill waste. No more money waste. No more panicking because I have no tampons. No more bleached cotton fibres getting stuck up inside me! NO MORE!!!

And I'm going to the Sustainable Living Festival on Sunday, so I might buy some washable pads there.

Oh, the joy of being free from the constraints of the hygiene companies!

Erin.
::righteous babe::
re: Alternative Menstrual Products…be kind to yourself and to the Environment!
By Crazydancer4 Comments: 223, member since Thu Jun 22, 2006
On Sat Mar 10, 2007 08:46 PM
I am so glad I found this thread! I had no idea about any of this. Now I am a changed woman, I am going to buy a DivaCup and the reusable pads. lol the best part is I can't wait for my period so I can try them out. Thank you so much for posting this!
re: Alternative Menstrual Products…be kind to yourself and to the Environment!
By Angelinamember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 10300, member since Mon May 06, 2002
On Mon Mar 12, 2007 09:51 AM
Mine smells :( I can't figure out a way to get rid of the smell, its just kind of stale-smelling, and I don't want to put it away util the smell goes. I've tried boiling water in a kettle, and just leaving it in there for 10 minutes or so, tried washing it with washing up liquid/hand soap, but the smel won't go!

You have no idea how hard it is to find Tea Tree Oil or anything like that here... they don't tend to "do" alternative-y products here. Any suggestions?
re: Alternative Menstrual Products…be kind to yourself and to the Environment!
By hylndlasmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 7170, member since Wed Sep 22, 2004
On Mon Mar 12, 2007 08:27 PM
Edited by hylndlas (107168) on 2007-03-12 20:48:05 some more stuff
First off you have a moon cup right?

You can try a vinegar/water mixture. (Double check on that to make sure you aren't going to cause a chemical reaction if you clean it with that.) Baking soda water might work as well.....just double check.

Tea tree oil can be found at most new agey stores....I think Whole foods carries it as well. Try health food stores in your area...if they don't have it they may know someone who does.

If none of these suggestions work let me know....I'll look around and see if I can find anything else to help.

EDIT: Found more info.... 209.85.165.104 . . .

The cup should not smell. If it does develop an odor, this can be remedied by soaking it in vinegar after each period, or storing it in baking soda between periods.



I've also read that baby sterilizing solution ( the stuff you use to sterilize bottles and nipples) can work as well....again double check on that.


re: Alternative Menstrual Products…be kind to yourself and to the Environment!
By Pasdekatmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 6900, member since Sat Dec 29, 2001
On Fri Mar 16, 2007 08:40 PM
I'm a little late coming in, but thank you SO SO much for this thread. I absolutely LOVE my keeper. I wish that more women would discover it. The first period I used it for it was a little hard and even a little painful to put in (but not horrible) but the second period was great, it went in very easily. So if you're just trying it and find insertion a bit frustrating at first, it will be easier "next time around".
re: Alternative Menstrual Products…be kind to yourself and to the Environment!
By balletbelle_xoxmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 897, member since Tue Jul 12, 2005
On Sat Mar 17, 2007 02:39 PM
I've been wanting to get one of those cups for a while now, but I was concerned about it leaking while I'm at dance. Are they really secure when your body is bending and your muscles are pushing through a dance class?? If anyone knows that'd be helpful ^_^
re: Alternative Menstrual Products…be kind to yourself and to the Environment!
By hylndlasmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 7170, member since Wed Sep 22, 2004
On Mon Mar 19, 2007 01:27 PM
^ I've never had a problem.


:)
re: Alternative Menstrual Products…be kind to yourself and to the Environment!
By Angelinamember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 10300, member since Mon May 06, 2002
On Wed Mar 21, 2007 08:30 AM
I've never had a problem with it either - when you put it in, it forms a kind of seal with your body, so nothing could possibly leak out. I find that I have to push my figer up the side to break the seal when I want to empty it, so its pretty hard for the seal to break naturally.
re: Alternative Menstrual Products…be kind to yourself and to the Environment!
By Agrippina Comments: 449, member since Tue Apr 08, 2003
On Sun Apr 08, 2007 09:17 PM
I love my diva cup. It has a steep learning curve, but it is definitely worth it.
re: Alternative Menstrual Products…be kind to yourself and to the Environment!
By RhythmNSoleQT Comments: 41, member since Fri Mar 02, 2007
On Sat Apr 28, 2007 08:06 PM
Sure, all this sounds good... but can you DANCE with a cup in???
re: Alternative Menstrual Products…be kind to yourself and to the Environment!
By hylndlasmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 7170, member since Wed Sep 22, 2004
On Sat Apr 28, 2007 09:30 PM
^ Yes!


I've gone horse back riding with my cup in.

It is really no different from a Tampon.
re: Alternative Menstrual Products…be kind to yourself and to the Environment!
By XxcutexballetxX Comments: 21, member since Wed Jan 31, 2007
On Mon Jun 04, 2007 04:14 PM
Karma to you. My mom won't let me use tampons yet so she deffently wouldn't let me use a sea sponge etc.
re: Alternative Menstrual Products…be kind to yourself and to the Environment!
By ilovechelseamember has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 1247, member since Fri May 25, 2007
On Fri Jun 15, 2007 09:51 PM
Wow...thanks for posting. I love saving the environment. Its kinda my thing. I haven't quite tried tampons yet...so id be afraid to try most of these though.
re: Alternative Menstrual Products…be kind to yourself and to the Environment!
By Erika78750member has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 118, member since Thu Jun 07, 2007
On Tue Jun 19, 2007 03:30 PM
emilytheprincess wrote:

This is so interesting! I have NEVER seen or heard of these products until just now. One of those cups looks VERY nice instead of a ton of pads and tampons under the sink.

Only one concern, does it ever leak at all? I mean, even when I use tampons I use a pad underneath in case it leaks.

Thanks for the info! Karma!

Emily


I have really heavy periods and I used the one called "instead" just one time and it leaked only after 20 minutes or so. I would be willing to give it another chance but I would be constantly worried about this problem. Mine are so heavy that I end up having to change a super plus tampon every 15 minutes on my heaviest days.
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By dancinqt5013member has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 3865, member since Wed Aug 17, 2005
On Fri Jun 22, 2007 01:56 PM
Thanks a lot. I want to use something else. But those menstrual cups are a little intimidating. But I hate, hate, HATE pads. Just personal preference. Maybe I'll give it a try soon.
re: Alternative Menstrual Products…be kind to yourself and to the Environment!
By hylndlasmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 7170, member since Wed Sep 22, 2004
On Fri Jul 06, 2007 09:20 AM
Erika78750 wrote:

emilytheprincess wrote:

This is so interesting! I have NEVER seen or heard of these products until just now. One of those cups looks VERY nice instead of a ton of pads and tampons under the sink.

Only one concern, does it ever leak at all? I mean, even when I use tampons I use a pad underneath in case it leaks.

Thanks for the info! Karma!

Emily


I have really heavy periods and I used the one called "instead" just one time and it leaked only after 20 minutes or so. I would be willing to give it another chance but I would be constantly worried about this problem. Mine are so heavy that I end up having to change a super plus tampon every 15 minutes on my heaviest days.


Yeah the instead did the same thing to me...but that's because it didn't fit right because I am a small woman. I couldn't get it to rest behind my pubic bone. See my statement on this in the main thread.

With the Keeper however since it rests just south of the cervix and the vaginal walls support it thus forming a seal I usually do not leak. If I do it's because my cup is full...i.e been over 12 hours OR the method I used to insert it didn't quite unfold properly when I put it in. (This usually happens when I am in a big hurry.) This is why I usually use a small thin cloth pad as a backup.
re: Alternative Menstrual Products…be kind to yourself and to the Environment! (karma: 1)
By Angelinamember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 10300, member since Mon May 06, 2002
On Fri Jul 06, 2007 09:31 AM
I wish more people would try it instead of being all hesitant! This is really the best £20 I ever spent, my period feels so much cleaner than it used to (mainly because I don't have a clump of cotton wool stuck inside me), and it's SO much better for the environment.

I've converted my mum and sister too, I love how we now have space for stuff in the bathroom cupboards, instead of them being too full of pads and tampons.
re: Alternative Menstrual Products…be kind to yourself and to the Environment!
By hylndlasmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 7170, member since Wed Sep 22, 2004
On Fri Jul 06, 2007 09:53 AM
^

Just a little note to add....some of the products like the Keeper and the Moon Cup (the Keeper's version of the Diva NOT TO BE CONFUSED with the UK's cup called the Moon Cup-because although they look to be about the same THEY ARE MADE BY TWO DIFFERENT COMPANIES in TWO different countries! So be mindful when you buy them!)

Have a 3 month return policy but not one day more.

If you are not completely satisfied, return it to your place of purchase for a refund, provided that the stem has not been cut to less than ½ of its original length. Occasionally, a woman believes that trimming the stem of The Keeper or The Moon Cup will provide a more comfortable fit. However, if you cut off more than ½ of the original length of the stem, your Keeper or Moon Cup cannot be returned for refund.

So you can try it.....if you don't like it you can get your money back.
re: Alternative Menstrual Products…be kind to yourself and to the Environment!
By live_4_the_day Comments: 24, member since Thu Jul 05, 2007
On Tue Jul 10, 2007 01:34 AM
good post i didn't know about like any of these things all look helpfull though thanx !
re: Alternative Menstrual Products…be kind to yourself and to the Environment!
By Lima22member has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 174, member since Sat Sep 30, 2006
On Tue Jul 10, 2007 09:32 PM
I know this is late, but I was wondering, can you use the cup if you're a virgin? Because I would really like to get the diva cup, but I want my hymen to be torn by a boy(or, you know, something else, if I go a diff. way), not a bit of rubber, thank you.

I think it would work, but it never hurts to ask, right?
re: Alternative Menstrual Products…be kind to yourself and to the Environment!
By hylndlasmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 7170, member since Wed Sep 22, 2004
On Wed Jul 11, 2007 09:42 AM
Hi Lima!

First off is your Hyman intact?

Try looking here community.livejournal.com . . .

for advice.....these girls have been very helpful to me.

I wasn't a virgin anymore when I started using the keeper so in all fairness I can't answer this question fairly.


Also you may not realize it or not but your hyman could become broken by something as simple as riding your bike. In fact I believe I broke mine riding my horse. :/

In that regard if the cup broke your hyman....if you even still have one....would it actually be that big of a deal?
re: Alternative Menstrual Products…be kind to yourself and to the Environment!
By ilovechelseamember has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 1247, member since Fri May 25, 2007
On Sun Aug 05, 2007 10:35 PM
I am an environmentalist and i just want to say...this thred is awesome. the sad part is though...im too scared to try tampons yet...so unfourtenetly i could never use any of these except for the pad at the beggining. but when im older...ill defenetly use these to help the environment!!
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