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Old 07-19-2013, 07:15 PM   #1
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should i get a menstural cup?

so my periods have gotten super heavy and i clean houses as my job and go through tampons like crazy, pads are not fun to wear while working and i hate trashing my period hands all over a freshly cleaned bathroom if i need to "on the spot" change a tampon. would a cup help? i cant carry alot of supplies with me in and out of houses, pads are sweaty and dont feel right, and tampons (even super+) last about an hour tops. i also forgot to mention i have a full 7 day cycle, which the first 2 days are the worst and can go through one box of tampons in a hot minute.

today was the last straw, i forgot my supplies and had to wad up clients paper towels (and i wasnt wearing panties cuz non where clean) and through basketball shorts it managed to drip several times down my leg. what a ****ing day

what are the best ones for the best price? can they really hold 12 hours? thanks so much for the help

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Old 07-19-2013, 07:43 PM   #2
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Re: should i get a menstural cup?

In my opinion, cups take a little time to get used to (i.e. learning to insert, figuring out a system for changing and timing, etc.), but I think it's worth it. You will probably have to change more frequently than 12 hrs. I do in the first day or two and I'm not as heavy as you are. You will probably want to wear a back-up liner or pad (I use mama cloth, I like how it absorbs and it doesn't feel gross like commercial liners and pads b/c it's made out of actual fabric and feels more like underwear). It will definitely eliminate the need to carry extra stuff with you, but I wouldn't necessarily say that's it's "neat" compared to tampons, especially at first while there's a learning curve.

Once you get into your own system, it will be easy and I think worth it overall (you'll save a bunch on tampons, for sure). I love mine, I did some research and found blogs and YouTube videos with reviews and comparisons. I personally wear a Lady Cup and it is comfortable to me. I bet there are a lot of other mamas who could chime in with lots of other helpful information and opinions!
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Old 07-19-2013, 08:15 PM   #3
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Definitely worth it. The first few uses are a little messy, but nothing a quick wipe of the toilet seat and rinse of the sink won't fix. I agree with the back up mama cloth, though. I don't usually leak or anything, but I wouldn't want to and not have it there.

I really want to try a sea sponge tampon in the future.
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Old 07-20-2013, 10:52 AM   #4
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Re: should i get a menstural cup?

I know I have seen a couple of heavy bleeders in other threads saying that their cups (even ones that are supposed to have a large capacity) simply do not hold enough for them to go more than a couple of hours w/o changing and that changing at work proved too messy even after the learning curve. I think they would have to be on the extreme end of heavy though, considering what most women have to say about duration.

That is not to deter you from trying it. I just thought I would say that I've noticed this can be an issue for some. Fwiw, I have not tried a menstrual cup but am very curious about the unique femmycycle design that is new to the U.S. and may buy it sometime (I think it is also one of the largest capacities?). It is supposed to be more or less spill-proof which might provide more ease of mind if changing the cup in someone else's bathroom: I was interested in it in large part b/c I saw that it is short and does not need--indeed, is not supposed--to be fully opened. (The opening and pressing against everything bit kind of freaks me out.)
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Old 07-22-2013, 08:00 AM   #5
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I know I have seen a couple of heavy bleeders in other threads saying that their cups (even ones that are supposed to have a large capacity) simply do not hold enough for them to go more than a couple of hours w/o changing and that changing at work proved too messy even after the learning curve. I think they would have to be on the extreme end of heavy though, considering what most women have to say about duration.

That is not to deter you from trying it. I just thought I would say that I've noticed this can be an issue for some. Fwiw, I have not tried a menstrual cup but am very curious about the unique femmycycle design that is new to the U.S. and may buy it sometime (I think it is also one of the largest capacities?). It is supposed to be more or less spill-proof which might provide more ease of mind if changing the cup in someone else's bathroom: I was interested in it in large part b/c I saw that it is short and does not need--indeed, is not supposed--to be fully opened. (The opening and pressing against everything bit kind of freaks me out.)
im wondering if i should just go with cloth pads then. if they really do help with the sticnk itchy and "boggy feeling" im all in
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Old 07-22-2013, 10:04 AM   #6
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A cup is a nice option but there is a learning curve. I have a diva cup size 2 and just got the lunette cup size 1 but have not had a chance to use it yet. I do have leaks at times with the diva cup and use back up mama cloth. I love treehugger mama cloth. On heavy days I do use a heavy pad because there are times I don't get it sealed. I am hoping the Lunette fits better so I don't have leaks. Each cup is different and fits differently. There is a blog that compares them and I have to see if I can find it to add the link. The diva cup for me was almost too big and the stem dug in at times. Other times it was fine. The lunette has a solid stem and comes in colors which I like. http://www.treehuggerclothpads.com/ This is where I have gotten my mama cloth.
http://menstrualcups.wordpress.com/c...y/comparisons/ Here is the comparison of cups. There is a lot to read. I hope this helps.
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Re: should i get a menstural cup?

I don't personally use the cup. I use mama cloth, but I know a few women who use the cup and they all say that they have to wear cloth pads as a back up because it just doesn't hold enough since their periods are heavy. Have you thought of looking into mama cloth? They absorb a ton.
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Re: should i get a menstural cup?

I just skimmed the comments, but I am trying out the cups you can get at the store "Instead" I think it's called? I will say I do leak on my first couple heavier days. But I am definitely still in the learning curve (only my 3rd cycle using it this month). I plan to try some mama cloth as back up because even when I am not actually leaking I have had a few panic moments since the cup doesn't absorb all natural secretions, I think mama cloth will give me some peace of mind! I really like how much less my cramping is with the cup!! I will say it's not the neatest process but I agree with pp, nothing a quick wipe of potty and rinse of sink won't take care of.

What I haven't determined is how to do cups while out and about... can't very well rinse in a public bathroom!
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Re: should i get a menstural cup?

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my Lunette. It has lightened my flow up considerably-and my first two days used to be pretty rough. I never could stand a tampon and pads feel so yucky in the heat or when you are working. It has about made me crazy to not use it in these postpartum weeks. I love my pads and all, but my cup makes my period bearable.
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Do try a menstrual cup, although I doubt that it can hold your flow 12 hours. I have a light flow and can go 12 hours. Tampons are probably contributing to your problem though. Try a cup with a cloth pad backup. For you I would recommend a cup/cloth pad pairing. Try it and see if your flow doesn't ease up. You might see a difference right at first or it might take a few months.
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