I realy want to get one, but they are hard to get by over here. Guess i'll still have to do some internet surching to find one that dosn't coast too much. LOL but i have used about 2 packs of tampons in the last 2 years cos of BFing, MC, and a messed up cycal. But i realy like the idea of not changing it all the time, and not being abel to FORGET tampons, (i am grate at that one) Just seems so much more practical.
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4/22/08 9:55 A
with the diva you just give it a squeeze to break the suction and it slides right out. i dump give it a rinse and re-insert. you get pretty good at it.
there is a bit of a learning curve inserting it. i think it took me 2-3 cycles to really get the hang of it...but the NO leakage factor is HUGE. it is fabulous really.
i clean it with antibacterial soap and hot water every cycle and i sterilze on the stove every couple of months. i think its like anything else...cleaning up kid puke, poopy diapers...you get over the "grossness" of it.
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4/22/08 9:50 A
I had the grossness factor with the Instead cup. the first time I went to take it out, and this will be TMI for many, I was really heavy and the thing leaked (poured) everywhere. and the Instead does not have a handle thing to get it out, you have to get the finger over the rim and it is a MESS. but still worth is to only change every 12 hours. Was really gross the first time or two, but after that I was fine.
I cant wait to get my diva now that I know I will use it.
and yes, tampons and pads are gross too, but his is a different "grossness" of getting the blood on your hands.
I never thought I would use one either, but I was sick of tampons.
Kaylynnz_mommy- you might try the Instead, $5 for 14 of them at walmart, then you will see what they are really all about. (and remember that the diva is easier to change)
Thanks for the information, ladies. I seriously was NOT trying to rude. I was genuinely curious about how these cups work. I don't know anyone who uses them.
It does seem to be a good investment and would pay for itself pretty quickly. However, I just don't think they are for me. I could be wrong about that, but don't really have the nerve to try them out. I get pretty grossed out at the sight of blood. (Strange, I know, but true.)
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4/21/08 9:57 P
Thanks so much for all the info!!!!
eBay has then for a great price too. After shipping it'll be less than $30. So, eBay it is!
This is the eBay store that has them at a reasonable price: http://tinyurl.com/4wmke4
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4/21/08 9:02 P
Whole foods sells them...they are like $34.
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4/21/08 8:37 P
Online or Motherearth Market. I LOVE mine. and what a money/septic system saver:)
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4/21/08 6:08 P
I would agree about the health food store; I haven't seen them at Walmart nor Target or anything like that. Check the website though, it does help out.
April (KAYLYNNZ_MOMMY): The first few times you use it, it can get a little messy, but not as bad as you'd think. Really, it just takes you some time to get used to it. It's basically a cup that you insert & it collects everything that would normally go on a pad or tampon. I bought mine to save money on buying pads & tampons which I desperately needed to do because with me & 2 teenage girls in the house we were going through a couple of packs of each a month. I do still use pantyliners with it though. So for me it was to save money & at the same time it also is more beneficial ("green") for the earth. It probably isn't for everyone, but I absolutely fell in love with it the first time that I used it. Honestly for me it's less of a hassle than changing a pad or tampon everytime I go to the bathroom. You can keep it in for like 10 hours so you don't necessarily have to change it everytime you use it. Definitely not for the faint of heart (LOL!) but if you go into it knowing your reasons for doing it & knowing what you are going to come across than it isn't so bad.
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4/21/08 5:35 P
I agree with the PP. I think you would need to go to a health food store to find them if you don't want to order it online.
I have only seen the Instead cups at places like Walmart and RiteAid. I also tried those 1st to see if I like it. I plan on getting a Diva but keep putting it off since I am keeping hope that I won't need it.
Good luck on your search!
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4/21/08 5:24 P
wal-mart does not sell them. they sell a disposable cup that is similar only its a one time use. I got those just to try out and see if I would like a diva cup.
I agree with PP to go online and look. I know we have a health food store in my town that sells them but that is it. and they are still like $40 or something.
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