Moving onto Menstrual Cup & reuse pads
How, what, where??
, Jun 22 2012 01:25 PM
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Posted 22 June 2012 - 01:25 PM
I am ready to make the change over to a mentrual cup and washable pads.
Where do I start?
Is there a difference with the Moon and Diva cups?
I know nothing about pads.
Share what you know please!!
ETA: i have quite heavy periods if that makes a difference to what you would recommend!
Edited by Miby, 22 June 2012 - 01:27 PM.
Posted 22 June 2012 - 01:28 PM
Stalking.. I have been seriously thinking of making the move myself but always forget until I get another period..
Posted 22 June 2012 - 01:30 PM
there are so many variations out there. I use a JuJu cup & have a handful of cloth pads, all purchased from scarleteve.com.au http://www.scarleteve.com.au/store/
I don't know a whole lot about pads, other than they can come in lots of different fabrics. Mine all have snaps on the wings so they stay in place quite well. I have minkee on a couple but most are cotton-topped.
** eta: my period is lighter & cycle a day shorter than when I was using disposable products.
It takes a bit of getting used to the insertion of the cup. I was mostly at home during the first few cycles when I switched over & that was helpful if I had a leak.
Edited by MadreLoca, 22 June 2012 - 01:32 PM.
Posted 22 June 2012 - 01:36 PM
I've not used the cups, but ive used fabric pads for a few years. I changed over because I was getting rashes from the disposables. First I bought a set from Wemoon. I liked them, but they were expensive, so I just made the rest. I find them very easy to use and wash. For washing, I put them in a bucket with a bit of detergent to soak. When I'm doing a washing load i add them in with an extra scoop of napisan. Occasionally I need to give them a scrub. then hang them on the line or clothes horse. I have thrown them in the dryer many times as well. Ive had my current set about 4 or 5 years. My flow isn't overly heavy and I would think if you need to change pads more than once an hour then the cup is probably a better idea, at least for the heavy days
Posted 22 June 2012 - 01:40 PM
I thought I'd have trouble getting used to them but seriously I bought it, washed it, put it in first period. Went to the loo a couple of times to make sure it was working (it was) and I have never looked back.
I am so surprised the transition was so easy.
Washing it in warm water means its wet and more bendy when I insert.
I will never go back and have not used a tampon/pad since. I have unused stuff in a draw I keep meaning to give to my friend.
Posted 22 June 2012 - 01:52 PM
I have the juju cup also, and find it fantastic!
I have heavy periods also, used to have to change tampons every hour for the first few days, then every 2 hours, for couple days, then every 4 or so (average 8-9 days long, and very painful!) i also had to back up with pads for leakage. I could also ALWAYS feel the tampons, and were always slightly uncomfortable with them in.
Was a bit concerned with the change over, but no worries at all, and no leakage! after the first cycle, i didn't even use pads as back up - as no leaks! (although I had planned to try cloth, haven't needed to)
Sometimes I would have a mini panic and have to go to the bathroom to make sure I had put it back in after shower, as couldn't feel it.
i end up changing every 4-6 hours for first few days, then just morning and night! i find the shower is the easiest, as nice and wet. my cycle has dropped to around 5-6 days too which is awesome, and strangely, not as painful! no idea why, but not complaining!
Posted 22 June 2012 - 02:25 PM
I could not tell that there was a huge degree of difference amongst the cups, so bought a moon cup.
As *cough* said above, I too thought that there would be a bit to get used to. Put it in the first day of my period and have not looked back! It is so EASY to use, no great transition required.
Go for it
Posted 22 June 2012 - 02:31 PM
I bought a Diva cup while on holiday in New York in April, figured since I was there I'd get the product that so many members on here rave about.
It's been a breeze to use and has hugely increased my confidence while my cycles go haywire as I progress into early menopause.
I've had no leaks, my cycle is a day shorter and I don't cramp anymore like I was when using tampons.
Best thing I ever bought and I wish I'd grabbed a few of them to give to some friends who ask me endless questions so they could try it and see what I'm raving about.
Posted 22 June 2012 - 04:42 PM
So is there no real difference with the cups?
Can any other pad users give me suggestions of brands to look at please?
My cycle sounds like it might chance once I stop using disposable products. But its starts out heavy and then can be very light for a few days. If the cup is enough without backup from pads, then I think I might still use lighter pads for lighter days? Or do you cups users find the cups suitable for the whole cycle?
Posted 22 June 2012 - 04:53 PM
Well there's lots of differences between the cups - not sure if they are differences that matter though! Size, bendableness, capacity, etc.
This user/website/company does heaps of menstrual cup videos - this one compares large size cups, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XXM_Zkk4tw
, they have some that compare large size cups, etc etc. You can have a look at all their videos and get lots of useful information, and ways to insert it etc.
Mine is a lunette ( I hadn't seen the videos before I bought it, it was just the one I bought at random). It's taken me a while to perfect the technique but I still never could go back after my first go - I'm a very heavy bleeder and the security it gives me is something I never had before! I have to use pads still, but that's fine with me.
Posted 22 June 2012 - 05:05 PM
My cup arrived today, yay. Whilst I'm not looking forward to getting my period back after DS, I am interested to see how it goes.
Another one stalking the thread interested to hear how others have gone.
Posted 22 June 2012 - 05:28 PM
I bought a lunette. I only just got my period back this month after DD. I used the lunette and it was amazing, can't believe I got the hang of it so quickly.
There will be no going back to tampons for me. I may use pads for a bit whilst I work out how heavy my cycle will be post birth and work out often I will have to empty the cup.
Posted 22 June 2012 - 07:57 PM
You'll never look back.
Before pregnant I used tampons. After I hated them so used pads. The pads started making me red and irritated so I caved and bought a diva. Love it.
I leaked the first period and only because I thought I was inserting properly and then realised I wasn't making sure it had popped open. Once I realised this I've never had a leak and now barely notice I have my period because I only empty when I wake and before bed.
Posted 22 June 2012 - 08:01 PM
I got a diva cup first but it leaked so I got a lunette which does not leak.
Posted 22 June 2012 - 08:17 PM
I used to use cloth pads (homemade by copying a pattern online) but switched to a Diva cup. So fantastic, removing it the first time was a bit nerve wracking lol, but now it's totally cool. I empty morning, lunch and bedtime on the first couple of days, then morning and night.
Posted 22 June 2012 - 08:17 PM
I have a diva cup and Twinkle Lily pads.
Check out the cloth pad shop
to see what takes your fancy.
Posted 22 June 2012 - 08:28 PM
I have a mooncup and love it. I also have a pretty heavy flow and have to change it every 4-6 hours for the first two days. When I was at work I would often wear a pad as well on those days to be doubly sure but didn't really need to, just didn't want to get stuck in a meeting and be worrying about it or anything.
It definitely helped with my flow (overall length was decreased) and cramps were also reduced.
When AF returns after DS I also want to get some cloth pads as a back up system so am interested to hear others thought on good brands.
Posted 22 June 2012 - 08:37 PM
I haven't tried a cup as I was going to wait until my period came back and then we got pregnant quite quickly (lucky).
I do use twinkle lily cloth pads. Their trial pack pops up on various sites on sale from time to time. So I started with that, decided I liked the style and have added a few more numbers in the right flows to it. I've also got a couple of post-partum pads to try.
Posted 22 June 2012 - 10:52 PM
One suggestion would be to start off with the cup and see how you go...then you will be able to see whether or not you will need a backup pad.
I use the lunette and wear a back up (disposable pad) on my heavier days if I am at work or away from home, or sometimes a pantyliner if I am at home on my heavier days. In the first few days I find that I get light spotting at times (not full on leaking or anything like that, I would compare it to the very start of your period when it has only just
Cups are such a great invention! I only get mild cramps now and it is SO much better overnight too! Instead of using overnight pads with extra toilet paper
and being afraid to move all night and waking up feeling disgusting, I use the cup and a light day pad just in case and sleep far better and wake up feeling clean. Then I just empty it in the shower in the morning and then I don't empty it until the early evening and again before bed.
Posted 22 June 2012 - 11:00 PM
I am lazy, I just use toilet paper as my backup on my heavier days...
I heart my ladycup
Posted 23 June 2012 - 01:38 PM
I started out with a Diva cup a few years ago, and hated it. I never got the hang of it, it always felt like it was going to fall out. I seldom wore it for more than an hour or so.
Then about 6 months ago i bought a MeLuna, and i'm converted! LOVE it. I was used to it pretty much straight away. So i would say that no, they're not all the same, so do some research before you buy one! There are some great comparison sites around the place...such as this one http://labyrinth.net.au/~obsidian/clothpads/Cups.html
As for cloth pads...i have only recently started using them, for back up for the menstrual cup. I bought some from Clothcycle
and have been happy so far, but i have nothing to compare them to
Posted 24 June 2012 - 08:13 PM
Thanks for that link MRS DOYLE. I love that photo! I will have a read, but came back to check this thread and ask everyone a couple more questions.
Can/do you wear the cup at night?
And, it seems a number of you like the Juju cup, even though it costs more than some other brands.
What was your reason for buying this one over the others?
There are so many cups around now since I last read up about them. So great to see that these and reusable pads are getter more popular.
Another question, what do your partners think or say about using these over the disposables? I have cloth nappies soak in open bucket, but I think I might have to get a closed lid container for soaking pads!
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