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Any of the women use menstrual cups specifically the diva cup i just want to knwo what anyone else thinks fo it<br><br><br><br>
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Yay, it's keeper time again. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
Check out these threads for endless plugs:<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.veggieboards.com/boards/showthread.php?s=&threadid=5326" target="_blank">http://www.veggieboards.com/boards/s...&threadid=5326</a><br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.veggieboards.com/boards/showthread.php?s=&threadid=7101" target="_blank">http://www.veggieboards.com/boards/s...&threadid=7101</a><br><br><br><br>
The second one is more focused than the first... and the first can get kinda graphic.<br><br><br><br>
I don't have any experience with the Diva cup, but it looks exactly like the Keeper and apparently holds the same amount, so I'm sure it's fine -- and I'm pretty sure the tips posted about the keeper will apply to the diva cup as well.
 

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Oh yea, oh yea, oh yea.....MENSTRAL CUPS!<br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/carrot.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":vebo:"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/carrot.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":vebo:"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/carrot.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":vebo:"><br><br><br><br>
They are the best. I have gone into raves and info on the other posts, but if you need any more, just let me know.<br><br><br><br>
Love My Keeper!
 

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I knew you'd show up, EquiPro -- I beat you again! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> You're slacking! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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i used instead a long time ago and didn't like it, but i used it again last time and i really enjoyed it, i guess i just need practice fitting it in. i'd like to get something non-disposable though. how does the diva cup look like?
 

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oooh a new menstual product. How exciting!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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natalie, natalie - PLEASE give your Keeper another try. What problems were you having with insertion? I have found it really easy to get in, but then I have always used tampons with no applicator. Here's a hint or two:<br><br><br><br>
1) make sure that the rim of the keeper is wet. It goes in easier.<br><br><br><br>
2) fold it really well. Sometimes if I don't fold it all the way up, I have problems with it trying to open as I put it in.<br><br><br><br>
3) try putting it in while, basically, in the sitting position on the toilet. I find this easiest.<br><br><br><br>
4) once in, use a couple of fingers to twist is a half turn - that will open it up. If it isn't opened, just turn a little more. You'll be able to feel when the midsection of the cup is opened all the way and smooth - it feels like a bell.<br><br><br><br>
5) after you have it in, push the bottom of the stem and move it up a little. I find that this increases the suction.<br><br><br><br>
6) I have almost no stem. I don't need it for removal. One thing about the keeper is that it DOES sit lower in the vagina than a tampon. If you push it up too far, it gets funny feeling.<br><br><br><br>
When you go to take it out, just bear down like you are pushing out a bowl movement, grab the bottom of it and pinch it while pulling a little. It slides out with a little tug. You do have to get used to that feeling, but it isn't any worse than taking out a tampon. Additionally, because I don't empty my Keeper more than once in the AM when I get up, and once in the PM before bed, even on my heaviest days, it is quite full when I take it out (I have a very heavy flow). Be sure that you remove it straight up and down for easy of messiness. Actually, I often take it out in the shower.<br><br><br><br>
This is weird, and for the girls, but when I first put the Keeper in, it was, well, kinda pleasurable. I had it right on the "good" spot of you know what I mean. I had to move it a little because it was somewhat distracting.<br><br><br><br>
So, there you go!
 

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if you want to knw abt the diva cup go to <a href="http://www.divacup.com" target="_blank">www.divacup.com</a>
 

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<a href="http://www.mum.org/KeeperInsteadpic.htm" target="_blank">http://www.mum.org/KeeperInsteadpic.htm</a><br><br><br><br>
hmmm.. i'm imagining, wouldn't there be more leakage with the keeper? it seems narrower, and i have issues with leakage.<br><br><br><br>
also, uhm, can anyone tell me about the sex thing? i never heard that one from you keeper users.<br><br><br><br>
another one: (sorry ladies i know this topic's been covered in length in other threads, but i couldn't find answeres to these questions) why is instead not disposable, if you can reuse the keeper? hmm...<br><br><br><br>
last q: how much toilet paper/paper towel do you need exactly? what if it's chunky? and how do you pull it out without making it all go everywhere? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/inquisitive.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":stinkeye:"> okay, that was 3 questions... sorry.
 

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yet another question: what colour is the divacup? i couldn't find an actual full-colour picture of it on the website. in any case, that gets extra points, cause the keeper is so ugly... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:"><br><br><br><br>
last comment: yay, they're made in canada! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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i wonder if infection such as toxic shock, is ever an issue? i mean with keeping it in over longer periods of time like over night. how long has anyone used it before throwing away? do you need to sterilize it? just wondering. thanks, sounds like a really good idea.
 

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I have extremely heavy flows, and yes, lots of chunky, mucousy stuff (sorry - you asked for it). After the first use, I have had no leakage at all, and, as I have mentioned, I don't empty it but in the AM when I get up, and in the PM when I go to bed.<br><br><br><br>
You can't have sex with the keeper any more than you can have sex with a tampon. It sits quite low in the vagina, so you have to take it out. When I am in the mood and that's the issue, we do it in the shower! (couldn't live w/o my shower massage!).<br><br><br><br>
I bought the keeper because it IS reusable. According to my failed memory, 16 billion tampons end up in the landfill each year. I'm not doing that anymore.<br><br><br><br>
Pulling it out when the keeper is full definitely takes some practice. The first time I did it, it was a mess. If I am flowing heavily, I make darn sure that I take it out straight up and down. I just dump it in the toilet and then rinse it in the sink before inserting. I haven't had to change it anywhere but home, but I would take 2 or 3 moist paper towels into the toilet - that should do it.<br><br><br><br>
I hope that answers your questions. I am a Keeper user, so I can't attest to any of the other products. I like the fact that it is brown. I just gets discolored anyway. And I think that the stiffness of the natural rubber works well for me. The Keeper also comes with a cute little purple pouch, btw.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by asha2003</i><br><br><b>i wonder if infection such as toxic shock, is ever an issue? i mean with keeping it in over longer periods of time like over night. how long has anyone used it before throwing away? do you need to sterilize it? just wondering. thanks, sounds like a really good idea.</b></div>
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TSS (toxic shock) has not been associated with the keeper -- it's one of the reasons I use it. You are not supposed to keep it in longer than 12 hours. So far, I've had my keeper for 4 years, and it doesn't show any signs of wear. The info I have says it will last 10-15 years. And no, you don't have to sterilize it... just stick it in a cup of 1/2 warm water and 1/2 vinegar and leave it to soak for a few hours (I do it overnight) at the end of your cycle and then throw it in the spiffy little cloth bag that comes with it. During your cycle, you just rinse it, as EquiPro said.<br><br><br><br>
To answer some other questions...<br><br><br><br>
I've never had a problem with leakage, and that was an issue when I used tampons. Oh... the picture looks narrow, but the keeper itself is <i>not</i>. To be honest, when I first got it I was a little scared by how wide it was!<br><br><br><br>
If you're changing it in a public washroom, you just need 1 moist paper towel to wipe it off after you've dumped it. (Actually, 1/2 a paper towel would be sufficient). It's rare that you'll have to do that since you can keep it in so long. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
I have some additional insertion tips, but I PM those, if you end up needing them.<br><br><br><br>
I think that covers everything.
 

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well with the diva cup it is a opague white like teh color of plastic gloves you can see through it but it has a milky colour to it it is made from silicone, it bends easily , and when you want to empty it push down and pull the end out with your fingers making sure you leave it up and down so it doesnt spill all over the place then empty in the toliet and use toliet paper to clean it out<br><br>
it doesnt take much once youve emptied it its only residue left over
 

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Wow.. I never realized these things were so great! I don't have any "real life" friends who use them. Some day when I go off the depo-provera shots and start getting periods again, I'll look into it!
 

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question. if you leave it in all day like that, is there a smell? i mean if you've ever been in a position where you couldn't change your pad for a while, there's definately a smell and it's definately embarassing.<br><br>
you'd think with the keeper or diva cup or whatever other cup if it's sitting with liquid in it for hours, would it not start to smell?
 

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i love my keeper so much.<br><br><br><br>
although.. mine leaks when i lie down (but now a lot).<br><br><br><br>
another thing i dont think anyone has mentioned is that you can empty your menstrual blood onto a bottle, fill the bottle with water, shake it, and give your plants a little boost of nutrients. hehe.<br><br><br><br>
xo
 
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