AngRoCamp, on 21 February 2013 - 12:36 PM, said:
Jenna I'm a big fan of menstrual cups too! I bought a Diva cup before I got pregnant with Molly (so 6 years ago?) and it's all I used until about a year ago when my cycle got so wonky that I had to do some backing up with pads (I don't mind the Always Infinity pad - super thin but crazy absorbent). A couple weeks ago I actually bought my first box of tampons since starting to use the Diva cup! LOL. It was because my period started unexpectedly and extremely heavily the day before a race and I didn't want to be dealing with the cup in a port-a-potty with no way to thoroughly wash my hands afterwards (eeeeeeeew). I thought tampons would be easier to deal with, and I suppose they were, but I find them almost worthless now. Even with Super Plus I'm leaking within 90 minutes which is just such a drag
I've never seen cups in other colors. Now I'm totally intrigued. What brand are they? I do think I've been using my Diva for longer than recommended and I'm sure I should replace it. The savings over the years have made me SUCH a believer in this option, though!!
I actually think that as long as you take good care of it & there are no signs of wear (like the silicone getting tacky or splitting somewhere) there is no reason to replace your cup. I know that the Diva pamphlet says you can replace it annually, but every other cup manufacturer claims a lifespan of 10-15 yrs. My keeper (which is the only rubber one out there I think) has lasted nearly 10 yrs. It's biodegradable, so it is starting to show some signs that it's time to get a new one, so I just got a MeLuna (it's purple!
/> ). There are a TON of brands now, & several offer colors. If you like the Diva I would say you could look into Lunette or MeLuna. I hear you on the porta-potty issue. The cups that have a higher capacity claim that you can get by with only emptying every 12 hrs. I have found that to be true, I usually only have to "change" every 10-12 hrs so I can generally avoid public restrooms/porta-potty woes. Although I do carry a little baggie of flushable wipes "just in case" so I can sanitize if there is no sink available.
I also enjoyed nursing for that reason, Cheri! With each baby I nursed & I had no cycle at all until I weaned. It was so nice! Also confusing though when I was nursing & hadn't had a cycle yet but ended up preggo with my second. I was 9 wks along by the time I found out! LOL