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Do you recommend menstrual cups? What brand? Are they easy to use?

 

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amaza

I love mine!! If I'm at work on day 1 and 2 of my cycle I generally don't use it because I find it hard to change at work when my flow is heavy but other than that I use it my whole cycle, day and night.

I find it easy to use now that I have found an insertion method that suits me and it's very comfortable. For the first few cycles it did take some trial and error to make sure it sealed correctly but once I worked out the best way for me it was easy.

I have had it for about 3 years now and will never not use one again. It's the juju brand.

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liveworkplay
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I've used one for 14 years now. You need to be ok with your body as in how it works and bodily fluids lol They can be tricky for some to insert...even I, after so long,  on some days have to try a couple of times, but you quickly find the easiest way for you. I have used a diva cup (only recently replaced my original one) and have been very happy with it but there are so many different brands out there these days.

 

I have very heavy flow the first two days so I empty every couple of hours but after that, just morning and night.  I'd never go back to disposable products again. My teen girls  are keen to try but for them I have suggested they wait a while (until they are sexually active...not that I told them that!)

 

ETA: I just calculated (out of interest) and it has cost me 21c per cycle using my cup.

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MissBehaving

I got mine from Woolies, no idea what brand that is.

Love it but like others took a cycle or two to get the hang of inserting it.

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Ozquoll
1 hour ago, liveworkplay said:

My teen girls  are keen to try but for them I have suggested they wait a while (until they are sexually active...not that I told them that!)

Why would they need to be sexually active before using a menstrual cup? I was a virgin when I started using a cup - should I have waited until a penis cleared the way for it ? 🤷

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Ozquoll

OP, I use a Lunette brand cup and am very happy with it. I got it from a health food shop, or they can be bought online.

I always found cups very easy to use,  but some people find they take a bit of getting used to. They can occasionally be a bit messy, but the same could be said of tampons or pads IMO. 

I wonder how much money I've saved over more than twenty years of using a cup 🤔?

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JustMyGirl

I have used a cup for about 2-3 years. However, I am unable to use it on days 1 and 2. No matter what I do it leaks . Once I’m onto day 3 I can use it without a problem.  Wish that wasn’t the case as I find that when the cup works it is the best solution I have tried. I now use period undies on days 1 and 2. 

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Etcetera

I've used one for about 12 years and would never go back.

I feel so much cleaner and can be more active etc. I recommend inserting/changing in the shower. I use a fleur cup atm but have previously used a Diva (way back when Descentia recommended them!) and also have a Lunette.  I love that I can sleep naked if  I want, that I can leave it in all day and not worry. I love that I can put it in when I'm expecting my period too, so no worry about accidents.

About the not using them before becoming sexually active, I can understand that. I couldn't use tampons beforehand. But everyone is different and I definitely wouldn't completely rule it out. I would probably start with period undies for my DD though as I think inserting something can be quite confronting.

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Crazyone26989

I use a Lunette and love it. I’ve been using it for over 10 years and Ya pups never go back to pads and tampons. 
 

I did have a diva cup initially but it leaked on the 1st and 2nd days. That problem was solved with the lunette. After I had my DS I had to get the model 2 as I had started to leak again but all good with the bigger model. 

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liveworkplay
2 hours ago, Ozquoll said:

Why would they need to be sexually active before using a menstrual cup? I was a virgin when I started using a cup - should I have waited until a penis cleared the way for it ? 🤷

Just my prejudice. They don't cope with tampons so I think they need to wait for a bit before using a cup.

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Ozquoll

@liveworkplay

Fair enough, I wouldn't jump straight to trying a cup without using tampons first either!

 

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bubskitkat

Thanks for all the information.

I ended up buying the Lunette simply because they have a sale on the yellow cups which brings the price down to $35 delivered.

Woolworths sells the diva cup and coles sells a couple of other brands.

 

 

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Murderino
10 hours ago, Ozquoll said:

Why would they need to be sexually active before using a menstrual cup? I was a virgin when I started using a cup - should I have waited until a penis cleared the way for it ? 🤷

Interesting as I had thought I’d hold off suggesting it to DD - although as she almost always showers with me it might not be so confronting for her to use.

I know you have one bubs but I wanted to add that I love mine too. I second taking time to get used to it. I leaked a fair bit when I first got it as I was mucking up the insert and not sealing properly. I have very light periods though so the leak wasn’t a huge issue. Now I empty and clean morning and night in the shower.

Like a PP I’d out it in when I was expecting my period as I was pretty regular but as I’m entering peri menopause I’m a bit irregular so I wear period undies when I think it might be coming.

I might check out the Coles/Woolies options as my JuJu is about due to be changed.

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Kiwi Bicycle

FYI The Chemist Warehouse stocks 3 brands as well.

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bubskitkat
Posted (edited)
2 hours ago, Kiwi Bicycle said:

FYI The Chemist Warehouse stocks 3 brands as well.

Yes they have the moxi, diva cup and to Toms organic 

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RichardParker
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Love mine.  ISO is a good time to try it out so you can be at home to see how often you need to change it and get used to putting it in.  I've only done one cycle with mine but would never go back now - so much less waste.  My period lasts for less time, as well, and there's less ****TMI WARNING***  brown discharge, as the fluid can flow out easier.   I didn't have any trouble with leaks once I figured out how to create a proper seal.  But I wear them with period undies just in case. 

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bubskitkat

The lunette arrived very quickly after I ordered it. It seems to work well but at times I do get leaks. The stem was very painful and I cut that off.

due to the pain from the stem, I also purchased the moxi one but I am yet to try that. It has a ball stem. It seems more softer and flexible than the lunette.

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bubskitkat

I just read that 1 million Australian ladies are experiencing period poverty. It’s a shame that these cups are not available to them at the Centrelink $6.60 medicines rate.

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Murderino

I turn mine inside out as I don’t need the stem to pull it out. I think I read that tip here.

Also if you can run your finger around the outside of the cup to ensure there are no kinks in the circle. If there are you will have leaks.

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MadMarchMasterchef
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OP theres a few groups on fb with specialised knowedge if you are after recommendations of which brand suits. 

I gather it varies with your flow, your height / weight, whether you have had a baby etc. 

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bubskitkat

The Diva cup Is on sale at Woolworths for about $32.00 good savings 

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bubskitkat

I’ve now tried the moxie cup. What I like about this cup is that the material is a lot less firm than the lunette. I don’t get the irritation with this one that I get with the lunette. That said the lunette with its firmness pops into place a lot easier.

which ones better? I like them both. I also really like the moxie carry box. 
 

 

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coolbreeze
On 04/08/2020 at 6:20 PM, Murderino said:

I turn mine inside out as I don’t need the stem to pull it out. I think I read that tip here.

Also if you can run your finger around the outside of the cup to ensure there are no kinks in the circle. If there are you will have leaks.

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run your finger around the rim to ensure it’s smooth and won’t leak. I cut the stem off my diva once I was comfortable with insertion and placement.

I got mine way back around 2008 when you had to order from overseas! It was the best suggestion I ever came across on essential baby.

i think I’m now in menopause but my 17 year old daughter uses one.

CB

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Murderino

I trimmed the stem but now I actually use it inside out.

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Tinkle Splashes

I tried one a couple of times but both times I couldn’t get it out! My fingers are slightly on the short side, and I literally could not reach the rim to break the seal to pull it out. Am I the only one who has had this happen?

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