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Warning: things relating to menstrual cycles and all that jazz.  The word 'vagina' is used twice for people who are sensitive about the naming of body parts.
I mean, guys CAN read it if they want. Actually, it would do the world a whole lot of good if this whole darn thing wasn't so much of a taboo. But I just want to say I am writing this for the women.

To read this journal you have to accept a few things first:

1. Periods are not horrible things.
Inconvenient in OUR SOCIETY? Yes. But Biologically? It means you're healthy. Your body cleans itself out every month. People who take birth control and other methods to stop their periods (except for very extreme medical conditions), are messing with hormones, pheromone detection, and a lot of other chemistry in their bodies.  I mean, you're tricking your body into thinking it's pregnant... If you're the type to look up scientific articles, take a gander; it's all very fascinating stuff!

2. It's okay to talk about it.
It shocks me how many girls today know NOTHING about their bodies.  It's okay to look this stuff up, to ask questions, and to find people who are comfortable answering those questions.

3. You are open to learning new things.

4. You are beautiful.

And if you cannot accept the four facts I'm presenting to you, then this is NOT for you.  If you can, read on.

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The purpose of this journal is to present an item, the DIVA CUP, that changed my life for the better.  I'm not part of their marketing scheme or anything; simply decided to try it out one day and never turned back.  If you don't believe me, google it and you'll find a whole community of confident women who could vouch for this.

Why now? Because I just had my period, and was jumping off docks, sailing, swimming... Basically living life to the fullest and forgetting I was even on my period.  IS THIS FOR REAL?! Read on.

Every woman's body is different so this is NOT a cure-all for whatever might ail you that time of the month.  I'm lucky enough not to suffer from bad cramps or anything, but my body does feel different ('a little off,' I might say) during that time. Pads were annoying. Tampons were only slightly better. I bleed like a stuck pig so I was one of those people who HATED having my period.

I lead a very active lifestyle. In my happiest state I'm somewhere near a body of water I can jump into.  Pads do not work in those circumstances; for example, in the summer there was around a week each month when I could not swim.  Tragic.  Pads are also just irritating, malodorous and inconvenient.  Pads needed to be carried around, they leaked, there was that rushing/draining feeling every time I stood up.  
Tampons were a bit better. But once the string is wet the blood seeps down no matter how light the flow is. When the tampon is full it was very uncomfortable.  Tampons give you that 'dry' feeling because it absorbs EVERYTHING in your vagina, even the natural moisture that's supposed to be there.  The only time I had anything resembling cramps was when I used tampons.  Also, If you have a heavy flow you'll indubitably know of how annoying it is to have to change it every 2-4 hours.  Lastly, there's still the same nuisance of having to carry spares everywhere. I'm not even going to go into TSS because all girls should already know about that at least.

SO. What the Diva cup is, is a menstrual cup inserted into your vagina (sort of like how a tampon works but not at all). You pour out the blood and reinsert. You sterilize it and reuse it every month.  If you're gagging right now, get a hold of yourself and go look at pictures of kittens.  For those who care to hear more, read on.



The PROS.

-You change it every 12 hours. Literally, once in the morning when you wake up, once at night before you go to sleep.  I need to change it once or twice more on my heaviest flow day, but otherwise I've had no problems.  

-It's silicon, so it's durable, comfortable, reusable, and won't give you things like TSS.

-No need to make sure you have pads or tampons in your bags; no need to make sure strings don't get wet and all that jazz when you use the toilet. Just ONE item needed for the duration of your period. Oh, except for liners if you're concerned with spotting.

-When I switched from tampons to the cup, the cramps went away, along with the dryness and all that. But this is a personal thing, as everyone is different.  

-You can keep track of how heavy your flow is because it has a measurement unit on the side.

-In the long run you save money on how much you spend on other 'feminine hygiene products' (what's so unhygienic about all this?)

-Most importantly for me: I could swim, jump, go camping, DO CARTWHEELS IF I WANTED TO, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week... 365 days a year. I am free.

-Also important for me: not being a part of all the plastics and manufacturing chemicals involved with making disposable products.  




The CONS.

-Huge learning curve.  I couldn't get it right for a whole two cycles or more. And sometimes the mistakes hurt, because the cup works partly through suction.  But I never gave up and as I said, once I got used to it I never looked back.

-Messy at first.  This falls under 'huge learning curve', but pouring blood out of a cup is not within everyone's comfort zones, especially when your first tries are not so successful.  But once you get the hang of it there's no fuss about it.  


-It's expensive.  Around $38.  Though I checked Amazon.com right as I was typing this and there are some going for around $25.

-It requires some form of maintenance... Like you have to wash it and stuff. As consumers in this day and age, we're raised with a 'disposable' mindset so this is new for some people.  


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This isn't a new thing. It's been around forever. People like me are just starting to take notice though.  I first heard about it over a year ago from one of my friends.  I've since recommended it to a number of my friends. My MOM has has recommended it to a number of her friends.  I want to widen the circle.  

I apologize if I've made you feel uncomfortable in any way. In my mind, I hope people become more open about this subject.
So that's my spiel.

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For more information visit their official website: www.divacup.com/
For product reviews check out amazon: www.amazon.com/Diva-Cup-Model-…


Stay beautiful!

-Canyx
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Phantom-Angel-2007 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
so you really like the DivaCup? I've been looking at trying one out forever...that or the Lady Cup.

I'm tired of tampons - I have the same problem as you did! So I'm back to using pads...which isn't any better honestly...

are the cups really THAT awesome? Or is it all just some hype? (sorry I'm a bit skeptical)
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Canyx Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
It is my personal opinion that they are THAT awesome :)
High learning curve, but 100% worth it. If you give it a try, I hope it works for you too!
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Phantom-Angel-2007 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
Thanks! I'm actually leaning towards the Lunette Small cup because the diva cup seems to be a bit too long for me...

but I've heard nothing but positive things about cups and i LOVE The fact that the risk of tss is not associated with cups. That makes me feel even better - it's one of the reasons I stopped using tampons.

Glad to know they are 100% worth it...I'd love to have my $20 I spent on pads to go towards a cup instead.
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TazulHinoRei Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
My boyfriend has actually been telling me about these for a long time, after dealing with his ex who had one... I think I'm convinced now, as I just purchased one off of Amazon. They're on sale at the moment for 19.99!
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Canyx Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
Yay! The deal's back! I hope it goes well for you : )
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kimozabbi Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011
Am I the only guy posted a reply here?LOL. I was curious of the opposite sex so I read it. It broaden my perspective about girls period and also gave me the idea why women go to the bathroom or sometimes takes long. I always thought they trying to look good coz of me!hahah, Joking aside. Great information!
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Canyx Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
HAHAAAaa. Good on you for being willing to learn. Most of my guys friends just plug their ears ;)
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LugiasPal Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i still need to get myself one of those soon, even though they are 30 to 40 some dollars, but its better then spending alot of money on pads and tampons. when i buy mine i will require the one for people who have children or the one for post child birth
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ismwaek Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011
Awesome, I've got a friend who uses the Diva cup, and my sister started using it (about a couple months ago) and she love Love LOVES it! I used it a couple times before I had an iud (for medical reasons, yay for migraines >.<) But I found it to be comparable to tampons on "feeling it there" and (for me) that feeling goes away super fast. But my other sister can't stand the feeling of anything, so if you don't like tampons at all, then it might not be for you. But (as someone who had the start of TSS) it's less of a worry!
Also, thanks for being open and saying something! Most people would be like "OMG that's WOMAN's problems" "You can't talk about that in PUBLIC!" :D
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Canyx Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011
I'm glad there are people out there as open as I am. Thanks for sharing your piece : )
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MREcartoonist Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The creepiest part of tampons, in my opinion, is the act of inserting a foreign object into your private area. Yeah, it may work, but I'm not okay with it. Therefore, the diva up would not be something I would use.

That part aside though, I have endometriosis, which causes terrible, practically paralyzing pain whenever it freaking feels like it; which includes outside of having my period. So using a diva cup for more active freedom would be altogether pointless anyway.

But thanks for sharing. I'm sure this will help at least some women out. ^^
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RinOkami Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
Sorry, but I'd rather trick my body into thinking it's pregnant for 24 days a month than spend one or two days a month curled up in a ball of pain from cramps. :P Also, you don't need an "extreme medical condition" for your hormones to just be whacked like mine are. (Believe me, they ran tests, they gave me an ultrasound, they found jack squat. My hormones are just naturally fucked. XD)

Anyway, I think I'll just stick to the pad. I don't do enough swimming/boating/etc for it to be an issue. I have heard of this device before though. Whatever works best for ya. ;P
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Canyx Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
Yeah, to each her own : )
I just stuck the medical condition thing in because I have a friend who has very unhealthy periods due to something about hormone balance, so birth control was actually prescribed to her. But I didn't mean to use that as a blanket statement.
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RinOkami Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011
Does she have polycystic ovarian syndrome? That's what they thought I had, but the ultrasound came up negative. :P
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Canyx Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011
I don't think it was that. Can't remember XD
But I'm glad it came up negative for you :D
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Patchwork-Hoodie Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
A much better alternative to the thirsty white albino penis! xD
This is interesting, and although I'm unsure about anything going into my cave asides from an eel, I'd probably be willing to give this a try.
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Canyx Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
"thirsty white albino penis" << HAHAHAAAA. At first I was like, "WHAT?!" But then I realized the topic and it all made sense. Thanks for the first laugh of my morning :)
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Patchwork-Hoodie Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
Teehee, you're welcome. xD
I've been especially against using them ever since I heard them described as such.
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alira23 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
Huh. It does seem like money well spent. I didn't know this existed. I would really enjoy eliminating all this garbage...
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FellowshipOfTheNerds Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not sure... it seems pretty odd to me? I'm used to pads and sticking something up there would freak me out...
Is it uncomfortable the first couple of tries then you get used to it and it feels like nothing is there? Or do you feel it all the time. :$
And for heavy flow do you need to clean it more often?

I must admit though this would be handy for school since less trips to the toilets to change a pad...
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Canyx Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
If you're used to pads I'd recommend getting used to tampons first if the idea of sticking something up there freaks you out. I was in the same situation once upon a time. But yeah, when I get used to it (for both tampons and the cup) it felt like nothing was there.
I have a very heavy flow and on the heaviest day I need to change it in 4 hours. But besides that I'm pretty good with changing it twice a day.
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FellowshipOfTheNerds Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok cool, thank you! :)
It definitely seems a good use of money.
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LilMickey27 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
First of all, I entirely agree with the first bit. I am a student midwife and it beggars belief how naive some people are about their own bodies! Also attitudes in society do not help this.

I've heard of the cup before but called a Moon Cup. sounds like a good idea and I might take a look when I don't have night shifts happening :)
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Canyx Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
Here here! :D

It's certainly worth looking into the different cups. I like the divacup because it's silicon (not rubber or latex), but different people have different preferences.
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Worldgoesround4all Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
it sounds interesting, but I don't really think I'd try it

I prefer pads for they're what I've been using since my first period & I have no real problems with them

also I only have mild cramps on like the first day or two, take some pain killers in the morning of those two days & then I'm good the rest of the week xD

& I don't really have much of a heavy flow most of the time

the only real "problem" for me is the bloating ('cause then my pants don't fit right) as well gas & needing to go pee like every 30 minutes xDDD kind of annoying when you finish taking care of your business, get comfortable at your computer or whatever & then realize you need to go use the toilet again xDDD;

but I think I'll inform my sister about this (she uses tampons)

thanks for the info ^^
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Canyx Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
The bloating is the only major thing that happens to me. My appetite goes down a bit (from piggish eating to normal XD)

I'm glad this info helped : )
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Worldgoesround4all Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
I think I instead end up snacking more xD
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AnimeWolveslover Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this sounds awesome cuz i love to swim, and i hate both tampons and pads.... :P i might have to try this out
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Canyx Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
Agreed!
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Lorien077 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
I still can't stick things up there. >_< And man I wish I didn't have to take medication, damn my endometriosis symptoms.
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Canyx Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
It's okay! To each her own :)
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Psi-Psiana Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
I've already seen this floating around on the Internet but I never really paid it any attention.
Now, to hear that somebody had some good experiences with this makes me curious.
It would be nice to get rid of those pesky pads and tampons.

As for the cleaning: Would rinsing with water be enough or are you using a special disinfectant?
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Canyx Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
Divacup sells disinfectants and everything but I've never used them.
In a public restroom or some place inconvenient I just empty it, wipe it with toilet paper and reinsert. I wash it when I shower at night.
In my opinion rinsing with water is fine, but I properly clean it out with soap (mild soap) when I can. The important part is to make sure the small holes on the cup aren't clogged or it won't form a proper seal.

They also recommend you boil it after each cycle to properly disinfect it but I've never done that and I've been using the same cup for over a year. I'm gross :X
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Rattlesire Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I have to admit. I would TRY it. Only because I don't mind trying anything that does have larger pros then cons. But in addition to that, my mother always berated my ass because I was so bad about changing my pads out constantly throughout the day. I kid you not, I was so bad I'd have a pad in for 24 hours (mostly because I never bled that much).

For some reason now, I get the full on cramps and it HURTS to get my period, plus its heavy like fuck some days. But I'll be honest. I'd try this. My only questions are 1: Does it -slide-, because I know one of the biggest 'fears' of tampons was it sliding too far to where you can no longer reach it XDD and 2. How large IS it exactly and is it uncomfortable at first for any reason?
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Canyx Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
1. It actually sits lower than a tampon does. If you look up an image, there's sort of a 'stem' at the bottom of the cup. That part is supposed to be mostly outside of your body. In fact, the biggest problem I had at first was I put it too far in and it would leak. There are also 4 minute holes on the cup so that it creates a seal against your vaginal wall, so there is no sliding.

2. Uh... Just measured mine XD The diameter is around 1.6 inches. But you fold it to insert it. The stem was uncomfortable for me at first (which is why I pushed it in too far). Some people, and the diva cup company, recommend you cut the stem a bit if its troublesome (but not all of it). But I think in the end I was just not using it correctly, because I haven't cut the stem and once I got used to it I didn't feel anything at all.

Hope that helps : )
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Rattlesire Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hm, that does help. I'll have to try it. :D
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AquaMightyena Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
Wow. I've never heard of this before. It sounds pretty interesting, maybe one day I'll try it out. But I still like my pads, but they do tend to get pretty annoying and uncomfortable during the summer months...
Unfortunately my periods coming up anyday now :( Then I'm going camping this weekend, and that also comes with swimming... Haha, maybe somehow I'll try to get away with swimming while being on my period :XD:
Also, I'm afraid of Tampons D: Because I'm very forgetful, and my sister had a pretty bad experience with "forgetting" about it, and leaving it in. Not a good thing to forget about
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Canyx Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
It's okay, everyone has their own levels of comfort. I'm speaking from my point of view, and there was definitely a time in my life when I was scared of tampons too. There is absolutely nothing wrong with using pads.
As to swimming... GO FOR IT ;)
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AquaMightyena Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
I love my pads xD
Because I know when you change them, unstead of guessing with Tampons x3

I plan to swim my heart out! If the weather holds up X3
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MoonlightsBlood Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Wow, this thing sounds a lot better than pads and tampons (both of which I have problems with). Definitely gonna look into getting one!
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Canyx Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
Hope this one works out for you!
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Shrineheart Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I honestly have read up on this before but never tried it because I know me...I fumble trying to piss in a cup at the doctor's office, I have a feeling I would make a complete mess if I tried it. But knowing that others have used it and it seems to work makes me a little more confident. Maybe in the future...
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Canyx Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
I actually tried the cup before I tried tampons. In my case it was foolish because I wasn't used to inserting anything in there to begin with. I made a very painful mistake and put it aside for months while I was on tampons. Then after I got used to using those, I tried the cup again and never regretted it.

To quote Kung Fu Panda, "You must believe." :D
Hahaa, partially irrelevant. But still, I hope you find the confidence one day!
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Shrineheart Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:XD: Yeah I always hated tampons myself and the cup does sound like more logical/waste reducing method...
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Suffocates Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
I don't think I've ever heard of this, which is sad. This sounds fantastic when you learn to use it! I just might look into this further, thank you!
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Canyx Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
Well now you've heard of it! I'm glad this was helpful : )
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ZaberKyu Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
hmm... that is indeed interesting... thank you for the info :)
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Canyx Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
No probs! Thanks for keeping an open mind : )
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Ikazuchi-chan Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
hmmm, i might try the diva cup. thanks for posting! ^^
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Canyx Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
Thanks for reading :)
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