on Apr 29, 2008 @ 03:21 pm

Does anyone use the Instead Cup for their period protection? Like it? Love it? Hate it? Do you "feel" it? Is it messy? Can you have sex w/ it in?

Would love to hear your experiences ... I'd like to try it, but am leery to buy a whole box.

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Feisty Redhead
... on Apr 29, 2008 @ 03:40 pm

I haven't heard anything about that particular one, but I have heard good things about a similar product called the diva cup. There's also one called the mooncup. I have never used anything like that myself, I have no need for those things. Could be TMI but my periods are very, very light - to the point a panty liner is all I need most days and my heaviest days require only a light tampon. (Might sound like something's wrong there but I've been to the doctor about it and all is well; I'm just a freak is all. LOL)

But anyway, to me it seems like it could be pretty messy to change/take out - I could be totally wrong though. One thing I have heard regarding the diva cup/mooncup is that you need to be VERY comfortable with yourself to use it, if ya know what I mean. :p

According to the FAQ on that site, it can be worn during sex. If I recall correctly neither the diva cup or mooncup can be worn during sex though, so they are obviously made differently.

reivew on Jul 24, 2008 @ 12:58 pm

So, there's a new post up about the diva cup. I added my 2 sense there, but thought I'd also indicate my experience w/ the instead cup back on this thread.

I've been meaning to write a review on the Instead Cup. It's the same idea as the diva cup, except their cups aren't meant to be reused, though I think you could very easily and safely do so.

This is my 3rd period using the Instead Cup. The reviewer of Diva Cup is right. It takes a few tries to get it right and comfortable. But when you do, you know it.

Yes, you have to get intimate w/ yourself, but come on. Is that really a problem? If a woman doesn't know her body, its time she learned. I'm not even talking about masturbation, here. Its generally important to know how your body works and understand the female anatomy. So your finger gets messy. That's what a sink and some soap and water are for.

Putting the cup in is pretty easy. I usually sit on the toilet and proceed just as though I was inserting a tampon (sans applicator). The seated position helps you properly place the cup against the back of the vagina and get is nestled up behind the pubic bone. Trust me, it sounds more difficult than it really is. There really is no other place for the cup to go. My first few times I didn't get it up behind the pubic bone well enough. When this happens, your body sort of pushes it out.

Pulling the cup out is a bit more difficult. I take it out while in the shower so that if I do spill it just washes away. While in the shower I can also rinse off and clean the cup. Taking the cup out can be tricky your first few times. I take my middle finger (longest) and wrap it up and over the rim of the cup to pull it out. Your body kind of "suctions" the cup in there, so it takes some good pulling to get it out. My first attempt I hadn't yet learned the middle finger up and over the rim technique so I was totally panicking! I was like "Am I going to have to go the ER to get this $(%*ing thing out!?" But I just calmed down, was patient, and tried again.

Now onto leaking. Excuse me if this is too much information, but I figure if you guys are interested, you should know. Quit reading now if you're worried. I have no leaks when I use the cup except for when I'm peeing or pooping. What happens is when you "bear down" and push to expel waste, it causes the rim of the cup behind the pubic bone to release a little bit. So in a sense, a little bit of the trapped fluid is spilling/escaping.

We have yet to try sex while I'm wearing the cup. I'm curious but a bit hesitant. So I have yet to report on that aspect. But personally, being able to have sex while on the rag, clean sex, is a super PLUS!

Now that I'm proficient at using the cup, I never use tampons or pads (an occasional panty liner). The cups are just waaaay too convenient not to use. I'll have to look into the diva cup as an approved renewable option.

Wow, that was long. I guess I'll just copy and paste this content into a user review! :-)

flows on Jul 24, 2008 @ 01:00 pm

Btw, I should also state, the cup is fantastic no matter what your flow: heavy, medium, or light. You don't have to wear ANY protection in your underwear. There's no odor. You can move freely. No bunching.

I recommend the cup to even the lightest flow ladies.

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