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Riding and Diva Cups? - CAUTION: May be TMI!

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  • #21
    Gaaah! Horse show porta potties are truly scary. Especially at the Kentucky Horse Park, where the TP is GONE by the end of dressage day. I'd go with the disposables for sure in those settings.

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    • #22
      Exracer...if you're over 30 then your gyno would most likely happily advise getting the endometrial ablution done. Do a web search on it...my sisters have had it done and rave about it. Ending the periods without surgery. I've started menopause about a year ago...but the endo is just making it worse and not better. Just got the go ahead to have the EA done but haven't gotten around to making the actual appointment yet. Endo sucks...the flow issues are bad enough...but the pain can be excrutiating. Even for those with high pain tolerance. Heck, labor was easier than some of my periods.
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      • #23
        TOO FUNNY - I've never heard of it. I thought it was like a water bra + sports bra for horse riders - ok, maybe I was secretly hoping that's what it was...
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        • #24
          Originally posted by MistyBlue:
          Exracer...if you're over 30 then your gyno would most likely happily advise getting the endometrial ablution done. Do a web search on it...my sisters have had it done and rave about it. Ending the periods without surgery. I've started menopause about a year ago...but the endo is just making it worse and not better. Just got the go ahead to have the EA done but haven't gotten around to making the actual appointment yet. Endo sucks...the flow issues are bad enough...but the pain can be excrutiating. Even for those with high pain tolerance. Heck, labor was easier than some of my periods.
          I'm almost 22, so I doubt there's much chance of having anything done (and I don't have health insurance anymore, which is REAL fun). Right now I'm not doing anything to treat it, because the hormonal things (like the pill) weren't helping (and actually made things worse... I'd get my period every other week, which was a total blast, let me tell you). I have to take the first day of my period off of work and class, and am mostly bed bound.

          The pain is terrible, and it's hard for people to understand what you're going through (the pain, the heavy flow, the fatigue, etc). Before I was diagnosed, I was so scared during the first day of a bad period that I went to the ER (I had almost passed out, the pain was so bad... I was crying in bed). I had never experienced such intense pain in my life. A month later I had my lap, and they removed a lot of growth. Endo definitely sucks! I hate hearing about anyone else having it.
          Future Re-Rider
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          • #25
            I used to use Instead and I used to love it...

            However, one day, at the END of the day, I had the cup slip when I was on my way home from class. Very huge mess you don't want to have in college. And yes, I know how they are supposed to fit... but the female body is strange flexible, uniquely shaped thing.

            I keep some around because you can do other activities with them you can't do with a tampon.

            They have their place, but I'm too scared of big messes to wear them routinely!

            ~Adrienne

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            • #26
              I bought the Insteads, but didn't like them. They were really big and awkward compared to the Diva Cup.
              Future Re-Rider
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              • #27
                Wow. You learn something new every single day here on planet Earth.

                True confession time, I don't even use tampons because I find them (physically) uncomfortable to use. I can always feel them. And I mean really feel them, not like it is in my head feel them.

                So the idea of sticking something that looks that, well, bulky up inside of me makes me shudder. I imagine it would just be hideously uncomfortable.

                But I do think this topic is great. Like I said, you learn something new every single day and this one is a dozzy!
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                • #28
                  Reynard, I gotta say that I can't feel the Diva Cup. I *hated* tampons, but generally used them with a pad to get me through. But I could also feel them and they were uncomfortable. I was a little worried when I first tried the cup, and thought it would be uncomfortable, but sometimes I forget I'm wearing it. It's also nice because you can use them comfortably even if you're having a light flow (or put them in if you think you'll be getting your period that day... something that's a bad idea with tampons).
                  Future Re-Rider
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                  • #29
                    I had my last surgery for endo in Aug. 1996. Wish I'd known about these before!!! Tampons hurt, and riding the mattress flat out sucked. Like others mentioned, I had to do both simultaneously, or...accident!!!
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                    • #30
                      ExRacer, you're not alone in your love of the Diva Cup! Heck, if you're at the horse show for 12 hours or less, you probably won't need to do anything with it in the porta potty. At most, you'll need to empty it once. Honestly, I wouldn't try that until you've had a bit of practice with it though. It took me a couple of months to get the hang of inserting and removing it, but now it's quick and easy. It's medical grade silicone - you can boil the thing to sterilize it. It doesn't get much cleaner than that.

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                      • #31
                        OK, so I spent some time reading the softcup web-site and although I am frankly still freaked out about it ( ), I will give them a shot. For the 8 bucks drugstore.com is going to charge me, seems like it is worth a trial period. (snicker)

                        I'll let you know how it goes. Er, next month.
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                        • #32
                          Originally posted by Reynard Ridge:
                          For the 8 bucks drugstore.com is going to charge me, seems like it is worth a trial period. (snicker)
                          The only part that really freaks me out is that you can return them if you're not satisfied. Now, I have no problems handling my own Diva Cup...but being in charge of returned ones? Yikes!

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                          • #33
                            I like the environmental conservation idea of it. But I dunno - the words cup + "feminine protection" don't seem to go together to me. Kudos to those of you who use it tho! It will certainly help in keeping those pretty plastic tampon applicators off the beaches.
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                            • #34
                              you learn something new every single day and this one is a dozzy!

                              Being raised with 4 brothers and no sisters then reading this. I will second that!
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                              • #35
                                I don't have a DivaCupn (yet...), but I used the Instead softcups on a regular basis (oh, the four times a year that I get my period.) They are FABULOUS for light days. I found that they didn't stay still in my body well enough for a heavy day, but they're definitely GREAT for when you're first starting your period or when you're about to end it.

                                And ExRacer, I'm totally with you when you said "I'm tired of people giving me weird looks when I tell them I used a menstrual cup and 'feminine hygiene' companies telling me I should be ashamed of my period."
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                                • #36
                                  Wow, I'm nearing Menopause and honestly never heard of it. Do Pharmacies carry them?
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                                  • #37
                                    Originally posted by Huntertwo:
                                    Wow, I'm nearing Menopause and honestly never heard of it. Do Pharmacies carry them?
                                    They can be hard to find, and I'm not sure what stores sell them. I ordered mine online. The disposable Insteads can be found in more places (I once bought a box at Target, but didn't care for them). The Diva Cup lasts for YEARS (well, as long as you take care of it), so once you order it you don't have to worry about it for a long time. I also have two cloth pads (I ordered one online through Lunapads, and got the other at the food co-op), so I'm set and never have to buy any period gear.
                                    Future Re-Rider
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                                    • #38
                                      CLOTH PADS????

                                      Major eeeewwwwwwwwww. If I cut my finger and bleed on a white shirt I can't get the blood out if I don't wash it immediately.

                                      I tried (very briefly) to imagine what a used cloth pad would look like after several months. When my throat started to close and I could feel the vomit rising, I stopped trying to imagine.

                                      Sometimes in this life you just gotta go disposable.

                                      double eeeewwwwwwwwwww
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                                        #39
                                        Wow! Funny how we can do the grossest things with our horses, and yet still be so squeemish about our own bodies. I didn't expect this dramatic a reaction. I hope I didn't give any of you nightmares!

                                        Thanks for the feedback from ExRacer and those of you who have tried them. I'll give it a try and see how it goes!

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                                        • #40
                                          Well, Lord Helpus, I don't sit there and stare at my pads all day. They aren't white, they have patterns on them so any stains aren't very visible. They actually wash very well. Either way, it's clean when I use them, so who cares? I'm not grossed out by my period.

                                          If you don't like the idea, don't use it. But don't try to make me (and anyone else that uses alternative menstrual products) feel bad about our choices. We're not gross for using them.

                                          We'd better not bring up cloth diapering!

                                          And no problem, Demi.
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