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

    ***************** WARNING! WARNING! *******************
    This thread contains information relating to women, bodies, and riding-related problems that may arise from residing in a female body. This thread has been known to cause diva-like behaviour. You may be offended, nauseated, entertained or very grateful when reading this thread. Proceed with caution, and at your own risk. If it makes you uncomfortable, feel free to leave at any point.




    I have now edited this post to make it a little more clear as to why I am asking this on COTH.

    I've recently heard a lot of good things about Diva Cups, and have been thinking of trying one as I can get it at a discount price. I've heard that they're fine for most activity, but what about riding? I find "traditional" menstrual products to be troublesome when riding, and would like to know if this product could make riding while menstruating easier. Congratulations to those of you who do not have any problems with "riding the matress", but it doesn't work for all of us. I can't imagine there'd be anything wrong with riding in a Diva Cup, but I wouldn't want to find out the hard way.

    I do not know anyone who both uses a Diva Cup and rides, so I am turning to COTH for help. Anyone have any experience in RIDING with one?
    Last edited by Demi; Mar. 19, 2006, 06:34 PM.

  • #2
    what's a Diva Cup??
    \"it\'s not what you win, but who you beat\"
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    • Original Poster

      #3
      A more modern version of a menstrual cup. They're supposed to be much healthier and more comfortable.

      http://www.divacup.com/

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      • #4
        I am trying to decide whether they are special bras for women sitting those honkin big warmblood trots, and only to be found in a catalogue from Dressage Extensions, or high percentage lead crystal wine glasses that DQs take to shows to use before their tests to give them Dutch courage.
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        • #5
          Whoa. Did I ever miss the boat.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Demi:
            A more modern version of a menstrual cup. They're supposed to be much healthier and more comfortable.

            http://www.divacup.com/
            That looks barbaric.

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            • #7
              \"it\'s not what you win, but who you beat\"
              Member of Acrylic Nail,Horseless Riders,Mommies, and Pennsylvania Cliques!

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              • #8
                That looks truly messy.
                "My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we'll change the world." ~ Jack Layton

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                  #9
                  That's what I said, but friends assure me that they're great. I hear marathon runners love them.

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                  • #10
                    that is just plain grose. I dont know if anyone else agrees with me. But hey, whatever floats your boat.
                    "Lose your temper, lose your horse" -someone wise enough to know better than to pick a fight with a 1200 lb animal that could launch you to the moon.

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                    • #11
                      YUCK!
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                      • #12
                        REUSABLE?????
                        There's not a darned product I'd want to use for that purpose that would be REUSABLE.
                        Brings a new truly frightening meaning to My Cup Runneth Over.
                        And what about those of us with Diva Dressage horses blessed (or cursed) with Diva Trots? (and I don't mean the type of trots that send you running for the potty)
                        A Dutch is not a Paso Fino. Ain't no way in hell one can trot with a cup and NOT have that cup spill.
                        Ugh...that's just gross.
                        If one is done foaling little humans one should just go for an endometrial ablution. 5 minutes in the doctor's office, no pain, no fuss, no hormones, no time off work, no surgery and no early menopause...and no more periods.

                        *Grumbling* A cup? What moronic male doctor came up with this new wacked out torture system? *mumbling* You gotta be kidding me. Like I'm going to want to use a cup...and then reuse the cup. *gagging noises* Like blood is easy to clean off tack. And like britches are great at hiding spills.
                        *smacking forehead* And what about hunters???? Especially those baboon butt in the air, face in the mane positions so popular today? Can you even *imagine* the horrors that could cause with a cup? Imagine the "sproing" noise as the fast move required to jump up a neck forces the mother of all queefs to projectile....well...never mind...you all get the picture. I've heard of throwing one's cup into a fireplace after a toast...but this?



                        A cup.
                        You jump in the saddle,
                        Hold onto the bridle!
                        Jump in the line!
                        ...Belefonte

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                        • #13
                          My, aren't we all squeamish. There is another product called "Instead" that works on the same principle. Disposable for those of you who are horrified by the "reusable" thing.

                          www.softcup.com

                          They are fine. I don't want to offend anyone's delicate sensibilities, but they're fine.

                          If it grosses you out, don't use them.
                          Click here before you buy.

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                          • #14
                            Ugh, get over it people. It's your body, it's blood, it's natural.

                            I use a Diva Cup, and I've never been happier. No waste, I don't have to run out and buy tampons and pads, and it's comfortable. I used to use tampons, and they're not fun. They suck up everything, which leaves you dry (not healthy!). I suffer from endometriosis and crazy periods, and these things have been a lifesaver for me.

                            To the OP: yes, you can ride horses in them. Definitely get one. Once you get used to putting them in, they're a dream. They're not messy. In fact, a pad is a hell of a lot messier. They're not hard to empty. They're sanitary. You wash them after you empty them, and you can boil them to sanitize them. Do you people think tampons and pads are sterile or something?

                            MistyBlue: Are you for real? " What moronic male doctor came up with this new wacked out torture system?" You could say the same thing about tampons (can you say TSS?). And do you clean blood off your tack when you use a tampon?

                            Come on, people. Don't knock it til you try it. As someone that has been using one for years, I have to say that I am one happy customer. And I've yet to make a mess of it.
                            Future Re-Rider
                            "Take care of your memories, for you cannot relive them." [Bob Dylan]

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                            • #15
                              Well, I'm normally not a squeamish person at all. Takes a lot to oog me out. But even disposable ones...I dunno. I'm thinking the removal will be a little too Texas Chainsaw Massacre messy for me. Not so much gross as in "Ewww, yucky." More like a gross as in "Now who's gonna clean this mess up?" I have endometriosis so already run for the facilities every hour.

                              MistyBlue: Are you for real? " What moronic male doctor came up with this new wacked out torture system?" You could say the same thing about tampons (can you say TSS?). And do you clean blood off your tack when you use a tampon?
                              Yes, I'm for real. I also have endo. And yes...without a tampon and a back up mattress sized pad I *do* have to worry about ruining tack. And I cannot ride for more than an hour because that's only as long as the double protection lasts for me. 3 nights per month I don't get much sleep since I have to set the alarm for every 90 minutes or so to go change.
                              So no, a cup won't cut it for me. Just waiting on the EA appointment to end the whole thing because menopause is taking too long and the doc thinks it's not overly healthy for me to be white as a sheet by day 3.
                              As for the majority of my post...in case you hadn't noticed the few emoticons and words surrounded by *** these things...it was said mostly tongue in cheek...err...keyboard. Joking. Ya know? Funny? Ha ha?
                              You jump in the saddle,
                              Hold onto the bridle!
                              Jump in the line!
                              ...Belefonte

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                              • #16
                                Sorry, but this is a touchy subject for me. I get sick of people giving me weird looks when I tell them I use a menstrual cup, and "feminine hygiene" companies telling me I should be ashamed of my period.

                                The cup allows me to go longer without having to change it. It holds more than a tampon does (and I always had the problem of a tampon only soaking up on one half, and then I'd leak like crazy). This allows me much more freedom than tampons ever did. It just annoys me that there's such a stigma against women and their periods, so sorry I got so cranky, MistyBlue.

                                But I hear you on the heavy periods thing. I want a hysterectomy to just be done with it all! I don't want kids, so what's the point?
                                Future Re-Rider
                                "Take care of your memories, for you cannot relive them." [Bob Dylan]

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                                • #17
                                  Er...

                                  How would one clean a diva cup in porta-potty at a horse show?

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                                  • #18
                                    Nothing grosses me out any more. Except pictures of insects, for some reason. I can look at and touch REAL ones, (unwillingly and only if necessary!) but pictures of 'em give me the heebie jeebies.

                                    There I was, 9 months pregnant, cleaning sick dog excrement off the basement floor because my husband couldn't even LOOK at it without gagging.

                                    One of those moments of grand irony in life when one realizes...hey, this is just WRONG.

                                    But we all have our "thing", I guess. Not much about the human body surprises or freaks me out much any more.

                                    I get assigned all the "eeewww" chores now.
                                    Click here before you buy.

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                                    • #19
                                      The things you learn on this bulletin board........

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                                      • #20
                                        Just read through their FAQ's and supposedly you'd just wipe it off and go...

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