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Yay for finally bleeding!

I'm quite excited that I'm having my cramping day at HOME for once, instead of at work on a day with thee most physical labor intensive stuff that I do, which is what has happened every single month for the last nine or so months. This also means that I will not be cramping at work next month, either! Wooo.... waituminit.

Well, crap, I just may be cramping on my birthday oh JOY OF JOYS. But at least I'll be on vacation, so it won't be happening at work, barring a freak incident causing me to start waaaay early or waaaay late.

Girls! I was curious as to what you all use for instruments of... uh.. blood catching! Please tell me, won'tcha?

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mixedberrywhine
Feb. 18th, 2008 03:51 pm (UTC)
ditto
oxmyx
Feb. 18th, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC)
Me three.
shannon_elaine
Feb. 18th, 2008 02:58 pm (UTC)
I've been using a Diva cup for almost two years now and I love it.
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shannon_elaine
Feb. 18th, 2008 09:18 pm (UTC)
It's a silicone cup that you fold closed and insert. Then it opens up and "seals" to your cervix to catch the blood. It only needs to be emptied every 12 hours or so. I love mine.

http://www.divacup.com/

There is also a great community here on LJ called menstrual_cups which discusses all the different types of cups out there and where/how to get them.
mere_bystander
Feb. 18th, 2008 03:08 pm (UTC)
Um... alright, then.

I use o.b. applicator-free tampons.
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kiwi
Feb. 18th, 2008 03:55 pm (UTC)
I use pads. Any pad that's long and with wings. On bad days, I use the OB applicator-free tampons.

And midol.
scrumbles
Feb. 18th, 2008 04:18 pm (UTC)
I use Band-Aids when I bleed. Why isn't there a similar product for women? It would just be a giant bandaid with high absorbency. Vag-Aid.
aubkabob
Feb. 18th, 2008 04:30 pm (UTC)
LOLz, though I had horrible visuals of putting an adhesive type strip onto things that aren't... bare of hair.

OUCH.
scrumbles
Feb. 18th, 2008 04:53 pm (UTC)
I guess one would just be compelled to remove said hair to avoid said problem!

That would be a tragedy!
mere_bystander
Feb. 18th, 2008 04:30 pm (UTC)
Oooo... but it would hurt to remove it!
faetal
Feb. 18th, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
After I'm done using babies to avoid bleeding (yay for only 3 periods in over 2 years) I'm considering using BC to skip bleeding all together. However BC drives me nuts and we plan on getting Joel the clip anyway, so it doesnt seem necessary to mess around with my hormones, but man do I hate bleeding.
was considering Diva cup or something, it sounds a bit gross and high maintenance, but i dig the environmental aspects. Cloth pads are also a more environmentally friendly idea, but even grosser, possibly too gross for me.

fuzzipoo
Feb. 18th, 2008 07:04 pm (UTC)
The diva cup is so not high maintenance! I was freaked out by it at first but I've found it to be the easiest thing I've ever used. It doesn't leak, I can leave it in much longer than a tampon, and it's easy to clean (you should wash it when you can, but if you're in a public restroom you can wipe it out with toilet paper in a pinch). You do have to be comfortable putting your fingers "up in there" but I don't find it any more gross than yanking on a cotton sting that's been soaking up god knows what for several hours.

I'm with you on the cloth pads. I bought some but I just haven't had the courage to use them yet.
faetal
Feb. 18th, 2008 07:16 pm (UTC)
i think the thought of using it anywhere other than my bathroom is what makes it a gross idea, ie. when removing it there's a chance your hands would become bloodied eh?
also, maybe this was with another menstrual cup, but i was reading that they suggest you boil it monthly. but that may have been "the keeper" which I'm not even sure is made anymore. Also,, I lose things regularly. and.. I can just imagine my daughter finding it and running off with it, sticking it in her mouth when its not in use.. ughh (as is, I SWEAR she has a knack for finding old OB tampons (unused of course, just old because I havent used them in a long time due to not bleeding) and carrying them around. UGH..

I sorta want to cloth diaper my next baby, but it also has a big "gross factor" just like cloth pads. I think I consider my laundry/washing machine to be a "clean" place. so putting excess blood or poopy in it would make me feel like all my other clothes were .. soaking in gross. EW.

aubkabob
Feb. 18th, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC)
I just ordered a diva cup, so I'll let you know how it goes. I'm a bit nervous about using it because I seem to cramp oh so much more when I use tampons, so why wouldn't I with this? According to the diva cup site, you shouldn't have any spillage when removing it, so we'll see how that goes...

I wish I could have it like right now, as I think I have about three pads and no tampons left to my name.
faetal
Feb. 18th, 2008 07:43 pm (UTC)
i have a ton of OB's around, I'd just bought a box at costco when we heard we were knocked up. so if you need them...
i uh, am not planning on leaving my sick-nest today though, uh, your welcome to pick them up if you can borrow a car or feel like walking...

fuzzipoo
Feb. 18th, 2008 07:52 pm (UTC)
eh, if you get blood on your hands it's usually only on a finger or two. it's doesn't spill all over your entire hand or anything like that. if i get blood on my fingers i wipe them off with toilet paper, and then don't touch anything with them until i wash them off in the sink. you could always carry around a pack of wet wipes too, to make this potential issue less icky.

it is recommended that you boil the diva cup monthly, but i admit i've been negligent about that and it doesn't seem to have made any difference. i wash it with soap and water regularly, and use rubbing alcohol on it occasionally (which honestly seems to get it cleaner than boiling ever did).

the kid thing... yeah, that might be a problem! maybe put it up somewhere out of reach like in the medicine cabinet when you're not using it? it comes with a little pouch you can hide it in when it's not in use, so people won't open up the cabinet and see a menstrual cup a few inches from their face.

yeah, i hear you about the extra junk in the washer. i've heard you can "rinse" the poop off of cloth diapers in the toilet initially by flushing the toilet while holding on to one end of the diaper, and then put them in a bucket with water and some sort of cleaning agent until you're ready to do laundry. still sounds gross to me...

as far as cloth pads, i'd probably throw them into the shower with me and rinse them out, then ring them out and put 'em in the laundry. it's what i've done before with my underwear if i had an unexpected and messy period attack.
fuzzipoo
Feb. 18th, 2008 06:59 pm (UTC)
TMI ahead!
Diva Cup all the way! Traditional pads do something to irritate my skin (think horrible burning itching painy outer bits within 12 hours of putting the first one on), and tampons aren't that great either. By the time I get to my "light flow" days I feel like I'm tearing out skin whenever I remove one, even if I use the dinky light absorbency kind. They leave me too dry to have sex, too, for at least a couple days after I stop using them. I love the Diva Cup and can't imagine living without it now. Recently I was stuck at work without it and had to use a tampon. Ugh. That string drives me CRAZY. I also have a few "glad rags" - washable cloth pads- but I have yet to try them out.

And now you know ALL ABOUT MY VAG.
misoka_mine
Feb. 18th, 2008 07:28 pm (UTC)
Re: TMI ahead!
I've been thinking about getting a Diva Cup, so I'm glad to hear the good review regarding them. Pads make me itch too, and tampons have that TSS warning that makes me nervous, so I've been looking at alternative routes. I also looked at sea sponges, but that was just a bit messy for me.

Has the only brand you've used been the Diva Cup, or have you tried any others like the Mooncup? And where did you get it?
aubkabob
Feb. 18th, 2008 07:33 pm (UTC)
Re: TMI ahead!
I just ordered one from drugstore.com for $32 ish, but I hear that you can get them at Whole Foods, too.

I'm hoping that it will work okay, as I seem to cramp so much more when wearing tampons.
fuzzipoo
Feb. 18th, 2008 07:55 pm (UTC)
Re: TMI ahead!
every once in a while i'll notice a few more sharp cramps, but overall it hasn't made my cramping worse (which is good, because it's awful on its own). sometimes i'll feel a weird dull pain, but it only happens if i've put the cup in a little wonky. a quick adjustment usually solves the problem.
fuzzipoo
Feb. 18th, 2008 07:54 pm (UTC)
Re: TMI ahead!
i've only used the diva cup. i got mine at a local hippie portland shop, but i've seen them at natural food stores like new seasons.
arkhamdenizen
Feb. 18th, 2008 07:26 pm (UTC)
http://www.tampax.com/products.php?id=6
Tampax cardboard applicator tampons. Unscented, because the thought of scented really grosses me out for some reason. Plus, I would probably be allergic, and eewwwww.....
aditu
Feb. 18th, 2008 09:35 pm (UTC)
I use these: http://www.hagrag.com/main.sc
I've never liked the idea of sticking something up there and leaving it for several hours, and I don't like the waste and such of disposable ones. Besides, these are comfortable, and probably healthier for my delicate regions.
kateri_kachina
Feb. 19th, 2008 09:29 pm (UTC)
Can't help you on the Diva cup thingamabob.

We must be on the same schedule, though. Mine started this morning. Ack!
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