The real test of the Femmecup according to the Mamas

Mama Ladybug:

****Again a disclaimer that this is a honest review thus the content may be graphic, so read on brave views or just cover you eyes and scroll down


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Well this thing has a learning curve for sure and insert/removal take some getting used to. I did end up trimming the stem, apparently wiping feels….um different…if the stem is too far down. Day One I was not convinced I would keep it, as the insert and removal took a bit of work. But half way through day two I got the hang of it and its so easy to use. Using it for the first time does feel different, I couldn’t put my finger on it but Mama Owl equated it to feeling as if there was an air bubble. After a short while I found it unnoticeable. As for changing it I decided to check it after 5 hours instead of waiting the 8-12 hours as suggested by the manufacture. I think 8 – 12 may work well for average or light days but if you have a heavy flow I would change it closer to 6 hours. This is much better than the standard tampons for me. I would also highly recommend a pack of travel sized wipes if you are using public restrooms. The manufacturer says you can wipe the cup out with toilet paper at changes if needed but I found that ineffective and rinsing or a wet wipe to work best. I didn’t find it to leak although some say they use a cloth pantyliner with it just in case. I cannot attest to its effectiveness overnight as a personal preference I cant use anything but a pad at night.

I’m a convert!

L rating (O rating to come): *****

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Mama Owl:

Okay, I am not afraid…I am going there.

The insertion:

Well, I waited…and waited…and waited. Crazy post baby periods taking their own crazy amount of time to show its ugly head. When the time finally came, I never thought I would be thinking this way, but I literally COULD NOT wait to get my period in order to try it! When that day finally came, I anxiously trotted up to the bathroom to meet my new friend! Cup in hand and pants around my ankles, I nervously stared at the instructions one last time (as if that last glance did anything). I had already had the ‘dress rehearsal’ and now it was showtime! I wet it with some warm water, folded it into my choice of folds to start; the 7-fold, and the fun began. I got it in part of the way where I could feel that it was still folded a bit, slightly pushed a little bit more, and then it comfortably slid into place. “Well that wasn’t bad,” I thought to myself. I stood up, pulled up my pants, did my shimmy once again, washed my hands, and was on my way. Yes, walking with it was a fun experience for the first few minutes. Definitely had a feeling there was a bubble in there. Then slowly as the moisture balanced out and my body registered and accepted its existence, I couldn’t tell it was there just like a tampon.  Now removing it…that is a whole different story….

The removal:

So it came time that I thought, “hmm maybe I should check on this thing.” So hands washed, I sat down to begin my excavation. What felt like fist deep in places I do not want to be during this time of the month, I was able to release the suction. I tried the traditional pinching of the cup to release the suction and, yeah, no dice. Let me be the first  to tell you…in a state of panic, TUGGING DOESN’T WORK! This is a suction item so that way is a no go. Okay. I have a cup…stuck in my vagina. Awesome. There are 6 children and my aid downstairs, and I have a cup stuck in my body. Okay, more digging. One last desperate PULLLL. Hmm. Leg up on the tub, one cheek on the seat, I found the top. Released the suction at the rim of the cup, and slid it down. It wasn’t folded anymore however, but I was just so relieved at getting it out that I toughed it out and…POP! I gave birth to a beautiful 2 ounce silicone cup! and I couldn’t have been more proud! Little did I know that this would be my way of getting it out…EVERY TIME! I am still working on it. I love it though, don’t get my wrong. I do find sometimes that the stem can shift a bit and get trapped between the inner skin of the vagina and pinch, but a shimmy and a shake of the leg and it rights itself again. I almost wonder if the Diva Cup has a “post childbirth size” for a reason? Maybe mine moves around in there too much and gets wedged a bit. As far as leaking goes, I didn’t find very much leaking after a few hours, but it was a very heavy period for me this time being my first real period since giving I conceived little owl (21 months), so I changed it about 3 times that day. It would help to keep a panty liner or a cloth pad to wash easily or prevent any leaking to your outer pants. I really like it though and am ready for the next period to meet my match once again!

The dump:

Did you think I was going to forget the most disgusting part??? All of this talk about dumping it at a public place; here is my thoughts…avoid it if you can if you are in a stall. Find a one person bathroom or do it at home before you go and immediately upon getting home if you are out for a long time. It is just my personal opinion as it is definitely easier, cleaner, and the ‘ick’ factor decreases from a hand washing standpoint if you have a sink to privately rinse out in and wash bloody fingers. When you get it out, it is full of uterine lining, blood, and whatnot so yeah, its a bit messy and gross to look at, but it really is fascinating in a nasty way. It gives you a sense of what your amazing body does once a month to prepare for the eventual shot at the beauty of life that will be growing inside you.

Armed and ready for next month…even got a Party in My Pants (cloth pad) to keep my Femmecup company in the land of future life-giving.

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AND THE GIVEAWAY Is now CLOSED!!
Previous entries from giveaway one will automatically be re-entered in this giveaway, but to double your chance at winning post a new comment that follows the rules of the second drawing.

Rules:
Do you have a magical cure for cramps? Eliminated bloating? Post a comment with your best PMS and Period tips…Don’t have one? Be creative and make it up! Only one comment per person please!

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3 Responses so far »

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    Mary said,

    The only time my PMS related cramps and bloating go away is when I’m pregnant…I’m still crampy and bloated, but for different reasons, haha!

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    Amy Groh said,

    Heat!
    Either a heating pad, or having a snuggle buddy sit on my lap (kid, dog, ect.). Nothing will relieve my cramps better then warmth.

  3. 3

    lace said,

    I use a heating pad that is filled with buckwheat. The heat and the weight helps tremendously. Sometimes all that works is an ibuprofen. Stretching is also great for me.


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