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HeyLife
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Hey everybody. I have two questions this time (and you're thinking, oh, yay!)

1. The menstrual cup. I use tampons a lot during my period, because if I don't I am always soo nervous about spotting all over my clothes. I also exercise (bike riding and horseback riding mostly). I know tampons have negative aspects, so I'm considering the menstrual cup. I've read about it, but no one's ever sat down and told me all about it, so, I really don't know anything much. There are so many kinds. How does it work? I heard you fold it up, then how does it collect period stuff? Would it be a good option for someone living in a college dorm (how often do you take it out?) Etc. ?

2. My second question is on another topic. I wear lightdays pantyliners all the time, even if I'm not on my period. My panties would get super yucky without them. Is this necessary? normal? I mean, obviously it's necessary for me, but what about other people? I know my sister was surprised when I told her I wear them all the time. Sometimes I seriously think I'm starting my period, even though it's the wrong time of month, and I go to the bathroom and it's just that much discharge. It's been like that a long time.

I had another question and I forgot what it was. Oh well, these two can start for now.

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Okay a quick answer for you:
1) menstrual cups are just little cups that are put in your vagina (nearer the opening than tampons). Blood just trickles down to them. After use you just clean the cup with water (more thorough cleaning can be done between periods). Once you learn how to insert the cup properly there shouldn't be any leaks. British manufacturer's site suggests to change them 4 times during 24 hours. As for living in close quarters with a lot of people I think a cup would be a good option. You don't have to store pads - saves space. Blood doesn't clot around your labia - you don't have to wash up every time you change the medium.
2) Some women are like that. I'm too. Remember that vaginal discharge is just your natural way of maintaining a healthy environment in your genitals. It's just mucus, dead cells and friendly Lactobacillus. If your discharge changes color (apart from natural color change during menstrual cycle) or is tinged with blood go see a doctor.

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Heather
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(Hey WildOrchid: I appreciate your help, but this area of the boards is where users post who want staff and volunteer replies only, okay? See you on the rest of the boards! [Smile]

HeyLife: I did a nice, big piece on cups you can take a look at here for more info: http://www.scarleteen.com/article/advice/what_are_menstrual_cups

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My only big concern with the cup is: well, two actually: can I do all sorts of exercise with it in, and two, I have to rinse it multiple times a day? I couldn't really do that in a public bathroom.
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Heather
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Cups like the Divacup can be left in much longer than tampons, both practically and safety-wise, so no, you won't likely have to.

And you can also do anything while wearing one you can do while wearing a tampon.

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