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hs123
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I just read a post that said you shouldn't leave a tampon in if you're not on your period because of the risk of toxic shock...
What I'm wondering is, I have spotting from the birth control shot I'm on, and I've had it for about two months. (The OB/GYN said after my next shot it should stop) I find it so much easier to use tampons than pads, and when I tried menstrual cups, well I can't seem to get them in properly and it leaks.
But is it bad, if I'm not having too much bleeding to leave it in? (Some days I have bleeding enough to fill up a tampon, but some days there's hardly anything--- I just can't predict)
Being as I don't have any TSS symptoms I'm not too worried, but just for reference...

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If you're just spotting and your tampon is coming out mostly dry, then it's really wiser to switch to pads or cups. If you're having enough bleeding to fill it up, that's fine, but the TSS risk comes when you have a dry or partially dry tampon in for a long time.

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Well I mean, I don't keep them in like, for a long time.. Not longer than is recommended...

But good to know, I guess I should switch then...

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Were the menstrual cups you tried the Instead cups? If so, then I'm not terribly surprised you had trouble with them, most everyone I know who has tried has had trouble. Those are not really designed to fit the female anatomy terribly well. You would likely have better luck with a Diva Cup (or Keeper).

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Yeah, I tried the Instead cups... I don't know where to get the other ones... I looked all over but couldn't find them...
When I was using them, it was mostly so that my boyfriend and I could do stuff even though I was spotting, because he was kindof freaked out to do anything (even though I'm not like gushing blood, and he would hardly have been able to tell if I hadn't told him)

I only had a problem getting it in the first time, but even after I stopped having problems getting them in, it was like, it wasn't a cup--- like it didn't hold anything cuz it just kinda squished after I inserted it and it just wasn't a cup anymore-- just a weird piece of messed up plastic with a ring..., and it wasnt that it was so messy taking it out, it's just that I could tell it wasn't holding anything and that it had leaked-- only a small amount really, because i'm hardly bleeding, but it had leaked a little.

I don't know where to find the other cups though-- like, online doesn't work for me cuz i dont wanna deal with my mom asking why i need them.

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I ended up a bloody mess when i tried the Instead Cups too [Razz]

Have you looked at the Diva Cup website? There's a store locator here

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There are two stores in my state that sell them--- one is 175 miles away, and one is still probably 40 minutes away and in an area i never go to...

I feel silly going so far out for feminine supplies---

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There are some places that sell them online, if you're able to purchase stuff via the internet, as well, such as the Lunapads website, as well as others if you look around.

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Yeah, but if my mom saw the charge on my card, she would ask why i couldn't just use tampons and all that (not that she has a problem with menstrual cups- she's a labor and delivery nurse, so she's all into like, women and whatever the new thing is)--- but i would have to tell her i started using them so i could do stuff with a boy without a string hanging out of me and that would be then end of my being allowed to be around any guy at all...
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Well, instead of bringing in the fact that you want to be sexually active during your spotting time, you can tell her that you want to try one, because of the fact they would reduce your risk for TSS and all that. I'm sure she could appreciate that, as it would be safer for you to use on your lighter days. (Although we do recommend being honest with your mom [Smile] )

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heh, well i actually told her about the menstrual cups, and i showed her the instead cups and she was really freaked cuz they look like a diaphragm... and i said i wanted to try another kind of cup since i didnt like those and because i didnt wanna keep wearing tampons when i didn't have much of a flow---

she was somewhat receptive, but not completely
she was in a hurry though

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can someone please please tell me the difference between all these different cups? I wanna get one, but now that i've started looking I'm so extremely confused!!!
keeper, divacup, mooncup--- I don't get it!!! are there anymore i need to be looking at--???

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Quick rundown:

Keeper - Distinct from the others because it's made from rubber. Some consider this a less suitable material since it doesn't last as long as can't be boiled to sterilize, though it's important to note a soap and water wash really is adequate for most cups.

Mooncup US- Keeper corp's silicone cup version of the Keeper. Features a longer stem than any cup, which some women may prefer. Some discourage buying this product from them since there's some sketchy copyright stuff between it and the Mooncup UK, which was on the market first.

DivaCup- Probably the most popular choice because it's made in North America and has a 1 year money back guarantee. Made of silicone, so it can be sanitized.

Mooncup UK- Shorter and squishier than the Divacup, which some find fits them better. Manufactured in UK, so yay smaller economy to support. Must be ordered from overseas.

Lunette - Shorter and wider than any cup. Has larger holes than any other cup for easier cleaning. Does not come in multiple sizes. Flat, flexible stem unique to it, so it doesn't poke like others. Manufactured in Finland, so hooray for even smaller economy/company to support. Must be ordered from overseas. My personal favorite.

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Thanks so much, this was really helpful... I decided to go with the divacup... It was slightly expensive, but I guess in the long run, if I'm not running out to buy a million tampons, it's worth it...

By the way, that lunapads website is pretty awesome...

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