Are You Pregnant? Avoid Heavy Acetaminophen Use

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Two new studies may make you more cautious about using medication to ease those pregnancy aches and pain. Researchers have found developmental problems in some children whose mothers were heavy users of acetaminophen (Tylenol®) during their pregnancies.  

It’s important to note that numerous studies have consistently shown acetaminophen to be safe to use during pregnancy. This prior research was generally focused on premature birth or miscarriage.

However, a new study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology takes a close look at how heavy acetaminophen in pregnancy could affect a young child’s development.

Here’s what this study found:

  • The Norwegian researchers looked at more than 48,000 3-year-old children. They surveyed the mothers about medications they used during pregnancy. They asked specifically about acetaminophen use at weeks 17 and 30 of pregnancy, as well as six months after giving birth.
  • About four percent of those moms said they used acetaminophen heavily during pregnancy (28 days or more).
  • The researchers found that the children of those heavy acetaminophen users exhibited poorer gross motor development and language skills and more behavior problems.

Behavioral problems

Another study, just published in JAMA Pediatrics, found that using acetaminophen during pregnancy was also associated with behavioral problems in children — particularly attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and hyperkinetic disorders (a severe form of ADHD).

This study involved 64,322 Danish children and mothers. Parents reported behavioral problems on a questionnaire, and researchers collected ADHD medication prescriptions from Danish registries. By taking a close look at this data, researchers found an association between acetaminophen use during pregnancy and behavioral problems in some children.

What the findings mean

Here’s what you should know about these findings:

  • Association is not causation. That means that it’s hard to say whether the medication caused these developmental problems as opposed to, say, the cause of the pain to begin with. As with any new research, we won’t change our recommendations to patients until the findings can be substantiated by other studies. The population in Norway might not be representative of the population where you live.
  • Don’t panic if you’ve used some acetaminophen during your pregnancy. Taking some acetaminophen here and there for back pain shouldn’t be a cause for concern. The women who took part in this study were heavy acetaminophen users, meaning that they reported 28 days or more of use during their pregnancies.
  • Don’t turn to ibuprofen or aspirin as an alternative. There are good reasons why doctors recommend acetaminophen as opposed to ibuprofen or aspirin during pregnancy. Studies have shown dangerous side effects of ibuprofen use after 32 weeks of pregnancy.
  • Avoid all medications if you can. Pain is a pretty common part of pregnancy, whether it’s back pain, achy joints or headaches. Doctors often recommend acetaminophen as a treatment for mild pain during pregnancy rather than ibuprofen (Motrin®) or aspirin, but my best advice to patients is to avoid using any medications during pregnancy unless they’re absolutely necessary.

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Elisa Ross, MD

Elisa Ross, MD, is a obstetrician and gynecologist in Cleveland Clinic’s Women’s Health Institute. She loves caring for and educating women.
  • AJ

    The thought that women are rinsing their menstrual cups in public bathroom sinks is disturbing.

    • JaySprout

      It’s rare people need to empty in public (they can be worn for 12 hours), if they do then they can just empty and reinsert or clean-off with tissue or bottled water – there’s no need to use bathroom sinks.

      • ZombieMom

        This is the first time I have heard of this. I’m 51 & no longer get my period, but, I have a 13 year old daughter. I think this sounds great! I wish I could’ve tried one. I’m buying one asap & will get a 13 yr. old girl’s view on it, pros & con’s. I had gotten toxic shock syndrome (3rd known case) and it frightens me because I almost died. Nevertheless, I continued tampon use. Thanks for the info.!

        • Doc P

          Unless your 13 year old is sexually active, I wouldn’t recommend a menstrual cup. It would be quite uncomfortable for her. Before you decide, I would at least look them up and try to find life sized photo. To give you a reference on size, picture a rounded a medicine cup. The disposable cups are literally shaped like a diaphragm, about 2 inches across. And removal would be even more incomfortable as there is no way around reaching in to pull them out.

          • JaySprout

            Sexual activity doesn’t change the body in any way, so mentioning being sexually active is irrelevant.

          • Jay

            Of course it changed the body you obviously know nothing about women. A virgin is obviously tighter making it more uncomfortable to use a menstrual cup. My little sister bought one and she felt completely uncomfortable using it it hurt her.

          • lily.

            Sexual activity does affect the body. It’s only really by centimeters but it does and it only really effects comfort levels more than anything. A sexually active person will probably have an easier time placing and removing this than a virgin. But even getting your cycle can change your anatomy as puberty develops women for childbirth, which widens your hips and canal to prepare for a child and that’s not overnight. Someone Who just got their cycle will not have as easy a time with this then someone older. Plus if your Hymen is intact that’s a whole other side as well.

          • lily.

            It’s still usable but that doesn’t mean comfortable. It depends on each individual body and person.

          • K DC

            I disagree…I think it does change the body, certainly it changes a woman’s relationship with her body

          • Johanna

            Every you g lady should be not embarrassed and familiar with her body. I can only imagine an experience with the cup will teach your daughter to become more comfortable with all parts of her body, and with her own skin. There should be hardly any reason why she should not embrace this next step in her life, as a young adult going through physical changes (menstruation) which are clearly a sign for her to be more aware with ones own physical body. Coming from a non sexually active 21 year old.

          • Cheriphim

            Depends on the hymen, the shape & size of the vaginal canal. Yes, intercourse can & does change all three of these things, depending on the size of the phallus, the nature of the intercourse itself, and how her own body responds. For example, intercourse before the vaginal canal is properly “ready” (lubricated & relaxed due to arousal) can cause damage & even scar tissue that can be painful for life, or until medically removed.

            The hymen often breaks either completely or partially even before intercourse, though, especially if there is activities like horseback riding, cycling/mountain-biking, or even something as simple as climbing over a fence. (I broke mine early on when landing hard on a teeter-totter after someone had jumped off the other side and let me fall; I was seven.)

            But even a tampon can be painful to use if the vaginal canal is not yet stretchy enough to accommodate one; and the elasticity does change over time with use of vaginal implements. That is why sizing rods are used to help expand the canal if intercourse is too painful due to mismatched phallus/vaginal sizes, or after vaginal surgery; and why Kegels (an exercise to strengthen the vaginal muscles) are done after childbirth to help restore muscle elasticity, reduce prolapse, and restore full bladder control.

          • Cherry Syndi Steele

            Cheriphim I was wondering how you knew that the teeter toter did that was there blood? Just wondering very interesting on when a person knows what caused it tair my uterus hurts just thinking about it…

          • RubyWednesday

            I think that’s ridiculous. I used the disposable menstrual cups, and later a reusable cup, with no issues long before I became sexually active. The reusable cups actually fit better because they come in different sizes.

            Someone who is sexually active may be more comfortable using the cup at first just because she is probably more aware of her anatomy. There is no reason that someone who is not sexually active couldn’t learn to use a menstrual cup comfortably.

          • ZombieMom

            Thank you for your info. That makes it sound much better. I talked to my daughter, and she didn’t like the idea of it, but, maybe when she gets a bit older.

          • Serpent

            introduce her to cloth pads as well :) they are much more comfortable than disposables and so cute!

          • Nonya

            I never heard of a cloth pad. Is that like a cloth diaper? Seriously. When I first started my period, my mama introduced me to a pad you had to hook to a belt. Talk about uncomfortable! I was 10 years old. I was so embarrassed I thought everyone could see it under mt jeans. LOL!

          • Serpent

            cloth pads generally have wings and snaps. look them up online.

          • K DC

            Run the numbers for her….periods are expensive things to have….there’should sites that discuss all aspects of cups including measuremnets of the cups etc…..

            My diva cost me 40 bucks about 5 years ago….other than that I keep a bag of liner that lasts six months. Compared to up to 40 bucks a month for pads, tampons and pads. Less waste, fewer chemicals near the fun bits etc.

          • Nonya

            Just because you were comfortable using one before you were sexually active doesn’t mean it won’t hurt someone else. I had to use some medication when I was 13 and still a virgin. The applicator was smaller than a tampon, but it hurt too bad for me to use it. It wasn’t a ridiculous comment. I quite agree and think size does matter to a virgin.

          • Serpent

            applicators are stiff and inflexible, unlike cups. the hardest is getting it past the opening, beyond that the vagina is stretchy. i’m also a virgin who uses cups btw, the only requirement is being able to insert 1-2 fingers. if you can’t do that, obviously it’s too early to try cups.

          • ZombieMom

            Thank you for the information. She didn’t like the idea of it anyway! Can’t blame her for that, lol!

          • cup runnith over

            I think it’s so weird you announce here how your going to bring this up with your daughter. Then you go embarrass your daughter by discussing it with her. Then you come back here and provide an update! Laugh-out-loud!!

          • grimfix

            She didn’t announce her name or her daughter’s name, so why the fuss? I think it’s great that she can talk to her daughter like that!

          • FeedUpwithPolitics

            What’s so weird about talking with your daughter about something that every woman goes through. You may have some issues that need resolved.

          • paddy

            Wish my mom was this forthcoming. I had to learn on my own. She just showed me where she keeps the pads. It was all treated as an extreemely embarrassing secret wich made me uncomfortable with my body and no one to talk to about it. Found out that I had a really really bad zink defieciency even as a little child wich could have been discovered much earlier on If I was allowed to talk and be taken seriously. Zink defiency is serious and imbalance the hormones. My mom just thought I was lying about pains to skip school. As an adult I am shocked about the treatment I got as a young girl. So damaging!

          • Patricia Lopez

            Just so you know I don’t think it’s weird that you speak about this with your daughter and then come give an update. I feel if more parents were as open about these things we wouldn’t have so many children having babies.

          • Collette Grace

            I used a menstrual cup at 14 and my sister was 13, both virgins of course and there was absolutely no problem, just fyi

          • Anonymous

            True but everyone is different so if u didn’t experience pain doesn’t mean the next 13 year old virgin wouldn’t so it all depends on the person

          • Serpent

            actually they can be folded for removal as well, although that’s easier if the cup isn’t completely full. and they’re much smaller and softer than they might seem from photos.

          • K DC

            They are not talking about Instead with the disposable cups…I tried those and they were horrid even after 2 pregnancies with large babies. Besides that DE eats the whole cost thing.

            I use a diva cup size 2 for women of a certain age or mothers….size 1 is for the younger folks. When I have the cup in, even though I run smaller, I don’t even feel it until it’s really full.

            I change mine more frequently and just dump into the toilet and give it a swipe with tissue. Then wash my hands well.

            Also, a diva cup holds almost 20mls….average period is 40 to 80mls. That’s incredible capacity….when I was hemorrhaging due health issues and was filling it every 30 to 60 minutes it was a godsend….so that cup has capacity of 2 super super pads.

            The best part is how generally clean I feel throughout…it’s like not even having a period.

            Some cups have loops or stems. I run small so I cut the stem off my diva and then turn it inside out and that’s how I use it…make it shorter and a bit wider.

        • Teresa Haugen

          I’m 57 and I remember these being available..the name brand was Tassaways

        • lily.

          Your keeping the tampons in to long, if it’s the third time getting tss. Or at least to long for your cycle and amount of blood..not to be offensive.

          • Tiffany Gilbert

            She’s not saying she had it three times, she’s saying she was the 3rd known case of TSS.

          • Heather

            She said she was the third known case, not that she had it three times. Please read the words next time.

        • Hkowal

          Google videos of menstrual cups. You’ll find a girl who is very well-versed in them, her username is Precious Stars Pads. She’s about 12 or 13. And she seems to be a menstrual cup tester. She has a huge collection and goes through each individual one saying the pros and cos of each. She gives advice on how to clean it at school, how to insert it, how to choose a size. Shes quite impressive. I’m 25 and I learned from her. I highly recommend her for your daughter.

          • brittany

            That’s why im looking them up

    • nurse b

      I see this as a big problem ……cleaning a cup in a public bathroom. …Aids is transmitted via blood and someone is going to clean the cup in a sink not then properly cleaned???Yuck!

      • Teesh

        People change their tampons and then wash their hands so how is it different?

        • jay

          Big difference the cups are messier you have to wash it in the sink tampons go in the trash. Duh

          • Serpent

            i generally wipe my hands with tp before washing them, and i make sure there’s no blood left in the sink.

      • TLD

        If you’re a nurse, then you also know that aids transmission through blood in a sink would require direct contact with an open wound, and even then is unlikely.

        • Red

          Exactly.

        • jay

          So you never get cuts on your hands? Dumb.

          • lily.

            You’d have to have direct contact with their blood. Rising out the sink if you see it or even previous to washing your hands, does not involve direct contact with their blood. Dump the bloodthe toilet and rinse out with bottled water and reinsert, or go wash out after you rinse it and no blood will be visible and you would never know being next to her by the sink, simple.

      • ZombieMom

        Like another woman commented, you only need to empty twice a day. Surely you aren’t having to use public bathrooms 12 hours at a time. If you are you could make it a tampon/pad day. I thought exactly as you did until I read that comment, which made a lot of sense. Peace!

      • JaySprout

        Firstly, as cups can be worn for up to 12 hours it’s uncommon to have to empty in a public bathroom. Secondly, if you have to empty in public just empty down the toilet and wipe off before reinserting, you don’t have to wash every time – they don’t harbor bacteria and you’re not introducing anything new into the vagina by reinserting.

        AIDs is not transmitted from blood, HIV and other blood borne diseases can be but I see no way that could occur from cleaning a cup in a sink…or hands in the sink after changing tampons. We have sinks to clean our hands, you can’t get AIDs from touching a sink.

        • DJ

          Exactly! Also, Lunette sells cup wipes that I carry in my purse, just in case I ever need to empty it when I’m not at home. But in my 2+ years of using a cup, the timing has always worked out that I could empty & clean it at home, and I’ve never needed to even use a wipe.

      • Kathy Kinnear Kaiser

        Are you really a nurse? Educate yourself

      • lynn

        Because no one ever got blood on their hands using pads or tampons and washed them in a public restroom.

      • Anna G

        Smh, as a nurse I am shocked another nurse would even post this. The HIV virus is a very delicate virus that lives in a host ( blood of infected person), the virus is not protected by a capsule like outer shield (dumified explanation) and cannot live outside it’s host for more than a few minutes, once the blood would dry the virus would be dead. Then of course there needs to be route of entry so you basically would need to sick and open (mind you not scabbed) wound into the fresh blood from the infected persons Menstrual Cup which she only rinsed in the sink thus now diluting the blood when more.

      • An

        You would more likely have a risk of contracting hepatitis before you would to contracting HIV/AIDS. Hepatitis can live out side the body for a while. HIV/AIDS dies outside once it hits air it doesn’t live long. That is why HIV/AIDS is contracted through bodily fluids and you hear of more cases of Hepatitis for people touch bodily fluids out in the open!

    • Alese P. Johnson

      This could be the only set back if it is a shared public restroom.

    • Red

      Really? It’s blood. We all bleed. Be responsible and don’t leave big clots in the sink and really, what’s the issue? It’s not like you wash your hair, drink, or anyhing else (other than wash you hands) in a public bathroom sink anyway… What’s the problem?

    • Susan Valdez

      Lmao…me too! It was funny, but I thought, “Really, the public bathroom?”

    • DeeJay522

      The though that menstrual cups, or anything else vaginal is disturbing:-)
      It’s my understanding that I once saw one once, but I don’t remember it, and I hope it never happens again:-). I’m happy that others like them though :-)

    • Monkinsmom

      I couldn’t agree more!

    • Sam

      Same thing as women washing menstrual blood off their hands in public restrooms…

    • Serpent

      what about those who wash off vomit or diarrhea?

    • kt

      Who really cares man most public bathrooms are disgusting anyways

    • Cheriphim

      Umm, what do you think people are washing off their hands in public restrooms ALL the time? Blood, urine, feces, the strange goop you accidentally discovered on the door handle–this is WHY you are supposed to wash up in the first place. If you think public restroom sinks have been bastions of sparkling sterilization all this time, I am worried for you.

    • GerryAllwin

      People blow their noses, spit lugies and they vomit in them, too. Just don’t touch the bowl. Carry Lysol®-type spray in your bag. If a lavatory looks icky, ask maintenance to clean it.

  • JaySprout

    A few benefits you miss out:
    – Safer: no risk of TSS, vaginal infections, or dioxin exposure.
    – Can reduce menstrual cramps and menstrual flow.
    – Can be worn before menstruation or with light flow.
    – Can be worn overnight while sleeping.
    – No need to alternate with pads.
    – Improves body-literacy.
    – Don’t leak like tampons.

    Although it’s possible to have penis-to-vaginal intercourse while using a menstrual cup, it’s not recommended as it’d break the seal – for penis-to-vaginal intercourse it’s best to use softcups, diaphragms, sponges, or soft tampons.

    Menstrual cups are NOT messy to remove – all the blood stays in the cup until you empty it, unless you’re swinging the cup around the bathroom then it’s not going to get messy – arguably they’re less messy than tampons as they don’t leak like tampons, and no dealing with wrapping-up used tampons/pads.

    Menstrual cups can’t dislodge IUD’s – this has been researched and confirmed, options that sit higher in the vagina like softcups might, but not menstrual cups.

    • Serpent

      people with IUD say you’re either prone to expulsion or not. if you are, a tampon can also dislodge it, and it can come out for no obvious reason. if not, even a poor cup removal technique will likely be “forgiven” by your IUD, although of course it’s better not to pull at the stem like at a tampon string.

  • Sa Di

    This is very interesting

  • linkedin user

    I find the Clinic’s articles to be very interesting… but the things I’ve seen posted on LinkedIn are getting more and more ‘intimate.’ For those of us who aren’t nurses, articles about menstrual cups aren’t something we expect on a professional networking site. As a rule, I try not to mix work and bodily fluids. :)

    • Jan

      But they ARE a part of our working lives. No shame in this game!

      • linkedin user

        So is pooping, but I don’t want to discuss that on linkedin either.

  • Dee

    I used them when I was younger, never had a problem with them. My pharmacist actually recommended them

  • KG

    I’ve never even heard of menstrual cups and I’m 48 years old. Thank you for sharing this interesting information.

  • HelixA

    At almost 50 I’ve discovered these. Wish I had known about them 35 years ago. Best invention EVER

  • Janet

    Bought a DIVA cup 25 years ago and it has saved $1,000’s over the years. Gave one to my daughter. With a little creativity and forethought it’s use is simple and sanitary.

  • CP

    I love my diva cup. You couldn’t pay me to go back to tampons. Best thing ever!

  • brittani

    Gross

  • Arica

    I love using my DIVA cup and wish I would have gotten one years ago!

  • Stephanie Medina

    Gross!!!!… somethings are better off old school. Example:Pads:Wrap it up….dump it. Tampons: flush it… wrap the applicator dump it. No one goes digging in the trash.
    Now sink we wash to clean our hands.
    Some people may be clean and sanitary and others are plain disgusting with no manners or thoughts of others. Imagine washing your hands not knowing what the other person has done prior in that sink. Let’s face it most woman have no conscience and are nasty. It’s a personal choice, I agree. But the ones that are not emptying it in toilets and are dumping into sinks. Are you going to walk around with clorox and disinfect after yourself??????

    • Judy

      There is no empty in the sink option. It will empty in the toilet. It is recommended that you rinse before reinsertion. That keeps the mess in the panties down. Bottled water if you are traveling, or waiting till you are home are the answer.
      What ever method you choose, pad, tampon or cup, you still need to use the sink to wash your hands.

      • Stephanie Medina

        I agree, whichever method everyone should wash their hands. It was just the thought of rinsing the cup in the sink.
        (I work with patients and you won’t believe how inconsiderate some ppl can be, the things I’ve seen will surprise you).
        – the bottle of water to rinse I understand, it makes more sense than rinsing in the sink or having an extra cup.(wipes…special type for this might sound good also)
        I guess it’s just hard to imagine until one goes through it.

      • Come on ppl

        True…. How many people touch the knobs to turn the water on without a towel? They just touched their junk then went to wash their hands… Didn’t think about that… No one walks out of the stall with their panties down and a cup full of blood towards the sink… Get over it people you touch way more gross things on a daily basis and have no clue… Seriously ppl can be so irritating and closed minded… I would definitely try it and thinkin of buying one for my daughter too…

      • candace

        I agree but you need to use real hot water to kill germs

        • Serpent

          a cup doesn’t stink the way pads do, much less bacteria involved.

    • Manuela

      Who told you to flush tampons, they belong like every sanitary item (e.g. pads) into the bin. Now I don’t know how you wash your hands but I hardly ever touch the sink so I wouldn’t even know what happened in a public toilet vanity before I came around. I think you put a lot of women in the same box just because you feel uncomfortable with it.

      • Stephanie Medina

        Hi. Thank you Manuela, honestly I have not tried tampons. (that’s what I heard from someone that uses them.)(can’t wait to tell them they are disposing incorrectly.) You are so- correct. I had to look it up. I only use pads. I don’t touch the sink when washing my hands.

    • Brittany Rose

      How do you know you haven’t already been In The same bathroom as someone who uses the cup? I mean you only have a problem with it because you know about it! Youve probably already washed your hands and peed the the same sink/toilet as someone who uses the cup.

    • km

      You already don’t know what the person prior did in the sink.

    • Serpent

      “Let’s face it most woman have no conscience and are nasty.”
      what?

  • Cara Naturally

    As a 45 year old mature adult, I have absolutely no problem discussing and sharing information that may enlighten and make someone else’s life a little easier. I was introduced to the Poise Softcup by my BFF who is a nurse when my irregular menstrual cycle started the day before my honeymoon. Again, changing the cup in public should not be an issue because they can be worn up to 12 hours. Inserting and removing the cup can be a little challenging initially but with a little practice, it’s not messy at all. I would advise that you try the cups for yourself before passing judgement. Personally, I will never use pads or tampons again.

  • ___Ani___

    Intriguing… I worked for a practice of OB/GYN physicians for about 15 years and I should’ve thought about this years ago! He he. I left the medical field about five years ago so this news for me and I hope it works out for me! When reading the directions about insertion …It reminded me of the last birth control I used, NuvaRing, best birth control I ever used!!! The ring would be inserted vaginally and it really would “draw itself up”. I will be trying this out in a couple of weeks. Now that I am older it seems my flow is heavier so in the middle of the night I set my alarm every few hours to change. So the 12 hour between changes sounds great!!!

  • Ss

    I wouldn’t want to use this because if I have to use a public restroom, I don’t want to have to go in a stall, empty the cup, come out and rinse the cup then have to go back in a stall to reinsert. Have you ever been in a busy ladies room? As soon as you come out the stall someone walks in. Then you are waiting again for an empty stall. I won’t use this anytime soon!

    • JaySprout

      1. They can be worn for up to 12 hours, so changing in public is rare.
      2. You don’t have to go rinse, it’s perfectly safe and hygienic to reinsert.

    • Lmm

      I have only had to use this once in a public restroom, and that’s because I was traveling internationally. But I found a handicapped bathroom to use so it ended up being a non issue – but I had prepared myself and bought bottled water to rinse if necessary. Seriously, all it takes is common sense. If you have an insane flow, maybe this won’t work for you – but I have been using it for years with no problems. No leaks. Really, the key is: Before you leave the house, make sure it’s fresh. Before you go to bed, fresh. COMMON SENSE.

  • Bernie G.

    I’ve been using Instead Softcups for a long time. It doesn’t need to be removed to empty out. When urinating or if you have heavy flow, just sit in the toilet, wipe like always, stand up, zip up, and wash your hands. There reusable and disposable types.

  • Jessica Noel Hutchinson

    As a woman I think this is a GREAT opinion especially with the risk of TSS and I know MOST women are smart enough to use a regular tampon when out shopping or at least emptying it before heading out.

  • skadragon

    I have used the diva cup and have a really heavy flow and used to work 10 hr shift so I had to empty it at work. I would just wet a paper towel before I went to the stall and used that to clean off my cup before reinsertion. Paper towels go in the bin that used to hold tampons and pads. I honestly feel so much cleaner and comfortable when I use it.

  • cajun road warrior

    This has been on market before, long long ago. Thought they took it off market. I tried it__don’t!! Painful, Not work! Highly NOT recommend!

  • Mandie

    I’ve been using menstrual cups for over 8 years. I will never go back!

  • Kathy Kinnear Kaiser

    My daughter has been using these cups since they first came out. She carries a little cleaning kit and never has to use a public sink. She had never been sexually active when she began using it and had no trouble inserting, removing or cleaning it . its been a real help to make having her period last stressful. I suggest everyone try them and not judge its appropriateness for you until you do.

  • Oceangrrrl

    I started with the temporary InStead cups and now have a Diva Cup that I have been using for four years now, if not longer. The biggest change is in color, and the cup works great! I have saved so much money from not buying tampons and pads!!! Plus! There’s no worry about smell or strings or uncomfortable bulges in my pants. If you can’t rinse your cup in a public restroom it really doesn’t hurt to clean it as much as you can with TP and then put back in. Hasn’t hurt me yet. There is an ick factor I know a lot of women can’t get over, but OMG is it worth it!!!!! I wish more women knew about these things!!!!

  • SW

    I had one and it leaked because I had a tilted uterus, so I had to wear a pantyliner. It was uuncomfortable to remove. But it is a great concept!

  • Christine

    The most important benefit was missed – reduce the pain caused by chemical on the pads (according to my friend, she no longer suffer the cramp).

  • Gary Canant

    Thanks for this information!
    I am tasked with YARD MAINTRNANCE for a 50 acre turf parking lot.
    Seems like the word, {DISPOSABLE}, to the dishonorable and entitled minds is in fact a comMAND.
    “THROW IT DOWN WHERE YOU STAND!”

    I have picked up USED; dental picks, diapers, tampons, condoms, diabetic syringes, water bottles reloaded with urine, feces loaded underwear, colostomy bags in addition to the beverage cans & bottles & cups along with food containers of fast food restaurants.

    If I had known it was a MENSTRUAL CUP the child had picked up! I WOULD HAVE HAD THE GUARDIAN TRANSPORTED WITH CHILD TO OUR FIRST AID STATION!

    I am a grand pa that feels awful, that the DISHONORABLE got another DECEPTION past me!

    • Serpent

      so how is a cup worse than the other things you’ve seen? because it’s been in the place babies generally come out of?

  • Nina

    I used to use one but had trouble getting it to be in right without leaking. Then one day I thought it was in right and I was going about my day when all of a sudden it started adjusting and the pressure started changing in it and it sounded like I was farting. Haven’t worn it since.

  • JN

    I’ve used a cup for a couple of years. I love it. My PMS symptoms have dramatically decreased, cramps are minimal (if any at all) and my cycle had shortened from 7 days to 4-5 days.

  • Marsha

    My friend’s 17 year old daughter is in an ICU unit fighting for her life after using these type of products! Don’t let your teenagers or anyone use these.

    • LauraS

      Can you please elaborate as to how proper use of a menstrual cup can lead to someone fighting for their life? Just trying to understand your comment. Was it an infection?

    • Serpent

      if it’s true, that’s one case against numerous recorded cases of TSS.

  • mary d

    I feel stupid but I’m 54 and am just hrearing about these. When did the come out?

    • Serpent

      they were invented in the 1930’s

  • Michelle Lynn Hartman

    I’ve been using the instead cups for almost 20 years. I will never go back to tampons or pads. Its nice because you don’t have to change it often. I often carry a feminine wipe with me so when I’m in a public washroom to make sure there’s nothing left behind. You can’t even tell you have them in.

  • Gael Orr

    Not all cups rest against the cervix. Deva cups are inserted just inside the vaginal opening. These may make more sense for a younger girl or a person not as comfortable touching their own body.

    • Serpent

      That’s incorrect. A cup will generally move up towards the cervix. Manufacturers say they should be worn low because generally it’s better not to push them too far, or you may miss your cervix and leak.

      Besides, a diva is actually a poor default choice for a virgin as they’re very long, and wider than most small sizes. The length is not a bad thing but if you’re reluctant to look for your cervix, you should get a medium-length cup with a long stem, so that you could trim it if needed. The Diva is a long cup with a short stem, so it’s harder to shorten it.

  • Nurse Tracy

    I am 40 and I have never heard of these. Why haven’t I? I’ve been in the health field for 20 years as a nurse. Why hasn’t my ob/gyn recommended something like this. I’ve had terrible periods. I was diagnosed with endometriosis and the pain is awful. This menstrual cup could have come in handy. If they are so great why isn’t the market exploding with these. I really think that this is a great product and is individualized. What works for some may not work for others. Doesn’t mean that it may not work for u. I’ve always had a hard time sticking my fingers up inside myself when trying products such as a diaphragm. Im going to have to read up on this and see for myself. I can understand why everyone is concerned about a public bathroom. Im sure no one is going to come out and dump a cup full of blood down a sink. That’s way embarrassing. As far as blood goes. Hiv can’t live without a host for more than mins. We would all be infected by now if thats a factor. Thanks for everyone’s input. Im intrigued by this.

    • TheWeeBee

      I think the concept grosses out a lot of people, men and women included. A shame, too, since these cups are a much better way to deal with periods.

    • Serpent

      and besides it’s a much smaller business since you don’t need new cups every month. they can’t afford the same advertising as pads and tampons get.

  • HMK

    At 38 years old, I have just discovered the disposable cups. Yes they are a little more messy than pads or tampons but I have found that I am having less cramps than when using tampons. The disposable are more suitable for traveling, which I do a lot and I think more tactful when having to stop at rest areas. And they aren’t “scratchy” when you are towards the end of your cycle like a tampon.

  • T

    I love my Diva Cup! I’ve been using one for 4 years! It is more messy than tampons but it does not bother me at all. You get past that quick bc of all the benefits. I often forget I’m on my cycle bc my cup is so relaible! Plus, it’s much cheaper in the long run.

  • Serpent

    Those who haven’t used tampons or struggle with them can also use cups just fine. Many switch directly from pads to cups – contrary to the common assumption, not everyone who doesn’t use tampons is terrified of inserting things into the vagina.

    About public restrooms, worst case scenario you can just leave the cup inside and use a pad. I’ve never had to do that myself, but I know some people with a really heavy flow use both cups and cloth pads to win some more time. I’ve only changed in public restrooms while travelling and it was no big deal.

  • Sherrie Williams

    Think it something different for. Woman great Invention? But concern woman watching it in public sink

  • Jay

    You only have to change it twice a day so hopefully you won’t be having to change it in public, I have used it for 3 cycles, Love it, not going back to tampons.

  • Gretchen

    No thanks I’m good.

  • Patty Shannon

    Didn’t something like this cause toxic shock in the 1980s?