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27 May 2010 @ 06:18 am
 This is driving me crazy. I first used an Instead and could always feel air bubbles, I would go to the bathroom and check for leaking....nothing. I just got my Divacup, and feel air bubbles, not as much, but can still feel them; once again, I go to the bathroom and check for leaking...nothing. What I mean by air bubbles is the feeling the air coming out of my vagina which reminds me "leaking" from when I was wearing a tampon. I'm nervous that I'm going to leak and not know it because I think it's air bubbles.

Please, someone, anyone, tell me, what are these air bubbles? How can I eliminate them?

My cup is in right, no leaking and when I take it out, the blood is in the cup and not around the rim or the outside of the cup.

Am I doing something wrong?

jaggednibjaggednib on May 27th, 2010 01:19 pm (UTC)
How often are you feeling these air bubbles?
Sometimes I feel them right after I've inserted the cup, but I just wiggle my bum around and squat down until they're all out and then I can carry on without worrying about them.
abigaildeanna on May 27th, 2010 01:50 pm (UTC)
It really depends, last night I felt them right after I put it in. This morning it's everytime I stand up or sit down. I just went to the bathroom and checked and there was no leaking. It sure feels like it though!
Sarah1girl on May 27th, 2010 02:25 pm (UTC)
Hmm..yeah, this is a tricky one. I get the air bubble feeling right after I put my cup in, and every so often during the day, and I've always just assumed it's just some trapped air, and I've just learned to ignore it. I have leaked once or twice, and it was, for me at least, a distinctly different feeling from the air bubble feeling, if that puts your mind at ease. It helps me a little bit if I put my finger on the stem of my cup after it's inserted and then do a couple of kegels. That seems to get most of the excess air out.
abigaildeanna on May 27th, 2010 03:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the tip, I'll try that. So I'm not the only one feeling this? Maybe I shouldn't be so worried....
Andreafushigi_na_chou on May 27th, 2010 03:26 pm (UTC)
I've experienced the air bubbles feelings too, but, like the other girls have said so far, usually just after I insert my DivaCup. Sometimes I'll feel them a little bit after standing up from laying down (like when I get up in the morning), but I do a few kegels or shift around a little to get them out. The feeling of leaking with a DivaCup is vastly different from the air bubble sensation -- due to the dampness of the blood leaking out, it might itch a little, but I think you'll definitely feel the moisture. Usually it feels like it's much more than what's there, so even if it leaks a little (unless you have a particularly heavy flow), you should be okay in the sense that it won't show through your pants.

I hope this helps. :(
abigaildeanna on May 27th, 2010 03:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I don't have a heavy flow at all, a lot of that has to do with the birth control I'm on, but it's very light. So hopefully I don't ever leak, we'll see though. I did leak once or twice when I was using Instead and was surpised when it never got on my underwear and was a really light leak. The blood was there when I would wipe. So far with my divacup, it's a normal wipe! I love my cup and the idea behind it, I'll just have to get over the air bubbles.
Leprechaunlileprechaun on May 27th, 2010 05:14 pm (UTC)
I agree with what the previous posters have said, in your case the air bubbles are probably pockets of air that get trapped as your insert your cup.

I get them too, but under different circumstances. I experience it several hours after inserting my cup and the bubbles are almost always an indication that my cup is full and is about to leak. In this instance I think the bubbling feeling is caused by the last of the air inside the cup being displaced by blood as it fills up, which then breaks the seal. In a way, it's kind of a nice warning sign to get to a bathroom stat - I certainly never got any warning when a tampon was about to leak.
abigaildeanna on May 27th, 2010 09:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the comment. I thought that maybe my cup was full so I went to empty it and of course, it wasn't. So I'm not sure what the deal is. I've never got "warning signs" from a tampon either. I'm very happy with the cup and love it, I just hate the air bubbles. I guess I should be thankful I'm
not leaking. Is the feeling of leaking and air bubbles a lot different? Should I be able to tell when I am leaking?
Leprechaunlileprechaun on May 27th, 2010 11:11 pm (UTC)
I can definitely tell the difference between the bubbling and leaking. Hate to be crude, but the bubbling closely resembles a queef while leaking feels like a wet gush of fluid. I've had occasions where they occur simultaneously though.
Moríenmorien_san on May 27th, 2010 07:51 pm (UTC)
When blood goes into the cup it forces the air out. The first time I felt them was during my first day with my cup - I got off the bus and started walking home - well more like marching. That made me bleed a bit faster. I thought they were quite pleasant.
accphotography on May 27th, 2010 11:31 pm (UTC)
Blasted air bubbles... HATE them. Get them CONSTANTLY. The ones that go in when I first put the cup in I can get by kegels and squatting. The ones that come hours after, I have found no answer for. They drive me absolutely batty. I can't help it, I feel like I'm leaking every single time, but I never (well, rarely) am. I've gotten to the point where I can ignore them for the most part, but I tend to make a mental note to stop at a restroom as soon as it's convenient to double check (and I just do a dry TP wipe to make sure I'm still dry and go on my merry way if so).

Someone on here once said the theory was that they are caused by blood displacing the air in the cup and being forced out the holes. I completely agree with this and find that the times I get them worst are when I've been sitting (especially) or laying and get up suddenly. It's like everything rushed down into the cup and it suddenly has to displace air now that gravity is playing it's part. So sometimes when I feel the bubbles I just think to myself "well there went a little rush". LOL

As for knowing the difference between bubbles and leaking, if it's a significant leak, you'll know the difference for sure. From personal experience, some of the smaller "leaks" get missed by me because I dismiss them as bubbles (and maybe it's truly a combination). But if you're pretty sensitive, you'll recognize the dampness that comes with a leak as opposed to bubbles alone. However, I will warn you, because the cup doesn't interfere with the mucus produced by your vaginal walls below the cup, when those bubbles escape they can sometimes push a bit of this mucus down and you will find you haven't leaked, but you've definitely had a little rush of dampness. These are the times when you might really think you're leaking only to find you're really not.

Good luck adjusting. It's an interesting process.
belle_cfbelle_cf on May 28th, 2010 09:36 am (UTC)
I agree, I hate air bubbles too. I have only used my cup for one cycle so far. It was fine most of the time but there were two days that I had air bubles that drove me nuts. I kept thinking I was leaking and had about 10 trips to the bathroom to check. twice I was actually leaking but the rest of the time it was just air.
I don't know why it was happening those two days, but I think they were my heavier days so it was probably the rush of blood into the cup thing.
sugar_drop21 on May 29th, 2010 04:31 pm (UTC)
After a while i learned to tell the difference between air bubbles and leaking. but that might not work for everyone, so as for eliminating them, after u have inserted stick a finger in to dent one side and let some air out. it works for me.