hmwilliamsrn
17 November 2013 @ 03:01 am
I moved to the silicone cups (the Diva Cup) because I am, I think, allergic to everything else (all I know is they make me itch). So, I bought the cup in hopes that it would help. The itching has subsided, but the leaking is fierce and I have had pain. I'm constantly checking to see if I got the cup to open, but I'm afraid that is part of the problem with the leaking. Perhaps I am breaking the "seal"? Diva instructions say to turn the cup 360 degrees each way, but that sucker is hard to turn. I have noticed, as well, that it moves from side to side and slips in farther. Leaking typically occurs when I get up from a laying position. Sometimes it's when I stand up from a squat or sitting position. I'm pretty sure it isn't because of overflow, because the cup is only half, or less, full and I emptied it about every 4 or 5 hours. I need help. I REALLY want to stay with the cup for the reasons stated above, but I also can't have the leakage.
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elisamba on November 17th, 2013 01:20 pm (UTC)
Have you found your cervix? If the cup is too long, it could miss your cervix (the blood would go beside it instead of into it) and press against it.
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hmwilliamsrnhmwilliamsrn on November 17th, 2013 02:03 pm (UTC)
It IS impossible! Do they try it?
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hmwilliamsrnhmwilliamsrn on November 17th, 2013 02:54 pm (UTC)
And I assume that since you have had it for six months you don't deal with leaking. How do you know it's completely unfolded?
n0m_de_plum on November 26th, 2013 01:08 pm (UTC)
I never turn my Diva. I don't think it helps at all.
Generally I have no problems feeling it open. Actually sometimes it pops open a little too fast for my taste, and feels kind if like I'm being kicked from inside!
I use a punchdown fold if that helps.
Moemm03m on November 17th, 2013 02:42 pm (UTC)
It IS possible for some of us, impossible for others. Vaginas differ a great deal. For me, it is impossible to wear a Divacup at all. Fortunately there are plenty of brands that make shorter cups!
teacupcake89 on November 17th, 2013 03:35 pm (UTC)
Don't bother trying to turn the cup, it's just another mainly useless information Divacup insist on saying is necessary. If it helps, great, if it doesn't or you can't turn the cup don't worry about it!
teacupcake89 on November 17th, 2013 01:50 pm (UTC)
As the Divacup is one of the longest cup brands out there, it might be too long for your vagina. If you don't need the stem for removal try turning it inside out and wearing it like that.

Don't bother trying to turn the cup, it's just another mainly useless information Divacup insist on saying is necessary. If it helps, great, if it doesn't or you can't turn the cup don't worry about it!

despite what the instructions say you want the cup rim to sit right underneath your cervix, if it's not of your cervix is only partially in/above the cup you'll get leakage.

have a read of this post about getting cups to open up: http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/2618390.html

The Divacup is actually a lower capacity cup because of it's shape and the airholes are lower down, so 5 hours on heavy days is probably average, especially if your cervix is sitting in the cup somewhat. A same sized cup with higher airholes and a rounded bottom would be able to hold more.
hmwilliamsrnhmwilliamsrn on November 17th, 2013 02:05 pm (UTC)
Great! This is all good to know! Their stem is very short. If I put it up that high how do I get it out? I have had trouble with just a 1/2 inch in. Is there a better position to be in?
Moemm03m on November 17th, 2013 02:44 pm (UTC)
Your cup will pretty much sit where it pleases, most of us can't decide to wear our cups higher or lower.

For removal, what usually helps is bearing down with your muscles, which pushes the cup down.
teacupcake89 on November 17th, 2013 03:40 pm (UTC)
again, the diagram showing the Divacup right at the bottom of the vagina with a cup length of space between the rim and the cervix is completely wrong. In reality, cups take up most or all of the space from the cervix to the bottom of the vagina. Cups might sit 'high' or 'low' with some users depending on how high their cervix is/vagina length and how long the cup they have is and whether or not they trimmed the stem. So with the stem on your Diva cup probably won't be unreachable.

Don't stress, find your cervix, aim the cup towards it (this may mean it sits slanted/diagonally, again perfectly normal)

for removal bear down 'push' with your muscles until you can reach in and pull the stem/base down.
hmwilliamsrnhmwilliamsrn on November 18th, 2013 05:53 am (UTC)
Thank you! I think panicking makes it worse. But it is so hard not to do when it feels like you'll never get it out. :) Thank you again!
elisamba on November 17th, 2013 03:44 pm (UTC)
You'll get it out by pinching the bottom and breaking the suction, then slightly folding it back up into a loose C fold. Pulling the cup isn't usually enough so the stem is mainly to help you find the bottom.
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