Kai (kuradi8) wrote in menstrual_cups,
Kai
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Unsuccessful with Diva Cup

I'm 50 and child free by choice.  I haven't hit "mental pause" yet and I kinda wish my body would figure out that I'm not going to use those organs for anything other than recreational purposes.  But in the mean time, if cups have been around for 70+ years, why didn't I know about them until just recently?  The stigma of "taking my purse" to the ladies room has haunted me since Jr High.  What a pleasure not to have to take anything with me.  But my first cycle with the Diva Cup was unsuccessful.

Even though I selected the "age appropriate" large Diva, I think it was too wide for me.  I've always taken pride in being... ummm... "tight" and now that I've computed the inch equivalents of these cups, the "large" sizes are beyond what I prefer.

As many have complained about on this forum, the Divas are very LONG cups.  Both small and large sizes are 57mm long.  Also, the "anti-suction" holes are TINY.  Poking them with pins or stretching them with toothpicks doesn't work because the elastic nature of silicone springs them back to their original size quickly.  This was a statement I had read but didn't understand until I experienced it myself.  Rather than migrating downward as many on this forum complain that their cups do, my Diva would migrate inward and (because of the tiny holes) SUCTION its opening to the back wall of my vagina, rendering it useless.  And the more active I was, the faster that migration would happen.

When I asked about Diva's return policy, the form letter reply came from someone whose email address placed them nearly 1500 miles from Diva's HQ.  That alone was enough for me to question their commitment to their customer base.  The email said: "And although some other e-sites may state that we have a return policy, we have discontinued refunds or exchanges."  The letter pointed the finger of blame at incorrect use.

Yes, occasionally it was my fault for not seating the cup properly.  But usually, it would be FINE for a while (an hour or two) and then migrate and fail -- especially if I was doing a lot of walking and bending, as part of my job entails.  And "out in the field," I do not have quick and easy access to bathrooms.  Therefore, I need my protection to be reliable.  For me, the Diva was not.  I should have "gone with my gut" and gotten a Lunette instead.  In fact, now that I've "tired on" a large, I think the small might fit me better.

If you're reading this because you are considering your first cup or want to switch brands/sizes, continue to read up on them.  Check out what people say about them.  Look at their sizes and capacities.  And then try to determine what would fit you and your lifestyle best -- even if it goes against manufacturer recommendations.  You know your own body best.

I compiled this from assorted sources and cannot guarantee its accuracy but the numbers seem right.  I am missing capacities for the larger Keeper/US Moon Cup.

Name
Size
Width
mm/inches
Length
mm/inches
Capacity
to air holes (ml)
Claimed
Capacity (ml)
US Keeper AND
B=small
42/1.65
54/2.13
12
20
US Moon Cup
A=large
45/1.77
54/2.13
?
?






UK Mooncup
B=Before kids/30
43/1.69
50/1.97
13
25

A=After kids/30
46/1.81
50/1.97
15
30






Lady Cup
small
40/1.57
46/1.81
11
15.5

large
46/1.81
53/2.09
20
26






Femmecup
one size
45/1.77
50/1.97
18
30






Lunette
small
41/1.61
47/1.85
19
25

large
46/1.81
52/2.05
27
30






Diva Cup
small
43/1.69
57/2.25
23
25

large
46/1.81
57/2.25
27
30
Tags: brand comparisons, divacup
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