shelleb (shelleb) wrote in menstrual_cups,

Period Dramas

Ok so I've had 4 periods with my Diva Cup now and I'm having issues.

I have the diva for under 30 yr olds (is that meant to be bigger or smaller than the other one?) and the first two days are absolute hell for me. I have always bled like crazy the first two days of my period, but I now realise just how crazy it is. I have to empty the Diva about every 2 hrs and it is full and overflowing. I'm still finding it slower to change than a tampon (probably cos I'm a bit OCD about cleanliness so I like to wash it out thoroughly each time rather than just wiping it down) so this is getting in the way of everything in life! I also find it really uncomfortable to wear, as everything is rather tender on the first 2 days of my period, so I'm aware of the cup the whole time.

I'm not saying this is any worse than tampons, I'm completely convinced that cups are the best thing possible and I'll never go back, but I'm looking for any suggestions to help make it any easier. Is there perhaps a cup that holds more that I could use for the first 2 days so I dont have to change as frequently? Although I'm worried that if I try a larger size it might be more uncomfortable since it almost feels like everything sort of shrinks up inside on these two days.

Also, it leaks incessently, even immediately after inserting it. I'm sure it's popping open, since when I change it's full, but a little bit seems to be escaping all the time.

My biggest issue is that this is really impinging on my life. Last month I missed out on a big concert in Quebec city because I was paranoid that there would not be enough toilets for me to change the cup when I need to, or that there would be huge line ups for the available toilets and I would risk mega leakage while waiting for my turn, so I ended up staying home while my b/f went out with his friends.

The cup has still made my life easier though, at least I only need change it every 2 hrs whereas  even with a super duper size tampon I would need to change  every hour. I'm just sick of my period getting in the way, and with only about 1 week to go till I'm due again, I'm really not looking forward to it. I should mention also that I get nasty cramps for the first 2 days as well.

Any and all suggestions will be greatly appreciated!!!!

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