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22 January 2009 @ 05:44 pm
So this was my first run on the Divacup size 1, and I'm having some issues. It leaks. It doesn't leak a lot, and at first I though it was just the blood on the outside of the cup (Its the brown stuff), but no matter how long I wait, it continues leaking. Most of it is caught in the cup, but I feel as if it's not sealed properly and a little of it slips down the side. I can't turn the cup as I never have enough of a grip on it. Also, it is never completely circular and I'm not sure if it should be. The wall of my vagina naturally indents it...I think :s. I have tried to mkae it circular and I can't.
I am wearing it where it naturally fits.

Now after reading alot about leaking, I attempted many things. I have tried all the folds, I've tried wearing it higher (that makes it worse), I ve tried feeling for my cervix, which I cant find anywhere. Running my finger around it, cold water, in the shower... I just can't make it stop this slight leak.

I absolutely hate pads, but I had never had any troubles with tampons. They never leaked, but I wanted to switch for fear of TSS. I really want this to work as I find it very comfy and I enjoy how long you can wear it, but I am actually considering tampons again.

I'm 16 and definitely haven't ever given birth, so is it possible I'm a size 2?
Any suggestions?
Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated
Dina Clare: dreamlintilla on January 23rd, 2009 08:22 am (UTC)
Sometimes there's a bit of residual blood left over from when your cup was out. Basically, it mixes with the secretions lower in your vagina and works its way out, best we can figure. If that's the case, there are a few things you can do - try swirling your finger around the outside of your cup when you insert it. Some women even like to use a bit of toilet paper to really clean it out!

Barring anything else, you could wear a liner - apparently cloth liners are much more comfortable than disposable liners. I have no experience with the former, but the latter... *shudders at the memory*

Oh, and if your cup is in an oval shape rather than a circle, that's fine. If there's a pronounced dent, on the other hand... it could be the correct shape for your body, but it possibly could be catching on the side of your cervix.

Best of luck!
Lydia: Flowers of Lifedynapink on January 23rd, 2009 08:36 am (UTC)
There's one other experiment you might try, just to make absolutely certain that it isn't residual blood already in the canal. Try using a wet washcloth to thoroughly clean yourself when you empty the cup. Keep wiping inside until there's no more blood left on the cloth before you re-insert the cup. If you still get spotting after all that, you'll know beyond a shadow of a doubt that it's a genuine leak.

Unfortunately, based on what you say, it probably is a genuine leak caused by the Diva just not popping open all the way. Have you ever tried pulling it downwards a tiny bit and then shoving it back into position? Sometimes that can make it pop by forcing a bit of air into the cup, and it seems to be about the only alternative for those of us who can't get the cup to "spin".
Kai: pic#77976566kuradi8 on January 23rd, 2009 01:29 pm (UTC)
I also suffer from "residual slobber" and have to wear a shield, especially on my heavy days. There are several (many?) of us who do. We had a discussion about this a few months ago.

You will get all kinds of advice about inserting your cup wet or dry, wiping and stirring, hot and cold water, etc. Maybe something will work for you? Nothing did for me. I just wear a shield and deal with it. The overall benefits of cups far outweigh the extra few shields a month.
Erin Joy_rainbow_bright on January 23rd, 2009 03:14 pm (UTC)
it took me a good 4 cycles to get the hang of it... i don't know how exactly, but now it doesn't leak at all. I guess I'm just putting it in differently. I would stick with it for a few more cycles before you give up.
lovelong22lovelong22 on January 24th, 2009 01:10 am (UTC)
Thanks. I'm pretty sure it isnt residual blood, but I will try pulling it downwards a bit, and see how that works. And I have already read alot on the "residual slobber" and nothing seemed to help which if why I am pretty sure it is a slight leak. Even if I wear it for a full 12 hours, I continue to get small amounts of brown gunk, and my cup isnt full. :(
Dina Clare: dreamlintilla on January 24th, 2009 01:44 am (UTC)
If that's the case, you might want to try flipping it inside out (if you haven't already).
sva77 on January 24th, 2009 10:52 am (UTC)
This brown gunk phenomenon also happens to me. Iv tried different folding methods , insertion methods, rotation etc etc, but i still get noticeable amounts of liquid coming down onto my underwear.Its nothing major,but is quite annoying So ive just decided to wear pantyliners to avoid ruining any undies. I have tried the wiping til no blood shows up on the tissue and i think it helped a little. But i dont always have time to do that.

Good luck though! Hopefully its only a temporary problem