July 15th, 2003


hi! uhm, help

So I bought a Diva cup, and started my period today, and damn if the thing won't go in right.

I've been using Instead cups for a while and I haven't had any problems getting them to go and stay in. Of course, they're quite a bit different from the Diva.

I fold it in half twice as instructed, and the thing pops open way too soon (ow), and then it's sealed and I have to take it out to try again.

I have actually got it in what feels like far enough, but the stupid tab sticks out with its tip between my labia and wow is that irritating. I trimmed the tab to the recommended minimum 1/4" but it's still awful. I've read people on here trimming it off entirely; I may do that, since I haven't been doing anything with the tab anyway, I've been doing all my gripping etc on the bottom of the cup. Any advice on how to trim it smoothly?

So, uh, help?

Talk about timing...

I got home this evening to find that both my period and Diva had arrived today.

My first thought when I pulled open the packaging was, "It's so cute!" It's smaller than I'd expected, but that's probably because I've never been able to use tampons comfortably and I've been using Instead for years. I found it a bit harder to wrestle with than and Instead, but easier than my diaphragm.

I think I have it in right. The stem is sticking out slightly, but the rim is right up against my cervix. I won't know for a couple of days how comfortable it is because I have horrible cramping the first couple of days of my period. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
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