August 4th, 2007

Zebra

cup suggestions?

I've been reading around for a while now...and have gotten a lot of good info, but still have some questions...

I've got a smaller diva cup, but had issues with it, and quit using it after the first day (though I'm going to attempt it again to see if things are better this cycle)...

I know I'd like to try a different cup, and I'm sort of leaning towards the lunette...

Here are my concerns:
-Slippage. My diva shifted a lot and would settle in the most painful positions, or would just move down so far I'd have to adjust it anywhere from once an hour to once every 3 hours...
-Stem/pinching. I haven't cut my stem, but will if it pinches again... Basically, when it shifts down, the stem pinches--and last time it pinched what was left of my hymen, which caused a lot of pain and some bleeding. This pinching pain lasted for a while--I still felt sore for the next couple days (I sort of imaging this is what I should have felt when I lost my virginity, but my hymen never broke... or at least, not that I ever knew about--no blood no pain).
-Suction. I've read about this happening with divas, that they just sort of create a death grip in there which causes frustrating times removing--but if it's got such great suction, why is it slipping?

Basically, I'm wondering what I need to look for in a new cup...
I'm 23, non-virgin...
I was wondering if the larger/original lunette would work better as far as staying in place--hoping a cup with a fuller size might stay in place. Plus, I've heard good things about the lunette's stem...
I just want something that's comfortable when it's in, doesn't move around like crazy, and is pliable enough to get in and out with minimal strain (I realize the cups probably soften up a bit with use)...
I know other people have had issues with these too... and I know there's a learning curve... I just want to find a better fit.

I'm not opposed to the Keeper, but just haven't looked into it... mostly just looking at the lunette and mooncup UK.

Cups and Cramps

This morning I woke up with wretched cramps and thought that I should probably put in my Diva Cup. So I did. And the cramps went away...like almost immediately. Was that a happy coincidence? Has that happened to anyone else? Is my Diva Cup made of magic?
Emma

Diva Cup return/exhange policy?

Does anybody know the DivaCup return/exchange policy? I can't find it on the site. Though it was bought from betterlife.com and gifted to me, would they still exchange it? I also lost the box, the little pouch, and the pin. I can't find anything on the exchange policy though. :( Thanks in advance.

I'm happy with my cup, but its slightly too wide and my vagina likes pushing it out.
homo sapiens erectus floresiensis

Sterilizing Diva Cup

Hello everyone!  This is my first post, and I've really appreciated having this community to read about menstrual cups.  I'm in the middle of my first period using the Diva Cup, and I've had no problems specifically with it so far.  Its great!  Unfortunately, I've also been diagnosed with a particularly nasty and long lasting UTI, involving 5 strains of e. coli I've apparently been harboring in my bladder since February (long story.  well, medium length story).  I've seen the doctor and am on antibiotics, but I'm worried about any possibility of recontamination by using my cup during my next cycle.  I plan on boiling it (or at least pour boiling water on it) at the end of this cycle.  I was wondering if there was anything else I should or could do to kill off any remaining bacteria?  I realize I might be a little overly paranoid about this, but... this sucks!  I don't want to go through it again if I can possibly help it.  Thank you!
hana

2nd time using Diva

After my first cycle with the divacup, I was not too pleased with my new little silicone friend. As a recap, it leaked semi-constantly and even defied all logic in some ways - such as leaking in such a way that nothing got on my back-up pad, but I woke up with a giant blood spot on my bum. 

But, 46 days later (yes, 46 days - my uterus LOVES me), I tried again and I'm happy to report things went much more smoothly this time. I don't want to give my life story, but this really wasn't the best week to be menstrual. Every weekday I was working at my church to help with the kindergarten day camp class. By tuesday afternoon I had a cold (36 five year olds aren't particularly sanitary, I'm afraid), and by tuesday night, my period had started. Nevertheless, I couldn't back out, so I had to persevere despite feeling like crap and the nagging worry of having to explain to little kids why it looked like I'd sat in red paint. 

It went amazingly well. First of all, there were almost no cramps. Second, it only really leaked when it was full, aside from residual blood that accumulates during emptying and re-insertion. Third, it somehow took so long to fill, I don't think I ever had to change it while I was away from home. And fourth, even overnight it worked out fine - yes, it did end up leaking like crazy, but during my second night that's basically inevitable, and it was nothing a pad couldn't handle, really - only a little spot on my pants when I woke up, instead of the all-out bloodbath of last time. 

Insertion and removal are pretty much non-issues. I didn't cramp, I didn't have problem leaks, I didn't have constant worry during my very busy week. I'm so glad I didn't give up after the first time. 

The only real problems I'm still having are that removal is still pretty much messy as all heck, and that I find it difficult if not impossible to urinate with the cup in, especially later on in my period, for some reason. However, removal is so easy it's not a big deal. Plus, the leak situation still isn't ideal, but it's certainly going in the right direction.