April 6th, 2009

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The Diva Experiment

I just want to give an update on the idea I had about making the holes in my Diva Cup larger with a piercing needle. I love the cup and don't really want to buy another, so I decided I would try modifying it(before I fell in love with the thing after a day spent transferring trains and subways and the roaming through the MET and hopping fences and running through Penn Station... all without worrying about the possibility of leaks!). After all that, I still wanted to tweak it just a bit, and, since there is no warranty on it, I figured well, why not? Even if it turns out for the worst, I could always just get another. Eventually, I'd make up the cost by not buying tampons anymore, it would just take a little longer. Regardless, this is what I did to change the hole-size of my small Diva Cup.

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The results? A cup with slightly less suction. Its much more functional now, I feel better wearing it, and I'm super excited as well. Tomorrow I may try again and make the holes slightly bigger again, or maybe add one or two instead. I'll keep this updated, definitely. Hope this helps someone!

Diva Cup Post Partum

After 15.5 months of blissful, pregnancy-induced amenorrhoea, Flo has returned. I can't say I'm excited to have to deal with a period again, but I WAS pretty happy to dig out and dust off my beloved Diva Cup.

I promised to update here once my period returned to let you know how the cup use was going post partum, and I'm happy to report that my old Size 1 Diva Cup is working perfectly, no discomfort, no leaking, no trouble at all--it's like I never stopped! The only difference I've noted is that the cup sits lower than it used to. I used to be one of those women who had to really bear down and reach way up there to pull out my cup, but now it's just right there for me to grab. If anything, it's easier than it was pre-preg.

So to those of you who use a smaller sized cup and are pregnant or may become so in the future, I'd suggest you don't rush out and buy the larger size of your menstrual cup without first giving your old cup a try. It'll probably work just as well!
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First night with the Lunette - questions!

I'm on my second period using a menstrual cup. I used a divacup small the first time around and LOVED it, but decided to go ahead and buy a Lunette large because of the higher capacity...anyways, last night was my first time using the Lunette and at some point this morning, I woke up because I was in pain (cramps + upset stomach feeling). After tossing and turning for a long time, I finally got out of bed at 5am, took some advil, and changed out the Lunette for the Diva.
I think the Lunette was overflowing because it was leaking a tiny bit; it all dumped into the toilet, though, so I don't know for sure. Anyways, here are my questions:

1. Is it possible that I was experiencing worse cramping than usual because the Lunette is so big? I'm a virgin and the Lunette is the largest foreign object I've ever stuck "up there." Also, I've never had cramps wake me up before, but it's also possible it was the upset stomach feeling that woke me up.

2. If the pain is not size-related, is it possible that  I was experiencing bad cramping/upset stomach because the cup was full?

3. What do you ladies who have to empty the cup every 4-6 hours do at night? I function best on at least 8 hours of sleep, and I'd really rather not wake up in the middle of the night to empty the cup.

Thanks, everyone, for all your help!
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Diva Cup too wide?

Hi,

First I just want to thank you for this forum, which is full of helpful information.  

I just tried a diva cup 2 for the first time yesterday.  I'm in my mid-forties, never had kids, always have found gyn exams painful, and have rarely liked penetrative vaginal sex (not a big deal to me, I'm a lesbian) ...... so, in some ways I relate to the teen virgins who post, although I'm probably more comfortable with my anatomy, and I have heavy peri-menopausal periods now..... but I don't much like having stuff  up in me.   I mostly find tampons uncomfortable, but I wear them when I swim or on very heavy days.    I decided to try the diva cup because I liked the idea of it, especially environmentally, although I thought it was very possible that it wouldn't work out for me.  I bought size 2 according to my age.
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My issue is that I can feel it when it's in me, and it's the width not the length that I feel.  My  vagina is on the long, narrow side (it's been a bit hard to reach to get the cup out), and I'm not having any of the problems that many people report with the length.  So, I wonder if  I would be better off with the Diva Cup 1, but then there would be a  tradeoff with reduced capacity since my flow is heavy, and maybe it'd leak.   Or, perhaps I should just be patient and see if I'll get used to this size.  I was wondering if there were others out there on  the older side of still menstruating who switched to the smaller diva cup after starting with the larger one and could tell me how it worked out.....or others who have other relevant advice.   thanks. 

Insertion Issues

Ok, so I still haven't tried to get cup in again. Was wondering if it was fold that was problem. For a small person is it better not to use the 7 fold? I have no problems getting my tampax pearls in. I do have problems with blunt cardboard applicators. Should I try the small lunette selene? I want this to work but not be painful!!! It won't ever happen if it doesn't get better.