June 15th, 2012

Diva Cup insertion issue

I am a long time tampon user.  I recently bought myself a Diva Cup & I love the concept, but am struggling to use it properly. I can insert easily, but am struggling terribly with getting it to open up once inside.  I realized this was going on because I was having so many leakage issues.  I knew something wasn't right & when I feel inside I can feel that it's not open.  The instructions say to rotate or spin it, but it won't do that.  Sometimes I can push it up as far as I can & then bear down as I pull it down & that will work, but it doesn't always work & I can't always stay in the bathroom for 20 plus minutes fighting with my cup.  I've also tried inserting a finger alongside it to give it space to open, but that doesn't always work either.  I've only gone through one period using it, but I saw no improvement in getting it to open during those days.  I am 39 & had a c-section 3 years ago.  I am using model 2.  Can anyone help??

woohoo my new cups are on the way!

I placed my order in the weekend - I ordered
* a new Sport Cup in Small with a Ball Stem in the only colour.
* a Classic Cup in Small with a regular Stem (I find they disappear up 'there' and are hard to get a hold of!) Hoping the stem makes it easier to grab!!
* the Meluna Special Cool Lemon set in Small and Medium with a Ring Stem. I'm not sure about the Soft cup but wanted to try it.. and I like the look of the sterilising cup too!
I also sent and email asking if they still did samples with their orders - they replied and said they did offer samples so hopefully there will be one for my sister to try :)
Will post pics and reviews when they get here - they are coming to New Zealand so hoping they don't take too long to arrive.. :)
  • lynxt

Loving Cup Concept, Diva not so much


I've been lurking around here for about a month and a half, read everything (I think) I could find remotely related to my issues, and have finally decided to try posting.  I apologize in advance if this gets long or TMI - I've been trying to compose it in my head for awhile and am now typing when I should be sleeping.

I'm almost 32 and have had 3 children vaginally (9lb2oz, 9lb1oz, 10lb9oz).  I've always been a pad user, never got the hang of tampons, but recently my friend waxed so enthusiastic about her DivaCup that in a fit of frustration with my pads I went and bought one.  I'm on my 3rd day of my second full cycle with the DivaCup and keep having trouble with it riding super low.  My last cycle I had so much trouble getting it to stay in at all comfortably that I kept taking it out and never tried it overnight.  This time I've turned it inside out (as per advice read here) and finally tried it overnight the first night of this period - which actually turned out to be the most comfortable wearing and I had no leaks!

However.  Even with the stem trimmed way off, if I wear it right side out it pokes me.  When it's inside out I feel like I get it up where I think it should be, but it quickly migrates back down (not up, which is the issue I was prepared for).  It also seemed to make me feel more like I had to pee, though I haven't noticed that so much today, so maybe I'm adapting.  However, when I actually sit down to pee, I feel I have to first reposition the cup or remove it, because it's often so low that I can touch it without even putting my finger inside of myself and I'm afraid I'll pee on it and contaminate my vagina (is that actually possible?) or accidentally push it the rest of the way out.  Ditto times two for going number two (well, not the contamination, but the accidental removal).  I can tell it sometimes creeps down while I'm walking around too because it starts to feel like it's pushing the opening wider (as in sitting in the opening instead of up high).  I also don't love wearing it inside out because the middle tends to kind of squish in when I'm trying to push it up, which can be awkward.  I've tried finding my cervix and while I'm not entirely certain I'm feeling the right thing, no matter which way I go I hit a dead end with just the length of my forefinger.

I'm wondering if part of the problem is that my vaginal muscles are too loose?  I tried doing some Kegels this month, but admit I wasn't very consistent or regimented about it.  I'm also thinking I might be happier with a shorter cup - probably something in the medium range on the chart.  Any recommendations as to which one might be good?  I'm not too worried about width at insertion - I've been doing a rough c-fold with the Diva with no trouble and it opens pretty quickly after entry.  I don't think I've gotten it much more than half full and my periods aren't usually super heavy - but with three kids (ages almost 2, 4, and 7) I'd love to have something I could change in the morning before they get up and then not have to worry about again until they're in bed - or at least until naptime :P.

Thanks in advance for any advice, suggestions, etc.

P.S. Advice on how to make my Diva experience more comfortable would also be highly appreciated, as I may not be able to afford a different cup right away.