August 7th, 2013

Having a hell of a time with the diva cup

So I'm 20 years old (not a virgin). I've been to this community before and posted but I completely forgot my login info including the email I used so I started a new account.

Anyway, it's been a few years since I tried inserting my diva cup, and after much failure my last time, I finally decided to go back to it. Tonight I attempted to insert it, but I found it hurt and was very uncomfortable put it in. I feel like I'm going backwards cause I've had it in before, although without the correct seal, which made it uncomfortable to wear. Now I can barely stick it in without feeling pain or discomfort.

I think I'm probably afraid of it popping open too soon. I'm currently using the punch down fold and I can't seem to hold it in place whilst trying to shove it up far enough where the sun don't shine. the entire bottom of the cup is still outside my body when this happens.... I've had it pop itself open and slide out in the process. I'm not sure what fold to use really, since the other folds seem complicated to do or I have issues holding the cup in the folded position. Ideally I need something slim at the tip (since I'm having pain issues) that holds together when you hold it from the base.

Anything I can try to make this easier? I figured I'd start now since I'm on my period and it's my last month of vacation before school starts that I can mess with this thing while on my period and not have to go out of my house during this first part of the learning curve when it's most apt to leak due to me getting the seal wrong.

Also, as I'd rather not mess with this too much due to possible leaks while I'm learning when I have to be out of the house for classes and stuff, is there any way anyone would recommend to practice with this thing?
  • axfox

Smaller cup recommendations?

Hi! This is a very, VERY long post, sorry. I hope the "read more" spoiler works.
I have been with this community for about over a year and a half now, but just recently came back. I hope that I can find helpful advice like before.

I have seen the size chart for cups and many comparison pages, but it is difficult to determine charts and I usually like opinions from users because someone may know what I'm looking for (or if they're looking for the same thing).

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I have a small DivaCup, and without going into too much detail, it was a disaster for me -- I couldn't get it in (when I did, I was met with such ridiculous pain that I got scared off from cups for many months), it was too stiff and very difficult to hold in all folds without hand pain, it popped very suddenly and violently, suction felt extreme, and it was too big (personally).
Then I tried the small Lunette Selene, and while it is a lot easier to hold folds, I still have problems with insertion -- with size but also the violent popping open as well... But still, size is constantly an issue -- sometimes even tampons feel rather big, but I really, really want to like menstrual cups (I am 16, a virgin, my cervix is usually very high as I can't recall reaching it, and my fingers are quite long, so it must be high) I don't know why, but I have not had any luck so far with my cups. I really wish to try another.

I do have a rather heavy flow as well, so I do not think my "ideal" cup exists -- that is, thin/small but not short, and easy to hold all the way through insertion without sudden opening/slippery or violent popping (that happened with my Diva and my Lunette still intimidates me when I accidentally let go and it opens so suddenly, it's sort of scary thinking of it doing that inside of you). Mostly, I want a very small cup, but that might put my moderately heavy flow AND high cervix in jeopardy. It is difficult to choose.

I am a bit interested in the small soft Meluna, but I hear mixed reviews of it (and also I'm afraid it's too short) I've also heard about the LadyCup being small, which I'm looking for, but I also hear that it's similar in size to the small Lunette (which I don't want). Are there any opinions on these, or any others?

I feel like I may be setting up very restrictive standards, but if anyone knows of a cup that may match my description (or knows what I'm trying to look for and can tell me their opinion on it) I would appreciate it very much. I hope there is someone who had searched for the same as me and might be able to share. Thank you.

Thanks a lot!!
  • fdbaby

Leakage while exercising

Hi everyone,

I have been lurking on this site for 3 months now and I finally decided to join the community yayy! I have been using the divacup stage 1 for 3 months now and I have some minor issues. I am quite heavy on my first two days but for the rest of my period it feels nonexistent. Anyway, I was wondering if it was normal to have some leakage while being physically active? My cup seems to be okay when I am going through my day regularly, but when I am working out, especially since this is day 2, it seems as though the cup isn't working for me. Any advice is appreciated