November 7th, 2013

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New user - can't get the cup to pop open/suction issues

Hey there,

I've been reading through this forum for awhile now, just trolling for advice & info. This is my second cycle using my diva cup. I'm 34 & have been sexually active since 19, but have not had children. I got the larger size (2 I think) because of age, flow, etc. thinking that would be the way to go, but I'm having serious issues getting the thing to pop open most of the time. I've tried turning it 360 degrees, but that's just flat out painful for me & I usually end up stabbing something with my nails (which are not long).
Long story short is sometimes it opens on it's own & it works so well & I'm a happy camper, but other times it doesn't & I fight with it to no avail & usually end up hurting myself. This isn't a horrible thing except on days 2 & 3 because I have extremely bad cramps anyway & trying to get it in just exacerbates the pain.
My question is this: if I switched to the smaller size would I have better luck? or perhaps a different brand (I chose Diva because I didn't have to order it online - it's the only one available in my area)?

Thanks everyone for having such a wonderful open community to help discover this wonderful invention (even if I haven't had total success yet).

Periods and Gender Identity?

Bree of Precious Stars Pads just posted this video on her Youtube page. I can't describe how excited I was to see this.

This is actually kind of personal but this video is so important to me because I identify as gender fluid, so I do not identify fully with either sex. Somedays I feel more feminine and somedays I feel more masculine. As you can imagine, periods can be a tricky time of the month for me because if I am feeling masculine, I obviously do not want to be carting around loads of period supplies. These are the times that I love my cups the most, because when I use them I have no issues with period supplies and can have discreet, almost full day coverage. My cups have helped loads and I have learned how to appreciate my period more because I can have protection that doesn't sacrifice my gender image or my personal safety (with all of the chemicals in mainstream stuff).

Sorry if this is so choppy, this was kind of hard for me to write. Again, this is a really personal thing for me but I felt like I needed to say something to help this information get out there. If you would like more information on this please let me know.