December 3rd, 2014

6 years with leaks?!

Hi people!

It's been a while but I need your advice once again. I've had 6 wonderful years with my Size 1 Diva cup. Haven't used a tampon in ages and LOVE it. I've skied, hiked, run, done yoga, ridden bikes, swam, and gotten a promotion with my cup! Problem is, the last couple months I've started having leaking issues. It's more than spotting that I could chalk up to residual blood, but like, big splotches of red blood in my underwear. Cup feels in place, isn't uncomfortable, and I'm inserting it the same way as always. Would love to hear the community's advice on causes and solutions as I'm sick of ruining my underwear. A couple of ideas and additional info:

(1) I am now in my early thirties and significantly more sexually active than I was in my 20s (though still no pregnancies, thanks IUD!). Is it possible that I need Size 2?? This prospect is kind of depressing to me - I hate to think I'm stretching myself out even before having a baby....

(2) Is it possible I just need a new Size 1 cup? I know there are conflicting views on when to replace a cup, but has anyone heard of a cup "wearing out" after several years and not working as well? I've examined it and it's intact with no cracks or anything.

Any help would be lovely, thank you!
  • kabili

advice for a runner and new-ish cup user?

Hi all!

I'm a pretty new cup user. I'm also a distance runner. I have a Diva Cup (size 2) and have used it for 2 cycles now. On my first cycle, I had some learning curve experiences with leakage, I think due to having it poorly inserted/not fully opened. But I did go for a long-ish run without leakage issues. The cup seemed to ride lower while I was running than it did when I was just sitting or walking, but it didn't feel like it was so low it would fall out or anything. I did have some irritation from the stem, which trimming seems to have helped.

On my second cycle with the cup, I seemed to learn how to insert it better and ensure it was fully opened. I had fewer problems with leaking. However, during one of my runs in particular, it felt like the cup was so low it may actually come out. And there was leaking. I know that my cervix could have been in a different position, contributing to the cup being lower. But I'm also wondering about my core muscles being engaged, essentially causing me to "bear down" enough to push the cup partially out. The position of the cup during this run seemed similar to when I am intentionally bearing down to bring the cup lower when I'm removing it.

Do any other cup users who are athletes have feedback on this? Would wearing the cup inside out to make it shorter help? Would I still push it out? Would a firmer or softer cup help? I know I could wear a pad as a backup for leakage, but pads while running are generally unpleasant. And I actually got motivated to buy a cup (after considering one for some time) after a particularly bad fail of both a tampon and a pad during marathon training. :/ So I'd like for my cup to be a good solution! :)

Thanks to anyone who can share thoughts, suggestions, experiences!

Apple Cider Vinegar and Periods? Will it make it heavier next month?

So this month I've had to change my fleurcup every hour - sometimes being able to push it to two hours. So I did some research and came across apple cider vinegar, took 1/2 teaspoon (1/4 of the recommended dosage) and my flow became considerably less!! I've continued this, but I have a question - if I do this now, will it make my period heavier next month??!?

Thanks in advance,

Sammi xx