January 6th, 2015

Used my first cup - but unsure about carrying on, any advice?

A few background details - I'm 19, never had kids and previously I used tampons.
I love the idea of using a cup as it seems so much healthier! but I've been having problems with it.
I ordered a divacup in the smaller size and tried it once I got my period, my first two days where my period is fairly light, it seemed to be working fine but today where my period is quite heavy, the cup didn't seem to be suctioning properly and it felt too painful when I tried re-inserting it. I know I need to practice more to get used to it as it may be my technique but I've been doing more research and I wonder if I need a softer cup?
Also removal is difficult and takes ages as it travels really far up, is that supposed to happen?
I know that the divacup it one of the longer cups but it still seems not long enough for me and feels a bit uncomfortable inside me, perhaps its too firm? I was looking into getting a longer cup thats a bit softer, would anyone recommend the lilycup? or any other cups?

Heavy bleeding / clots - can I use a cup?


Long time listener, first time caller.

My first cup arrived today - a Ruby Cup - and I have already tried it. It only took a few minutes to insert, but after 30 minutes I had leakage so had to remove it. I probably didn't insert it correctly, but it did feel open and very comfortable. It took slightly longer to remove but wasn't as bad as I was expecting. It was already close to 5ml in the cup, and lots of blood was lost in the bathtub during the removal process. Having read some of the experiences on this forum, I have some anxiety about removal after leaving it to it's own devices for a longer time!

Anyway, to my question: I have several fibroids and they cause very heavy bleeding. On my heaviest days I change my tampon every 1-2 hours, and I also get a lot of clots. I don't think I'll be able to use the cup on these days because of the clots, but wondering if anyone else has any thoughts or experience on this?

So far, I have no basis for comparison about the Ruby Cup, e.g. size, length, feel or capacity to any other cups. However, it was quite comfortable once it was in.