hazelwho (hazelwho) wrote in menstrual_cups,

Diva starts leaking after 2 years - does it know I'm turning 30?

Hi everybody. This community is an excellent resource for cup users, and I hope someone can help with my problem. I've used a small Divacup for the last 2 years. After a little trouble during my first cycle, I never had any leaks. I use the cup exclusively, with a rare occasional pantyliner for extra security. After 25 cycles, it has suddenly started leaking this week. I've had it in and out 8 times in the past 3 days. I have tried all the little tricks I usually use - checking that the holes are clear, checking the seal, making sure I can feel my cervix inside the cup, reinserting after a BM, trying a different fold, inserting in a different position, etc. It's leaking badly enough that I've been using my sister's pads after overflowing a couple liners. I have done exactly the same routine with my cup for 2 years - boil 10 minutes before use at the start of my period, hydrogen peroxide bath at the end of my cycle. I change it 3 times a day in the shower, making sure the holes are all clear and washing it with a glycerine-free soap. Nothing's different this time.

I used the tags and went through the last several hundred posts tagged "leaking", but I didn't see any that applied to my situation. I haven't skipped any periods with it or "lost the hang of" using the cup. I haven't had any new gyno issues or partners/activities. My cervix is in the same central position it always is, and I can feel it inside the cup after insertion. The holes are clear and there are no visible tearing around the holes or anywhere else on the cup. It held water without leaking when I tested it in the shower this morning.

The only thing I can think of is that I'll be turning 30 in six weeks. I know if you're 30+, you're supposed to use the larger size Diva, but this seems a bit sudden. Does your body really change that quickly when you hit 30? Have any other veteran users had new leaking? Did going up a cup size help?
Tags: divacup, leakage & spotting
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