odd_radish (odd_radish) wrote in menstrual_cups,

Diva- general 1st timer Q's

I got my diva on the 19th and I've been doing dry runs since I'm not going to get my period until sometime next week (I'm on HBC). I've been having some luck with the punchdown fold.

I have a few questions for all you fine, knowledgeable people here :).

1. The instruction/faq sheet for my Diva says that it should be replaced every year. Has anyone had a problem having a diva for longer than that? I was hoping to keep my Diva for at least 5 years, but I just want to make sure it will last that long.

2. When I'm removing the cup it sometimes hurts because I guess I'm not releasing the seal enough...I sort of pinch the bottom and pull. Sometimes it works...sometimes it doesn't... Any tips on getting the cup out without it hurting?

3. How does one go about cleaning the cup when emptying it in a public bathroom?

4. Can I put my cup in when I am waiting for my period to come? If I'm doing that, how long can I leave it in so I don't cause some sort of bad thing to happen?

any other general suggestions/tips are appreciated as well.

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