momof2kidlets (momof2kidlets) wrote in menstrual_cups,

Needing to move on from the Diva

Hi, I'm brand new here.  I'm 35, have had 2 kids, one C-section, one vaginally. I've been using the large Diva cup for about 8 or 9 months, and I think I need to move onto something else.

Sometimes, it works great, no leaks. Sometimes, it is half-filled and major leaks after a couple hours.  Sometimes, nothing's in it and I have major leaks.  I feel like whether its working great or leaking, I'm putting it in the same way and it feels the same way when in. It feels good to go, popping open wise, but then, who knows what will happen?

I really do think my main problem is the Diva not popping open all the way, and even though I may think it has popped open, it just doesn't.  I feel like I need to move onto a cup that's a little firmer so I know for sure its going to pop open (unless any of you have some other suggestions of what's going on)

Here's some info:
I don't ever actually feel the Diva open. I always have to feel with my finger to see.
No problems with the stem...can't feel it, and it does not stick out, so I don't care about that.
In measuring, I'm about 7 cm.
I have no idea if I have a "low" or "high" cervix.
Average flow. Sometimes, the cup's been completely full after 8 hours.
I can rarely ever get it to turn to make sure there's suction, and even when I can turn it, I'll still sometimes get leaks.
I've used C-fold, punch down, and 7-fold. All 3 of these have worked on and off.

I'm wanting something that is a little firmer than the Diva...that pops open better, that holds as much as Diva. I'm not concerned with stems. I do have some issues getting Diva cup to turn, as it feels so slippery after all the "messing around" down there, trying to see if its open! :)

I'm looking at Lunette, Femmecup (capacity issue?), Shecup, Ladycup, Yuuki, basically in that order.  I've seen some great comparisons, both pictures and reviews, but I'm a little stumped. Can anyone tell me how Diva fits on the squishiness/popping open scale compared with these others I've listed? Is Diva the squishiest out there, and I'd really do better with any one of these, or are there a couple I'm looking at where I'd likely have the same troubles I have with Diva? Clear as mud? LOL.

Also, if you have any other suggestions other than the brands listed, please share! (I'm on the fence about Meluna not being silicone, though)

Tags: brand comparisons, buying decisions, cervix position, divacup, femmecup, lady cup, leakage & spotting, lunette, popping open, seal & suction, shecup, yuuki
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