17 April 2011 @ 10:00 pm

New to menstrual cups... and I bought the diva cup 2. I really like it. I had good success my first cycle.  I would LOVE it if it weren't for the fact that I can feel it. Like in the pit of my stomach at all times. I am constantly aware it is there. I actually had a lymph node flare up in my neck while using it as well.

I use the punch down method and am able to give it a good turn during insertion. I dont get any leaks and I can easily reach up, break the suction and remove it. So I dont think I am having any issues with any of that. I boiled it before use and afterward and I always wash my hands before removal and insertion. I was it with mild soap when I am home and rinse it with water when I am at work. The stem doesn't bother me at all.

I was wondering if maybe I am doing something wrong? or maybe there is a better brand- something softer? Not sure what I would need, but not feeling it in my gut is the goal. Any suggestions?

pineapplebearpineapplebear on April 18th, 2011 12:51 pm (UTC)
I felt mine the first cycle or two. At first it was pretty uncomfortable - I felt like it was pressing on my urethra (internally of course) and I just felt kinda full. After a couple cycles I stopped feeling it at all, so it could be that your body is just getting used to it.

Also, I seem to have a long vagina, because when I really get that sucker up there I don't feel it at all - I think it may not have been in far enough when I started using it. So you might experiment a bit with getting it a little higher if the feeling doesn't go away all on its own.

Lastly, my guess is the lymph node might just be unrelated, so I wouldn't worry too much about that unless it keeps happening, or you had other symptoms as well. Good luck!!
Serpentserpent_849 on April 18th, 2011 01:05 pm (UTC)
there's no such thing as a better or worse brand - only something that works better or worse for you. many prefer stiff cups because they pop open easily.
tbh i doubt that's the width. i haven't tried a diva but i've heard the rim is fairly stiff. i think a large yuuki could be a better choice, it's very soft. if you have problems getting it to pop open, try running it under cold water and/or letting it open before it's fully in.
you could try turning it inside out to see if a shorter cup would be better.
Saráhwhimaway on April 18th, 2011 05:23 pm (UTC)
Sorry to nitpick, but I don't think the rim on the diva is stiff at all, at least compared to the rest of the cup. It's squishier than my meluna classic and about the same as my small lunette. I think the diva's made of pretty soft silicone. :)

There are a few softer cups than the diva, like miacup, yukki, or ladycup, that the OP might consider. But I would keep trying the diva for a cycle or two to see if the weird feeling goes away. Good luck!
Serpentserpent_849 on April 18th, 2011 05:28 pm (UTC)
i've heard many times that it's stiffer than the rest of the cup.
Serpentserpent_849 on April 18th, 2011 06:03 pm (UTC)
and my mum found even the small lunette too stiff :O
green donna is fine though
Kai: pic#84732488kuradi8 on April 18th, 2011 01:36 pm (UTC)
What's better? Size 7 or size 8 shoes? It depends what fits YOU.

If you think the Diva is too long for you then flip it inside out to shorten it on your low cervix days. See if it fits you better that way.

Some people take a while to get used to a cup. The Diva is a fairly soft cup so play with it to get past the initial "new cup" stiffness. If the feeling doesn't fade, then maybe a different brand would fit/suit you better. http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/1285963.html
kimbervillas on April 18th, 2011 05:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the prompt replies! I appreciate the feedback.

I will stick it out a few more cycles and see if it improves. I really do love having a cup, so I hope I can either get the DC to work for me or I can find one that works better for me (with out too many dings to my bank account!)

And about my lymph node- I have never had it swell up before (even in illness) but it did after wearing the DC all day for the first time. As soon as I was done using it for the cycle the swelling went away. I will pay attention this next cycle to see if it reoccurs.
tigermadge on April 19th, 2011 08:44 pm (UTC)
That sounds kind of weird. I would mention it to your doctor if you can, just to make sure that it isn't indicative of something serious.