Antigone Casimir Humphrey (wolby) wrote in menstrual_cups,
Antigone Casimir Humphrey

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Constant leakage

Hey there! I'm so glad this comm exists.

I've been using a DivaCup for... four or five periods? I don't keep track that well. I like it fine, even though it gives me cramps about the same as a tampon does. But I'm having a MAJOR problem with leaking. Right now I wear a pad at the same time and appreciate not having to change either one all day, so it's a slight improvement but less than ideal. I'd really like to be able to wear boxers or at least cut down on the pads.

I have the smaller size since I haven't had children and while I'm sexually active, I'm with a lady, don't do much penetration, and can't take very much when we do---so I'm pretty sure it's not too small. It already hurts a bit to get in.

It's not getting too full---usually when I notice a severe leak, it's between a quarter and half full. It's definitely catching some of the blood, because I don't have to change my pad as often as usual. But I've sat on the toilet for 30 or 40 minutes after inserting it a few times to see if it was leftovers that were already below the rim, and it seems to just leak constantly.

I'm rotating and rotating and rotating, and I think (?) I can tell when it pops open because it suddenly gets easier to rotate.

There seem to be multiple points where it's willing to "settle." It sneaks higher up but I can usually grab the tip by clenching my muscles without excessive trouble. I've experimented with pushing it higher up after opening it, but if anything this seems to make it leak worse.

Any ideas?? I'm on a budget and really don't want to buy another if I don't have to. I'm not sure what to change even if I did. Is there such a thing as having a funny-shaped vagina?
Tags: divacup, leakage & spotting, seal & suction

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