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Heather Reed
06 October 2011 @ 11:36 am
Well I love my DivaCup but last night it failed me: I emptied it about 11:30 pm, it was full as usual. This is night three on my cycle and usually the night where I have to get up at least twice to change super plus tampons or destroy my sheets. I got up about 5 am and I had leaked everywhere. I emptied it again and it was overflowing!

Yes I know I have a HEAVY flow and all but it works wonderfully during the day! My husband says I do not move around a lot at night and I always seem to wake up in the same position I fall asleep in. I sleep naked  due to night sweats and do not want to wear pads to bed because they bunch up and chafe me. 

Is there any cup I can buy in the US with a super high capacity? It looks to me on the charts that my Diva #2 is one of the highest yet I overflowed!
Using stars as icecubes in my moonlight punchkaelstra on October 6th, 2011 04:05 pm (UTC)
It might not be a capacity issue; when you lay down, because of female anatomy, if the cup isn't perfectly sealed, it may experience leaks. A lot of women who are normally fine during the day may experience leaks at night.

Really, there's nothing to be done for it except use an alternate method altogether, or use a backup pad, or just really make sure it's sealed-though that last one takes lots of practice.
radix3radix3 on October 6th, 2011 06:08 pm (UTC)
It sounds like a capacity issue to me. I could see if she was leaking but the cup wasn't full, how that would indicate an insertion/seal issue. This happened to me last month when my Lunette overflowed for the first time; i guess I was just heavier than normal then. I don't think there's anything to be done other than to wear a pad as backup. Have you tried cloth pads? They're so much more effective and healthy than disposables.
hairballsplathairballsplat on October 6th, 2011 05:29 pm (UTC)
i have at least one day/night every period that is just ridiculously heavy. size charts are here: if you want to look for a higher capacity cup. I like my lg Fleur better than my lg Yuuki or lg Diva, but that's just my personal preference. i might get a few more ml, but when i'm gushing, there's really nothing that's going to keep up. on those heavy nights i usually use my lg Fleur, an overnight cloth pad, tight undies, and possibly tight (but comfy) shorts...AND a waterproof pad underneath me so -just in case- i don't also leak onto my sheets...and i usually still have to get up at least once to empty my cup. sorry you're having overflow issues.
radix3radix3 on October 6th, 2011 06:12 pm (UTC)
Out of curiosity, why do you prefer the Large Fleur to the others? I just bought one for my heavy day and night, but haven't used it yet. I'd appreciate your input on how well it helps you.
hairballsplathairballsplat on October 6th, 2011 06:40 pm (UTC)
my lg Fleur is squishier than the lg Diva or lg Yuuki. it's more rounded at the bottom. the other two poke me more...all of them sit right at the entrance to my vagina...none of my cups have stems. I feel the Fleur and Yuuki more so than any of my other cups, but at least the Fleur is more comfy. It along with my sm and lg Ladycups are my favorite cups.
nofixedstarsnofixedstars on October 6th, 2011 06:22 pm (UTC)
sometimes things leak when you are lying down for a while; i suspect a combination of position plus relaxation may contribute? but in the best case scenario, on my heaviest night i have to get up once at least to empty. i can't even imagine a cup that i wouldn't overflow after 5 hours---it would have to look like a kitchen sink!
i second the cloth pad back-up & waterproof pad on sheet suggestions...not ideal---i also don't like clothing in bed---but might get you through the night.
phantommusephantommuse on October 6th, 2011 07:35 pm (UTC)
I'm not by any means an expert, but sometimes when your flow is too heavy, even the biggest cup may not help. I'm a naked sleeper too, but for extra protection on heavy days I wear a pair of comfortable undies with a pad. I usually wear tighter panties than I'd wear during the day because they wont shift as much during the night, which is also an annoying reason I don't usually wear them to bed. I toss and turn alot so they tend to get twisted. Tighter ones help keep them in place and keep a pad in place to use as a backup.

The only other option I can think of would be to set yourself an alarm and get up to empty it once or twice in the night. That might be annoying, but potentially better than messing up your sheets (which I've done more times than I can count!)

Good luck :)
nickelshoenickelshoe on October 6th, 2011 10:04 pm (UTC)
Yeah, your vagina is unfortunately only so big, so there's an upper limit to cup capacity. I always wore an overnight pad at night as backup on heavy days, and sometimes woke up in the middle of the night to empty my cup.

I suppose you could try sleeping on a towel, but I've never liked that idea.
mercy rainmercy_rain on October 7th, 2011 12:03 am (UTC)
Same here. I can fill my cup in a couple hours on a heavy day, so obviously it's not going to go all night without overfilling! Just have to wear a backup pad...
Melon the Sleepermelonaise on October 7th, 2011 12:21 am (UTC)
A bigger cup will give you a little more time between overflows, but not a lot. You'll probably still have night time disasters. Since you don't move around a lot, you could put a towel (maybe folded once or twice) underneath you. I also find that taking an Advil or similar will "slow down" my period a bit (and also slow down my bowel movements), so sometimes I take one on my heaviest day.
Arrow_Bright: Gusarrow_bright on October 7th, 2011 02:46 am (UTC)
I can't comment on what cup might work better or anything like that, but as another fix you could try using an overnight, absorbent cloth pad with breathable underwear. They won't chafe since they're typically made of cotton and/or other natural materials instead of plastic and wood pulp, and I find they bunch less because they don't have that adhesive strip that always stuck to itself better than it stuck to my underwear.

If you still don't want that, you could try sleeping with a blanket folded under you. The only problem I've had with that is that I move when I sleep, and the blanket moves away from me, but you said you don't move a lot. I usually use an old bath towel, but I also wear pajamas, so I'm not sure how that'd feel against skin. I know that Lunapads makes a blanket with one side cotton and the other side water resistant nylon, but it's a bit pricy. You could probably get a cloth pad seller to make a custom order for you for less, if you wanted to go that route.
hairballsplathairballsplat on October 7th, 2011 03:24 am (UTC)
"I know that Lunapads makes a blanket with one side cotton and the other side water resistant nylon, but it's a bit pricy. You could probably get a cloth pad seller to make a custom order for you for less, if you wanted to go that route."

that's what i sleep on...a homemade flannel/nylon blanket/pad thing.

i've thought about making and selling those...

convo me if you want:
Emilylittlravn on October 7th, 2011 04:09 pm (UTC)

These are some of the most versatile things on the planet. Would solve the naked leaky cup issue (30min-2hrs is my max cup time in the day so at night a cup makes it possible to go all night only without changing my pad) also nice for infants, birth, postpartum, leaky boobs, potty training toddlers, clumsy people that like to eat in bed but always spill, etc.

Lgonzalez1120lgonzalez1120 on October 7th, 2011 09:35 am (UTC)
I too have this issue. I always leak overnight. It isn't so much a capacity issue as it is me having a very heavy flow. I just bought some overnight cloth pads because I know I need them and I am tired of buying disposables.
kcrona1kcrona1 on October 7th, 2011 09:44 pm (UTC)
Same here. Naked sleeper. Super heavy flow. I wear wear undies and a cloth pad to bed on my heaviest nights. I sometimes also sleep with a towel underneath. The luna pad thingies someone mentioned here sound cool! The symptoms of my large Fleurcup being full wake me up and I get up to empty and reinsert. Such is life. When debating to buy the large fleur or large yukki, I couldn't pass up the colors. :D
Chrissyleaveitalone on October 9th, 2011 01:39 pm (UTC)
if you don't move a lot, you could try sleeping with a small-ish towel/large-ish hand towel between your legs on heavy days. i used to do it on occasion because i had quite heavy days and would soak through anything and i never lost the towel lol. my periods aren't that heavy since i had the twins though thankfully and i don't need to worry. it doesn't make you hotter and actually can help keep you cooler because skin touching skin actually makes you sweat more.
mimimamimima on October 14th, 2011 10:07 pm (UTC)
I'd also recommend using cloth pads as a backup.