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22 February 2012 @ 09:46 pm
Okay, so I recently bought a DivaCup, size 1. My first period since I've bought it started yesterday. Having expected my period and getting cramps, I put my cup in before I actually started bleeding. It seems that the first time I had a good seal, but the next 5 times I tried, it would leak. When I would realize it was leaking, I'd take it out and it would have a good amount of blood in it but still be leaking. I'm pretty sure that my cervix is low (after much research and poking around) and that I was sort of pushing my cup past it. Now that I know exactly where my cervix is, I think I AM getting a good seal now, but even when I run my finger around my cup and see that it is just below my cervix, after I replace the cup in and walk around a bit, I get a little leakage. This makes me bolt back to the bathroom and check its position again with my finger, and I'm pretty sure the cup is still below my cervix, in fact I'm pretty sure my cervix is sitting in the cup a bit. So is that little bit of blood that leaked out what you'd call "residual slobber" or am I still having leakage issues?
 
Arrow_Brightarrow_bright on February 23rd, 2012 04:10 am (UTC)
How much blood is leaking? If it's just a little bit (spotting that would just need a thin liner) and it eventually stops after a little while, it's probably just residual slobber. If it leaks continuously and/or there's a lot of it, it's probably leaking.

If it turns out that it's leaking, it's probably too long for you. The Diva is not really good for low a low cervix. It's the longest cup available, iirc.
sapphrikah on February 23rd, 2012 09:13 pm (UTC)
well, most of the times that it leaked, it was a significant amount it seemed, but there was still way more in the cup than what had leaked. Besides the time that it leaked in my sleep, where a lot had come out.

Right now, I have it in and I felt a little come out soon after I put it in, but since then, no worries. And that was about 8 hours ago. So I'm guessing its good to go.

I read that it isn't uncommon for a cervix to move down, especially within the first couple of days. Now that I'm on day 3 I think that maybe it moved up. I would hate to have to buy a different cup but I really want to make this work. I think I might try turning it inside-out for the next round if the first couple of days give me trouble again.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on February 23rd, 2012 02:10 pm (UTC)
The Diva is the longest of all the cups and doesn't necessarily fit everyone -- especially those of us (myself included) with low cervixes. Try flipping it inside out to shorten it, especially on your low cervix days. See if that helps.

You are probably getting SOME residual slobber and maybe some "true leakage" as well. See if flipping it reduces the amount of leakage.

If you have liners or pads, wear one as a back-up and don't check your cup EACH time it leaks. It might be that it would just leak that once or twice and then stop. But because you're messing with it, you keep "resetting the counter" so you're getting a series of "once or twice" leakage.
sapphrikah on February 23rd, 2012 09:17 pm (UTC)
lol this was all so new to me and has required so much research. The idea of turning it inside out seems like another whole new realm I need to learn about! I think if I have the same issues next time I will try just that, for the first couple of days.

I actually did wait this time! I emptied it this morning, put it in, used a finger to see if it was below my cervix. (I couldn't find my cervix at all so I think it is sitting just above/in the cup.) I felt a little leak shortly after, but since then, nothing. :) I'm glad I waited and realized it hasn't leaked anymore since. (FINALLY!)

And that's a good point, because each time I think it is leaking and take it out and put it back in, I'm potentially putting it in wrong and resetting it.

Thanks!