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09 March 2012 @ 10:12 am
Hi all,

I'm 19 years old and have been using a Diva Cup for about 3 years now. I have had trouble with leaking almost every cycle. The first few days (my heavy days) I leak constantly. It's not after a certain amount of time or after it fills to a certain spot... it just leaks as soon as I put it in. Sometimes when I remove it there is almost no blood inside. And it's definitely not just "residual slobber"--it's enough that I have to wear a pad. My cervix is still pretty high on those days, and I know that I'm getting a good seal. I insert the same way on my not-so-heavy days and I never have leakage. (By the way, even on those rare occasions when it doesn't leak on my heavy days during the day, it always leaks at night--but not on my lighter days).

I'm really frustrated because it's been so long and I really want cups to work! I had never tried turning it inside out before today--it's still leaking even though it's inside out. However, when I was flipping it inside out and back, I noticed a small crack right above one of the holes. It's not touching the hole but it runs all the way over the top. I'm not sure if it happened when I was flipping it or if it's been there a long time. To be frank, I usually don't inspect my cup much, just stick it in. So maybe that's what has been causing my problems all along? I'm not sure whether I should get a new cup, because of the crack (I'm considering a larger Diva even though I'm 19 and a virgin, just because of my really heavy flow. I seem to have plenty of room to fit a larger cup, and I do think the shape of the Diva is good for me--longer and a little thinner.)

I hope this question isn't repetitive--I've read through lots of questions and I'm still clueless as to what my problem could be. Thanks so much for your help!
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on March 9th, 2012 09:28 pm (UTC)
It might be that your vag is shorter (cervix is lower) on your heavy days and that's why the Diva misbehaves so badly.

Check the size charts over at the Community FAQ to see if maybe another cup might fit/suit you better.
Cenamenhoneypie3251 on March 9th, 2012 09:59 pm (UTC)
I've had similar issues like yours when I've used my small diva cup during my heavy days. I tried it for a few months but it would always leak on my heavy days. I upgraded to a larger size cup and since then I have never had that problem unless it overflowed. I guess that few mm in the size of the width of the cup really made a difference for me to not leak even when it was a heavy day. Going up to a large size might benefit you too.
tearsandhoneytearsandhoney on March 17th, 2012 01:00 am (UTC)
To me it sounds like you either have the wrong cup, your cervix is sitting outside the rim of the cup or your cup is defective.
Considering the crack I woulds request the company send you a new cup. Just E-mail them with some pictures and I'm sure they would send you a new one but I'm not sure what Diva's customer service is like.