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07 April 2012 @ 09:32 am
I've been struggling with infertility and just recently saw mention of some women inserting their Diva Cup right after sex to keep semen close to the cervix a little longer in order to increase their chances. Have any of you heard of this? Have any of you tried this with success? Thanks for the tips!
Current Mood: curiouscurious
WHATEVER, BRObluesoobutton on April 7th, 2012 04:39 pm (UTC)
I know I've heard that using softcups during intercourse can help with conceiving, I imagine inserting another cup right after could do that.
Tessgryphonwing on April 7th, 2012 06:07 pm (UTC)
I think softcups work better - they're shallower, and hold the semen right next to the cervix, whereas other cups are deeper. But I can't imagine it would *hurt*.

Some people use softcups as a delivery method for home insemination. :)
rachaelhubbard on April 7th, 2012 06:24 pm (UTC)
juliiie87juliiie87 on April 7th, 2012 06:13 pm (UTC)
wouldn't it work as a diaphragm ??

I can't see how semen would be held after intercourse : menstrual cups encircle the cervix, catching the blood coming out, but fluids that are already lying low in the vagina will still come down and out. Plus I don't think you need to keep all the semen in after intercourse... I've heard of some women getting in specific positions after intercourse to avoid or encourage conception, I'm not even sure these have any scientific basis ! As long as you don't douche after sex...
mercy rainmercy_rain on April 7th, 2012 08:08 pm (UTC)
That would depend a lot on anatomy. My cup doesn't sit anywhere near my cervix. And where fluids land, well, that would depend on your partner...not everyone shoots low!
melissa569melissa569 on April 7th, 2012 08:24 pm (UTC)
I've heard of this too, but again, only with softcups/Instead cups, because I don't think a regular cup would keep it very close to the cervix. But a softcups, the little baggie stays right by the cervix.

I don't know if it actually works, and of course since they have not been medically approved for this use, many medical professionals and the company will not recommend it for legal/liability reasons.

But it certainly has my curiosity at at attention. I think it needs to be researched.
Summers0mmer on April 7th, 2012 07:07 pm (UTC)
I don't see how inserting a small cup after sex could hurt your chances of conceiving. Seems worth a try!
amberblosmbee on April 7th, 2012 08:11 pm (UTC)
I've mostly heard of women using instead/softcup for this, but I think a regular cup would work just as well, if not better.
I used insteads and got pregnant that same month for both of my kids.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on April 8th, 2012 01:52 am (UTC)
As the others have said, Instead Softcups already have a good reputation with the "TTC" crowd. Insert one right after intercourse to scoop up and keep the sperm close to the cervix. I would imagine that using a Softcup "upside down" so it's shallower would probably help.

And sperm that you scoop up with a Diva (or any other brand of) cup would most likely fall/dribble to the bottom of the cup where it "couldn't" get at your os.
juliiie87juliiie87 on April 8th, 2012 07:34 pm (UTC)
The last sentance : exactly what I meant !
We all know natural moisture can still move down and out while wearing a cup, and no matter how "high" your partner shoots... Please tell me I'm not the only one who's had semen falling out shortly after intercourse ! I can't be.
CanuckDivacanuckdiva on April 8th, 2012 02:33 pm (UTC)
Cool, thanks for all the info, ladies! I'll definitely try the Instead cups and report back if it actually works. Fingers crossed!