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Amanda
08 April 2012 @ 12:33 am
Hello everyone! This is my first time using the Divacup, or any kind of menstrual cup. It's been going pretty well so far, but there have been a few bumps in the road...

My cup is great. It lasts for much, much longer than tampons do (on my heaviest day, I need to change a super tampon every 3 hours, or a super plus every 4 hours, but I left my cup in today for nine hours and there was barely any leakage!). However, I can still kind of feel my cup after I insert it. When I sit in certain positions it's not as noticeable, and I can't really feel it when I'm walking. Does cutting the stem help this? I just cut the stem of the cup about halfway off.

Also, sometimes the cup sort of moves position, lower in the vaginal canal than when I had inserted it. Is this just because of gravity? It was a little worrisome when I was out before and couldn't really get to a bathroom, and was also the reason I just cut the stem (when it moved down, the stem irritated the hell out of me! When I got home, I removed the cup and put a pad on instead so that it wouldn't irritate me anymore, but I got sick of the pad and put the cup back in anyway, haha). I didn't end up having any leakage problems, but it was still a little scary. Is this normal, or an indication that I need to empty the cup sooner?

Also, I'm wondering about the cheapest way to wash my cup. What's a good, safe soap to use with the divacup (besides the divawash)?

Thank you for your help -- and I'm sorry if this kind of post is super common! If it's too similar to what has been posted recently, just let me know and I will delete it.
 
misheymo: ms. cleanmisheymo on April 8th, 2012 10:49 am (UTC)
i use bedroom toy cleaner for cleaning--a big bottle has lasted me forever after an initial investment of $20.
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i use a lunette cup now, i too had issues with the diva cup and the stem. my cup moved inside me but always up instead of down making it really hard to grab. i pinched myself alot trying to get it out!
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on April 8th, 2012 12:37 pm (UTC)
You will probably become less aware of it as you get used to it.

The Diva is the longest cup of all the brands. If you think it's too long for you on your low-cervix days, flip it inside out to shorten it.

Plain old soap and water, whatever is handy! Just be sure to rinse all the soap residue off your cup and hands. If I'm going to reinsert it, I just rinse with plain water. Then wash it before I put it away for next month.