Amanda (stereosymbiosis) wrote in menstrual_cups,

new divacup user - some questions

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.
Tags: chafing/irritation, cleaning, divacup, first time use, heavy blood flow

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