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22 May 2012 @ 02:31 pm
Hi peoples! I have not been on livejournal since it was still cool. This is bonkers. I love it!

So, I bought a DivaCup 1 without much research at all. I had read about the different brands years ago, but didn't really think I needed one until recently when I learned I'd be going to a remote area abroad where tampons can't be used. My gamble seems to be paying off, though, because it's working fine!

Today was my first day using it. I inserted it in the shower, and I didn't have too much trouble getting it in. I thought it was in and open, but then I shifted my weight and it popped open and wiggled up a bit. Weirdest. Sensation. Ever. I yelped. I could feel it in there this morning and afternoon. I wouldn't say it hurt, but I definitely felt it near my cervix. I assume this is because there was too much suction, because now I can't feel it.

It's not a huge issue, but removal was difficult. I have a high cervix - I have never in my life been able to touch it. I am wary of hormonal anything, so I often use sponges as a contraceptive. I can't tell you how much time I spend trying to get those things out. I have short fingers, so it takes ages. My method is that I squat and bear down... that usually inches it close enough to eventually grab it. That's also what worked for my cup. It was hard, though! I could barely touch the tip of the stem while I was standing with one leg on the tub, but it was much easier to pinch the bottom once I squatted down. I had a teeny bit of leakage, but I think the cup was too full - it was in for 7 hours and the first day is a little heavy for me. So, I don't think I did anything wrong. Is it just going to wander northward a lot?
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on May 22nd, 2012 08:01 pm (UTC)
Good thing you got a Diva. It's the longest of all the brands.

Despite what the directions say and illustrations show, a cup will ride where ever it darn well pleases -- and that's usually (O) around your cervix. So however high your cervix is, that's how high it will ride.

It sounds like you've got the basics of insertion and removal down already -- just a little fine tuning and confidence, and you'll be an even more enthusiastic cup user than you already are. :o)
Juliafivepoints on May 22nd, 2012 08:08 pm (UTC)
Wait...lj isn't cool anymore? ;)
mmehibou on May 23rd, 2012 02:51 am (UTC)
My first removal also ended with my bathroom looking like a crime scene, and a rather large spill on my good jeans. It was not wise to leave them on the floor. The second time, though, no spills!

The thing is, NOW it's suctioned on. I can't seem to break that seal. My fingers are sore and my legs are tired from squatting. Can I just leave it like this and hope it unsuctions itself tonight? What if I go on a walk or join a kick line?

To the people who have been using cups awhile - how long does insertion and removal take you? Is it second nature, or do you have to fish around sometimes?

I have to say, I like the freedom of this. Everything I need is on (in) my person. I bought this cup because I had to, but I might just stick with it if I can get the hang of it. I feel so prepared, like a menstruating boy scout.

chamekkechamekke on May 23rd, 2012 07:40 am (UTC)
I love your sense of humour <333

The suction on the Diva can be a bit of a challenge. Different people have different approaches, but what I find helpful is: (1) bearing down; (2) inserting a finger along the back of the vagina to allow in air (making it easier to break the seal); (3) gripping the cup at the grip rings; (4) trying to press in one side of the cup (in what some describe as the hot-dog-in-a-bun approach) to break the seal further; and (5) rocking the cup back and forth as I ease it out. I also tilt it forward at the last moment so that the top is completely level; avoids spillage.

You may also find it helpful to enlarge the holes a tiny bit, if you feel comfortable with the idea. The Diva holes are notoriously small (compared to most of the other cups), which may make the seal more powerful. That's great when you want the cup to stay in place, less terrific when you're trying to get it the @#%& out of you.

(And yes, it does become second nature eventually. It typically takes me 15 secs to put the cup in, about the same to take it out :-)
Arrow_Brightarrow_bright on May 23rd, 2012 02:10 pm (UTC)
LOL! I know what you mean about feeling prepared. Whenever I travel when I'm expecting my period, it makes me so happy that all I have to do is throw my cup and my bag of cloth pads/liners into my suitcase without having to figure out how many pads/tampons I'm going to go through and making sure I bring enough of the right absorbency tampon so I can swim, etc. Some of my friends are also really into survivalism/zombie survival planning, and I always inwardly smirk because I know that I wouldn't have to worry about finding tampons/pads in a post-apocalyptic zombie-infested world. LOL.