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07 June 2012 @ 10:24 am
I've gone through the other leakage posts, and as much as they've given me lots of ideas, none of them seem to be helping much. I'm using a Diva Cup, size 1, and despite working with it for more than a year now I've only had one period go by without significant leaking. Sometimes I end up with much more fluid leaked than the cup actually holds, and not just when I go from sitting or laying to standing--it happens after two hours on my feet as often as it happens when I wake up in the morning. I've tried different folds and insertion methods, trying to get a better seal, but without much luck. 

I do have a low cervix, so I've considered trying the larger size, but I'm reluctant to drop another $35 on it (or any other new cup) without some confidence that it will help. 

I'm really dreading going back to just tampons, but if I'm going to be leaking this much it's just not going to work out for me because the whole point was to be able to avoid the discomfort of using pads as backup. I'm desperate for ideas. 
Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated
juliiie87juliiie87 on June 7th, 2012 02:33 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry you had such a frustrating experience.

Low cervix + Diva = not the best fit...
See the Diva is actually the longest cup ever. If you think it might be too loog for you, and it's usually pretty easy to reach for removal, try flipping it inside out and wearing it that way. If length is the problem, this should help. Fyi, there are cups available online from $20, less so if you don't mind getting a gently used cup from the mc-sales community (link on the sidebar). I hope you find a solution to your problems ! :)
m03m on June 7th, 2012 02:35 pm (UTC)
Just some thoughts that pop into my mind immediately:

- Since you have a low cervix, I'm surprised that you can wear the Diva at all. The large size is no shorter, it doesn't sound like it would fit you well.

You can flip the cup inside out to shorten it, and wear it that way; that may tell you whether or not a shorter cup would be a better fit.

- Is this leaking or is it actually overflowing? When a cup is full, it's full and will generally overflow.
pocketsofmoonpocketsofmoon on June 7th, 2012 02:39 pm (UTC)
It's leakage. Usually when there's leaking the cup isn't holding much at all.

My cervix isn't always low, which is why I wasn't sure that was the problem. On about the fourth day of my period, I can't wear the cup, but the rest of the time it's not so low that I can feel them. Maybe I'll try flipping it and see.

I tried the Diva in the first place because it was the only one I could find in a store, and being in Canada I usually prefer not to mess with shipping because almost nothing ships here without ridiculous customs fees, but I think I'm either going to have to suck it up and try to find something else.
m03m on June 7th, 2012 02:51 pm (UTC)
Is it possible that sometimes, the cup opens up next to your cervix instead of below it? That would lead to immediate leaking. Or maybe your cervix is on the rim of the cup, not inside it, in those cases.

In any case, trying the cup inside out doesn't cost a thing, and for some of us it works so much better that way that they just keep using it like that.

Good luck!
pocketsofmoonpocketsofmoon on June 7th, 2012 03:25 pm (UTC)
Giving the inside-out idea a try. If I find that being able to wear it lower helps, I'll let that be a sign that I need to try a shorter cup. Thanks!
juliiie87juliiie87 on June 7th, 2012 03:33 pm (UTC)
You can't really decide how high it'll sit, because cups do as they please, but letting it open lower is a great advice no matter what.
chamekkechamekke on June 7th, 2012 03:16 pm (UTC)
I agree with the suggestion that you try flipping your Diva Cup inside out before giving up on it. But also...

being in Canada I usually prefer not to mess with shipping because almost nothing ships here without ridiculous customs fees

I'm in Canada too, and my own experience is that I haven't been dinged on parcels coming from other countries for several years now. Canada Customs used to be a lot more aggressive about collecting fees (usually PST/GST + Canada Post's $5 flat processing fee, rarely anything else), but nowadays I've had parcels worth $50 or more breeze right by. You should have no trouble with a cup (or cups) valued at less than that. For example, I ordered 2 cups from Meluna in Germany last month and although they were delivered to the door w/signature required, there was no additional charge.

The big exception to this is if you order from someone (invariably in the U.S.) who insists on shipping via UPS. That company imposes INSANE charges to "clear your parcel through customs", with the resulting fee often higher than the value of the item itself. So I flat-out refuse to buy from anyone who ships via UPS only. If you're not ordering from the U.S., that probably won't be an issue.
pocketsofmoonpocketsofmoon on June 7th, 2012 03:24 pm (UTC)
I've had so much trouble with shipping since we moved to Toronto last year. All my family is in the US and no matter what we've tried we've had so many issues. It's such a pain! I wonder how much it depends on where it goes through?
chamekke: canada_SH_mapleleafchamekke on June 7th, 2012 03:30 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry! Yes, perhaps it is a matter of where you live and how strict the nearest Customs office is. Shoot. I thought they'd eased up generally :-(

Do they hit you on any parcel of any value? For example, a single Meluna cup is 14 euros or $18 Canadian (actually, it'll be 19% less if you register with Meluna first to have VAT removed). Would it go under the radar then? Or do they impose charges for literally any shipment, including the really small/inexpensive ones?
pocketsofmoonpocketsofmoon on June 7th, 2012 06:13 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure, honestly, but it might be worth a try. Most of the worst of it has come from apparel, of course--I haven't been able to find a Canadian alternative for the only bras I've ever found comfortable, so that's been a HUGE pain--but other things are hit or miss on how bad it is. I feel like things coming through Toronto get more attention than other places, because when we have things shipped to my partner's family in Halifax it tends to be easier. Who knows!
neetzscheneetzsche on June 7th, 2012 08:09 pm (UTC)
Just thought I'd mention I've seen a few Canadians in mc-sales. Actually, I've bought from one. Maybe try a cup wanted ad there and see if you get lucky.