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I've only used my Diva cup 2 (I am 31 with one child) for one cycle and am just starting my second cycle.  The first week of my last cycle it worked wonderfully (I have very long, heavy cycles), but the last maybe 4 days I started having issues with leaking.  They were medium flow days so I was having a hard time understanding why it worked so well when my flow was super heavy and not when it wasn't so heavy. 
Anyway, I am using the C fold and making sure that the cup is fully expanded by putting my finger in and going around the rim.   I even spin it around easily to try and ensure suction.  However when I tug on the stem it seems to be pretty easy to pull out.  It gives a little bit of resistance, but the resistance seems to be from the larger size of the cup as opposed to an actual suction since it's seems to easy to pull out by just using the stem (instead of having to pinch and break the suction first.  I've tried bearing down and tugging the stem a bit to try to form a suction, but I'm just not sure that it's actually working. 
The other thing is that when I feel around the top with my finger to ensure that it's completely open, it doesn't seem to be really attached to the walls.  Instead it seems to be suctioned to the top of my cervix.  Does that seem right?  I mean, I know that my cervix is inside the cup (have a low cervix) but the cup doesn't seemed to be suctioned to the sides, instead it seems like it's just pushed to the very top (which isn't too high up).  I've tried pulling it down, but then it just seems uncomfortable (and not because of the stem, but kinda crampy feeling).  When rubbing my finger around should I be able to feel the rim of the cup?  It seems like the cup should suction at the holes making me have to break suction to actually be able to feel the rim. 
Maybe I am just over thinking this and I am getting suction, just not quite as strong as the others I've read about.  And maybe the leaking around the end of my cycle was just due to my cervix taking up more room in the cup?  How can I tell for sure that there is suction?  Would making the holes larger maybe help with it?
Thanks for any help!!!
 
juliiie87juliiie87 on June 24th, 2012 08:16 pm (UTC)
Very few people can actually spin their cup, this is bad advice from the Diva company, at least you're not supposed to be able to rotate a sealed cup without breaking the suction first.

If your cervix was the reason your cup leaks, this would actually count as overflow and occur after the cup is partially filled. In this case, you just need to empty more often. The crampy feeling could mean that the cup is suctionning on your cervix or rubbing it in any way, so it's hard to tell. It should indeeed make a seal, not suction (which is uncomfortable) with your vagina walls. Of course this is is somewhat prevented by sliding a finger in next to the cup.

From your description, I wonder is the cup feels too narrow for your body ? The Diva size 2 is close to the largest cup though. Maybe your PC muscles are a bit out of shape ? this wouldn't be surprising if you recently gave birth. If the cup is a bit too long for your body, indeed try wearing it inside out.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on June 24th, 2012 09:10 pm (UTC)
Actually, you don't want suction. But you do want the cup to fit you in a way that the rim forms a good seal.

http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/2091967.html

As others have suggested, if you think your Diva is too long for you, especially on your low cervix days, then flip it inside out to shorten it.
sarahveggie on June 24th, 2012 10:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It makes much more sense to me knowing that there is only supposed to be a seal and not a suction! I just kept hearing about others having such a hard time getting theirs out, so I figured since mine was so easy that I must be doing something wrong. However, since I always make sure that mine is fully open I think there must be a seal.
Since last month was my first cycle with the cup, I'm hoping that I was just making some silly mistake. And for a majority of the cycle it worked great anyway. Thanks again for all your help!