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30 June 2012 @ 05:44 am
I just got the diva cup yesterday & I'm completely new to cups so I'm expecting time to get the hang of it. I'm 34 & have 2 kids. I'm having no problems getting it in & out but I'm sure it's gonna take time to get it perfect.
Are these normal newby problems? And tips to correct them if you have:
-Seems like I put it in (up & back) so the tip is just inside but it seems my body kinda sucks it up further...so it causes pressure/discomfort bc it's up high. 
-I have a HEAVY flow & after 2hrs I gotta empty bc it's more than 1/2 full & since its going up I'm getting pressure & I figure I'll empty so I can put it lower.
-Bc I'm taking out so often I'm getting slightly irritated at the opening or do you think it's the stem?
-Should I try turning it inside out so soon to see if that'll help w/pressure on my cervix? 
-Do heavy flowers use pads also on their heavy days for extra protection? Or after time I'll be able to go pad-less
Tips? I've googled & youtubed a lot so I know the diva is the biggest cup but since my flow is heavy (only the 1st 2-3 days) I thought it would be better. Last night I emptied before bed 10:15pm & at 5am it was completely full, my pad was full & I leaked :(...thank goodness I have a pad I use each month to protect my bed :-/
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on June 30th, 2012 10:16 am (UTC)
It's OK that it migrates "way up there." Despite what the directions say, any cup will usually sit (O) around your cervix so the rim will be however high that is. In your case, your cervix is way up there so your cup will be too. If it doesn't feel "too long" then don't flip it inside out. That's to shorten the cup.

As for capacity, the Diva is the longest cup but not necessarily the highest capacity -- but it's close. If you need a few more ml of capacity, check the charts at http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/tag/faq Would those few ml make a big enough difference to justify another cup?

Yes, it's not unusual for those with heavy flows to wear some sort of back-up -- especially overnight. Otherwise, you'll get the hang of timing your cup so it doesn't overflow in a cycle or two.
m03m on June 30th, 2012 10:49 am (UTC)
It's pretty common to feel pressure and slight discomfort the first time you use a cup, or simply to notice that it's there... your body isn't used to the cup yet and it may stop feeling like that soon, all by itself.
juliiie87juliiie87 on June 30th, 2012 11:17 am (UTC)
If it's working right, the cup shouldn't normally pressure your cervix, becauser it's wide enough it can sit (o) around it. If the feeling doesn't go away over time, then you could look for a softer cup. But give the Diva a cycle or two, it seems like a good choice for your high cervix and flow. Although yes, it there are a couple brands that may hold slightly more.

You could maybe empty it a little less often depending on your flow and the day. But yeah, it's not uncommon having to empty more often with a really heavy flow. Also, try to refold it in a loose c-fold for removal, or just try to get it out slowly, one edge at a time, and relax !
momavoli on June 30th, 2012 09:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks ladies.
Today went better. I didn't feel the pressure but maybe it's bc I was at work & on my feet all day. I emptied it about every 2 hrs & had 1 slight leak. I thought my cervix was kinda low that's why I was thinking of flipping it but you guys seem to think its high..I guess bc it's being sucked up? Ok, that's good to know. I don't think I'd spend more $ just to hold a slight bit more.
I definitely plan to give it a few cycles. I see a big difference between today & yesterday.
Thanks again for your fast replies!
melissa569melissa569 on July 1st, 2012 12:03 am (UTC)
DivaCup is pretty long int he body, so if you are finding that it travels up really high, and its hard to reach, then you probably have a high cervix. I'm not sure if turning the cup inside out will help that, it might make it more difficult for you to reach, with a high cervix...

Heavy flow, some people just have a really heavy one and I think all you can really do is try more capacity, maybe a Meluna or something. Those aren't short, so they should be easy to reach.

There is a possibility that the pain could be the firmness of the cup... If you have a high cervix, pretty much any cup you wear is gonna drift up high, so its better to stick with longer ones. But pressure on the cervix a lot of the time is cup firmness.

I normally use a small Lunette because my cervix is so low, so I can use shorter ones just fine. Its soft too. See, I can use a large cup that is firm. But just not on one of my "crampy" days, because the firmness makes me cramp more, and sore. At first I thought it was because the large cup was longer in the body... But then I tried a large cup that was softer (it was a large soft Meluna), and it didn't hurt. Neither did large Ladycup, or CupLee.

I don't know what another person might feel, but I'm just saying it was less pressure for me.

As for the tenderness-- I would say water-based lube can help. BUT always apply it the the area around the vaginal opening. Applying it to the cup can make it too slippery to grip. Also, I find it help to even coat some lube in around the vaginal opening right before removing the cup, it just seems to come out more smoothly, less chafing.

If slightly changing the angles of the cup as you insert doesn't help with the pressure, then a softer one might help.

Edited at 2012-07-01 12:05 am (UTC)