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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.