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17 July 2012 @ 10:38 am
I currently own a Diva Cup, size 2, as I've had three vaginal births.  However, in the 6 or so years that I've owned the cup, I don't think I've ever had a flawless cycle with it.  It has always leaked, and at one time was causing repeated UTIs, so I had to retire it for sometime.

So now I'm looking for a new cup, but I'm confused as there weren't this many choices when I first bought my Diva.  One thing that I do not like about the Diva (and may have contributed to the leaking) is the extremely small air holes.  They always seem to be clogged and no amount of trying to get water through them seems to unclog them.  I went so far as to heat up a large needle and force it through the holes in an attempt to enlarge them, but was not all that successful. 

I'm not sure if I need a more rigid cup, or a softer one.  I'm partially afraid that the rigidity of the Diva put pressure on my urethra which had an affect on the recurring UTIs.  It also seems to cause cramping when it is inserted, more so than the usual cramps I get.  I do know that my cervix runs very high, I'm lucky if I can ever feel it,  so I'm assuming that a shorter cup won't work for me.

So I would like to replace my cup, but haven't a clue where to start.  Any help would be appreciated!
juliiie87juliiie87 on July 17th, 2012 03:05 pm (UTC)
Have a look at the charts and compare the other brands to your Diva : http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/
And this one for stiffness comparison : http://menstrualcupinfo.wordpress.com/cup-stiffness-comparison-chart/

The Diva is the longest cup but several others are just as /even easier to reach due to a longer stem (Lunette, Yuuki, Si-Bell, Fleurcup, XL Meluna, Natural Mamma). I'd say you should probably stick to the longer, wider cups if you want similar length and capacity. Most cups have bigger holes afiu.

Edit : Apparently there's a new brand which is also amongst the longest due to a longer stem, but no one here has reviewed it yet : http://shop.menstrualcup.co/products/Mami-Cup.html

Edited at 2012-07-17 03:09 pm (UTC)
nargles_ohmy on July 17th, 2012 04:35 pm (UTC)
In regards of the UTIs, do you wash your hands before removing or inserting the cup? If not, that's a reason you are getting UTIs. It's important to wash your hands before handing the cup.

As for the holes, I suggest a small toothbrush to clean it, like the tiny tree-shaped ones that are used to clean between braces or between the gums. I use that on my MeLuna's tiny holes and it works wonders.

Other than that, I don't have a Diva so I can't comment on the other cup problems, but I just wanted to throw those little tips in there. :)
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on July 17th, 2012 04:48 pm (UTC)
The air holes are there to help the cup open, to allow air to escape as flow displaces it and to help break the seal for removal.

Some have had success enlarging the holes using small drill bits, manicure scissors and/or body piercing punches. FYI, the holes in my Lunette are appx 1/16" or 1.5mm or a 13g piercing tool.

If you fill the cup and cap it with your palm, you can squeeze water out of the tiny holes. Or conversely, suck water into the cup if held under water.

The Diva is a fairly soft cup. I believe it ranks 4 on a scale of 10. (10 being firmest.)

Edited to add:
As for length, does it feel like it's trying to poke out during normal wearing? Or is it comfortably "in" you?

Edited at 2012-07-17 05:30 pm (UTC)
pinkpearls36pinkpearls36 on July 17th, 2012 11:48 pm (UTC)
Have you tried Kegels to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles? Perhaps helping them return to normal might help with the leaking issue?

Arrow_Brightarrow_bright on July 18th, 2012 02:27 am (UTC)
If the Diva's stiffness bothers you, then I'd definitely go with something softer. Perhaps the XL Meluna soft or L Fleurcup?