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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!
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. :)