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lyndseytudor
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!
 
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)