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17 August 2012 @ 12:50 am
I've been a very happy diva cup user for about six years but I think I just killed my poor cup.  I was was boiling it to sanitize it before use, but I got absent minded and forgot it was boiling merrily away while I was reading stuff on the internet . . . until I heard a popping noise and noticed a scorched smell. Oops! I don't see any visible damage other than discoloration, but it smells like burnt plastic and I don't take that as a good sign.  So . . .

1.) How stupid do you think it would be to use it anyway while I try to get a replacement?  I do actually have a couple of pads hidden away in case a guest has an emergency, but I'm so used to the comfort of the cup I feel like I'm waddling around like a soggy duck.

2.) There are so many choices now!  Like I mentioned, I'm a pretty happy (small) Diva Cup user, but I basically had the choice of that or a Keeper when I bought mine (and that was a really easy choice because I have a Latex sensitivity).  I've never had any problems with the length.  It rides pretty high up, so I think the length is a plus for me. I haven't had leakage in years.  I do occasionally get a bit annoyed by bladder pressure, but it's not a very big deal.  Do you think I should take an "If it ain't broke don't fix it" and just get a replacement, or should I try for something softer, etc.?  I'm checking out the comparison charts and pictures but do any diva cup users have comfort comparisons? It's been mentioned that some of the softer cups still have pretty rigid rims. Do you tend to get similar bladder pressure with other cups?

Thanks for any advice.
nocebo_domingonocebo_domingo on August 17th, 2012 01:24 am (UTC)
I say don't go changing. I've had some bladder pressure with every cup but it seems to vary by cup width rather than firmness. A long, narrow cup sounds like just the right style for you...and that's the Diva.
Keekeestone on August 17th, 2012 08:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I think I may just do a straight replacement.
teacupcake89 on August 17th, 2012 08:38 am (UTC)
you could just get another Diva but if you want a little bit more length (stem wise) you could get a Natural Mama cup which is long but narrow/not wide and nice and soft! here's Melissa's review:http://menstrualcupinfo.wordpress.com/about-natural-mamma-cup/

and a photo comparing it to the Divacup: http://menstrualcups.friendhood.net/t497-natualmamma-cup-comparison-photos

I used to get bladder pressure with my small MCUK (stiff rim) but not with my small Lunette or Large Fleurcup.

juliiie87juliiie87 on August 17th, 2012 04:42 pm (UTC)
This, Natural Mamma could be a good alternative if you'd like something long and softer than your Diva. The "soft cups with a firm rim", as far as I know, are Ladycup (especially the small) and Naturcup. Both are shorter in total length than a Diva, btw.
Keekeestone on August 17th, 2012 09:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the extra info. The Natural Mama cup looks interesting.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on August 17th, 2012 01:28 pm (UTC)
If it's intact enough, yeah, you probably can use it safely. It's only scorched.

Use the various charts and side by side photos to compare your Diva to the other cups that are available to decide whether there would be another cup you might like better than your Diva. If you like its long narrow shape, your choices are a bit limited so you'll probably wind up with another Diva.

Some helpful links at http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/
Kee: dragonskeestone on August 17th, 2012 09:15 pm (UTC)
That's a bit of a relief. I'd kind of forgotten exactly how annoying "traditional" disposable stuff is.

All the charts and comparisons are so useful. The UK Mooncup would probably have been the easiest for me to get as a replacement, but from all the information I have I can make a pretty educated guess that I wouldn't have been as happy with it.
Stefaninastefanina on August 18th, 2012 03:55 am (UTC)
It's silicone, right? It should be fine to keep using until you have your replacement, and silicone is not inherently hazardous to the body, nor have I heard of it releasing any chemicals when burned. Menstrual cups are usually medical grade silicone too, reducing the potential from harm. The smell may not go away easily though and I'm not sure you want to smell burned plastic from your cup...
Keekeestone on September 10th, 2012 08:10 pm (UTC)
I've ended up using it while waiting for another one to come in. I don't seem to have had any problems, but it's certainly not going to hurt me to replace it after six or seven years (now I'm trying to remember exactly what year I bought it in). :)
gigglesmcbug on August 29th, 2012 12:18 pm (UTC)
If it were me, I'd start looking for a new one on sale somewhere, but wouldn't rush out right away and get a new one if your current one is intact.

In fact, I'd probably not throw away the scorched one after you get a replacement. Spare cups come in handy.
Keekeestone on September 10th, 2012 08:07 pm (UTC)
What exactly do you do with spare cups? I've never really misplaced mine, so until I damaged it I didn't really think of buying more than one until it started showing a bit too much wear and tear or something.