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26 August 2012 @ 08:12 pm
I've *just* joined this community, I'm a very longtime cup user and I love them but I've been having a problem... I apologize if this has been asked before, I assume it has been.  

years and years ago, when I started using a cup, I was using a divacup and it worked perfectly- no leaks at all, during my period I feel pretty much no different to when I'm not on my period. Brilliant. Fast forward a few years, I develop a sensitivity to the silicone and I start getting tremendously itchy after a day of wearing it. I switch to the latex mooncup, and the itchiness goes right away... but.  With the last few diva cups I've bought AND with the mooncup, it's no longer a leak-free experience.  It's still nice that the cup gets most of it, but I have to wear it with a pad now, at least for the heaviest days.  I enjoyed not leaking at all SO MUCH and this makes me sad.  
It could be that the model is too small I suppose, I use the smaller model but it doesn't really *feel* too small (it's a bit of work to get it in and at the end of my cycle I'm slightly sore from taking it out and putting it back in a bunch of times).  It doesn't need to be super full for it to leak either, it just leaks no matter what.  I suspect the leaking started when they started putting in the holes around the rim of the cup and I really think the holes are to blame.  

What are other peoples' thoughts on and experiences with this?  Are the holes to blame?  Can I do anything to fix it?
Does anyone make a hole-free (latex) version of the cup anymore?  

teacupcake89 on August 26th, 2012 08:10 pm (UTC)
Meluna cups are made from TPE so they could be a good option for you (they have lots of different lengths, stems and stiffness cups)

have you tried looking for your cervix on your period? could it be lower than it used to be? sometimes cervixes can almost 'sit' in the cup and cause leaking because the capacity is decreased. This can be helped with a wider round bottomed cup which can sit around the cervix rather than under it. you could also be just missing your cervix, hence the leaking.

The keepers and keeper mooncups are both very stiff and have a rather low capacity compared to most other cups available now. see the size charts and stiffness ratings here:

are you making sure the holes are clean when you reinsert? the holes are necessary to help create and release the seal.

if you like the length of the Diva/keepers then you could go for a long (including stem) and wide round-bottomed cup, maybe one with medium to soft stiffness and a good capacity.

here are the brand photo comparisons!

bluetoesocks on August 26th, 2012 08:13 pm (UTC)
thanks for the links!
i'll check that out. re: holes though- they didn't always used to have holes though, I'm sure of it... wouldn't the holes prevent a seal from forming? I remember my pre-hole divacup sealing very well.
m03m on August 26th, 2012 08:46 pm (UTC)
I have used a cup with no holes... it was an experimental one that was being tested by one of the manufacturers. It was a bit harder to remove, because the seal was harder to break, and it was not better in any way than cups with holes.

I'd be surprised if Diva ever made a cup with no holes. They most certainly do not keep the cup from sealing or all users on this comm would have leakage, and most of us don't.
Amanda: Help help I'm being repressed!sophiahagia on August 26th, 2012 08:54 pm (UTC)
AFAIK, they've all always had holes. If there were no holes, the cup would create sort of a vacuum, and I'm pretty sure that would be extremely painful to remove.
bluetoesocks on August 26th, 2012 08:59 pm (UTC)
yes- it was painful if I didn't break the seal first, by pushing the sides of the cup together, before doing any pulling.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on August 27th, 2012 06:43 pm (UTC)
The holes are there for 3 purposes... to make the cup easier to pop open, to make the cup easier to break the seal for removal, and to give air a way to escape as flow displaces it. Otherwise air would occasionally "burp" over the rim as the cup filled.

Many cups have large (1.5-2mm) holes.

If anything, the notoriously small holes on your Diva and Keeper may be contributing to the leakage. There seem to be fewer problems with those with bigger holes.

But more likely, your body is probably changing and your cups just don't fit as well as they used to. Check the size charts and side-by-side photos to compare what you have to what else is available to see if you think something else will fit/suit you better.

Edited at 2012-08-27 07:54 pm (UTC)