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26 October 2012 @ 12:00 am
Hey all,

I've been reading this forum for the past few weeks. This is my first period using a cup, and I just finished my second (terrible) day. I'm using a small Diva Cup, which may be my problem since it seems like my cervix may be a little low.

Well, yesterday went fine. no leaks except for overnight, which I was a little annoyed with. However, today was a total disaster. I got the cup in, to be best of my knowledge, positioned perfectly. My cervix definitely wasn't peeking out at any point, and the cup was definitely completely popped open. But, by mid-morning (I made it through my 2 hour class, thank god), I could feel the cup coming loose or something (felt like air was escaping? bubbling?), and I'd have to rush to the bathroom. This happened constantly for the rest of the day, in under an hour every time. My period is not heavy, by any account. The cup was always less than 1/3 full, but I was wearing a pad as backup and I was definitely bleeding a LOT into my pad. Like just as much as was getting into the cup (that may be an exaggeration but.... yeah it was still a lot of blood). Also, just to note about the amount of blood, I get really freaked out when I feel blood coming out of me because I normally just wear tampons and liners, and I can never really tell how heavy my flow is so I'm hypersensitive to blood flow and can get to the bathroom in record time. So it's saying something that blood got on the pad at all, considering I went to the bathroom the moment I noticed blood was leaking. Meaning it must've been like a fuckin' geyser in there.

By the evening, I was so fed up I switched to a tampon. The tampon lasted me about 3 hours and I only took it out because I was so used to feeling like I was going to bleed all over the place and 3 hours had become a "long time" in my head. So I probably could have left it in for a good 4 and been in the clear.

What gives? I'm positioning it correctly, it's fully opened. I've read a ton of threads but I don't see many people having leaking problems to the same extent. I mean, my period is pretty clot-heavy, but I can't imagine that would cause such a problem.

Any advice?

(oh I'm a 21 year old college student and I use o.b. tampons so I'm used to shoving my fingers up my vag. Also new to LJ so I have no idea what I'm doing)

Thanks,
monica
 
Kathlynekathlyne on October 26th, 2012 05:32 am (UTC)
I too had this same problem when using the (large) diva cup. I think I was having two problems 1) the air holes in the diva cup are small and can easily become clogged--this apparently breaks the seal and can cause leakage. 2) My cervix points to the side and a couple of times the cup opened beside my cervix instead of around it. I always double check now by sweeping/stirring around the cup using my index finger. I later got the large Yuuki and the large Lunette (which has bigger air holes). I prefer them both to the Diva and so I haven't used the diva in a couple of months.

I'm not sure either one of those things helps.

Good luck.
ozonemamaozonemama on October 26th, 2012 11:33 am (UTC)
Maybe you need something firmer. I have had many issues which include leaking and that air bubbling sensation. I have to use very firm cups to have any success.
teacupcake89 on October 26th, 2012 12:17 pm (UTC)
The air bubbling feeling is when the air in the cup is being displaced by the blood entering it, which can just be normal to feel as the cups fills up throughout the day, or sometimes if the cup is full and needs emptying.

if you haven't already, have a good feel for your cervix and aim the cup towards it (this may mean the cup slants to one side)
If you have a 'dangly' of lower cervix on some days which sits in the cup and takes up some capacity, it can leak before the cup is full. some have had better success with a slightly wider round bottomed cup like a large fleurcup which has higher capacity.

Agreeing with the comments about sweeping a finger around the cup to check it's fully open, cervix inside cup etc.

it could also be leaking because of the holes being blocked (the Diva's are notoriously tiny), make sure they are clear before reinserting (fill the cup with water, place hand over the rim, turn upside down and squeeze to force water through the holes!) some have had success enlarging them slightly with body piercing tools/hot needles etc.

Seeing as this is only your second day, it's highly likely that once you practice more you'll get better! (it usually taks 3 ish cycles to get through the learning curve) don't get another cup until you've improved your technique with your Diva. :)

Good luck and hopefully some of this helps! :)
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on October 26th, 2012 01:19 pm (UTC)
"my cervix may be a little low."
Flip your Diva inside out to shorten it.
See if that helps. :o)
mooon_d on October 26th, 2012 03:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks everybody.

I check every time, and my cervix is contained in the cup, and I've tried flipping it (it didn't help at all once, and actually held the seal pretty well the second time). I'm wearing it now and it's working fine, so I think it's that the air holes get clogged. I make sure they're unclogged every time I take out the cup. Maybe I'll try making the holes a little larger for next time.

Hopefully today will go a little more smoothly! :)