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08 December 2012 @ 05:21 pm
I noticed probably 2 out of the 10 months I've been using my DivaCup it tends to leak a little.  Not a major issue, I just have to remember to use pantiliners.  I don't normally have a problem with leaks.  During the 2 cycles I experienced leaks I put the cup in normally as I always do but it just doesn't seal right or something.  Like I said this happened 2 out of the 10 months I have been using it.  Could it be my vagina muscles overadjusting or something?  They should be used to this thing by now.

Also I told a friend of mine about menstrual cups.  She says she has REALLY heavy days and would have to change the cup every hour or so.  She also wears an IUD.  Any heavy-day ladies care to share?  She is intrigued by them and is open to new ideas other than using her pads and tampons.

Thanks all!
sierrakate on December 8th, 2012 11:32 pm (UTC)
Heavy Flows
I have a heavy flow. On my heavy days I would have to change my high-absorbency tampons every 1-1.5 hours. So I would always have a pad as backup, I couldn't be running off to change so often at school/work.

I don't have experience with other brands, but as you do I have a DivaCup. I found that I could use my DivaCup twice as long as high-absorbency tampons without problem. So I typically say a DivaCup has twice the capacity of a high-absorbency tampon, resulting in half of the bathroom trips. So, that is every 2-3 hours on my heavy days.

I also find that if I have reach my cup capacity I have a longer time to get to the bathroom, there isn't an "OMG I have got to get to a bathroom NOW" as there is when my tampon has reached capacity. That is, my panties will not near instantly turn red once cup capacity is reach, as it will once tampon capacity is.

Edited at 2012-12-08 11:35 pm (UTC)
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on December 9th, 2012 12:18 am (UTC)
here's an overview of the highest capacity cups: http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/2761581.html
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on December 9th, 2012 12:31 am (UTC)
The Diva is the longest of the brands. Has it felt "too long" for you on those leaky days? If so, flip it inside out. Doing so shortens the cup without clobbering much capacity.

Point your friend to the size charts either at the Community FAQ or http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ There are many high capacity cups for her to choose from, all of which have much higher capacities than tampons. If she thinks she'll have to change a cup every hour, then that means her tampons are only lasting half of that time.

Some cups have little measuring lines for if she wants to track her blood loss. I developed a profuse bleeding issue for a while and my daily totals were a huge help to my Gyno. She'd never seen a cup before and thought it was WONDERFUL.

I am of the opinion that someone either is prone to expel their IUD or not. I don't think using a cup or any internal product has very much to do with whether or not it stays in place. Some cup manufacturers say that you can use their cups if you have an IUD. Others say not to. And yet others say to ask your doctor. I think that's their legal departments talking, not their medical advisors.
stewpid2000 on January 9th, 2013 01:31 am (UTC)
Did you stretch out the air holes when cleaning them?
I had no problems with leaking or the air holes being obstructed for months until I stretched them out a little while cleaning them. Now it's leaking slow and constant and every time I take it out I've noticed every hole is blocked. And it has nothing to do with capacity. I have extremely light periods and it started leaking from the very beginning.