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tauq
28 February 2013 @ 03:13 pm
Hi all!

I have a small size 1 Divacup, and I've been noticing it's putting some mild pressure on my bladder when it's in. I usually just ignore it, but it'll bug me at least once a cycle. It feels like I have to go to the bathroom all the time, and even after I urinate it feels like my bladder isn't completely empty. Some days are better than others, but I always feel these symptoms while it's in, if only extremely mildly(Usually I hardly notice at all).

So the questions I have are these:
Are there any health risks to continue to use it while it puts this light pressure on my bladder?
Is there another cup out there that would work better for me? (The Divacup seems perfect in size/length though)
Should I somehow be putting my cup in different? (Higher/lower? Angled different?)

The pressure isn't uncomfortable enough to make me stop using the cup and go back to *shudder* previous methods, but it's like a little itch that I just can't scratch! Or something like that :P

Any insight would be helpful!
 
 
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Keekeestone on March 1st, 2013 12:12 am (UTC)
I also had a bit of bladder pressure with a size 1 Diva cup. It was my only complaint, really, and just a minor annoyance (and yeah, I felt like I needed to pee most of the time and found myself going to the bathroom way more often than I actually needed to). I never found any different way to put it in or anything, because once it was inserted it just moved to where it wanted to sit. I ended up buying a Natural Mamma cup last year, and I feel much less in the way of bladder pressure with the Natural Mamma.

I do find the Natural Mamma a bit more difficult to clean though. :/
Maxine of Arc: Blood Sinmaxineofarc on March 1st, 2013 06:57 am (UTC)
I am not a doctor, but I don't think there's any risk to your bladder. Pregnant women face constant pressure on their bladders for months, and they mostly seem to come out okay. ;)
tobilei on March 1st, 2013 09:02 am (UTC)
My size 2 one does the same to me. Seems to be worse on my first 2 days then after that is a minor annoyance. Sadly I've figured out the leaks and everything and it pops open every time. It'd be my dream cup (I was on here whinging about leaking not long ago, not sure how I fixed that but I did :P) except for the bladder pressure :( It doesn't seem to cause me any UTI's or anything though, just makes me run to the loo a whole lot.
teacupcake89 on March 1st, 2013 09:45 am (UTC)
compare your diva with other cups here: http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/

and have a look at the photo comparisons to see how they actually compare next to your diva here: http://menstrualcups.friendhood.net/f52-moderator-s-photo-library (the diva has a very short stem, but most cups with a shorter body have stems that amke them the stem length as the diva overall)

a softer stiffness and/or narrower cup will press on your bladder less so have a gander at the stiffness charts here: http://menstrualcupinfo.wordpress.com/cup-stiffness-comparison-chart/
juliiie87juliiie87 on March 1st, 2013 04:01 pm (UTC)
This. I'd say the pressure is usually a stiffness issue. There are a bunch of softer cups you could consider, OP.
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on March 1st, 2013 04:24 pm (UTC)
I thought for sure you were going to recommend the Cuplee. :) Similar in shape to the Diva, but (by all accounts) much softer.
juliiie87juliiie87 on March 1st, 2013 04:54 pm (UTC)
Haha, I don't want to sound like I'm pushing it on people all the time. ;) but yeah, I think it's great.
tauqtauq on March 11th, 2013 08:03 pm (UTC)
Sorry for the late reply! Thank you all so much for the helpful feedback!!

That stiffness chart is really helpful - Although I find it's missing a few cups (like Natural Mamma). I never would've thought of cup stiffness if it weren't for you guys, so thanks!

It looks like I'll be doing further research - so far I'm liking the cuplee since it's a similar size to the diva, but decidedly softer! The Cuplee website doesn't seem to take credit card though - anyone know of a good alternative source?

Thanks bunches! Glad to know I'm not alone in this whole pressure thing C: