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29 March 2013 @ 05:35 pm
Hi all! This is my second month using cups... and I love them so beyond much. I've wanted one for years and years so really happy to have finally gotten one and had success! My first month went really smoothly--thanks to the great advice here--so thanks a bunch!! I'm on my second now, and have a couple of questions still lingering.

1) After I insert my Diva, I often feel what feels like little air bubbles escaping every so often... it's not really a problem, but feels pretty weird and disconcerting. I know the seal is good since I haven't leaked at all. Does anyone else have this at all?

2) I haven't noticed my Diva riding higher or lower depending on the day of the month, but it rides higher or lower a lot throughout the day... say, when I go to the bathroom it stays really low for a while, as long as I stand, but if I sit down it seems to settle "up" and get more comfortable. I did cut off my entire stem, which was a hasty decision, but thankfully the right one! :) Anyways, with no stem, it's not as much of a problem, but when it rides so low it's a little uncomfortable. Is it normal for it to change position so often? I've felt it a lot less this month than last so I'm wondering if it was my muscles getting used to keeping it in position?

3) I tried removing it in the shower this morning for the first time, which was a complete disaster (slow-draining shower... enough said! :P). I have to squat in order to be able to reach the cup, but it's hard to take it out at a good angle so it doesn't spill (which I can normally do on the toilet just fine). Does anyone have anything special they do in the shower so as not to spill? I know I'm emptying the cup anyway but I'd rather do it on my own time!! :D Plus, it's nice to see how much is in the cup so I can track it. I've been poking around the boards for tips on this but haven't seen any specifically, so I thought I'd ask.

Thanks! :)
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on March 30th, 2013 03:00 am (UTC)
1. That bubbling might be air escaping from your cup as flow fills it. The Diva has very small air holes around the rim. Making sure they're open or even enlarging them might help.

2. Yes, it takes a cycle or two for your body to get used to the cup. If it's too long for you on your low-cervix days, flip it inside out to shorten it.

3. I don't like emptying it the shower. I do so on the toilet. Drop your panties to your ankles so you can splay your knees comfortably. Open your mouth a little, keep your jaw slack and don't forget to breathe. :o) Rock it out at an angle so it's not the whole rim at once.
trejoytrejoy on March 30th, 2013 04:25 am (UTC)
I've experienced the air bubble thing, too. Don't have an explanation for it though, sorry.

I just don't empty in the shower. Once was enough to dissuade me.
teacupcake89 on March 30th, 2013 01:23 pm (UTC)
see kuradi8's comment about the air bubbles :)

I always empty in the shower in the morning, have never experienced any problems or mess as I pour it straight down the plughole (same for the sink when emptying during the day)

yes, I find it takes a couple of cycles for your vagina to figure out what the hell the cup is and get used to it being there!

have you seen this video? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLPBZz3uJEg from 4 minutes in for a good visual of how to remove the cup one corner at a time and upright so it doesn't spill

This post lists some users’ own removal techniques in the comments and might be worth a gander: http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/2901135.html#comments :)
juliiie87juliiie87 on March 30th, 2013 05:44 pm (UTC)
I'll just add that my shower drain does not like clots very much. The sink is ok though. YMMV.
fluffmyflamingofluffmyflamingo on March 31st, 2013 05:31 pm (UTC)
I don't have an explanation for it, but I've just started using a meluna classic xl (so happy with) and that does the bubbly thing almost constantly but never leaks! Odd, especially as when my last cup, a Mooncup UK, DID leak whenever I got that sensation!
trejoytrejoy on April 1st, 2013 03:31 am (UTC)
kuradi8's explanation of the air bubbles makes sense. Sometimes flow doesn't seem like enough to cause that. Could it also happen due to the cup traveling higher?