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17 July 2013 @ 10:16 am
Hi everyone! I'm sure this question has been asked, but I've scanned back and couldn't find it so hoping it's okay if I ask again.

I've used a Keeper for around 10 years and I always had a bit of light leaking but I just use light cloth pads as a backup and I'm cool with that.

I had a baby two years ago and I finally feel comfortable enough with myself to try the cup again. I tried my old Keeper but it was sitting too low and it's been long enough that it needed to be replaced anyway, so I got a size 2 Divacup because that's what the local eco store carries and I figured it'd be similar to the Keeper.

The size seems good, it sits so none of it is sticking out. When I first had it in, I felt sort of crampy but I seem to have figured that part out by wiggling it a bit into a comfortable position, but my big problem is that it leaks like it's not even there. My pad has real blood on it, not just light spotting from leaks. The cup is bloody on the outside and has very little on the inside, though it does have some. I do not have a very heavy flow right now, so it's not that it's being overwhelmed somehow.

Are there any tricks I can try or reasons why it would leak so much? Thanks very much!
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on July 17th, 2013 04:11 pm (UTC)
The bad news is that the Diva you chose is even longer than the Keeper that you left. But the good news is that you can flip the Diva inside out to shorten it. That might help with leakage. I also had trouble with the Diva leaking because it was too long for me. Apparently it was shifting off-target. But flipped inside out, it's fine.

Using what you know, like and don't about those cups, use any of the size charts at the Community FAQ or http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ to figure out whether a different cup would fit/suit you better. But if you're happy with the inside out Diva, it's perfectly OK to wear it that way. (Many do.)
m03m on July 17th, 2013 07:46 pm (UTC)
Is it possible that the cup missed your cervix and is sitting with the rim next to your cervix (instead of around it), maybe still halfway folded?
lupus unaiamjustme on July 17th, 2013 09:53 pm (UTC)
If it's leaking that badly, I'd definitely check around the rim of the cup to make sure your cervix is inside the cup. When my Diva leaks that badly it's because i've managed to push my cervix outside of it.
I can't complain but sometimes I still doinkster on July 17th, 2013 10:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks everyone! After I wrote this I decided to fiddle with it again and this time I had no leaks at all and when I took it out later it had stuff in it and none on the outside. I don't think I've ever had no leaks at all! I'm not sure exactly what I did since my son was bugging me at the time (nothing like getting ready to put it in and having him lean in for a closer look) but I think I tried putting it in at more of an angle towards my spine rather than more straight on and I also wiggled it a bit more to make sure it was open all the way. I think it's just a learning curve rather than a problem with the fit. I'm relieved!