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Leen Isabel
11 August 2013 @ 10:16 am
I want to say thank you to this amazing community and all of its resources! I just made the switch to a cup after long periods of doubt and insecurity and today marks my first day.

After much hemming and hawing, I purchased a DivaCup Model 1. I'm an active pole-dancer and I was advised to try the MeLuna sport so that my muscles wouldn't bear down on the product, but I wasn't sure due to the difficulty I've heard about insertion. I decided to go with a softer cup at first and go from there.

Is there anyone who works out quite a bit? What are your experiences w/ your cup? I read somewhere that a DivaCup is around a level 4 in softness whereas a MeLuna sport can be considered a 7... or something. Would you definitely advise on a harder cup? Knowing myself, I can bear down on things and remove it but I haven't tried to do so on purpose w/ the cup.

Anyway, upon first time use, these things were pretty tricky to get inside. So, I don't want to make it too difficult on myself if I get a harder one.

Eventually, I heard this surprising POP and felt a gentle snap... so I guess the thing unfolded? Checking inside and feeling around, I made sure that the sides were indeed open. And for me, it feels like the cup is very oval, nearly flat shaped, when inside. Is this right?

So for later, what cleaning agents do you use to disinfect/clean your cup? How many do you keep as "spares?" Do you feel the need to have a back-up? Thanks again!!!

Update: Thank you for all the awesome feedback and comments. I think I'll stick to the Diva for now but I do like the idea of keeping one at work just in case. (I have this fear I'll drop the dang thing in the toilet.... Err..)

Anyway, it's been 9 hours and I got curious and took it out with a little effort. Normally, by this time, I'd have gone through a whole tampon and had spotting. With the cup, ZERO spotting or leakage. WOW! My cup wasn't even a 1/4 full. Removal wasn't uncomfortable and the experience was NO WHERE near as messy as I imagined it would have been. I think I've just been traumatized by my experience with pads and tampons for so many years. The cup is AMAZING. Very little clean-up and so.... easy. I'm beyond thrilled and happy that the Diva seems to be a good size for my body.

I did some stretching today and never felt any discomfort. I feel a slight pressure against my bladder, but it's not unbearable.

So, the cup journey continues. Thanks again!
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on August 11th, 2013 05:43 pm (UTC)
mod note
Hi lenity. Could you please edit your post to remove the gendered language? We explain why we ask this here. Thanks!
Leen Isabelleenisabel on August 11th, 2013 05:46 pm (UTC)
Re: mod note
My sincere apologies! Fixed.
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on August 11th, 2013 05:48 pm (UTC)
Re: mod note
Thanks very much!
lux_roark on August 11th, 2013 05:50 pm (UTC)
I just boil my cup at the end of my cycle for 5 minutes to disinfect. I've never really needed a back-up so I don't have any spares. I've never had to change in a public place though, so I don't have to worry about rinsing in a communal sink.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on August 11th, 2013 06:06 pm (UTC)
There are pros and cons to stiffness. There are those who think a stiffer cup pops more easily and seals more securely. But softer cups seem to be more comfortable in general.

Length is the most important dimension/quality about cups. The Diva happens to be one of the longest brands. If it fits you, GREAT! But it doesn't fit everyone. However, the good news is that if you think the Diva is too long for you on your low-cervix days, you can flip it inside out to shorten it. And it's perfectly OK to wear it that way if it works for you.

The Diva also happens to have tiny little anti-suction holes around the rim. They help with popping open and also removal. Some have had better luck after enlarging them. Something like a dermal/piercing punch seems to work better than scissors or drill bits that might leave a jagged hole.

As for cleaning, there are many who boil their cups religiously and throw all kinds of "sterilizing" (they're not really) chemicals at them. A quick rinse with water between insertions is all you need to make yourself feel better because you don't really need to clean old blood off if you're in a public rest room (etc.) And after your period, just wash it with soap and water. "As clean as cutlery" -- after all, you put cutlery in your mouth.

"Spare" cups is not really an accurate name. Several of us have many only because we were curious or weren't 100% happy with how our first choice(s) fit or because we wanted different cups for different purposes. For example, my user-pic shows 2 cups -- one for heavy days, the other for light.
ginny587ginny587 on August 11th, 2013 07:23 pm (UTC)
My cleaning method is the same, by chance-rinsing with water if I'm at home (just tp in public, but that's pretty rare), and soap and water at the end. I read somewhere that a lot of boiling can wear down the silicone more quickly than no boiling.
I also have two cups, one for light days and one for heavy (but only because my heavy days are hardcore insanity that require a large, wide cup, but I'm still really tight so a small one is easier for me to deal with when I don't need a lot of capacity). All personal preference. You might get by with one cup no problem, you might be curious and want to try something else out. But having a stash if cups isn't really needed (just fun).
Figuring out if you need something more stiff will come from trial and error, and seeing how the Diva holds up for you while pole dancing.
Luceafaraluceafara on August 12th, 2013 12:13 am (UTC)
I'm a runner and have leakage issues with the soft Melunas, but not with the classic Melunas or the Fleurcup, so it appears that, for me, softer cups cause a bit of leakage when I exercise.

I have a few cups, mainly because the first one was a soft Meluna, so I needed alternatives, but partly also because I was curious about other shapes/sizes/materials/brands. I will be keeping a spare in my car and one at work, in case I ever forget to use one before leaving the house.
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on August 12th, 2013 02:58 am (UTC)
I swim, run, and do pilates, so my core muscles should be in decent shape. I don't have any issues with medium firm cups like the Diva, though cups with very soft rims like the Meluna softs are harder for me to get open and leak. I also notice just a little leakage (more of the 'burbling' sensation with little actual leakage) with my small LadyCup when I am doing pilates and am on my stomach. I have quite a few cups (different capacities, different shapes), but could easily get by with just my small LadyCup and Cuplee.

My cups are oval-shaped when inserted, but not flat. I check for dents around the lower 1/3 of the cup -- if there's an outright dent, then you need to get some more air into it. The easiest way for me to do this is to insert with a hole in the center of the fold, then press against my vaginal wall with a finger until I feel the cup inflate.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on August 12th, 2013 01:44 pm (UTC)
Since you want another to keep at work "just in case," then compare the Diva that you like to others at http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ and decide whether you want another Diva or something different. Also use side by side comparison photos to compare yours to others that you think you'd like -- to see if the shape appeals to you as much as the dimensions.

If you do happen to drop it into the toilet, fish it out, wash it well, (and/or) boil it, (and/or) dunk it in rubbing alcohol, (and/or) set it in the sun for a day or two, (and/or) perform whatever cleansing rituals you feel are necessary. Then don't be afraid to use it again. Silicone is non-absorbent so any "nasty" microbes will only be on the surface. Remove them and it'll be good to go again. Sooner or later, it happens to all of us. Don't sweat it when it does to you.