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26 August 2013 @ 11:43 am
Hi all! I've been using this community for tips and tricks as I adjust to menstrual cups, and now I have to appeal to you for help!

I'm a new Diva Cup user. My decision to get the Diva Cup was only semi-informed; the women I know who use menstrual cups all use Divas (I think they're most common in the US?), and I did enough reading and measurements to know that, length-wise, it would fit. I bought Model 1, as I am 23, non-virgin, no children. The length doesn't seem to be a problem, I trimmed the stem a smidge and it fits quite comfortably and is easy to remove. However, it veers WAY off to the left, probably because of my cervix's location.

I'm having issues with leaking and achieving suction. I know that sparse spotting is due to residual blood in the vagina, but what I'm experiencing is more like "Gushing torrents of untamed moonblood, coming to reap vengeance upon your friends, family, and linens." I've twice achieved a seal, where the cup way fully-inflated all the way around. In these instances, I had only resididual spotting. Most of my attempts result in the cup being compressed on one or both sides, but I'm unable to "rotate 360 degrees" like the instruction manual says. The bottom of the cup just twists up on itself which the body of the cup goes nowhere. This leads to a LOT of blood coming through :/ I'm honestly not sure how I managed to get the cup right the other two times.

Any advice on better methods for achieving inflation?
 
tofusaurus1 on August 26th, 2013 05:10 pm (UTC)
I did a bit more research! I think I might upgrade to a Lunette Model 2. The firmer material is supposed to help it pop open easier, and I'd like a slightly increased capacity for my heavier days and at night.
juliiie87juliiie87 on August 26th, 2013 05:58 pm (UTC)
The Diva's instructions are full of crap. You don't need to turn it. Here's a bunch of tips : http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/2618390.html I recommend trying different folds (labia and half diamond are my fav', look up folding techniques videos on youtube), facing them differently (for me that's towards the back or towards the floor if you're sitting on the toilet). Also, if your cervix is way off center... then aim the rim of the cup that way. You already have the cup, and it fits lenghwise, so before you go waste money on new cups, learn to use the one you have. Any cup will still need to be(o) around your cervix in order to catch the flood. You're almost there! :)
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on August 26th, 2013 06:19 pm (UTC)
Don't buy another cup yet. Get through the dreaded learning curve with yours first and then use what you like/don't about it to pick your next cup.

If you like the Lunette, also consider the Fleurcup. Same overall dimensions but a slightly different shape and higher capacity.

The anti-suction holes around the rim of your Diva are tiny. They help with getting the cup to open and also with breaking the seal for removal. Some have had better luck after enlarging them. A dermal or piercing punch seems to work better than drill bits or scissors because it doesn't leave a jagged hole. The holes on the cup with the largest holes are 2mm.

Right now your biggest issue is getting the cup to open fully. TAKE YOUR TIME, don't rush the process.

Insert your cup so the rim is just beyond your pubic bone and allow it to open fully there. Then nudge the base/stem so the opening points toward your cervix, and finally, give the cup a boost as you kegel it up and into place. You already know that you want the rim to sit (O) around your cervix. And there's no need to spin/rotate your cup because you already know it's open. But if you want to, go on ahead...

If you still have trouble getting the cup to open, re-insert it with the folded part facing the other way. Up instead of down, left instead of right, etc. Create an air channel on the soft back side of your vagina to help the cup fill with air as it opens.

And final tip: If you don't already, drop your panties to your ankles so you can splay your knees comfortably. Keeping them up at knee height makes it hard to maneuver around down there.

Edited for typos and grammar.


Edited at 2013-08-26 06:21 pm (UTC)
fee_parisienne on August 26th, 2013 08:21 pm (UTC)
When using a soft-ish cup, I can sometimes help it open by "swirling" my finger around the cup after it's been inserted. That allows some air to get to the holes.
tofusaurus1 on August 27th, 2013 04:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the advice, all! I seem to have found a workable method for getting it to fully inflate (it takes like 15 steps to achieve, so I won't detail it here, but going at it from a different angle definitely helped).

I realize now that I wasn't clear in my initial post about the position of my cervix--my cervix is centered for the most part, but the Diva Cup veers way off to the left. As far as I can tell, the opening is covering my cervix despite the odd angle, but now that my cervix has lowered a little, the base of the cup is super bothersome, pushing against the right side of my vaginal canal. It feels like the thing is sitting sideways in my vagina. I inserted it at the correct angle and have adjusted it several times, but as soon as I start moving, it shifts and starts bothering me. The next time I have to empty it, I will try flipping the cup inside out to help with this issue.

Questions: As long as the opening of the cup is covering my cervix, does the off-kilter position of the cup matter in terms of leakage? If it does matter, would a cup with a larger diameter help to remedy the problem? I searched through the tags and didn't find a similar query, I apologize for all the questions!
juliiie87juliiie87 on August 28th, 2013 01:47 pm (UTC)
I think the direction it takes has to do with your anatomy and there's very little you can do about that, trying to fight it is probybly a lost cause, and yeah, I'd recommend flipping it inside out or possibly trying a shorter cup, preferably also one that's less "pointy" at the bottom and more bell-shaped (see the green one on my icon).