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19 November 2013 @ 01:58 pm
I searched all over for information but I couldn't find what I was looking for so I hope this helps someone out there. I'm 25, married and don't have any kids. I have a SUPER heavy flow, I would go through Ultra Absorbency tampons in 1-2 hours and my periods usually lasted 7 days, basically it was hell. I wanted to find a cup that would fit but that would hold enough to make my purchase worth while. I was almost set on the Lunette but Drugstore.com had a special on Diva Cups and it even came with some Diva Wash for free.

Well, I've been using it for three months now and I really like it. The first month there was some messiness but my period only lasted 4 days (a record). My second period only lasted 5 and I'm currently on my third period since owning the Diva Cup. Today is day 4 but I almost didn't even use the cup today because there was hardly anything there when I got up this morning. On day 2 of my period this month (day 2 and 3 are my heaviest flows) I had to change it three times, twice during the day and then right before I went to bed. Yesterday, Day 3, I only changed it in the morning when I woke up and before I went to bed. Then like I said there was hardly anything there when I got up this morning.

Going in, it is really easy and I usually have zero problems, coming out ...well that has taken some getting used to and some new techniques. I definitely had to get more comfortable around my lady parts and get to know it better? (haha for lack of better words). I feel like I could use a softer cup and maybe that wouldn't be as difficult to remove as the Diva Cup? Another note, I read that the Diva cup is one of the longest ones on the market but it goes way up and outta sight so I would be hesitant to get something even shorter.

(sorry for any grammer/spelling mistakes I am just off today)
teacupcake89 on November 19th, 2013 08:34 pm (UTC)
If you would like a longer cup that's easier to reach have a look here http://menstrualcups.friendhood.net/f52-moderator-s-photo-library and here http://www.femininewear.co.uk/comparison-photos-49-w.asp for comparison photos so you can see how other cups might be shorter in the body but longer stems so longer overall than your Diva. The size charts here is length without the stem: http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/

cups with higher airholes and a rounded bottomed shape like the fleurcup, si-bell, sckooncup etc will provide more capacity than your Diva. The cups in the previous sentence are also softer than your Diva. Get the 'large' sized cups even though you haven't had children because you have a very heavy flow.

as a fyi, you can use any mild unscented soap for cleaning your cup with (I use Johnson's baby shampoo) don't think you have to repurchase the diva wash when it runs out unless you want to! :)

as for removal, click on the removal tag and read the comments in past posts about refolding the cup to make it smaller for removal.

Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on November 19th, 2013 09:03 pm (UTC)
Try enlarging the anti-suction holes around the rim. They help with popping open and also for breaking the seal for removal. The Diva's holes are notoriously tiny. Something like a piercing or other type of punch might leave a less ragged hole than scissors or a drill. The holes on the cup with the largest holes are 2mm.

Check the size and capacity charts for cups with higher capacities if you want -- but 3 times in 24 hours on your heaviest day doesn't really warrant it.
elisamba on November 19th, 2013 11:05 pm (UTC)
A softer cup that is just as long is the Gaia cup from Czech Republic. It has good reviews on the French MC forum. I don't have a heavy flow so no personal experience but it holds 30 so more than either Diva. It is very comfy and surprisingly easy to open given the softness. I personally prefer a long base, not a long stem - easier to break the suction.
nemesis27nemesis27 on November 20th, 2013 09:49 am (UTC)
cup longer and soft
lily cup is soft and longer also, maybe works for you. It holds more than other cups.
another one is LuvUr, it holds 45 ml.

camellia125 on November 21st, 2013 07:28 am (UTC)
Victoria's Love, Menstrual Mate

I think Victoria's Love Menstrual Mate will be a good cup for you.Victoria's Love Menstrual Mate can discharge menstrual blood in the Vagina instead of pulling it out. So during your heavy flow, no need to change it often, just discharge the blood. And after discharged, it is very easy to get it out of vagina. It has 40mm pipe. You can find it at www.victorialove.net. And you can buy it at http://www.ebay.com/itm/dischargable-Victorias-love-menstrual-mate-two-menstrual-cup-with-sterilizer-/161154251978?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item25858abcca
teacupcake89 on November 21st, 2013 08:14 am (UTC)
Re: Victoria's Love, Menstrual Mate
OP, I wouldn't buy this cup tbh, it doesn't hold very much and if you have flow that is thicker than water (don't we all?! or any clots...) then it will get stuck in the pipe.

I agree that one of the new LuvUr Body cups (what a name!) might be a good option in the future, have a look on the femininewear facebook group forum for photos/dimensions etc.
Nanci Karvonen WillitsNanci Karvonen Willits on November 21st, 2013 11:42 am (UTC)
Re: Victoria's Love, Menstrual Mate
I know this wouldnt work for me, after the first 2 days it's just sludge stuck to the sides of my cup and I know that wouldn't drain. And I'm sure the stem would make me crazy, I always have to trim down stems to keep them from poking me. It would be interesting to see a review, but I wouldn't want anyone to spend the $$ to do it. :)
camellia125 on November 22nd, 2013 02:42 am (UTC)
Re: Victoria's Love, Menstrual Mate
I did have same concern as you. I was afraid the pipe is long and would poking me.But after I try, it would't. I feel great. It is soft. And the pipe is very convenient to discharge blood. And as it can discharge the blood in the vagina, I donot need to take a cup of water to rinse the cup any more.
Nanci Karvonen WillitsNanci Karvonen Willits on November 22nd, 2013 04:46 am (UTC)
Re: Victoria's Love, Menstrual Mate
Its not just the length of the pipe....you're assuming the fluid is ...fluid, when it often isn't, it's thick enough that I have to physically wipe it out of my cup, Theres no way it would drain out, ever,
camellia125 on November 22nd, 2013 02:21 am (UTC)
Re: Victoria's Love, Menstrual Mate
Yes. You are right.In my heavy day, clots may block the blood flow in the discharge pipe. In this case, I will squeeze the pipe wall with paper towel, then the blood clots will pass the outlet of the pipe.
teacupcake89 on November 22nd, 2013 09:40 am (UTC)
Re: Victoria's Love, Menstrual Mate
my blood clots are too big to fit in the pipe let alone be squeezed through it! Please stop persisting suggesting your cups to users when there are other cups out there better suited. thanks :)