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19 November 2013 @ 11:39 pm
This is my first cycle using a cup...ever. AF started on Saturday. Since then I had a lot of frustration, leaking, ruined underwear, and discomfort. Today is a much better day. My flow is heavy, but so far things are going smooth *knock on wood*

There are just two issues that are really frustrating still:

-From what I've read, the cup pretty much "lets you know" when it's full...the contents in the cup weigh it down, you feel it, then you run to the bathroom to empty. All day today, I would insert the cup, it wouldn't leak, but within an hour or two, I can feel it coming down to the opening of my vag. I would go to the bathroom, it would have a little blood collected (maybe just halfway if that). Why is it coming down so fast? Is this less of a heaviness-of-the-cup issue and more of a poor insertion/seal issue? My cervix is very low during my period. I can feel it immediately when I insert a finger. I don't know how much higher I can possibly insert it at this point. Right now, what's working best it inserting it halfway, letting it open up, then pushing it in more until it feels placed better, rotating it a couple times. Maybe this method it causing it to drop down? ***Also, I should mention that I HAD to turn the Divacup inside out. Even after trimming off the entire stem, it was WAY too uncomfortable that way. Now that it's inside out, I am feeling MUCH less irritation and chafing.

-Cramping. I am constantly feeling crampy. I don't usually get too bad cramps when I have my period, so that's why I'm guessing it's the placement of the cup. It has not been fun, these cramps.

Again, I know this learning curve is something we all must go through, I know I will get the hang of it, but I'm hoping you will all be able to help me get there faster! Thanks!
m03m on November 20th, 2013 01:26 pm (UTC)
To be honest, it sounds like the Divacup could be too long for you. Pretty much all your problems seem to point in that direction.
ionracasionracas on November 20th, 2013 07:41 pm (UTC)
I've never experienced that 'feel it get full' feeling, nor have I read about it actually. I agree it could be too long.

The cramping is normal, it usually goes away after a few cycles.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on November 20th, 2013 08:28 pm (UTC)
You said it yourself. "My cervix is very low during my period." And the Diva is one of the longest-bodied cups.

Despite what the illustration shows, there is NOT a cup-length or more between the rim and your cervix. For most cup users, a cup will settle (O) around the cervix and the height of the base of the cup will be relative to the length of the vagina (height of the cervix) and the length of the cup.

The good news is that you have already found and taken the advice to flip your Diva inside out to shorten it. It is perfectly OK to wear it that way if it works well for you. Or you can go to the Community FAQ and check out the many size/capacity charts to figure out if another brand of cup would fit/suit you better.
angelbeeds on November 21st, 2013 03:29 am (UTC)
I had the same problem, One Size Does NOT fit all...
The diva cup was just to long for me. I am 43 and have 4 kids 1 vaginal birth and 3 C-sections. I should use a size 2 according to all the cup information because of having children and because of my older age. I tried diva cup size 2 for 1 period and it worked great, but was just so uncomfortable. I also tried Lunette size 2 because it was shorter. I was a bit more comfortable but not great. Then I tried the Lunette size 1 and it is SO MUCH BETTER! I still have to cut off the whole stem or it sticks out, but it is a much better fit for me. ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL! I am tall 5'8 127 lbs. I also work out all the time and on the lunette site it says if you are active in sports like Yoga or Pilates go for the size 1. Having 4 kids, I never even looked into the smaller size. SO GLAD I DID! Thankfully I purchased my cups through Walgreens.com and I was able to return the Diva Cup and the Lunette that did not fit. Even with the stems cut they took them back right at the store, no questions asked.
crunchigranolacrunchigranola on November 21st, 2013 05:46 am (UTC)
Thank you for all the support and advice ladies! As of now, the inside-out Diva seems to be working alright. The only thing I'm dealing with now is limited capacity. I have the size 2 since I have had one vaginal birth. Inside out, I'm guessing, takes away how much it can hold. I'm on the heaviest day and spent every 2 hours at work running to the bathroom to empty. I leaked twice because it had simply overflowed. I'm guessing my cervix might possibly be causing this and taking up space in the cup. I'm happy that I'm getting the hang of it but it's been a little stressful estimating how quickly it will fill up.

I was looking into the Meluna Medium. Seems short, yet wide. Might be a good fit for a short cervix and heavy flow. Any other recommendations?

P.S. on a side note, dropped my cup in the public toilet while emptying today. Almost cried but ended up laughing instead. This cup learning curve has been interesting to say the least. Threw some TP in my undies, waddled out to the sink, scrubbed in hot water and soap, and put it right back in. Sanitized really well when I got home though...oye!
teacupcake89 on November 21st, 2013 08:24 am (UTC)
I would avoid the meluna medium (or any meluna) because their sizes get longer as they get wider and have more capacity, which isn't what you need. The 'medium' is more like a 'small' size and capacity wise compared to other brands, it holds about 5mls less than your Diva.

edit: if you meant the 'mini' medium meluna, it holds about less than the regular medium meluna or you diva because of its shape.

looking here: http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ I'd say something like the Large Fleurcup or Large Si-bell or large Sckooncup.

Edited at 2013-11-21 08:26 am (UTC)
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on November 22nd, 2013 01:53 am (UTC)
I second a large Fleurcup. It's a good Mommy sized cup with a high capacity.
mimimamimima on November 21st, 2013 10:19 pm (UTC)
While your other questions have been answered, I think, I would like to mention that hydrogen peroxide will often take blood stains out of cloth.