paleoista (paleoista) wrote in menstrual_cups,
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Diva Cup frustration

Hi all. There is a great wealth of information here, which I could very easily spend days sifting through! I've started going through the FAQs to try and find the answers to my questions, but all I've managed to end up with are more questions!

I'm 34, no kids. I ordered the Diva Cup 1. At the time, I just saw that 1 was for women who hadn't had children, and 2 was for women who had. I guess I was a bit quick to pull the trigger. I got it yesterday, and my period had just started the day before, so I was anxious to try it out. I inserted it following the package directions, and it seemed like it was pretty simple and I couldn't feel it, which I took to be a good sign. But I was spotting like crazy. I did some reading here and gave it another shot. There was some blood in the cup, so it wasn't completely out of line. After reinserting it, I wore a pantyliner for awhile, and had absolutely no spotting, so I figured all was good.

I went to sleep and woke up about 6 hours later feeling like I was about to leak all over if I didn't get to the bathroom ASAP. As it was, I ended up looking slightly like a murder victim by the time I made it the short distance down the hall! The cup had about 1/2 ounce of blood in it, so definitely not full. There was probably about the same amount which had leaked out. I was half asleep and didn't feel like fumbling with the cup again, just to wake up with the same issue in a few hours, so I just put a tampon in.

My first thought was, "Should I have gotten the Diva Cup 2 instead?". The cup feels good when it's in. It feels snug. The stem doesn't stick out, but I can easily find it with a finger stuck in just a little way. I am seeing a lot of posts about how the cervix sits, and how the cup should line up. I thought I knew my body pretty well, but I'm really not sure how to figure out how my cervix is situated, and where the cup is in relation to it. I know what my cervix feels like, but I don't feel that I have all that much control as to where the cup ends up lining up. I really want to love the cup and get away from tampons for good, but I didn't think there would be such a learning curve! I'm going to give it another go again today. Maybe it was just my sleeping position that caused the leakage, but I somehow doubt it, as I've seen lots of mentions of cups leaking when they're not full, but I still haven't been able to piece together why that happens.

Do I just have the wrong cup?

Help!

I'm sorry I haven't had time to read all of the FAQs and sift through all of the archives before posting. I definitely will continue reading through everything when I have more time.
Tags: cervix position, divacup, leakage & spotting
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