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paleoista
24 November 2013 @ 10:12 am
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.
 
justice_02justice_02 on November 25th, 2013 04:24 am (UTC)
You're probably doing all this, but here are some things that work for me. Always aim downward and back when putting in the cup, never straight up. I sometimes let the cup pop open when it's only partially inside of me. I also rotate the cup at least half-way around. I always make sure I have a good seal, otherwise, the cup will leak without fail. To ensure it's sealed I gently squeeze the bottom of the cup or the middle and barely tug on the bottom of the cup to see it's in there securely. I should feel some resistance. Sometimes I push it up a little bit and then pull it back down again. I also do not insert too high. One method suggests pushing down with your vaginal muscles at the same time as you're squeezing the base of the cup. This pushes all the air out of the cup. Mine sits at the opening of my vagina. Of course, my cervix is pretty low as well since I've had two children. After only one child, it would often migrate up higher. My cervix was higher then. The cup will go where it wants on its own depending upon the height of your cervix. Another reason for leakage when the cup is only partially full is a dangly cervix. The cervix will take up space in the cup even though it's not full. A bell-shaped cup like the large Si-bell really helps with this. You mentioned perhaps needing a size two based on your age even though you've never had children. The Diva cup website does say that over 30, even without having had children, needs a size 2. It's highly variable though. Some young teenagers use a size two and some mothers of several children are fine with a size 1. I would say that if you continue having these problems with leakage, even after trying all the tips and suggestions, it is possible that you need a larger cup. I tried my daughter's size 1 Lunette the other day. It leaked like crazy! Definitely too small for me. I've been using cups since 2003 so I would consider myself very experienced. My first cup ever was a size 2 Diva cup. The cups that work best for me are a size 2 Diva cup, a large Si-Bell, a Shecup, and most recently, a Natural Mamma. The Diva cup and Si-bell are the same diameter. 46mm I believe. The Natural Mamma and Shecup are both 44mm in diameter. Feel free to ask me any questions! I've tried just about every cup out there!
paleoistapaleoista on November 25th, 2013 04:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for your response and all of the great info. I've checked that the cup is definitely in there securely. I've felt all around the outsides edges of it w/my finger and it's fully open as well. I also let the cup open up when it's just partially inside me, as that's the only way that I can rotate it. Once it's fully in, it feels pretty well suctioned. I'm making sure to insert horizontally and I do some kegels afterward to help it situate itself.
LOL @ "dangly cervix". I guess that would explain why I start off w/no spotting whatsoever and then suddenly I'm leaking like crazy.
I spent a lot of time yesterday reading up on comparisons and looking at size charts, etc. There was one post that mentioned that the Lady Cup is smooth and therefore less prone to moving around once it's in place. I was looking at the size 2, which is the same diameter as the Diva Cup 2.

Well, I've got until my next cycle to research and make a decision, and I'll be checking out where my cervix is situated in the meantime. I'll check out the other cups you mentioned and will definitely let you know if I have any questions! :)