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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.
 
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on November 25th, 2013 01:15 pm (UTC)
it definitely sounds like your cup is too long. and your cervix sits in it, taking up some space. (i have a low cervix and i can't fill any cup by more than 1/3 or so)

so your best bet is something like the large fleurcup: wide, short (yes, that's considered short), with a rounded base and high capacity (the large lunette has exactly the same width and length, but holds less due to the shape). note that this is just a suggestion. look at other similar cups too.

or maybe it's just the holes indeed. eliminate this factor before getting a new cup.
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on November 25th, 2013 01:16 pm (UTC)
btw when you reply, click "answer" below the specific comment so that they get a notification. when you want to post a general update for everyone, it's best to click edit at the bottom of your original post and add smth like "edit: ..." to the main text.
paleoistapaleoista on November 25th, 2013 04:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks for this! Obviously this is my first experience using LJ and I appreciate the help. :)
paleoistapaleoista on November 25th, 2013 04:08 pm (UTC)
That my cervix is taking up some space in the cup makes sense as to why I've been experiencing leaking. But I figured that if my cervix was low, wouldn't the long Diva Cup stick out some? It fits in just fine, and I don't feel the ribbed stem rubbing me at all. Then again, maybe it doesn't stick out because part of my cervix IS in the cup, huh? ;)

Thanks for your suggestion of the Flerucup.I'll take a look at that one as well as some others. I do like that it has high capacity. During my heaviest flow, I easily would've filled the cup to 3/4 oz. in about 6 hours if most of it hadn't ended up leaking out (and if the cup actually held that much!).
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on November 25th, 2013 05:54 pm (UTC)
a cup can be too long without sticking out. my mum normally has a high cervix and uses a large green donna, but at the end of her period she doesn't use her cup because the cervix moves higher. it doesn't stick out but it just doesn't feel right, and if those days weren't so light it would probably leak as well.
and yes, a narrower cup would perhaps stick out.

one important thing to understand is that just because the diva is popular and easy to get, doesn't mean it's an "average" cup for an "average" vagina. for every satisfied diva user, there's probably two who aren't 100% satisfied for various reasons (though many are probably 80% satisfied and just think they gotta deal with it, and some folks assume that cups are not for them). quality concerns aside, there are no good and bad cups, so i'm not saying diva is bad. but it's quite peculiar for a mainstream brand.