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07 December 2013 @ 03:19 pm
I just got a Diva cup because I love the idea of it being reusable and hate hate hate cotton pads and tampons. I've read a lot about it (folding, trying it out before period, etc etc) but I wanna know if there's anything specific I should know before my first time trying it out. It'll also be my first period in 3 months since I've been skipping it with birth control (because ew pads and tampons). Is there anything I should know?
Also, I am very prone to yeast infections. Should I take special measures with the cup?
I got the size 1 since I'm 19, not a virgin but never been pregnant.

Also, I sometimes see menstrual cup horror stories. Should I worry?

(also, stupid question, but can it fall off when I poop?)

EDIT: For some reason when I add tags they don't show up once I save the post, I'm not sure why, I'm so so sorry :(
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on December 7th, 2013 09:54 pm (UTC)
Don't worry about the tags :) As for pooping, it's worn internally so it won't really fall off, but sometimes I do find it sort of pushes out a little bit. Usually you can just shove it back in though. As for the Diva, the main thing is that it's very stiff, one of the stiffest cups available. Honestly, most people can use most cups, but you might find you want something a little bit softer over time.
Sara Almagesto on December 7th, 2013 10:01 pm (UTC)
Just gave it a shot and I actually found it comfortably stiff... I felt like something softer might have too much give for me to be comfortable. It is a bit smaller than I expected so I hope it will be big enough for my flow!
I have a question though, how far up is it supposed to sit? I found that I had the stem just barely inside my vagina - not sticking out but exactly there. It doesn't bother me and I know the diva has a pretty long stem but I want to make sure I'm doing it right haha.
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on December 7th, 2013 10:04 pm (UTC)
Yes, that sounds about right. If you find the stem uncomfortable you can trim it or cut it off entirely, you don't really need it. As for the size, the Diva's one of the biggest capacity (there's a size chart somewhere if you're interested in comparison, I can't find it.) I think you'll be surprised how much it holds actually!
elisamba on December 7th, 2013 10:09 pm (UTC)
Don't worry about the horror stories. You can do a lot to avoid them becoming your own if you read a lot on this forum before using it. Ex for leaks and removal drama, particularly make sure you know how to find your cervix and judge where your cup should sit around/under it, and how to cancel the suction to remove your cup. Lots of posts on both those beginner's issues, and any other topics you might be worried about. :)
Procrastinator Extraordinaire: Gargoyle Eyenightmer on December 7th, 2013 10:47 pm (UTC)
I get chronic yeast infections and haven't noticed an increase since I switched to cup use (I've had a decrease during that time due to figuring out what treatments work for me, but the cup seemed neither positive nor negative). I always wash it extra-well between cycles just in case. Beware of soap residue as that's something that could cause an infection if its not rinsed off enough (however, I use dish soap on mine and have had zero issues). I also soak it in hydrogen peroxide for a bit daily while I bathe since it's good for general cleaning, vagina-safe, and also tough on yeast. The only other thing I can think of is that it may be uncomfortable to use a cup if your period starts while you have a YI, so don't toss the pads completely.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on December 8th, 2013 03:02 am (UTC)
Yeasties? How's your diet? Craving and eating more breads and sweets before/during your period? That might be the cause. Google anti-candida diet for more info. Also... many soaps contain ingredients that make yeast infections bloom. Rinse your cup and your hands well if you use soap on them and also keep soap away from your vaginal opening while bathing.

No, the Diva is not one of the stiffest cups. It rates about a 4 out of 10, 10 being stiffest. However, it is one of the LONGEST cups. There are size and capacity charts at http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ and at the Community FAQ.

Despite what the instructions say and illustrations show, the rim of ANY cup will usually settle (O) around the cervix. The height of the bottom of the cup will be relative to the length of the cup and the length of the vagina. The base of a well fitting cup should sit comfortably above the pelvic floor (PC) muscles. They're the muscles at the base of your vaginal cavity that make you "tight" if/when you clench them. If the cup is too long, it will shift, leak or feel like it's trying to escape. If the cup is too short, it will be hard to reach for removal. The good thing about a Diva is that if it's too long for you, it can be shortened by flipping it inside out.

You will probably read a lot about boiling your cup and using assorted chemicals on it. I am one of the many who "never" boils my cups. I wash it before using it the first time, rinse it between insertions if I can and then wash it with plain old soap and water (rinse well) before I put it away. "As clean as cutlery." And I give it an over night soak in some hydrogen peroxide about once a year to remove dingy-ness.
periodwise on December 8th, 2013 05:37 pm (UTC)
Be patient - learning to use a menstrual cup can take several cycles.
nemesis27nemesis27 on December 10th, 2013 08:07 am (UTC)
don´t worry, there are nothing specific you should know, you will learn all that you need with your cup use, your own experience is the best you can have.

You can take a look to my blog, I write my own experience and opinion about several cups.