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My sister bought me a diva cup (size 1) a while ago, and I’ve had a few false starts with it. Last summer I wore it once for most of a day without any problems, but when I went to remove it I kind of just pulled hard, rather than breaking the suction first, and I ended up flinging the contents all over my bathroom >.< Discouraged, I put it away for a while, but I’m getting back to it now.

I realized yesterday that the punch down fold I’d been trying to use wasn’t working for me (small tip to insert, then I’d get to the corner of the triangle and it would hurt like hell), but when I tried a U fold it went much easier, as long as I could hold it closed until it was in far enough. Now that I know I can insert it without any pain, I’m excited to try it out for real this cycle. Thank you to everyone who’s posted information here, it’s been really helpful to me! I didn’t select this particular cup myself, but I think I have a pretty high cervix (I’ve never been able to reach the thing) and the diameter of this one feels ok, so I hope the diva cup will work for me.

I was wondering, how do you guys handle it when you have to empty it in public bathrooms, any tips? I have a pretty light flow, so if I really can wear the thing for 10 or 12 hours, maybe I can avoid dealing with it when I’m not at home. If it seems comfortable, is there a downside to trying to wear it that long? And one last thing, I’ve been cleaning it with my normal body wash, which is scented, because I know I don't get irritation from it (obviously I rinse the cup thoroughly.) Is this ok, or should I consider some different soap? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
bekareebekaree on April 19th, 2014 01:52 am (UTC)
Hey, there! I've just started using a diva cup myself. As far as I can tell, there's no downside to leaving it in for 12 hours. I've done it no problem. TMI alert- sometimes it migrates down if you have a BM, so that's the only reason I can think of to reinsert it in public. But if you have to, there's no problem with just taking it out, emptying it, wiping it with some tp, and reinserting it. Remember to wash your hands before you go in, and just wipe any mess off your hands with tp before you leave the stall. :)
bekareebekaree on April 19th, 2014 01:53 am (UTC)
Also, maybe you should think about an unscented soap, to avoid any oils that could damage the silicone.
Luceafaraluceafara on April 19th, 2014 02:42 am (UTC)
I always wear mine for 24 hours straight, and have never had any issues. If your flow is light, you may never need to empty it out in a public restroom.

Ditto to the scented soap.

Edited at 2014-04-19 02:49 am (UTC)
xquizite_insomxquizite_insom on April 19th, 2014 03:43 am (UTC)
With a light flow and an appropriate cup, you can probably ride out the maximum time limit to avoid it. In a public restroom, as I wash my hands prior to the toilet, I snag a few extra hand towels and use those to wipe out the cup and reinsert. If I can, I prefer to bring a cup or bottle of water to rinse cup in. You can also purchase cleansing wipes (Ladycup and Lunette make them specifically for cups). I will on occasion use the wipe but I find it more time consuming as you have to allow the cup to dry.
trejoytrejoy on April 19th, 2014 06:09 am (UTC)
If your flow doesn't demand emptying, I wouldn't bother in a public restroom. But you have to find your own rhythm! The tip on taking a water bottle or wipes is good.

Early on in my cup life, I was so nervous it would overflow I removed the cup every time I used the toilet. (This was an exhausting practice and frustrating too since I wasn't proficient at cup placement then!) Now, on heavy days I'll empty and insert before I leave home and get maybe 4-6 hours out of it. On light days, I go 12-14 hours.

Cleaning-wise, I mostly use vinegar or peroxide or alcohol and hot water, very rarely soap.
elisamba on April 19th, 2014 07:24 am (UTC)
At work I used the wheelchair bathroom with its own sink and dispenser soap (just rinsed well). My personal preference was also to take a second cup and avoid having to reinsert the same one, it helps allay any panic about "what if I drop my cup".

But if your flow is light, it doesn't sound like you'll need to do that. You can wear a back-up pad and test out the full 12 hours to see if you can go that long.
titaniumtrinitytitaniumtrinity on April 19th, 2014 04:56 pm (UTC)
Ok, I'll see if this works for me. If not, I know of a few one-person bathrooms I could use. Thanks for your responses!