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ilssm
22 April 2014 @ 06:44 pm
Hello everyone,

I had posted before about trying to decide on a new cup, having previously tried a Lady Cup with quite literally zero success. I had found the idea of a Diva Cup intimidating because.. well, it is a larger looking cup with a rather pronounced rim. I had been told the cup was fairly firm too, which scared me off so I never gave it a shot. I had been eyeing the Si-Bell as it is a softer cup.

The really funny thing is, having given in and bought a Diva Cup as I really didn't want to face another period with disposable products, two things about this cup really surprised me. Number one... this cup is MUCH softer than the Lady Cup was! And number two, the rims of both cups when compared are nearly the same size anyway. Like, there is a TINY bit more width to the Diva than the Lady, but not enough at all to matter.

I've used the Diva for 2 days now, with no discomfort, no leaks, no real problems with inserting or removing... all issues I had with the Lady Cup... and I have to say I find it amazing! Added bonus is I didn't have to pay shipping or wait because I could just pick a Diva up around the corner. I am so happy! With the Lady Cup, I was leaking when the cup wasn't even close to full, I had a horrible time trying to get it out any time it was in, and I found it really uncomfortable to wear. Also, it seemed to "pop" open too hard and hurt me that way. NONE of these issues with Diva! I can't believe it. *shakes her head*

I guess I'm just posting this to admit I was wrong about Diva Cup and to advise any new users/shoppers to NOT judge a "book" by it's "cover"! I wish I had saved myself the time and cash and started with Diva. I might still get a Si-Bell for crampy days, but I sure learned my lesson for judging the Diva.
 
bekareebekaree on April 23rd, 2014 12:54 am (UTC)
I love mine, too! Glad you found a cup that works for you!
ilssmilssm on April 23rd, 2014 01:55 am (UTC)
The ONLY issue I've had is sometimes I'll get it to pop open and then I'll bend over or be walking and it will collapse or close on me. I had it once yesterday, reinserted and was fine, but I'm having more problems tonight. It's done it a few times so I'm taking a break for now.

Have you had this happen? Any pointers? I don't want to go back to disposables to sleep :( lol
90subaru on April 23rd, 2014 03:55 pm (UTC)
It sounds like you may be one of those people who have issues with air displacement. Think about holding a solo cup over the palm if your hand and squeezing it.. The air "burps" out around the rim as the cup collapses, breaking the seal.. Some people have to burp their cup by squeezing the bottom. If you can feel around the rim you can make sure that it isn't collapsed as well.
titaniumtrinitytitaniumtrinity on April 23rd, 2014 07:43 pm (UTC)
Would that issue be helped at all by widening the air holes?
elisamba on April 25th, 2014 05:41 am (UTC)
Yeah, it could be - better intake to unfold the cup, then more gradual air release as the cup fills.
ilssmilssm on April 26th, 2014 02:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the information, I hadn't actually heard of the "air displacement" issue yet. I noticed if I pull the cup down a little, then wiggle it back up usually that helps.

This is only my first cycle that I've relied on menstrual cups for the whole thing, so the whole thing is still a bit finicky to me but I'm getting there.

I will prevail! Hahaha.