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21 June 2014 @ 06:21 pm
So I am an 18 year old virgin. I am very comfortable with my vagina, and I decided to switch from tampons to cups! I bought a divacup size 1. I was and still am super excited to use them. I started using them this first cycle and the first day was great! Not much difficulty putting in the cup and not bad to take out. I only changed it in the morning and at night, no leaks, no nothing! Was comfortable (except the stem that I cut off the second time inserting)

Day two was not so rosy... I stupidly decided to go out with the cup in and not prepared for leaks. Sure enough I leaked after four hours? So that was a catastrophe in the public restroom. Needless to say I went home freaked out and put in a tampon for day two. I used tampons for the rest of the night because my vagina was very irritated (I don't know why the cup would cause this?)

Day three I put in the cup, no issues inserting. And I leaked after like 2 hours?! It wasn't even full?! It was like not even a quarter full. I am very distraught, since I seem to be doing every thing right! I put it in with no issues, I try to turn it as much as I can. If I can't turn it 360 then I reach in with one finger to basically circle around the whole cup to make sure that it's fully open. Which it was. The leakage was not leftover blood in the vagina from before. And when I took it out I even heard the seal break?!

I want to know what I am doing wrong? I'm very in tune with my vaginal health and I really do not want to switch back to tampons as they gave me infections. Pads are not even remotely an option for me lol. And I really do not want to pay another $40 for a different cup!!!

Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on June 22nd, 2014 03:20 am (UTC)
The Diva is one of the longest brands of cups and those might have been low-cervix days for you. Try flipping the Diva inside out to shorten it on those days and see if it fits you better. It's perfectly OK to wear it that way if it does.

On your day two disaster, was your Diva full? If so, now you know how long it will last on a heavy flow day.

On day three, you MIGHT have had a "dangly" cervix day. It's exactly what it sounds like... your cervix dangles into your cup and takes up room where flow should go. If it continues to do that, you might want to consider a wider, higher capacity cup for your heavy/dangly days in the future.

But in the mean time, get through the dreaded learning curve with the cup that you already have. It takes a couple of cycles to figure out the art and science behind them. And once you do, you will have a better idea of what you might want in a second cup -- if you want another at all. (You might not...)
elisamba on June 22nd, 2014 06:52 am (UTC)
Good to hear you got off to a good start. These are just "teething troubles" (there's even a tag called that, if you want to read some of it).

I agree with everything PP said and wanted to add a couple ideas.

Re day 1: if this is a day of heavy flow for you, then now you know you have to change about every three hours on heavy flow days.

If it isn't a heavy flow day usually, then the holes may have been clogged, particularly if your flow is clotty. You can enlarge the holes.

Re day two: are you sure the cup was completely on your cervix? The cup can "seal" to a vaginal wall and flow can bypass it.
bklynmom on June 22nd, 2014 10:03 pm (UTC)
I just wanted to add that you're probably sore from the unaccustomed poking around, not the cup per se. All of this sounds about par for the first cycle. You should keep working with it and use back up.. It helps with piece of mind as you're learning.
mariesa1 on June 23rd, 2014 01:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the feedback! I will definitely read some more forums and keep trying!