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I started out with the small OrganiCup and tried for 2 periods with very little success and much frustration (never unfolded, difficult to grasp, turned upside down, etc.), and then bought the small Divacup, which seems to fit me well. I have much more success with the Divacup, both last month and now, but I still have some questions. Please help me beat the learning curve, I am so close! ;-) (please answer the questions you feel like)

1. A few times I have succeded getting the cup inside with no pain and easy pop open and make a vacuum. But for the next hours, there's a little bit pink on the toiletpaper (after peeing) and sometimes a single drop in the pad. I guess it is the remaining blood below the cup, that has to come out, but what do you do? Should I wash myself with water after inserting the cup?

2. Yesterday it was easy to insert the cup (no pain) and it unfolded easily when I pushed the vagina wall with a finger. The cup seemed to be in the right position, but it leaked all day (maybe 10% of the blood). It was very easy to remove (too easy), so I guess the problem was, that it never made a vacuum? What should I do to create a vacuum, if it doesnt come by itself?

3. Sometimes it is very hard for me to insert the cup, because I can't relax the muscles and make the opening bigger. Then it hurts a lot when I try, and it gets even smaller. Sometimes it helps to turn myself a little bit on, and I can easier slide the cup in, without hurting myself. But what about the fluids? I mean, I guess they come from the vagina wall, meaning it will go in the cup too? Is that a problem?

4. I use the C-fold, because I like that I can feel the bottom with a finger around the stem and if the bottom feels round, the cup must have unfolded. With the punchdown fold, I find it difficult to make sure if the cup has opened. Are there any other folds you would recommend, where I can easier get the cup in, but still get it to pop open easily and be able to feel if it has unfolded? When the cup is inserted, I can usually only let 1 finger inside and it is very difficult for me to reach all the way to the rim to make sure it is unfolded (I can't check all the way around the rim).

5. It is afternoon now and I finally got the cup in and I think it is in the perfect position with a nice vacuum. (I didn't have the time and energy to fight with the cup this morning). Now I find it very tempting to let the cup stay inside until tomorrow morning (16 hours), since I am having a very light flow today (almost finished). Yesterday I had a heavier flow, but the cup wasn't even halfway filled after 13 hours. So I know that I won't fill the cup overnight, but are there any other things to consider when leaving the cup in for more than the recommended 12 hours?

Thank you very much for your answers, I look forward to reading them and learning more! (you don't have to answer every question, just write what you feel like). I really hope that I will soon be able to do without the pads :-D
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on June 26th, 2014 03:52 pm (UTC)
Head over to the Community FAQ. Read the Virgin's Guide to Cups, read the one about Myths, look at some of the folding pictures and also read the one about Common Questions, including the link to "Suction, Suction, Suction" because there should not be a vacuum. And that explains why.
Kathlynekathlyne on June 26th, 2014 04:53 pm (UTC)
About residual slobber and spotting when you pee: One thing I make sure to do is make sure the OUTSIDE of the cup is dry when I insert it. I think having water on the outside of the cup makes residual slobber more liquid and it comes out. Also, I tend to wipe A LOT (on the insides) after insertion (superwiping). If I am inserting the cup in the shower I try to rinse before I insert the (dry) cup. As for the leaking when peeing--I've never gotten a clear answer on that. I'll grant you that it is annoying. Sometimes I empty the cup when I see blood after peeing, and sometimes I don't. I wish someone would explain why peeing = leakage so many times!

As for leaving the cup in longer than 12 hours...that's totally up to you. If your flow is light...than I'd go for it. The only potential problem I can see is that the tiny holes on the Diva may become clogged and lead to leakage--even if the cup isn't full.

As for cup insertion--pull your panties down to your ankles that way you can splay your knees. I didn't realize how important that was until I was wearing tall boots and couldn't do it! Breathe and relax your face, your jaw. It will get easier with practice.

I hope something in this long response helps. Best of luck.
Jilajilavsthestate on June 26th, 2014 06:17 pm (UTC)
try the 7 fold. its smaller than the c fold and you can feel if it didnt pop open from the base.