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25 July 2014 @ 03:01 pm
So I posted the post "technical difficulties" my last period. This is my second period using my diva cup and I'm having some troubles again.
Some background, INSERTING THE CUP IS FINe! I never have troubles inserting. When I insert it fully, I run my finger around the outside of the cup in a circle twice to make sure it is fully opened. Last month I had spillage issues, so it was mentioned that I may have a short cervix. Therefore; I tried to turn it inside out to shorten the cup slightly. Although it has never been uncomfortable and it seems like it sits pretty far up there.

Anyways, so I am an acrobat. I spent various hours doing handstands as it is my major. So this period, I went to train with the cup in properly and I did a few handstands and it was all going swell. Then I went to hold my longest handstand and as soon as I came down it literally felt like all of the contents went and emptied into my pants. I RAN like HELL. To the bathroom and sure enough that is exactly what happened. I got all the cleaned up, reinserted and went back out. I didn't freak out because It seemed like it was pretty full. So I went home emptied before bed and through the night I was awoken again by the same thing! And it happened again after that. I reinserted before my training which is only 3 hours and halfway through, at the same point it happened AGAIN!

Maybe it is filling up too much, but is that what happens? It's full and then "oops, let me just empty the ENTIRE CUPS CONTENTS INTO YOUR PANTS." Then again, my period is really not THAT heavy. When I used tampons I would only use a super on day two so that it would last longer. I know for sure I have the seal right, when I go to take it out I always have to press in to release the seal and I always hear like a gasp of air proving to me, indeed that there was a seal.

Anyways, I'm freaking out. I don't know what is happening, I really don't want to go back to tampons. I am hoping that my cervix is too short and I need a different brand,

Feedback would be EXTREMELY appreciated!
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on July 25th, 2014 08:51 pm (UTC)
Compare your Diva to the other brands at the size charts at http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ or any of the other charts at the Community FAQ so see what you think might fit you and suit you better for your heavy acrobatic days. Something shorter and wider? Then use photos to see if you think you'd prefer one that's pointy or blunt? One with a thick flared rim? Also follow the links to a squishiness chart to see how those compare in terms of stiffness.
elisamba on July 26th, 2014 07:25 am (UTC)
I would guess you need a cup with a pronounced rim to keep from collapsing, crushed by your acrobatic muscles. Probably the Keeper or Femmecup would be great, particularly if you decide your cervix is lower and you have a light flow. Or simply a firmer cup like a classic Yuuki, if you think you do need the length.

If the Diva sits far up, it's probably not too long, so you want to bear that in mind. Also, if you have clotty flow, the small holes can get clogged and cause leaks that way. Though I would hazard a guess not the full on dumping you describe. Hence my first hunch that the cup got crushed.
mariesa1 on July 26th, 2014 10:57 am (UTC)
Oh, that makes a lot of sense!! Thank you, I will definitely try one of those cups!
mshanai on July 26th, 2014 10:05 pm (UTC)
I got two Yuukis for $25 on Amazon just a couple of weeks ago--they were selling the firm/classic and the new soft one as a package. The soft one is very much like a Diva, except the holes are pointed at an angle instead of perpendicular to the axis of the cup. The hard one is super hard--I don't think there's a way for it to collapse and cause a leak while tumbling about. So I think it would be worth trying.
mariesa1 on July 26th, 2014 10:40 pm (UTC)
Oh fantastic!!! Thank you
bklynmom on July 27th, 2014 02:03 am (UTC)
This sounds like the leaking I sometimes have after a restless night of sleep. I think changing position allows the blood to pool outside the cup and when you come upright it all rushes down around the sides of the cup.I use a wider cup (fleurcup works for me) and it seems to fill more of the available space in my vagina and I don't leak as much. Fleur is also good for a dangly or low cervix and pretty cheap on line so you might give it a try.

Another possibility might be femmycycle. Anything that gets in will stay in. I found it made me cramp so I dont use it much, but it really is spill proof like they say.

Also, could you be having an unusually heavy period? Filling a diva cup 2 times at night would be consistent with a heavier period than you're describing. If so, then it might be overflow and only a larger cup will buy you more time. If this is the case, I wouldn't think femmecup or keeper would be good for you. Or maybe I misunderstood the nighttime leaking...
mariesa1 on July 27th, 2014 02:34 pm (UTC)
Why would moving around make it leak? If it does, wouldn't a stiffer cup do the trick? And what would you say would classify as a dangly cervix? I've been trying to see how Much longer it may have to be to be classified as dangly, but I see no info anywhere! Hahah

And yes, it's been quite unusual. My period actually isn't normally that heavy, which leads me to believe that either I have a dangly cervix, the cup is folding inside? Or that maybe this was a strange occasion.
bklynmom on July 27th, 2014 07:52 pm (UTC)
I'm not entirely sure, bu I think at night that my position lengthens my vaginal canal and it returns to normal when I get up so the blood collects "above" the cup and then pours out.

Dangly means that it extends into the vagina and takes up space in the cup. Mine does that with my diva, making it overflow when it's only partially filled. I'm not sure it's happening to you but it's one possibility for the nighttime leakage. Probably not the problem when you're doing a headstand. And, I don't think your cervix has to be a particular length to be dangly. Mine is around an inch long when it's down low. But I don't think it has to be to take up space in a cup.

As for the flow, is your cup empty when you leak? Or full? In your post you said it was pretty full, so I thought you might be bleeding more than usual. If the cup is empty, then it's more likely to be placement or shifting that caused blood to miss your cup.
mariesa1 on July 27th, 2014 07:58 pm (UTC)
The night leaks were unusual, but all the rest of the times that I leaked it was immediately coming out of a long handstand. Like as soon as I stand right side up its as if all the contents just spill over. For example, I wore the cup yesterday and had no issue. I wore it for 10 hours and it was maybe a quarter full when I took it out (which leads me to believe my period isn't heavy). And today when I went to train, it leaked as soon as I came out again. Was definitely not full because when I went to the bathroom there was considerably less leakage and when I took it out it was way less than a quarter. I'm starting to believe that my vaginal muscles are tightening a lot during the handstand and causing the cup to fold in when I stand back up.

I put it back in after training and I'm having no leakage issues.
mshanai on July 27th, 2014 08:31 pm (UTC)
You know, the one thing that might account for the shifting of the cup to a point where it leaks might be the increase in intraabdominal pressure when you come out of a headstand (or when you go up). I would just suggest emptying and reinserting the cup right before you start your tumbling activities--I do heavy barbell squats and deadlifts (massive intraabdominal pressure there) while wearing the cup, and I've never had a leak. Although I do empty it right before I go to the gym--just as a precaution, because I get leaks with the Diva even when I am not doing anything physical.
mariesa1 on July 27th, 2014 08:41 pm (UTC)
But that is exactly what I do! Right before I go, I empty it. And it's not every time, it's only when I hold my longest handstand and as soon as come out that's when it leaks.
mshanai on July 27th, 2014 10:44 pm (UTC)
Ah! In that case, it is possible that you inserted it badly and it either didn't open or you missed your cervix or something. Then you would not have discovered the leak until you came down and gravity+abdominal contraction helped the blood come out. Maybe try getting it in 1-2 hours ahead of time, which will give you enough time to ascertain that it's in there securely?
mariesa1 on July 27th, 2014 10:47 pm (UTC)
I can assure you 110% it is in properly! I move my fingers around the cup in a circle multiple times to make sure it's open and it always is! It doesn't make any sense because I literally feel the rush of blood come out as soon as I come down from that handstand. It's nothing that I could miss lol trust me ! Haha
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on August 1st, 2014 04:10 pm (UTC)
FYI if you are in the market for something firmer, someone on mc-sales is selling a Keeper: http://mc-sales.livejournal.com/202479.html