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26 August 2014 @ 06:09 pm
Hi everyone! I'm so happy to have found this forum and am really helping someone can help me out with a so far unanswerable question. I have stalked many blogs and forums to try and find answers, and have tried MANY suggestions so far, but nothing has really worked yet. As a bit of background - I am a mother of two, and recent menstrual cup convert. I purchased the Diva Cup in a size 2, and was SO excited to try it out.

The first few tries went as they do for most, I think. I wasn't sure if it was opening, couldn't exactly figure out where it should be, and felt it was always slightly off to the side when I went to take it out. I experienced a decent amount of leaking, and when I'd take the cup out could see it was down one of the sides, clearly not a proper seal. Finally after many tries I felt like I had a better idea of where my cervix is located (waaaaay far off to one side it seems like!), and it seemed as if I could consistently get it in and fully opened. (Punch down fold, feel around for it to open up fully and then a little kegel to finish putting it in place). And while it seemed it always settled rather high compared to what I would maybe have thought, at least it was seeming like it was where it should be relative to the descriptions I've read. The problem I've been encountering is that I can't seem to get a consistent result! Sometimes I can go for hours with no issue, sometimes only a few minutes, and then most frustratingly of all, sometimes I will go 4-6 hours with no problems, then suddenly have a small leak, and then be fine again! This isn't too annoying as long as I have a pad in for backup, but I'd really love to be able to not have to rely on backup, especially after only a few hours. In all of these situations the cup has never been filled when I've taken it out. I also understand the concept of my cervix taking up some of the space in the cup, and therefore causing some overflow, but how do I keep the cup lower, if no matter where I place it, it wanders up to the same location? And when I take it out it seems like there's not really been any "spillage" anywhere, and often doesn't contain much liquid at all. Also, is it an issue if it is pretty far to the side? Could this be causing me extra leaking? I haven't give up yet and want so badly to be a menstrual cup convert!!! So far I haven't been able to go without leaks for more than about 4 hours consistently (except 2 times when I went for 10-12, so it seems like somehow I should be able to make it work). I've tried different folds, and flipping my cup but to no avail. Please help!!!
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on August 26th, 2014 10:18 pm (UTC)
The answers to most of your questions can be found here:
http://kuradi8.livejournal.com/
Happy reading! :o)
Richelle Bozung on August 26th, 2014 11:43 pm (UTC)
That is great! Can't believe I haven't found it yet. I guess maybe I need to read up a bit more on "residual slobber" - hopefully I can find some more tips!
Richelle Bozung on August 27th, 2014 12:03 am (UTC)
I've noticed in other threads you've mentioned not worrying about residual slobber at first, and that there are things to try in order to try and conquer this later - would you mind pointing me in that direction (tips on conquering residual slobber), for when I've got a bit more experience?

Thanks!
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on August 27th, 2014 12:19 am (UTC)
There is lots of good advice in the replies at http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/tag/leakage%20%26%20spotting Not every question and its answers will hit a home run so look for questions that most resemble your "slobber" issues and dig through the replies. Sometimes the magic answer jumps out right away. Other times you have to read through a boatload of them before someone offers just the right piece of advice.

Or maybe someone will say something completely unrelated and you'll think, "BINGO! I can make that work to fix...!"

You're in the learning curve and you're already doing really well. Hang in there. You'll figure it out in no time! :o)
Kathlynekathlyne on August 27th, 2014 02:06 am (UTC)
I had the same trouble with the diva. It really sounds like you may be missing your cervix. The cup can open up to the side of your cervix rather than around it. It is like holding a cup next to/higher than the faucet instead of underneath it. I realized my cervix points to the left, so I try to aim my cup in that direction. After the cup opens up I sweep my finger around the cup/stir around it to see if I can feel my cervix. If I can, then I reposition the cup.


The other problem I had with the diva is that it has teeny tiny holes. They become clogged easily and the cup leaks. You can try enlarging the holes with a punch.


The cup will sit where it wants to sit, and you want it to sit around the cervix, not to the side. It will ride up as far as it wants. There is nothing you can do to "keep it low." My cervix takes up room in my cup, so I ended up switching to the Large Fleurcup because the bell shape allows for more capacity. It also has decent sized holes, so clogging isn't such a problem. You may not have to get a new cup. Keep trying with the Diva. It may be just right for you.