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01 September 2014 @ 06:48 pm
Hi everyone! I'm fairly new to the world of menstrual cups, only discovered them about six months ago and bought a Diva size 1 that I've used for about three cycles. I'm 24 years old, no children, not a virgin. I'm assuming I have a high cervix because I have never been able to feel it even while on my period and when I have the Diva size 1 in the entire stem is inside of me, sometimes it takes some bearing down to even reach the stem but other times I can feel the stem in an uncomfortable position (not pain, just annoying). I think been pretty successful with my Diva cup for only using it for a few months. I still get residual slobber and leak maybe one day out of my cycle but I wouldn't consider it a major leak. I'm at the point that I can feel if the position/seal isn't perfect so I know if it is going to leak. I always thought I had a heavier flow but I fill the Diva size 1 a little over half-way every 9-12 hours. I'm in nursing school right now so some days I'm away from my house for 12-13 hours so I would like a fairly high capacity cup. I'm interested in getting a second cup and was considering trying another brand. I've looked at the size comparison charts (a few times!) but I feel completely overwhelmed trying to decide on a second cup because there is so much to take into consideration! Ones I've looked into are the Lunette, Si-Bell, and MeLuna. If anyone has any suggestions that would be great! Also, I apologize if this is a repetitive post. I've read a lot of older posts and tried searching the different tags but couldn't quite find what I was looking for.
elisamba on September 2nd, 2014 08:46 am (UTC)
Similar shape to the Diva is either size of Gaia. There's only 1 mm difference between the small and large, according to one Italian MC forum the large is slightly firmer but Femininewear didn't see any difference and she used to only stock one size (doesn't stock it any more). It is my favourite cup, soft yet "poppy" and excellent capacity, so I really recommend it. :)
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on September 2nd, 2014 11:26 am (UTC)
Don't get a Meluna unless you want to spend one of those 12-13 hour days trying to fish it out :o Been there (ok it was only 3 hours but still)

Since your cervix is on the high side, I would recommend the Si-Bell (long stem makes up for the shortish cup, so at least you have a way to get the cup down and reach it), maybe the LilyCup--a couple others that are nearly as long include the NaturalMamma and the Chinese Rainbow cup (which is nice and cheap--I just grabbed one and really like it so far). As you can tell from that list, I need my cups super-soft, but there might be firmer options for you too.
klm723 on September 2nd, 2014 03:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you for all of the suggestions! I'm thinking I am going to go with the Si-Bell. I've seen you post about it on a few others that posts that have a high cervix and was already considering it. I was thinking of trying a softer cup this go around because I do get pretty bad cramps the first few days of my cycle, so it looks like the Si-Bell is the winner! Do you have a suggestion on the small vs. large? I know the websites usually say smaller is for under 30 years old with no children, which I fall under, but if you've had personal experience with either or both that would be great! I've looked at the comparison charts/pictures and it looks like the Diva is between the two Si-Bells in size so I don't know if I should go with bigger or smaller.

I might have to order a Chinese Rainbow too for a backup just because to the price!
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on September 3rd, 2014 09:28 pm (UTC)
I am childless with good PC muscles (but not freakish PC muscles as you might see in a yogi, gymnast, equestrian etc) and I have been able to wear both sizes. I just got a Large fairly recently to deal with an increase in flow, and this month it seemed a little slower to pop open than usual, which could mean that my cervix was just a little lower or I was generally tighter..normally I don't have trouble popping it open though, and the Small was always effortless to pop open. So choose based on the capacity you need :)
klm723 on September 6th, 2014 04:18 am (UTC)
Just ordered the large (pink :D) Si-Bell because of the capacity. Not sure how long it will take to get here, I'm in the US and ordered from FW but I'm excited to try it out! Thanks again for all the suggestions!
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on September 2nd, 2014 12:56 pm (UTC)
"I fill the Diva size 1 a little over half-way every 9-12 hours."
Instead of getting a higher capacity cup, why don't you empty the one you have more often?

"I'm away from my house for 12-13 hours"
I'm sure they have bathrooms there. Emptying your cup in a stall is only a little different than emptying at home where there's a sink handy. Many people bring in a wet paper towel or a water bottle or a coffee cup of water or other methods. There is a "cleaning - public" tag devoted to those questions and answers if you can't come up with a method that you like yourself.
nnm27nnm27 on September 2nd, 2014 01:20 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure OP wasn't complaining about the capacity, it sounded more like she was surprised that it only filled about halfway in almost half a day.
And why would you recommend emptying more often if she doesn't need to? Isn't long hours one of cups' virtues? Let her take advantage of her high cervix by getting a long cup that she won't have to change more than twice a day.
klm723 on September 2nd, 2014 03:21 pm (UTC)
It was more of a surprise that I didn't fill it more in that time, I had always thought I had a really heavy cycle when using pads and tampons! I'm glad I'm able to learn more about my cycle with using the cup. That may have been misleading, I'm not looking for a higher capacity cup than the Diva, just was thinking maybe one similar in capacity to the Diva since it seems to be working for me for the length of time I need. I was under the impression that the Diva was one of the cups that held a high capacity.

As for the not wanting to change it over the long day, I'm still somewhat in the learning curve phase with the cup so it still takes me a little time to get it changed. Also, since I'm in a hospital setting I personally feel there is a little bit of an ick/cleanliness factor to changing it there (from things that I may have come in contact with at the hospital or if I were to accidentally drop my cup). I would just prefer to do it at home so I can take a quick shower before changing it so I don't feel like I have other peoples "germs" all over me. I know it's no different than scrubbing my hands down well in a public bathroom but it's what works for me right now. I'm sure once I'm a little more comfortable removing and reinserting I will have no problem with a small capacity cup and changing it in a public stall! I will definitely look at that "cleaning - public" tag though for some suggestions.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on September 2nd, 2014 03:41 pm (UTC)
As a nursing student she may not even get a proper bathroom break that would allow her to change in public restrooms. They are EXTREMELY busy. Even a year plus after switching to cups, as well, I have issues changing them out anywhere except the shower/tub--it looks like a scene out of CSI most of the time, since my flow's a bit heavier than the OP's--so I avoid changing away from home if at all possible, even if that means using a cup without suction holes and letting it "back up" into my uterus until I get home.

Edit: looks like OP said the exact same thing!

Edited at 2014-09-02 03:42 pm (UTC)
mshanai on September 2nd, 2014 10:57 pm (UTC)
I used a Diva for several years, and you sound like me in terms of anatomy--I also had to fish for the cup a bit because it would ride up. And I struggled with slobber and occasional leaks with the Diva, and I would just about fill it up 2/3 of the way on my heavier bleeding days. Anyway, I just got a Yuuki soft and got to try it out for the first time. It's a perfect fit, very similar to the Diva in terms of size and shape. It's a bit softer but still opens up without any problems, and the larger holes mean a better seal and no leaks. I would recommend it since your experience with the Diva is pretty similar to mine. (The only problem the Yuuki soft didn't solve for me is the cramps cups give me on days 1 and 2, but I'm okay with just popping an ibuprofen now and then.)
klm723 on September 2nd, 2014 11:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I haven't looked into the Yuuki soft but I definitely will. I'm not super worried about the cup not solving cramps because I tend to get them even wearing a pad on days 1 and 2 also, like you said- nothing ibuprofen can't solve. It's so nice to be able hear from others with similar situations!