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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.
 
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)