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24 September 2014 @ 12:44 pm
Well, I've been using a diva cup for about three years now. The seal is great, I've never had any problems with leaking or anything. I don't find it to be too long because I'd say I have an average to high cervix, it does drop a bit when I'm on my period but still I'm unable to reach it. The only problem is, like other people have said before, the diva does push on my bladder. Sometimes I have to take it out just to pee. It's basically just uncomfortable and kind of nuisance, and I would like to find a cup that has a reliable seal like this but doesn't push on my bladder. I'm not sure if this is because it's too long, too wide, too firm? I feel like the diva is not a very wide or firm cup though.
So I tried the meluna medium, classic, ball stem. It's a lot shorter than the diva obviously but something about the material makes this cup totally useless for me. I have no problem with the length and I have no trouble popping it open... The material is not really "softer," but it's more malleable and doesn't keep its shape. It's way more comfortable than the diva but it leaks because of the weak seal (or lack of seal). It's like, half in the cup, half of it comes out around the sides. Very disappointing because it's super comfortable!
So, what brand should I try? I was thinking maybe lunette? Sckoon?
 
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on September 25th, 2014 01:16 am (UTC)
It sounds like you probably want something softer. Since your cervix is high enough for the Diva, you may like the Si-Bell--extremely soft, and the cup itself is not super long but the stem is, so it won't get lost inside you (overall length is at least 5cm longer than the Diva but the stem's really thin so you don't feel it). Other long but softer options are the NaturalMamma and Lily (which has no outer rim at all). There's also the Rainbow, which is almost as soft as the Si-Bell and has the same overall length as the Diva.

The first cups I tried were the Meluna Classics and the rim put so much pressure on my urethra that I almost couldn't pee at all while wearing it. It also took 3 hours to remove because I didn't realize that I had a very high cervix...lol
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on September 26th, 2014 12:02 pm (UTC)
Yes, the medium MeLuna is a LOT shorter than the Diva. And it sounds like your cervix might be dangling into it. If you haven't already, compare the dimensions of the cups at http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ (or any of the other charts at the Community FAQ) and decide if maybe something in between might work better for you.

As for popping open, MeLunas only have two tiny anti-suction holes. You might want to enlarge them and/or add a couple more. Most other cups have 4 holes -- and a couple have 6. Or maybe different cup, different insertion technique. There is a link to Answers to Common Questions at the size charts. Maybe you'll find some helpful hints there?
jenn4a on September 27th, 2014 08:01 am (UTC)
I agree with por_que_no and kuradi8,
Except for for softness part because I wouldn't know if you'd need a softer one.
Both these awesome members are very helpful!

I have a medium classic meluna with a ring stem, fleurcup S, and a new naturcup sz1 I haven't tried yet.

With my meluna:
It leaks on heavy days, is hard to reach, more comfortable than Fleurcup since the stem is short, and it also becomes this weird oval shape. I've heard that it's common to do that though.
I've only had a problem with peeing with it once, and it was because I didn't insert it correctly. I could still pee, but I had to really push for a slow flow.

My personal thought is that the fleur and meluna are both either too narrow *41mm* or too soft for my heaviest days, but I'm not an expert.
Last time used the meluna, it didn't catch everything either :/

Have you thought about the naturcup size 1? It's diameter is also 43mm like the diva. But in pics, it doesn't look as big as the diva shape wise.
I don't know where the firmness is rated though.

What about Naturalmamma and gaia cup? :)