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elyima
30 September 2014 @ 02:35 pm

Hi,

Lurked a while but never posted. Been using a DivaCup 1 owner for about 4 years, user for 3 (took a year off when I had my son). I'm 33 years old and I started off with the DC1 and it worked pretty well for me despite feeling a little too long sometimes. I mastered the punchdown fold, got it to pop open pretty easily and there were only a few times when I felt like I had to even give it an extra push up further to make sure it was well seated high enough.

After I had my son and started getting my period again, I wanted to try my DC1 to see if I really needed a different cup size after childbirth. It was working great for me for about 7 months and I thought there was no need to buy a new one. Then about 2 months ago, I started to have leaking issues. It just didn't feel right anymore, the strange thing is, it doesn't feel too small, if anything, it feels too long and I can't get it high enough. When this happens, I take it out and try to insert it again, but I just can't get it right anymore and after 4 or 5 tries, I'm dry, sore and defeated. Last month I gave up and just used pads instead.

I'm wondering if I need to do more fit troubleshooting, or if my DC1 and I just need to part ways. I used to be able to tell when it was in a good spot and I had a good fit, and now it's like I can't tell and I may or may not leak...it's a terrible anxiety. If I do need a new cup, I'm not even sure what to start looking for size-wise, except maybe something not so long?

I suppose that I could practice insertion/fit when I don't have my period, but I really don't have any ways to leak test then. Suggestions/tips? I just want to love my MC again! .

 
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on September 30th, 2014 06:59 pm (UTC)
Your pelvic floor muscles may have taken a beating from your pregnancy and birth. Kuradi8 should be here shortly with pelvic floor exercises to try! Without doing these exercises and toning everything up again you will have that problem with almost every cup--it will feel like it's sinking lower and trying to fall out. Even with one baby it can change things a lot...I was a smallish baby and still wrecked mom's PC muscles. oops.

Your cervix may also have lowered a bit (apparently this is common after pregnancy/with age) so maybe a shorter cup, or flipping the Diva inside out, will feel more comfortable.

Edited at 2014-09-30 07:00 pm (UTC)
elyima: TLM finselyima on October 1st, 2014 12:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I will definitely step up my kegel game and try flipping the cup!

Edited at 2014-10-01 12:15 pm (UTC)