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30 September 2014 @ 02:35 pm


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! .

xquizite_insomxquizite_insom on September 30th, 2014 07:43 pm (UTC)
Second the advice about flipping your Divacup inside out to shorten it. If the Divacup does not feel too small, perhaps your anatomy has changed. Your cervix may be dipping lower than it did in the past pushing your cup down, taking up residence in the cup reducing capacity. I would not buy a new cup just yet until you understand why your beloved cup is no longer working. Start with turning the Divacup inside out. Next, feel for your cervix at different times during your cycle. The cervix likes to move around.
elyima: TLM finselyima on October 1st, 2014 12:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the advice. I knew things were different after having a baby, but I hoped they weren't SO different I'd have to get a new cup. I appreciate the suggestions and will try them.

Edited at 2014-10-01 12:16 pm (UTC)