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Recorded Filthiness of Abominations
07 October 2014 @ 12:51 pm
Hey y'all!

I've been using a Diva Cup for about 6 or so months now, but I'm thinking it might be easier for me to "upsize" to something I won't be emptying out every couple hours. My period only lasts about 2 to 2-1/2 days, but it's HEAVY. I fill a Diva cup in something like 4 hours, meaning I double up with pads (I had to do that with tampons, too, so it wasn't a tough transition for me.)

I haven't had children and I have a very small cervix (everyone who has ever done an exam comments on it almost immediately.) I've checked the charts detailing capacity, and it seems like the Diva is already towards the upper end of these. I thought before I went out to buy something new, I could ask here for some advice and maybe somebody out there has been in the same boat and can help me out on this one?

Thanks in advance.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on October 7th, 2014 09:00 pm (UTC)
There are size and capacity charts at the Community FAQ and another set at http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ Several cups have higher capacities. Compare their dimensions and shapes to your Diva and pick one that you think would fit and suit your needs best.
Recorded Filthiness of Abominationssyducingfate on October 8th, 2014 02:05 am (UTC)
Thanks, but as I said, I'd already looked at the charts and what I'm hoping for by posting was additional insight. Specifically, I was hoping that someone may have had a similar experience and provide me with some anecdotal information based on that experience. I've also read some past entries under the "heavy flow" tab, but it didn't seem like many of those were ever answered with anything useable either.

Oh well, it's always worth a try to ask!
tobilei on October 8th, 2014 02:16 am (UTC)
I don't consider myself heavy at all, but on my first day I generally have to empty my diva after about 4 hours.

There are other cups available but if you like the Diva otherwise, a large yuuki (probably the soft, it's closest to the stiffness of the Diva although they do an economical now which is in between the soft and the firm varieties) might fit the bill. It holds more than my Diva (but sadly presses against my bladder too much, that being said, so does my Diva cup). It's pretty much the same as the Diva, just a bit better capacity and pretty cheap too if you order off ebay :)
Recorded Filthiness of Abominationssyducingfate on October 8th, 2014 12:45 pm (UTC)
Admittedly, 4 hours tends to be on my lighter flow times, after I posted this, I was emptying it out about twice as often.

I guess what bums me out is that based on everything I'd read from cup users before going this route, I thought I'd be getting more time with a cup as opposed to a tampon. But when something like a super plus tampon holds about 18 grams and I start getting some leaking from my Diva around 24-ish, the time difference is negligible at best, but the change out is messier (as I'm already leaking by the time I can get to the bathroom.) I'm not squeamish and it's no problem at work, but dealing with it in the school bathroom can be a bloody nightmare (pun intended) since the bathrooms don't stock paper towels and getting to the sink and back for a rinse isn't really an option.

Sorry to unload like that, I'm just a bit disappointed. I did find the Yuuki for under $20 on eBay, so I'll be trying that out on my next period. Thank you for the advice!
tobilei on October 9th, 2014 01:31 am (UTC)
Yeah, I don't get what they state either. Unfortunately the internet in general (and cup websites) make it seem like we'll be able to wear them all day. Even my yuuki I can only get about 5 or 6 hours out of on my first day. By my 2nd I can wear a small cup for about 10 hours without a problem if I need to but that first day is a killer.

I hope it works for you and gives you at least a little more breathing time! I'm with you in that I like to change mine as little as possible. I have a house full of kids generally and the sink is in a whole other room to the toilet. I'm always wandering in there with a giant drink bottle of water so I can clean it.
sweetrumbellesweetrumbelle on November 7th, 2014 04:45 am (UTC)
I hope you update us with your Yuuki experience and I hope it works out for you.

I'm planning on getting a large Yuuki too. And maybe a large Fleurcup.

This past period of mine was very heavy for the first couple of days, which was weird and by the third day, it was basically gone.

I would say I menstruated the same amount of blood as past cycles, but it happened in 2 days as opposed to 3 or 4.

Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on October 8th, 2014 02:22 am (UTC)
Yeah, well, "heavy" is a relative term. Filling a cup in 4 hours on your worst day isn't that unusual. 12 hours is the longest that anyone should leave their cup unattended. That doesn't mean it will hold 12 hours of flow, especially not on a worst day.

And asking others for what cup works for them is like asking us what size shoes or bra would fit you. It's different for everyone and we have no way of knowing. That's why I reiterated about the size and capacity charts. Only you know how well your Diva fits you and how much longer/shorter, narrower/wider you think you'd want your next higher capacity cup to be.
Recorded Filthiness of Abominationssyducingfate on October 8th, 2014 12:14 pm (UTC)
Saying it this way is helpful, so thank you, there was no way I would have gotten this out of the first answer, as I'm sure you can understand.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on October 8th, 2014 01:59 pm (UTC)
Some better capacity cups include the Ruby, the LuvUrBody, and the aforementioned Yuuki (all over 30ml I believe). The width of your cervix has no relevance in choosing a cup--all your cups will fit around it anyway and it's not meant to be a snug fit--it's your cervix height that matters (distance between your cervix and entrance to your vag, or sometimes, distance between your cervix and pubic bone, which helps hold up the cup). It's actually more of a problem to have a very wide cervix because it might get stuck inside a very narrow cup.
Recorded Filthiness of Abominationssyducingfate on October 9th, 2014 01:03 am (UTC)
I would have thought that a more narrow cervix would be more likely to get stuck in a cup, thank you for that! I do have a high cervix, it drops down lower during my period so that I can just touch it with my middle finger, so about 3" deep.

I just ordered a Yuuki, but now I kind of want a Ruby just because of their buy one, give one plan!

Thank you for the help, I greatly appreciate it.