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I skimmed a bit but didn't seem to find information on this.

I got my Diva Cup Size 2 (I'm 36, got it when I was 35, sexually active, never was pregnant) back in May of this year, and it was pretty much love at first insertion. Seriously, I don't even want to use pads anymore, and I've never been big on tampons because they exacerbate my already pretty bad cramps.

When I first got the cup, I had absolutely no problems getting it to pop open, it was stiff enough, and I could practically do it in my sleep, but in recent months, it's been getting increasingly harder to get it to open. My method/fold of choice since the beginning has been the punch-down fold, as the S or C folds just leave the cup folded closed when I insert. But now, the punched-down side just pops back in place, and the cup often doesn't open, but stays stuck in the closed-fold as if I had put it in using a C fold. The cup does feel softer than it did in the beginning, too, and at first I was thinking it was just me being used to it, but now I really am starting to think it's becoming softer and that is becoming an issue.

So my questions are: Is it possible that my Diva got softer in about 6 months to the point where it is no longer suitable? And what would be a good replacement, in case I need a stiffer cup? Also, and this may be the key, I seem to have less issues on days where my flow gets a bit heavier, I feel looser and it slides in easier, maybe I just need to lube things up?

For the record, I don't necessarily need the capacity, I've always had a light-ish flow (could have easily gone 12+ hours with a regular medium-flow pad most days if it hadn't been un-hygienic to do so), but I do need the length, as I have a ridiculously high cervix, even during my period, and even the Diva Size 2 is sometimes hard to grasp for me (I'm short with relatively short fingers and arms and have a hard time reaching in all sorts of positions, lol).

So if I need to change cups because the Diva is too soft, I need something that is about the same length.

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Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on December 5th, 2014 03:10 pm (UTC)
Try enlarging the anti-suction holes around the rim. They help with popping open and also with removal. The Diva's are notoriously small.

If you still want another cup either as a replacement or as a second cup (maybe for light days) then compare the dimensions of your Diva to other brands at any of the size charts found at the Community FAQ or the one at http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/
I'm with the band: Charlie Bird by txvoodooserendipity8791 on December 6th, 2014 04:32 pm (UTC)
I haven't yet taken the time to enlarge those holes, and this morning it opened like a charm. I don't get it... maybe the second commenter had a point in regards to making sure I had one of the holes in the punched down side to help, as I tried that last night and this morning and both times were a bit easier than normal.

But I'll still give enlarging the holes a go when I have more than a handful of minutes to take care of business, as I may want to boil the cup after it, just in case. ;)
trejoytrejoy on December 5th, 2014 11:57 pm (UTC)
I seriously doubt the Diva got much softer in just six months. What kuradi8 said about enlarging the holes will probably help. If you aren't already, make sure one of the holes is inside the fold so air can fill the cup once inserted. Or reach a finger alongside the inserted cup to move the walls away so air can fill it. I use softer, more flexible cups and routinely to do a vaginal wall press with my finger for them to expand fully.

Edited at 2014-12-05 11:58 pm (UTC)
I'm with the bandserendipity8791 on December 6th, 2014 04:38 pm (UTC)
I tried making sure one of the holes is inside the fold, both last night and this morning and it took a lot less fiddling/was a lot easier (especially this morning). Reaching a finger alongside also appears to help a bit, but I can't reach all the way to the top of the cup so sometimes that takes a bit more fiddling around than it seems (I also try pulling it back out a little when doing that, because it's not sealed so it's easy to pull back out).

I do have a freakishly high cervix when I'm menstruating, and my body seems to like to try to swallow the Diva whole, as it wants to sit really high inside me, so I'm worried about not being able to reach shorter cups, for lighter days, haha. XD