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08 December 2014 @ 09:16 am
I am 33 and have three children (all C-sections). I am on cycle 3 of using a Divacup size 2 and I am just not getting the hang of it. #1 it fills up (on my heaviest three days) within 2 hours and leaks. I have to wear a pad just in case, which defeats the purpose doesn't it? #2 Getting the thing in is torture! This cycle I have started using olive oil as a lube, but it never inserts easily, it doesn't unfold right, and I usually end up spending a good 20 minutes up to my elbows in my vagina. This may be fine when I'm at home (although still frustrating) but again, doesn't this defeat the purpose? Then there are times when I do get it correctly inserted, stand up to do my daily only to feel it pop out. I like the idea of a chemical-free period, but as far as anything else, it is a nightmare. The only time it seems to work is if I spend 20 minutes in the bathroom getting it perfect and then go straight to bed. However, if it is one of my heavier days, it wakes me up with leakage within 4 hours (I get a little longer while sleeping) in this case though, a tampon is about the same or worse. Anyone have any ideas? Could it be the brand, size, user error, etc.? Thanks!
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Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on December 8th, 2014 03:46 pm (UTC)
Is it actually filling up within two hours, or is it leaking around the edges? If it's actually filling up in two hours, that's a lot - a large Diva holds 30cc, which is the average flow for a whole period. If that's actually the case, I'd talk to your doctor about it (unless there's some other reason you know of to have a very heavy menstrual flow). If it's not full when you remove it, possibly you've got a positioning error and you're leaking around the edges, which can happen and is extremely irritating. There are some other potential problems, too. The Diva Cup is a relatively large and stiff cup, so you might be better off with something softer and smaller, for example.
Kathlynekathlyne on December 8th, 2014 04:31 pm (UTC)
#1 2 hours just may be the maximum you get with the diva cup. On my heaviest day I empty my cup every hour or hour and a half to avoid overflow.

#2 As you may have read in other posts---enlarge the holes on the diva. Use a 2mm punch for the neatest results. They sell them on amazon. This helps with opening...and possible clogging.

I can think of a couple of things....you might have a dangly cervix taking up room in the cup. In that case--a rounder bottomed cup will give you more capacity (Large Fleur cup).

Also, when I used the diva the tiny holes would clog, the seal would break, and leaks would happen. Enlarging the holes would help with that.

Getting it open takes practice. Tips: pull your panties all the way down to your ankles so you can splay your legs. Relax. Breath. Don't rush. Smile.

Good luck.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on December 8th, 2014 04:41 pm (UTC)
Agree with what the above posters said. The Diva is pretty much a terrible cup for beginners because it's too long for most and the suction holes are so tiny as to be useless. The large Fleur may be your ticket (the Si-Bell is the same shape but is quite soft and may cause trouble with popping open)
leeloo11400leeloo11400 on December 8th, 2014 06:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your insight. I will look into another cup. I don't mind so much the emptying of it often, but I would like to do away with the leaking. Thanks again!

sweetrumbellesweetrumbelle on December 9th, 2014 10:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Leaking
Yes, make sure to try to find the right size for you.

But sometimes, it's just best to try another cup.

I just tried the large soft Yuuki (their soft is actually stiff like the Diva?) and it was great, no leaks.

Before that I had problem with the small and Large Lunette. I will post my experience.
tobilei on December 9th, 2014 02:43 am (UTC)
On my first day I have to empty my Diva about every 3 hours. I get a little longer with my large Yuukicup (about 3 1/2 to 4 hours) but it pops open way easier than my Diva does and might be an option if the Diva isn't too long for you. It also comes in a much stiffer version and a slightly softer version as well as the economic which is in between(go the stiffer if you think it's at all possible your muscles are squashing the cup and causing leakage). It's pretty cheap on ebay from the official seller as well if you feel like it might be an option :)
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on December 9th, 2014 03:24 am (UTC)
Skim/Read through this http://kuradi8.livejournal.com/ to offer some helpful hints about sizing and other things. Then follow the link to the size and capacity charts to compare your Diva to other brands that might fit/suit your needs better.