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12 December 2014 @ 05:01 pm

Okay, so I recently heard about menstrual cups, and really was interested. My older sister is a doctor. So, I asked her if she has any experience that would help me pick the right one. Luckily, she had two diva cups already...and handed them to me that day. One is a size one, and the other is a size 2. Since I have never seen one I was not aware that there's not usually a 5th extra large hole punched near the top..

So anyways, I popped size 1 in and had no troubles really, didn't open all the way super easy, but got it within a couple tries. Had zero leaking. Worked fabulously!

So off I go to YouTube and Google to see what other colors and cups are available. And I see a reviewer with cups that have holes (other than the 4 tiny suction release holes) punched in the side, and she explains the sample or demo only cups come like that, so that they cannot be used.

GREAT! So I just used a cup that I shouldn't have for a whole week. My question is, is there something different (other than the large extra hole of course) about the sample cups that make them unusable? Will I end up getting some weird infection or illness? I so far have been feeling fine, no I'll effects as of yet that I can tell. No funny smell, no pain etc.

Is there any reason that I can't keep using the cups if they didn't leak...or bad idea?

I'd love input from y'all...I've learned quite a bit from reading here!! Thanks for any input! !
yayforcupsyayforcups on December 12th, 2014 11:27 pm (UTC)
Cool!! Good for you :) you're obviously getting a good seal from all angles. Technically if its the same cup from the same mold from the same silicone it should be fine, right? You can always ask the company where their sample cups come from, or if they're defective, why?
KarebearTheSharebearsharebearkb on December 14th, 2014 10:01 am (UTC)
So diva says the sample cups are unused, and made exactly the same. The only difference is the hole in the side that's not there on the cups that are purchased. I was told it would definitely leak, by diva. I suppose I'm just lucky :) I do have a very light flow, due to hormonal birth control..and I'm extremely tight so I guess that helps block the extra large hole
titaniumtrinitytitaniumtrinity on December 13th, 2014 01:43 pm (UTC)
What a great story! It seems really likely that they just punch a whole in a normal cup to keep people from trying to get free samples unsteady of purchasing one, and there's probably nothing wrong. But I don't know for sure either.
KarebearTheSharebearsharebearkb on December 14th, 2014 10:06 am (UTC)
From what diva says, the only reason to not use this cup is because of the hole that they punch to make it a sample, so they really couldn't give me any other reason to not use it. I'm thrilled I can use it though! I can't wait to give the size 2 a try as well and see if that works too :)
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on December 13th, 2014 03:47 pm (UTC)
As long as you don't have such a heavy flow that you're quickly filling the cup past the point where the extra hole is, it should be just fine. Maybe they accidentally punched it higher than they should have and you have a lightish flow. The only thing is that once you fill the cup to that hole point you are going to leak like crazy unless your vaginal walls are holding it really tightly along that side.
KarebearTheSharebearsharebearkb on December 14th, 2014 10:04 am (UTC)
I actually do have a super light flow, I kept the cup in for 10 hours on my heaviest day and it wasn't even half full. I've noticed most sample cups punch this extra hole MUCH lower than where the extra hole is on the diva. Also the other sample cups I saw online have a much larger hole as well, so possibly its where its placed along with the size of the additional hole that makes it work for me. Luckily I do have a very tight vagina so it really hugs the cup quite snug.
elisamba on December 14th, 2014 01:24 pm (UTC)
That's what I think, too ( accidentally punched too high). This is so ironic given the tons of Diva users who enlarge the holes themselves! OP consider yourself lucky. You saved not only the cost of the cup, but of the hole-punch too!
trejoytrejoy on December 14th, 2014 11:01 pm (UTC)
LOL about the hole punch!

I agree. All the sample cups I've seen the hole was punched much lower, rendering the cup unusable.