EDIT: I've had the cup out for an hour, and suddenly got a bad cramp and felt a clot coming out. How does that work? I haven't had any all day, and then I take the cup out and suddenly I have one? I'm so confused!
I'm having some difficulties and weirdness, too. I am sure I'll get used to it, but I'm still learning. I was having issues with the cup being too long and irritating my labia...I googled and found this community and read suggestions of flipping the cup inside out. So I did, and that's been great. I'm having trouble taking the cup out. It comes out easily, but when it pops out, it kind of hurts. Like, when the rim pops out, I cringe every time. And getting the cup to come out without spilling is driving me nuts. My underwear from today now has some drops of blood on them because I just couldn't get the cup out without dropping a little. :( Any tips for both of these?
I also figured out, at this point in this freakishly long and heavy cycle, the cup starts to leak after about 5 hours. That hopefully will change as my cycle gets lighter again. But that means I won't be able to sleep through the night without getting up once to empty it, I guess. So I'm not wearing it tonight just in Case...but now that it's out, I'm noticing some itching around the opening of my vagina. Could that just be from putting the cup in and taking it out multiple times?
The weirdness: a couple times, I've put the cup in and it has kinda settled and shifted to where it wants to sit within a few minutes, which is fine. I feel it pop open, which is good, but it is such a weird sensation. And a couple times, I have felt dizzy for a few minutes after feeling this pop. What gives, and has anyone else had that?
Lastly, I'm wondering if it's absolutely necessary to use soap or the Diva Cup cleaner to clean the cup. Can I use just hot water, or will that not suffice? I don't want to have to carry around *another* bottle of something...I already have lotion, and pills, and Chapstick, etc.
I feel like I have more questions, but this post is already long enough! I really want this whole cup thing to work. I'm thinking about getting a Meluna because I love how customizable they are...which could be a whole other post.
If you've read this far, thanks in advance!