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28 February 2015 @ 10:51 am
Hello all,
I've been lurking on this community for a while now but am finally posting and am in need of some advice.
I'm 27, been using the diva cup for about a year now, generally with no problems.
I usually remove by grasping on the stem and tugging it down until it's low enough to grab at the base. This morning, though, when I went to take it out, I couldn't grab the stem at all. Had a horrible time removing it, but eventually managed to get the darn thing out. Now it's out and I can see what happened - the cup has actually shredded along the stem. So it longer has the raised grippy ring at the bottom of the stem but is just sort of rough silicone. I guess I have been digging in too hard to the stem and it has worn out?
Kinda worried I have a random piece of silicone inside me now, since I didn't see it come out with the cup.
Has anyone ever experienced this? Help!
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on February 28th, 2015 08:33 pm (UTC)
Wow. No wonder they tell you to replace it *once a year. Apparently they're not built to last any more. :o/

*Diva is the only company that does. Even the Chinese knockoffs say they can last up to 15 years with proper care.

Edited for wording.

Edited at 2015-02-28 08:36 pm (UTC)
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on February 28th, 2015 08:47 pm (UTC)
You might not need to tug quite as hard if you have a cup with a longer stem. the Chinese iCare is shaped just like the Diva but it has a much longer, flat-tab stem--very soft but sturdy. If you have to yank the stem just to get to the base of the Diva you definitely have a high enough cervix for it. Even I had to take a notch off my iCare stem!
arylisa on February 28th, 2015 10:52 pm (UTC)
You might want to stick a finger in you and try to feel for any stray pieces of silicone, just in case.

Additionally, I too have a Divacup and I was wondering if you boiled yours? I heard that boiling can weaken the cup, which is a concern for me, since I boil mine after every cycle.

Edited at 2015-02-28 10:52 pm (UTC)
trejoytrejoy on February 28th, 2015 11:09 pm (UTC)
If you haven't cleared them already, any stray piece(s) of silicone will probably work themselves out of hiding. I read once that someone forgot the cup was still inserted after her period ended and it stayed in for a month, with no ill effect. I doubt stray bits will be harmful.
cassie987 on February 28th, 2015 11:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your comments, everyone. I've felt around for any pieces and I can't feel anything obvious, but I just can't tell if there's anything still there. Who knows how small the pieces might be. I guess I will just hope anything works its way out on its own??

arylisa : I've boiled it once or twice, but have been mainly cleaning it with water and the diva wash soap.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on March 1st, 2015 02:38 pm (UTC)
Silicone is also inert so nothing will grow on it--even if the pieces somehow got stuck you would be fine. A tampon, not so much.

I also never boil my cups unless I am about to resell them. Hydrogen peroxide + rubbing alcohol works fine to keep them sterilized and pretty.