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28 July 2015 @ 11:32 pm
So aside from trying instead more than 10 years ago I have been a loyal OB user. Right now as I type this there is a Diva 2 inside me slowly irritating me more and more.

I am over 30, I have had one birth vaginally and it was a doozie. 3rd degree tear and I know my pelvic floor muscles are shot. I have been doing kegels on and off since my son was born (almost 5 years ago) but I still have the occasional sneeze pees and such.

Granted this is my first cycle with any cup but I can feel it. I don't know if it's just the stem or the cup itself. I also feel like I need to pee, but I don't actually have to. I have reinserted a few times and wiggled around but I still feel pressure.

I know the Diva 2 is a larger cup but due to my height 5"9 and my post child birth flash floods (my night flow laughs at OB ultra).

I know where my cervix is but I have no idea how that relates to high/low anything. I am wondering if my super crummy pelvic floor muscles will make cup use unrealistic?

I want cups to work so badly, just once I want to wake up in the morning and not do the thigh squeeze shuffle to the washroom.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on July 29th, 2015 12:11 pm (UTC)
Physical height doesn't have anything to do with vaginal length. Try flipping the Diva inside out to shorten it and see if it fits you better that way. If you haven't already, skim/read http://kuradi8.livejournal.com/ --especially the part about strengthening your pelvic floor. The urge to pee might pass as your body gets used to using a cup.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on July 29th, 2015 04:24 pm (UTC)
The Diva is one of the longer cups so, in addition to the PC muscle issue, you might just want something shorter. The large Fleur seems to be one of the most popular "mommy cups" and I think the firmness is similar if you like that (same with the new Lena, which I have yet to try on a real period...but if you need softer, the Si-Bell is the same shape)
Kathlynekathlyne on July 29th, 2015 08:29 pm (UTC)
I switched to cups when OB stopped making the ultra tampons. My goldilocks is the Large Fleur, but I still have nights when I have to empty it in the middle of the night and I still have mornings when I waddle to the bathroom. You might get lucky and find a cup that lasts all night for you, but just be forewarned that "up to 12 hours" means that's the maximum amount of time you are supposed to wear it, no how long you will be able to wear it without leakage/overflow.

Good luck. Maybe you can find a cup that lasts all night. I'm waiting to test the SuperJennie cup again next month to see if it lasts overnight.

yayforcupsyayforcups on July 29th, 2015 08:39 pm (UTC)
If you can do the width a large LUB cup is one of the highest capacitys out there :)
tkamockingbird on July 29th, 2015 10:52 pm (UTC)
Maybe the pressure on your bladder is due to the firmness or the diameter of the diva cup 2. Try either a softer cup or a smaller one. Don't use the "30 or older" or the "given birth" measurement rules. Try what works for your individual needs. Good luck!
lumyn on July 30th, 2015 06:36 am (UTC)
Day 2 :)
So I woke up this morning with no leaks!

I trimmed the stem a bit last night and the irritation (tampon not in far enough feeling) improved. After walking around today the cup lowered a bit and the irritation returned.

I turned the cup inside out this time and then promptly forgot about it.

The pressure / bladder feeling has not returned so I think maybe the Diva 2 is just a wee bit too long for me. Inside out seems to work comfort wise but we shall see in the morning.

If it doesn't leak I am set otherwise I will look for a wide short cup.

Thanks for all the support ladies
Nanci Karvonen WillitsNanci Karvonen Willits on July 30th, 2015 10:22 am (UTC)
I also second the Fleurcup...I started out with Diva, and needed to trim the stem to make it comfy, but still had to deal with the leaks and not quite comfortable fit. The Fleurcup worked well from the start,,and I didn't need to trim the stem, though I discovered on a bike ride last night, first time in ages, that I probably need to trim the stem because the way the bike seat hit, I could feel it again. I find I get an extra hour on my worst flow day compared to the diva. Imhadmbeen thinking I'd want to try a large Love Your Body for extra capacity when I'm traveling , but after the bike ride, I wonder if it would fit.
citrinesunset: Fountain pencitrinesunset on July 31st, 2015 12:12 am (UTC)
It might be a little long for you. I think any time an internally worn product sits too low, you can feel it more. My Diva is a good length for me for the most part, but if it rides down a little bit or if I don't get it in quite far enough, I can definitely feel it.

But I'd also give it a little time unless it's seriously unpleasant. I could feel my cup more at first because I think I was getting used to it and was more prone to irritating myself by poking around trying to get it in.

The bladder pressure could be from the firmness. I feel like I've seen a lot of people say they experience that with the Diva. My Diva 1 cup causes the same problem occasionally, and while it's gotten better over time, I'm still in the market to try a softer cup.