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20 September 2015 @ 02:14 pm
Hey there MC community, I recently switched over from disposable feminine hygiene products to a MC...or more specifically the DivaCup since that was the only cup I could find in stores and online purchases are the devil when it comes to money. Currently I'm 14 and I'm fed up with using pads and stuff like that so I tried the cup, it wasn't hard to get used to during insertion and pulling the thing out but...when I insert it my vaginal walls seem to kinda squish together? It's not 'open' like how other people describe it when they insert the cup. Most people say that it should open fully like an O shape. But mine kinda squishes together and is crushed by my walls and it leaks...not badly but when I get up after laying down. I use the punch-down fold, since the C fold is too big, I squat down to insert the cup and when it's inside I stick a finger in and feel around the edges and I'm not surprised to say that it's pretty flat being crushed by the walls. I have a really, really high cervix when I'm not on my period and it's usually a bit angled to the left? But this week when I was testing the cup I decided to stick my finger inside to you know, figure stuff out but then I found out that my cervix sat pretty low...that might also be the problem but I just want my cup to work, I'm so comfortable with it. There were tips saying to rotate it? But that's impossible for me since it's so flat, I tried pulling the cup out a little to let it 'pop' open but that didn't do anything.

How do I get it to fully open? In the O shape and not have it flat against my walls?
This is the only cup I'm allowed to get since it's so expensive.
I don't want to switch back to disposables since they're so uncomfortable.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on September 20th, 2015 09:34 pm (UTC)
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Enlarge the anti-suction holes around the rim and if you're proficient at removal, try flipping it inside out to shorten it on your low cervix days.
saykazlivesaykazlive on September 20th, 2015 09:39 pm (UTC)
May I ask how you enlarge the holes? I don't want to make the wrong move and accidentally rip the cup or anything. And yes I'm good at inserting and removal, no problems at all there. And flipping the cup inside out? Will it damage the cup in any way? Also thanks for the tips!
Sal McGhostface Killahbeuk on September 21st, 2015 01:02 am (UTC)
Not the best method maybe, but I literally passed a toothpick a few times through each hole and it stretched them a bit. That's probably the easiest way to do it with things you have lying around the house. If you know anyone who's into stretching their earlobes, then they might have stuff of different gauges that you can experiment with.

Flipping the cup will not damage the cup.
mrslc on September 20th, 2015 09:43 pm (UTC)
I have the exact same problem, it's more like a () shape when inserted unlike O. Although I don't have leakage, so I presumed that it was just a learning curve and that not everyone is the same. I also use the Diva, do you get a good seal? Mine seems to make a good suction, I guess that's why I don't leak! I'd say persevere with it, I'm only on my second cycle using MC's and its way better than my first was! 😊
saykazlivesaykazlive on September 20th, 2015 09:47 pm (UTC)
Omg same, it's like a () shape for me too, and well the seal...I'd say it's alright, but it could really just dent and leak. It doesn't leak when I walk, sit or anything but when I lay down and get up in the morning it's kinda...let's say it's a bit messy. It can easily dent and leak if it's squished more, that's the problem here. It's only my first cycle so maybe things will change in the future. I really hope I'll get it properly done before we do anything major in school that just so happens to occur on my moon week.

Thank you for the tips!

Edited at 2015-09-20 09:49 pm (UTC)
mrslc on September 20th, 2015 09:50 pm (UTC)
Maybe the seal is the problem then! When I remove mine I have to really break the seal and you can hear it kinda squelch! Sorry too much info 😂 not sure about the holes as I haven't tried but maybe worth a shot! Good luck!
saykazlivesaykazlive on September 20th, 2015 09:53 pm (UTC)
My cup gives me a bit of pressure when I remove it but it's bearable. The seal might be the problem yes but the thing is I can't push it up any further to maybe expand the seal and hopefully get it open...the holes I'm not really sure about. But yes I'll need that luck, thanks!
Yuncloud_and_smoke on September 21st, 2015 06:01 am (UTC)
None of my cups make a perfect O when I wear them. Cups seal against the vaginal walls and the vagina is going to squish the cup into its vagina-shape so I think that may be why your cup doesn't feel perfectly round.
margalee on September 21st, 2015 09:09 am (UTC)
My two favorite cups, Meluna and Luv Ur Body, both seem to "mold" with body heat. So when I take them out, they hold an oval rather than "O" shape. Vaginas are not a perfect circle, apparently :P. Both of these cups are very leak-proof, for me. As long as the cup seals around your cervix and is flush with your vaginal walls, the shape doesn't matter too much.

If you have having trouble with the Diva leaking, flipping it inside out might solve your problem. This solution seems to work for a lot of people!
eyaf_lemeyaf_lem on September 21st, 2015 11:34 am (UTC)
Try inserting a (clean) finger beside the cup at the soft back wall to release some air and bear down a little. This should help inflate the cup
Kathlynekathlyne on September 22nd, 2015 02:17 am (UTC)
I'm going to second this advice. It doesn't have to be the back wall, whichever wall of the vagina you can reach--push/press it away from the cup to allow air in and the cup to inflate. Bigger holes might help with this.
sjennifersjennifer on September 21st, 2015 09:56 pm (UTC)
I have many cups and they are all in oval shape after inserted. It is caused by squash down by the vagina wall. So oval shape is not the cause of leaking. Diva cup is a good brand and quality made. I guess you just need to try it for few more cycle to get used to it.
perideaux on September 24th, 2015 04:43 pm (UTC)
How far up do you push the cup when you insert it? When I insert the cup too far inside it usually opens up flat. I've found that it opens easier if I let the rim pop open early (closer to my vaginal entrance), and then push it up and squeeze it into place. I still need to press on my vaginal walls to let air in to help it inflate more, though. It never fully opens up to an O shape for me, more like a narrow oval.

I crush both my cups easily, I leak a lot with the Lunette and I just have little leaks with the Si-bell. I think the width of the Lunette is the reason it's so easy to crush even though it's the firmer cup, it's wide enough for me to have difficulty inserting a finger next to it because it's being gripped so tightly. I bought some firmer and narrower cups to see if that helps with the leakage, I'll make a post if they do the trick. :)