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11 October 2015 @ 09:45 pm
I just used a Divacup for the first time two days ago. I had no problems inserting it and I didn't have even a spot of leakage. Taking it out, also very easy for me. However, I got very bad pressure like cramps, they went away almost instantly when I removed the cup. Could it be too big? Too long? I am 20, no kids, and I am sexually active if it really matters. I tried looking into other brands, but there are just SO MANY! Looked at Meluna, Lunette, Rubycup, and the Lilycup. Any preferences on those?
councilwomanope on October 12th, 2015 05:20 am (UTC)
Don't be overwhelmed by the many brands. :) Regarding preferences, what works for others might not necessarily work for you due to our bodies' differences. If you suspect it's too long, the usual advice here is to turn your DivaCup inside out to shorten it. Don't attempt that if you require the grip rings for removal.

If turning your cup inside out doesn't work, explore your anatomy and locate how far in your cervix is. You'll be able to narrow down your options based on cup length. After that, just consider your flow/capacity, which shape you think you'll prefer, and softness/firmness.

The size charts can be found in the FAQ's.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on October 12th, 2015 12:41 pm (UTC)
Yes, see if your Diva fits you better flipped inside out. There are other helpful hints at http://kuradi8.livejournal.com/ including a link to one of the many size charts.

And I want to add that you shouldn't buy another cup yet. Get through the learning curve and a couple of cycles with the one that you've got. Figure out what you like/don't about it and then use that information to decide whether or not you'd like another cup to replace it or just to augment it. Many of us have different cups for different needs such as high/low cervix days or heavy/light days. Figure out if your Diva fits any of those categories. For example, I use mine inside out on not-too-heavy days that I want a soft cup like in the beginning when things are extra sensitive and BLECH down there. We are all different so you will probably have different days and reasons for your cups.
Kathlynekathlyne on October 12th, 2015 09:08 pm (UTC)
As usual, I second Kuradi (get through the learning curve before buying another cup), and I just wanted to add that the pressure/crampy feeling may go away over time as your body gets used to the cup.
perideaux on October 16th, 2015 02:47 am (UTC)
The worst, or rather most expensive, part about using cups is that there is no such thing as a unanimously good or bad cup...a cup that I absolutely cannot use because it leaks nonstop (Lunette!) could be the perfect cup for you.

Try the advice given in the other comments. The pressure/cramps could also be caused by the cup being too far down, so try wearing it higher up (flipping it inside out can help if your cervix is too low to push the cup up higher). As stated in another comment your body could just be adjusting to cups so the cramping could go away in a few days/cycles, don't get a new cup just yet.