geri (gerimaple) wrote in menstrual_cups,

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diva causing incontinence?

I'm recovering from a motor vehicle accident, and thus am on crutches at the moment. (nothing serious, just lots and lots of soft tissue damage that means I can't put much weight on my left leg.) Just to make things more interesting, my period started this morning (less than three weeks after the last one, peri-menopause irregularities can suck it), and today I have run into the same problem three times. I get to the toilet, and no matter how hard I try and hold it, i start urinating before I can get my pants off. This has happened intermittently before, but today was awful - not to mention damned embarrassing when you can't change your pants without help :( Just occurred to me now to wonder if maybe the reason I can't cinch down on my bladder sphincter is because my Diva (size 2, used for nine years) is in the way. I've tried going to the bathroom sooner than I think I need to in case my bladder was just over-full, but that lead to the biggest miss (and mess) yet.

Now granted, I probably am not using the Diva properly, as I understand it from this group. I wear it quite low because that's what the instructions said to do when I bought the thing - the stem-entirely-removed base is one index-knuckle-length in from my pubic bone. Any higher and my flow misses the cup entirely. I am NOT interested in being lectured or retrained to use it differently - I don't have the spoons or wherewithal for that. If people think that yes it's the problem, I'll just switch to tampons for the rest of this cycle.

Anyone have any thoughts?
Tags: urination

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