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kripaluyogini
03 January 2016 @ 04:50 pm
36 years old
Not a virgin but no longer sexually active
Active with strong pelvic muscles
Medium Flow
Diva Cup #1 Model
C Fold Used

I'm committed to using a menstrual cup for various reasons. This is my first cycle using the Diva cup and it's going fairly well.

Insert is fine and although I have a bit of a hard time getting it to pop open, I assume it's opening as my flow is being collected (mostly). I place the cup so the stem is just outside of the vaginal opening but, inevitably, the cup moves higher so that the stem is just inside the opening and also tilted so that the stem is not straight down but pointed to the right. It's comfortable though.

My issue is small but consistent leakage. I wore the Diva Cup for 6 hours on an average flow day. The entire time there was some light flow collecting on the pad (wearing a pad as I'm learning). The cup wasn't even halfway filled. Plenty of space left.

Upon taking the cup out after the six hours I observe that most of the flow is going into the cup, however some of it seems to have clogged one hole and possibly is flowing over that side rim? I think that's the leakage.

Any tips or insights as to why this is happening? Thanks so much, this is a great community!
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on January 3rd, 2016 11:23 pm (UTC)
You're doing fine. :o) You're just in the dreaded learning curve and you'll figure it out in no time. As for holes, the Diva's are notoriously small. Don't be afraid to enlarge them.

Skim/Read http://kuradi8.livejournal.com/ for more answers to common questions.
jourdanicus on January 3rd, 2016 11:56 pm (UTC)
It sounds like your cup is sitting slightly off-center, and blood is running alongside it as well as into it. If I were you, I would try to place it as far up as you can. If the cup and stem are long and your cervix is low, the stem may stick out of your vagina a bit, but that's not necessarily the way that it has to be. I think the insertion instructions that come with the cups advise setting it lower than it needs to be, probably as a safety precaution, but I always put mine in as far as I can get it so that it's sitting snugly around my cervix.

It might help to feel around inside your vagina before putting it in to get an idea of where your cervix sits, how far up it is, etc. It's probable that your cervix is at an angle since you say your cup ends up tilted. That happens to me too, because my uterus is off to the left side of my body and my cervix points toward the right wall of my vagina, so my cup ends up sitting tilted. If this is happening to you it's likely that that's how it's meant to sit, so you might as well insert it that way if that's how it ends up. After insertion, gently swirl a finger around between the rim of the cup and the walls of your vagina. If you can't feel your cervix, that means the cup is hugging it properly - like this (o) basically - and you shouldn't experience any leakage.

If you still leak after only a few hours, then you may need a higher capacity cup, *if* you want to have to empty it less often. Even though cups are safe to leave in for 12 hours, more often than not unless you're just spotting, you will have to empty them more often than that. That's just how it is. It's also possible that you have what's called a dangly cervix, but I don't know much about how that works - maybe someone else can explain it. :)

Edited at 2016-01-03 11:58 pm (UTC)
kripaluyoginikripaluyogini on January 4th, 2016 01:49 am (UTC)
Thank you both for the replies and advice. I did feel for the position of my cervix this AM for the purpose of cup position. Prior to to that, I never even thought about my cervix! I felt it off to the left side and I think a little high (high compared to what, I don't know).

After the cup was inserted I tried to feel for my cervix but it was hard to get my finger around the cup. I think the cervix was in the cup, and it also seems to be pointing to the right. I think maybe I made my cervix sore by poking at it too much when I was locating it. Whoops.

Thanks again so much for the tips and help. I don't really want to try another cup and would like to make this Diva work. I'm determined!

Other than the spotting (which I will get resolved) I am loving the cup. It seems to be cleaner, less toxic, less drying, more convenient, and just healthier overall.

ysalkeld on January 4th, 2016 02:50 am (UTC)
could it be residual slobber? i experience this in the beginnings of my cycle (only a few drops on a tiny pad, still better than a tampon/pad combo). i learned about this from looking/reading info on this site:)
kripaluyogini: pic#125743053kripaluyogini on January 4th, 2016 03:16 am (UTC)
It's possible, yes. I looked for the definition of the phrase and it could fit. However it was pretty consistent (light) flow for most of the six hours I had the cup in. I would think the "slobber" would appear right after insertion, maybe an hour beyond at the most, depending how viscous and the volume. But to have it still after six hours doesn't seem likely. It's more than a few drops as well. Seems 70% went into the cup and 30% onto the pad. Not a light pad either, an overnight one.

I'm wondering if the position of the cervix is doing what you mentioned above. Mostly getting into the cup but also down the side. I did notice one hole was blocked (the others were clear) and that there was blood not only in that hole where my cervix is, but on the underside of that rim.

It would be easier if we had x-Ray vison when inserting and positioning our cups!

Edited at 2016-01-04 03:26 am (UTC)
swwav on January 4th, 2016 09:50 am (UTC)
Seconding the hole enlarging! I had the same problem as you in the beginning, but my Diva's been working beautifully for me since I made the holes larger. I used the smallest setting on a leather hole punch to do it, but I'm sure there are other ways too. I'd imagine that and/or the cup position in relation to your cervix are the culprits, so hopefully you get your cup working well for you soon!
kripaluyoginikripaluyogini on January 4th, 2016 11:36 pm (UTC)
My period has ended for this month so I'll have to continue the experimentation next month. I'm going to enlarge the holes though and see if that helps. I have a feeling it will.

Thanks for the replies and tips all!