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Posted to vaginapagina also but have gotten no replies so I thought I'd try here too...

First, background: I've been using a diva cup happily for around six years now (thanks to a lot of help from this community years ago!). For the majority of that time, I've only had to remove it twice a day, never leaked or anything.

Then,a little over a year ago I switched from the Pill to Nexplanon, the bc implant. I had no period for four months and got all excited, but then I started getting regular (monthly) periods again, boo.

Now, the issue: my last few periods have been HELL.super heavy, and my diva just can't keep up. Most of the blood still goes in the cup, and I'm confident that I'm putting it in right after 6 years of doing it, but yet I'm leaking pretty constantly. Even if I empty it every few hours. Now, I'm not sure if this is a diva problem and trying another cup would help, or a medical problem that I should find a doctor for, or if I should just suck it up (i use cloth pantiliners daily anyways for regular discharge). I'm this close to going back to the pill just so I can control my period again (I switched to the implant because I'm pretty sure I never want kids and didn't relish the idea of taking a pill every day forever).

risgroovechick on January 31st, 2016 07:18 am (UTC)
it could be your periods have changed and are just heavier now. that happened to me about 18mths ago and I was losing way more blood than I ever had before (heavy bleeding and clotting). I saw my doctor about it and she suggested and prescribed Cyklokapron (Tranexamic acid) which I now take on the 1st four days of my period to regulate the flow. it has worked well for me, as I didn't like the idea of using hormones to stabilise my periods and I like the fact that I don't need to take a pill every day. hth.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on January 31st, 2016 03:57 pm (UTC)
Whether you use your Diva or another cup, write down how much is in it each time you empty it and then tally it up day by day. That's good quantitative information to tell your doctor next time you see him. It might be that your periods are just changing or you might have something like fibroids -- which are more of a PITA than anything "bad."

If you think you want a higher capacity cup, check out the size and capacity charts at the Community FAQ or elsewhere online. There are many high capacity cups nowadays that might suit your needs.