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20 April 2016 @ 11:03 am
I am trying to get some help troubleshooting my diva cup. I am on my second month of epic failing! I am going to make sure this post goes where I expect it too, then get to the nitty gritty of my issues!
Thanks for having me.
lmggirl on April 20th, 2016 06:25 pm (UTC)
Month 2 od Diva Cup failure
I am not understanding what I am doing wrong. I am a mature user (over 30) and have been pregnant 7 times, 2 vaginal births, a couple Csections, several d&cs due to miscarriages. I thought this menstrual cup stuff would be crazy easy because I am used to being hands on with my anatomy. Wrong, so wrong. With all of my previous issues I bleed a lot and am tired of using a tampon and an overnight pad and still leaking at work.

Last month I received my diva cup about midway through my period so it was more at a medium flow. I tried inserting it and going to work, pad in place just in case. I was crazy impressed with myself on that first insert at home. I did the Cfold and actually inserted it pretty easily. Then at work I had to use the restroom and thinking insertion was so easy I took it out to dump it out has I'd read. Huge mistake. I couldn't get it back in properly. I was on break, running out of time and just sorta put it up there, but was unable to get it to pop open all the way. I could feel a painful pressure too. There was a bit of panic and me trying to reinsert a few times. All bad. I finally just left it up there. It was very uncomfortable, but worked moderately well seeing as it was not inserted properly. I cleaned it up and figured I'd give it another go this month.

So AF showed up this morning. I watched a ton of YouTube videos on different folds. Again I am sitting uncomfortable, pretty sure I've inserted it incorrectly because of the pressure sensation and sore from my fingernails kinda pinching and scratching as I tried to insert. Attempting the 360 spin that inevitability ends up with me gouging my lady bits with a finger nail! *ouch* Any sugestions would be greatly appreciated. I really want to love this product.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on April 20th, 2016 07:33 pm (UTC)
1.The Diva has TINY anti-suction holes around the rim. They help with popping open and also with removal. It often helps to enlarge them. After you have done so...

2. The Diva is one of the longer-bodied brands and is too long for many (including myself.) Try flipping the Diva inside out to shorten it and see if it fits you better that way. It's perfectly OK to wear it that way if it does. And no, you don't have to rotate the cup.

3.You also seem to be rushing the insertion process.

Skim/Read http://kuradi8.livejournal.com/ for helpful hints that will (hopefully) make the Diva work for you. Try to get the cup that you already own to work before you buy another. That will give you a better idea of what features you'll want in your next one.
lmggirl on April 20th, 2016 08:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link. My cup and I need therapy. We arent getting along. I am going to try enlarging the holes. I have been told time and again I have a very long vagina with a high tilted cervix so I am sure that is part of the issue too. I'm gonna check out your link thanks!
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on April 20th, 2016 09:12 pm (UTC)
Oh, if you're long, then you probably don't need to flip your cup inside out. Tilted cervix doesn't matter. I think enlarging the holes will help and so will adjusting your insertion technique. For me, turning the cup (before insertion) so the fold faces "the other way" made a HUGE difference. So did nudging the base to aim the cup better. I hope such small changes make a big difference for you too.
citrinesunset: Fountain pencitrinesunset on April 21st, 2016 02:51 am (UTC)
Honestly, it took me a few cycles to feel consistently confident inserting my cups. I'm not sure if you're doing anything "wrong." There can be a bit of a learning curve when it comes to getting the cup to open every time and learning to insert it so that it's positioned correctly. With my Diva cup in particular, maybe because it's longer than my other cups, I do find that I can feel some pressure if it's at an odd angle or something.

Also, in a public place like work, you're going to be more pressed for time and may also have less space to stand/sit differently if you're having trouble with insertion.

There's no need to give the cup a 360 degree spin. It seems like most people don't really find that possible to do, or necessary. And there are other ways of checking if the cup has opened and adjusting it if it's not. You can insert a finger alongside the cup to feel if it's closed in on itself.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on April 21st, 2016 01:06 pm (UTC)
Try using lube (either KY Jelly or something like coconut oil) and maybe a different fold, like the 7-fold. You can try some other complex folds here: https://menstrualcupforteens.wordpress.com/folds-and-insertion/ - the more complex the fold, the more easily it pops open. Doesn't matter that we're not teens anymore :)

And yes yes yes to enlarging the suction holes. I'm honestly rather shocked that Diva hasn't figured this out and fixed this.

I also have a very high, tilted cervix and even as a seasoned cup user who needs extremely soft cups (the Diva and anything on that level is WAY too firm) I will sometimes partially miss my cervix if it tilts in a direction other than the one it's usually sitting in. Happened yesterday--of course on the one day I was teaching several back to back private students and didn't have even a few minutes in between the students to go adjust my cup.
seaweed88: pic#126028927seaweed88 on April 23rd, 2016 03:16 pm (UTC)
No need to spin your cup. I have never done this and never even tried to do it.

If you haven't see this video yet, it's really helpful imo. I like her trick about the punch down fold around 2:20. It works well for me with the ruby cup..