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Jacqueline
Hello everyone,

I wanted to post here my experience as a first time user of the DivaCup.

I am using it on my period, and so far I've got no issues inserting it. It rides pretty high, to the point where I need to squat down to remove it.
I am not a hundred percent sure how to understand if it's fully open - especially because the other morning I had inserted it, and it seemed just fine, but...

And then... THE HORROR.
I was working, and I felt a weird wetness.
I went to check, and I basically starred as the protagonist of a horror, gory, bloody movie.
There was a huge leak, to the point where I got stained. I took out the cup, inserted it again, and everything seemed to be fine, but I had twenty minutes of panic / "OMG I am bloody" / What did I do wrong moment.

Any advice on preventing any further leaks? I try to make sure the cup is open once I insert it, but I always feel a small "depression" on the sides, and I don't know if this is normal or not.

Thanks!
 
negas0nic on May 27th, 2016 02:05 am (UTC)
What is your method for checking if the cup is open?
Jacquelineiachi on May 27th, 2016 02:12 am (UTC)
Usually I touch the rim, and see if it goes all the way round - does that make sense?
negas0nic on May 27th, 2016 02:20 am (UTC)
Yeah, I get what you're saying. Have you considered enlarging the holes around the rim of your cup? Because it sounds like you might not be getting enough air in the cup, and from a lot of the posts I've read on leaking issues with the diva enlarging the holes seems to do the trick.
Jacquelineiachi on May 27th, 2016 02:25 am (UTC)
I was thinking about that, but I don't have specific tools to do it with - I don't know how I could do it without breaking them...
negas0nic on May 27th, 2016 03:38 am (UTC)
Leather punch could work. As could heating up a tapestry or smaller gauged crochet hook or knitting needle and passing through the holes a couple of times. You could search up posts about enlarging diva holes to help give you more ideas.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on May 27th, 2016 09:26 am (UTC)
Skim/Read http://kuradi8.livejournal.com/ for more helpful hints in addition to the good advice you've gotten so far.
margalee on May 27th, 2016 10:47 am (UTC)
Diva cup was always a leaky nightmare for me. I never got it to work right. With regards to leaking, I find I do best with a cup that has a soft rim-- perhaps it is more flexible with my movements and cramping uterus, that it's less likely to break the seal. LUB rarely leaks on my, and neither does MeLuna classic (less springy than the Diva). Yuuki, similar firmness to Diva, was also a leaky cup for me.

If you don't want to buy a new cup just yet, the best troubleshooting tips for a leaky diva cup is to turn it inside out and see if you get a better fit, and to widen the holes as others mentioned.
SINicallyTwisted: Red Octopussinicallytwsted on May 27th, 2016 06:20 pm (UTC)
First time I used the Diva cup, I was worried about leaks too. So everytime I inserted mine, I would also do a twist and a slight tug when it was in. I don't know if that really does anything other than making myself mental believing it works but I didn't have leaks to worry about.