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12 June 2016 @ 09:36 am
Hi all,
I've been using the divacup size 1 for a little less than a year. I'm 31, of average height, and obese.

Although I'm not having any problems insertion or removal, I am frustrated with the amount of time it takes me to do personal clean up. After I empty the diva cup I have to do an extensive amount of wiping to clean myself up before I re-insert. This can take a lot of time (which is in short supply) and toilet paper (which is just wasteful and annoying, as my house's plumbing is old). I have no notion if this is normal or not, as my other friends don't have as heavy a flow as I do (most of them use hormonal BC). I have a pretty heavy flow due to a copper IUD (need to empty the diva cup every 8-9 hours the first 2 days of my period) but I'm not sure that's the issue. Also I very rarely suffer leaks (unless I don't empty it frequently enough on heavy days) so I don't think size is the issue either. When I use tampons it is not at all a problem.

Is this a common issue? Would bumping up a size help in avoiding it? Any advice would be appreciated!
jourdanicus on June 12th, 2016 04:41 pm (UTC)
Do you mean you wipe up the cup with TP? I usually just dump mine in the toilet, rinse it thoroughly in the sink, and reinsert. A menstrual cup is gonna be a little more time-intensive than tampons/pads regardless, but rinsing in the sink takes me waaaaay less time than trying to wipe out all the blood (after dumping it).

If you're referring to wiping yourself, I use wet wipes (which need to be thrown away, because they clog up city sewage systems, and since you say you have old plumbing then they'd probably clog your system too after a while). I only need 1-2 to get my own parts all wiped up after reinsertion. Also using a liner/light pad helps keep my undies clean just in case I missed anything.

Also, you're lucky to only have to empty your cup every 8 hours on your first 2 days. I have a copper IUD also and there's at least 1 day per period for me when I'm emptying it every 2 hours on the dot. Sigh.

Anyway, did that help?
Kawaiilildreamerkawaiililme on June 12th, 2016 05:25 pm (UTC)
Yes, I did mean wiping myself. This was helpful, because it still sounds like I'm having way more clean-up to do. It's almost comparable to wiping yourself after wearing just a pad!

Glad I don't have to empty it that frequently though :o(
jourdanicus on June 12th, 2016 05:27 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it gets messy, especially when your flow is heavy. This is totally personal preference but I've also found that it helps if I trim my pubes. Less stuff for the blood to stick to, haha.
negas0nic on June 12th, 2016 07:34 pm (UTC)
Have you considered emptying it a little more often? I think what might be happening is that your cup might either be spilling inside of you or possibly even getting a build up of blood above the cup. I say this because I experience the same thing when I wait a little too long to empty my cup at work (I'm a CNA, so I can't always get to the bathroom right when I need to). I don't leak, but when I remove the cup there's quite a bit of cleanup required.
Kawaiilildreamerkawaiililme on June 12th, 2016 07:36 pm (UTC)
I should probably try that. I'm a teacher, so I have the same issue with getting to the bathroom when I need to. I may also get a higher capacity one to help deal. Thank you!
olimoolimo on June 12th, 2016 09:16 pm (UTC)
I'm not a newbie with cups, but I've never made it a custom to empty the cup in the toilet. I only do it in the shower and wash away anything that might be on the vagina walls. Even if I happen to take the cup out in the toilet, I go to the shower to wash myself and the cup, and reinsert the cup.

If I had to empty the cup at work, I'd try to take a bottle of water to the toilet to rinse the cup, and also some wet wipes for myself.

Edited at 2016-06-12 09:18 pm (UTC)
citrinesunset: Fountain pencitrinesunset on June 13th, 2016 01:05 pm (UTC)
I've found that because cups don't absorb like tampons and pads, I do get a bit wet when removing my cup sometimes. What I do is hold a small wad of toilet paper under the cup with my spare hand as I pull it out, so that any fluid on the outside of the cup gets on the toilet paper rather than my skin. I find it takes less toilet paper to do that than to wipe myself dry.
bklynmom on June 14th, 2016 01:42 am (UTC)
I wipe after I replace the cup. Otherwise sometimes I feel like I can't keep up with my flow when it's heavy. Maybe that will help you.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on June 15th, 2016 01:59 pm (UTC)
Since you're a teacher and short on bathroom breaks (I feel your pain--I do private teaching and often have students back to back) how about trying the SuperJennie for better capacity? I think it's the same length as the Diva, 70mm with stem (a ltitle too short for me but fine for you if the Diva isn't causing problems in that department). It does sound like blood is backing up and just gushing out when you empty the cup.

My own cervix is so high that I need to sumo-squat to get cups out--which means the bathtub is usually the only place I can empty it--and I can just splash some water on myself to get residual blood off. But in a public place you probably can't do that, so a higher capacity cup may be the answer. As a bonus, softer cups are less suctiony and less likely to mess with your IUD!