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Carmen
15 November 2016 @ 01:39 pm
I've been using a cup for about six months now. I started with the DivaCup, and that's how I found this community because the DivaCup just didn't fit my body correctly. I liked the firmness of the DivaCup and had no leaks at all with it, but it was too long for me during actual menstruation while my cervix is quite low. Playing around with it when I didn't have my period taught me that a cup can actually be comfortable, but I needed something shorter during the time when I'm actively bleeding.

I found there to be a learning curve for comfortable insertion and no leaking. I had some luck turning the DivaCup inside out, but it was still too long for me to be comfortable. Once in a while I would get the perfect insertion where it would stay in place with no leaks and no discomfort for hours. I stuck it out knowing that it could be that way! I loved not having to carry pads or tampons, not dealing with the string or mess. And since my periods tend to be really irregular, I could start wearing a cup a few days before expecting anything. I tend to have days and days on end of spotting, and the cup was great for that.

The next cup I ordered was the Meluna Shorty - size large. While my periods are usually light, some months I do have very heavy days. I wanted something large enough to hold my flow, and short enough to fit in my vaginal canal without causing irritation. And the Meluna does fit these criteria. However, the material is much softer than the DivaCup and I'm having multiple issues with leaking and blow-by. I would really love to be able to put my cup in without having to wear a pad (I've developed a sensitivity to even unscented pads, and I haven't found a cloth pad yet that doesn't make me feel like I'm wearing a diaper). The Meluna does well on days when I am spotting. But once my flow starts, I notice that there is usually blood or other gunk in my underwear throughout the day that makes its way past the cup. And at night, I usually end up with major leakage even when the cup is only halfway full. I suspect that when I am laying down, the material of the cup does not form an adequate bond/suction to keep blood from flowing down behind it and making its way out.

That brings me to my question: is there a cup on the market with the firmness of the DivaCup that comes in multiple sizes so that I could find one short enough to fit comfortably inside me? I am 46 and have given birth twice. Thank you!
 
perigrineperigrine on November 15th, 2016 11:32 pm (UTC)
My Yuuki is a fairly firm cup that comes in 2 sizes.

As for cloth, you could try and make your own, custom fitting and all. It doesn't need to be expensive, and it can be done by hand.
Christy Velez-Noblechristyxvx on November 15th, 2016 11:52 pm (UTC)
Another alternative to cloth pads is "period panties" like Thinx underwear or Luna Panties.

Have you tried turning the cup inside out and try shortening it that way? Just until you find the cup that works- might make it more comfortable until you find the right cup.
rebecca2525rebecca2525 on November 16th, 2016 08:02 am (UTC)
The Meluna cups come in different firmness: soft, classic and sport, with sport being the firmest. Which firmness do you have? 

Another low cervix cup is the FemmyCycle Low Cervix. It's a soft cup, but apparently that cup works slightly differently than other cups and it's not necessary that it plops up completely and form a seal. So as I understand it, the softness should not be that much of a problem with that one.
Carmengardenmama on November 16th, 2016 10:14 pm (UTC)
I have the classic Meluna Shorty, size large. I suppose I could just try the sport firmness and see if that fixes the problem. I notice the classic doesn't hold its shape very well, usually coming out looking more oval than round.
ar-row/vidarovd on November 16th, 2016 04:27 pm (UTC)
I like the "instead" softcup, mysef.
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on November 16th, 2016 06:04 pm (UTC)
A lot of people who have the combination of heavy flow + low cervix seem to do well with the large Fleur. I only have a small Fleur, but it is comparable in firmness to the Diva (if anything the bottom of the Fleur is firmer). I think the Lena is relatively similar in shape and cost if you have trouble finding a Fleur.
Christy Velez-Noblechristyxvx on November 17th, 2016 03:38 am (UTC)
eyaf_lemeyaf_lem on November 18th, 2016 10:40 pm (UTC)
Fleur cup or super Jennie both good for low cervix and heavy flow. Just trim the stems off
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on November 19th, 2016 11:48 pm (UTC)
Compare your Diva to other brands using this or any of the MANY size charts found online. http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ In the mean time, try flipping your Diva inside out to both shorten it and to give it a blunt base. See if it fits you better that way. It's perfectly OK to wear it that way if it does.