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So I made the switch from pads and tampons to MCs earlier this year and went with the Diva cup because that was the one I had heard of and I figured, they're all basically the same shape. How different can they be? Oh how wrong I was. It has been leak after leak to the point that I have to wear a pad as backup which completely defeats the purpose of switching to cups. I don't mind having to wear a pantyliner but this is ridiculous. At first, I was just doing it wrong and that's probably why it's taken me until now to throw my hands up in frustration.

I got the Diva cup size 1 because I'm still a virgin and inserting two fingers is a pretty tight fit. On light-medium days, it performs fine but heavy days are a complete failure. I currently use the triangle fold with the folded part pointed towards my back and insert it until the rim is just past the pubic bone. Then I let go and usually it springs open and sucks itself up there. I'll grip the base and give it a turn and even run my finger around the sides to make sure it's fully open and that my cervix isn't sitting outside of the cup. But despite all that, it still leaks. A lot. And the cup won't even be full.

So here are some things I've found out:
1) My cervix sits low during my period. I can get to the second knuckle of my middle finger when I bump into it.
2) The Diva cup seems just a wee bit long but that might be the stem that I'm feeling as I haven't trimmed it. It doesn't bother me that much but I'll give it a haircut and see if there are any improvements next cycle.
3) I'm not convinced I'm getting a good seal with this cup. I can push it up and down quite easily.

My theory is that my cervix takes up all the space in the cup so I'm not getting anywhere near max capacity, and I hate that. I get that I could just empty it more often but I don't want to. The whole point of making the switch is so that I can wear it for longer and essentially forget about having a period. I'm thinking that this cup just doesn't suit my body. So now I'm looking into different cups but keep reading conflicting suggestions that ultimately conclude in the only way to know is to try the cup out. But I don't have money for that nor do I want the hassle of switching until something works. Should I go for something firmer? Softer? Wider? Shorter? Bigger? Right now I'm getting maybe 2-4 hours but ideally I want at least six for a heavy day.
rebecca2525rebecca2525 on December 14th, 2016 04:26 pm (UTC)
Does the leaking start immediately or only after some time? If the latter, then you are right in that your cervix is hogging part of the capacity. In that case, you're not doing anything wrong, and the only solution would be to look for a cup with a higher capacity. Cups with a bell shape tend to have a higher capacity, like the Lena or Fleur. Look at size comparison charts to see what possibilities are out there and compare them to the cup you have.
Hanh Nguyen on December 17th, 2016 07:41 am (UTC)
No it starts later on after a couple hours. I figured that was the case but I wanted to make sure I was troubleshooting everything seeing as I've already spent money on this cup.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on December 16th, 2016 01:31 pm (UTC)
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Enlarge the anti-suction holes around the rim.
Try wearing it flipped inside out to shorten it.
Hanh Nguyen on December 17th, 2016 07:42 am (UTC)
I thought enlarging the air holes only helped with getting the cup to open more easily and to break the seal. I don't really have issues with that. It's mainly a leaking problem. I did try wearing the cup inside out but it only leaked worse.
Kathlynekathlyne on December 18th, 2016 10:34 pm (UTC)
I had the same problem. I started with the Diva2. Your "tightness" isn't what decides what size you need. It's the length of your vaginal canal/height of your cervix/capacity need. I have a dangly cervix that takes up room in the cup. A bell shaped cup, rather than a pointy bottomed cup with provide you with more capacity/time, but probably not double what you are currently getting.

My suggestion is to get a size 2 bell-shaped cup.

The fleur cup worked so much better for me than the diva and lunette. I suggest the fleur or the SuperJennie. I get a little more capacity with the size 2 SuperJennie.

Hope that helps.
Hanh Nguyen on December 20th, 2016 10:00 pm (UTC)
Yes thank you! I think I'm going to try out the Fleurcup. The SuperJennie seems like it might be too long. Isn't that one designed for higher cervixes?
Kathlynekathlyne on December 23rd, 2016 02:32 am (UTC)
If your cervix is higher/vaginal canal is longer, than you can more comfortably wear a longer cup. Some folks have a very high cervix and need a longer cup just so that they can reach it for removal.

Compare the dimensions of the cups to the one you already have to see how big a difference there is and whether you think you can accommodate that extra length.