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So I am 27 years old, have 3 kids and have been a fairly happy Diva Cup user for the past 3 years.

I love my cup because it's easy, I'm familiar with it now, it's more comfortable than tampons and allows me more time between changes - mostly. However I have ALWAYS struggled with leaking. I have read soooo many forums and thought for the longest time it had to do with my technique. I pretty much just resolved that I'd always have to wear a panty liner because I've never had a leak free period. I'm mostly ok with this, until I read so many people who love their cup for being leak free - and I'm jealous!! I'm hoping someone may have more insight for me.

A few things I've noticed

1 - my cervix is tilted to one side quite a bit.

2 - In order to prevent profuse leaking I have to put my cervix in the cup. I know this lessens capacity but it seems I leak constantly, not when "full".

3 - I'm not sure I get the "suction" seal I should. It never seems super suctioned by any means, and the seal is easy to break. Do I need a more firm cup?

4 - I know the leakage isn't just residual slobber. I clean up up there and dry my cup before re-inserting to avoid any of that. Plus I used to struggle with that issue and know what it's like.

5 - The holes on my cup get more plugged on my heaviest days (early in my cycle), and I don't leak nearly as much on the last days when the holes don't plug as easily. Is this relevant?

Sorry for so much info! Just hoping to narrow down the possibilities. I'm open to trying a new cup, too, just not sure which direction to go from here! Just really hoping for totally dry and leak free periods.

Thanks!
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on March 28th, 2017 12:30 pm (UTC)
1. That doesn't matter.
2. Yeah, the cervix should be in the cup.
3. There shouldn't be suction.
4. Is it overflowing?
5. So enlarge the holes.

Skim/Read http://kuradi8.livejournal.com/ and follow the links to posts about suction and other myths.

Since you think you might want a different cup, flip your Diva inside out. That both shortens it and turns it from a pointy cup to a blunt cup. See if you like either of those features better.
obgyn_t on March 29th, 2017 12:19 pm (UTC)
Hello... sorry for my english i´m not a native speaker. And i´m not a cup user myself, i just know them from a professional point of view - having said that i do have quite a few patients i recommended menstrual cups to.
Did you give birth vaginally ? Then i´d like to recommend to you another cup, maybe you just need a cup with a stiffer ring, for example MeLuna Sporty XL. Sometimes leakge occurs when the cups rim is not rigid enough to unfold the lateral vaginal folds, which can be deeper after giving birth vaginally. Internal shape of the vagina resembles an "H", not like an "O". Therefore, some people with vagina experience leakage with tampons and cups, when menstrual fluid flows in one of the recesses.