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10 April 2007 @ 01:11 am
I'm a new divacup user, this is my first cycle with it.  After struggling through a couple dry-runs I thought I had this little cup figured out, but it seems like no matter how sure I am I have a good seal, it always seems that I leak a little bit. I don't know if checking the seal is the only way to prevent that or if there could be other reasons?  Also, it probably has to do with the leaking, but it is very rare that when I empty the cup I can avoid getting my hands and the outside of the cup messy.  And last question, is it abnormal that I emptied the cup about 5 times today and it was always had more that 1/4 ounce?  Thanks.
 
Mollyzapthatmonster on April 10th, 2007 06:25 am (UTC)
It could be that your vagina isn't used to the suction and is just like "SJDKNGFLKASDJBGDAS". I'd wait a couple more cycles -- It took me til my third or so to figure everything out and stop leaking completely.
Jenniferblackwingedrose on April 10th, 2007 07:30 am (UTC)
The amount is fairly normal. Is it your first day? It's incredible how much comes out in the first day - for me it's more than the rest of the cycle combined (um, I'd imagine. I don't feel like putting it in jars to be exact.)

I always leak a little bit when I take it out - my cervix likes to move around a lot depending on which part of the cycle I'm in, so it's hard to figure out a good 'method' (more like 'strategy') of removal. It's only a small bit, and easily cleaned, but I've been using my cup for about 11 months now and I haven't gotten rid of it.

I tried dry runs as well, but my cervix was in a totally different place so it wasn't a good example of how the cup 'sat' normally. Have you cut the stem off? (If there is one with the divacup. I have a mooncup, so I'm not sure!)
ever so slightly obsessedscien on April 10th, 2007 10:22 am (UTC)
How much are you leaking, just a few spots or proper leaking? if it's just a smudge of blood then it could well be coming from toutside of the cup (and the bottom of your vaginal canal).

That's really not very much, don't worry. Some people here empty the cup five times a day when it's overflowing! You can feel free to leave the cup in for longer.
thisisnotnew on April 10th, 2007 01:37 pm (UTC)
The first couple of days for me are generally a bit messy. I bleed a lot and if I don't change it every 2-3 hours the cup will overflow and I'll start leaking. With a full cup it's hard to squish it for removal without spilling any fluid. If my cup isn't full and I am still leaking I generally do some Kegels or go to the bathroom and tug it down just a little and then push it back in (without trying to break the seal). That usually adjusts it to the "perfect" spot. Also, I like to stir around my cup with my finger after I insert it to check that it opened and to wipe any residual blood out from below the cup. That usually prevents most light leaking! Good luck and stick with it! It usually takes at least 2-3 cycles to get used to it, so don't get too frustrated! In the meantime, invest in some nice black undies so that a little leaking doesn't ruin your panties.
angel1895angel1895 on April 10th, 2007 03:58 pm (UTC)
it may very well be that your just bleeding more than "normal" (I dislike that word lol")... but maybe you just have a thicker lining than other women... therefore you shed/bleed more

good luck to you!
trina107 on April 10th, 2007 09:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks to everyone who responded-- This being the third day, it seems to be going much better. I think that maybe it was just because it was the first time using the cup. Possibly not even because it was the first couple days of my period. Thanks for all the help-- I'll keep everything in mind. =)