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Technical difficulties? [21 Jun 2014|06:09pm]
mariesa1
So I am an 18 year old virgin. I am very comfortable with my vagina, and I decided to switch from tampons to cups! I bought a divacup size 1. I was and still am super excited to use them. I started using them this first cycle and the first day was great! Not much difficulty putting in the cup and not bad to take out. I only changed it in the morning and at night, no leaks, no nothing! Was comfortable (except the stem that I cut off the second time inserting)

Day two was not so rosy... I stupidly decided to go out with the cup in and not prepared for leaks. Sure enough I leaked after four hours? So that was a catastrophe in the public restroom. Needless to say I went home freaked out and put in a tampon for day two. I used tampons for the rest of the night because my vagina was very irritated (I don't know why the cup would cause this?)

Day three I put in the cup, no issues inserting. And I leaked after like 2 hours?! It wasn't even full?! It was like not even a quarter full. I am very distraught, since I seem to be doing every thing right! I put it in with no issues, I try to turn it as much as I can. If I can't turn it 360 then I reach in with one finger to basically circle around the whole cup to make sure that it's fully open. Which it was. The leakage was not leftover blood in the vagina from before. And when I took it out I even heard the seal break?!

I want to know what I am doing wrong? I'm very in tune with my vaginal health and I really do not want to switch back to tampons as they gave me infections. Pads are not even remotely an option for me lol. And I really do not want to pay another $40 for a different cup!!!

HELPPPPP! Haha
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What's the difference? [19 Mar 2014|08:18pm]
itbyatran
Hi everyone!
I've been a diva for more than three years now. My diva cup worked wonders for me. I received it the day I was leaving for my vacation which was the day after I had started my period. During my whole trip I didn't have to worry about how many tampons I had in my bag or if blood had leaked through onto my underwear. I do wear an underwear liner for those heavier days and sometimes on the lighter days as well. The point of this post is to find out if there is really a difference when it comes to the model 1 or model 2. I just had a baby and I saw that the model 2 was for women who have delivered children. But, is there really a difference? I saw in some other Diva's posts that it was a size difference. Is there anything else? I don't want to go out and spend $40 dollars on the model 2 especially when I bought the model 1 for less than $15. I'm pretty sure when I purchased mine it was $9 excluding tax and s&h. Please let me know if I have no choice but to buy the model 2. Another quick question, when I remove my cup it does hurt from the suction. Does the model 2 not have such a strong suction or something?
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Having some trouble... [03 Dec 2012|06:50pm]

auntieaimee
[ mood | confused ]

This is my second cycle using the Diva Cup. I'm 36 and I've never given birth but I am a "big girl" (5' 9"). I use the size 2 Diva Cup. When I insert it, it seems to go in with no problem, but within a few minutes, it kind of slides down, so that I can feel the base of it poking out of my vagina when I'm walking. And when I'm sitting, I have a "full" feeling. Kind of like the feeling you get when you use tampons for the very first time. Either A) I'm using it wrong or B) I should be using the smaller size? Can anyone provide some feedback?

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Argh... Super Suction [10 Nov 2012|11:09am]
shanoxitron
[ mood | cranky ]

So, I was really excited about this product but I'm getting so frustrated. I'm on my second cycle attempt and it's still not working. It takes me about 10 minutes to get the cup in. I have to do it in the shower because it is so incredibly messy. And once it's in, it always leaks. I've discovered that it's leaking because it isn't opening up. It unfolds but becomes suctioned flat. I can't turn it no matter how hard I try. I've used two different methods for insertion, saw that there were several others and I'm going to try them out. But in the meantime, I have to get on with my life. I can't wait at home to see if the cup is going to leak all over the place and stain yet another pair of underwear and/or pants! Has anyone else had this problem? Can you tell me what I'm doing wrong?

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Who can compare the old and new Diva Cups? [30 Aug 2012|02:02pm]

ext_1300569
Hi,

I have a Diva Cup for 6 years ago, and as I want to buy a new one, I wonder about the Diva Cup modifications which appeared in 2007.
Look at this entry: http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/969660.html
In this entry, nobody tell the differences when inserting and wearing.

Is someone (who have or have had both) able to tell if there are some differences, chiefly if there is a difference for the opening after insertion?
I want to know this because I have often read that the Diva Cup is difficult to pop open, but I don't think so with mine (the old model), is it only true for the newer model (for people who have or have had both) or it depens mostly on the diferent persons?     
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little problem... [29 Jun 2012|09:48am]
thearianne
So, i've been using the Diva cup for 3 days now and i really like it.

At first, i had a little bit of discharge and it collected it well.

But now, when i wipe there is blood so my "real" period has started, but there is NO blood at all in my divacup or around it... there is still some discharge but nothing red like when i wiped....

Is it normal? I don't have any leak either so i assume the divacup is placed properly...

Anyone experienced the same?
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Squishiness [22 Apr 2012|11:44am]

solunelle
For those of you that have or have had the both sizes of the Diva Cup, do you find that there is a difference in squishiness between sizes?
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[10 Mar 2012|11:19pm]

ditaykan
So a friend of mine has a divacup (I bought it for her for Christmas/Yule/Winter Holiday), and she loves it except for one thing: apparently it hurts to remove. I figured it was an issue of breaking the suction, and recommended a few ways to do that. She's evidently still having issues, though. What can she do to stop it from hurting? Could it be that her cervix is just sensitive?
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Tilted & jilted [03 Sep 2011|06:14pm]

ext_774167
[ mood | aggravated ]

I've read some other people have similar issues ... I have a tilted cervix and I think this is part of my problem with the Diva Cup. I am 35, no kids, but also very petite and tight down there. I am beginning to think that with a tilted cervix and a small vagina that this product is not meant for me. :P

When inserted it goes to one side and the stem pokes me. However, I can only get it out by tugging on the stem so I can't cut it off. I also cannot grab it and turn it and it is not unfolding and thus leaking. I have tried both insertion methods, no luck. I am not putting it all that far up in there, but it is as if it gets sucked up further after I put it in and I am not able to keep hold of & turn the bottom. I can only reach the stem.   I want to love this, I really do, for numerous reasons, but I cannot make it work. All of this in and out and trying hurts. At this point and I beyond frustrated and wearing a tampon and liner like normal.

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[08 Jun 2011|09:19am]

hexeengel
I'm just about at the end of my rope. Without fail, every month, my Diva cup leaks for the first two days of my period. Yes, those are my heaviest days, but it doesn't matter how often I empty it. I check the holes, I can spin it, when I tug (gently) on it it feels like suction is good, but it still leaks. Is there anything else I can do? I hate wearing a back-up pad, but I'm at a loss here.

Other info: I'm 29, two kids, using the bigger size, Paragard IUD for BC.

Thanks ladies.

x-posted
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first day [21 Nov 2010|09:43pm]
jessica2863
So I am trying the Divacup for the first time today.  It seems to be going just fine, but I cannot turn it when it gets in so I never know if it's in there right.  When I go to take it out though I just grab the end and pull.  It makes the most terrible noise and I will not be doing that in public!  But if I know that it's suctioned in do I really need to worry about the turning.  I know that I have a very interesting anatomy and there's all kind of sutff going on up there that makes me think that maybe turning it is not an option for me, but I read that I should be able to turn it very easily once it's in.  Should I not worry if it seems to have the necessary suction?  I am feeling a little bit of pain, but I think it's cause I am just pulling it out and from now on I will pinch the cup before pulling it out to release the suction.  Also, sometimes the tip is practically sticking out!  Is that normal?  When I use the bathroom and wipe I actually feel it!! Thanks for your suggestions, I am glad that I finally bit the bullet and bought one.  I started clinicals last week and cannot wear white scrubs while I am wearing a pad or a leaking tampon!! 
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Pain from using the diva cup? [02 May 2010|04:59pm]

kittenbabe
I have been using my diva cup for 2 cycles now. The cup itself is great. I got the hang of inserting it pretty quickly, and don't even feel it anymore.

I just have an issue after using it. On the 4th or 5th day of my period, I start to feel a little sore inside, especially after I take the cup out. And that soreness turned to excruciating pain when I tried to have sex last night.

The first month, I just thought that I was getting used to it, but now I'm really starting to worry about it. The pain lasted a couple of hours and then I went back to being a little sore.

I've never had this issue before. I had used tampons before as well as the Instead disposable cups and both were fine.

Is the diva cup just not for me? I love everything else about it.
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Newbie [24 Mar 2010|09:10am]

acynth1216
Hey been watching diva cup community for a while. This is my second cycle using the diva cup. Let me just say it takes a lot of patience!! I've gotten the diva cup to work properly a few times during these two cycles.

I have problems getting it open. I use the model 1, never had kids and I'm 18 years old. I try to give it a few seconds to open but nothing seems to work. The few times I got it in properly seemed like I just got lucky.

Does any one have any suggestions to GETTING THE DIVA CUP TO POP OPEN?

Thank you so much! 
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Considering a DivaCup [23 Mar 2010|11:52pm]

deweyintoronto
So I'm considering a DivaCup for a many reasons, but mostly because between when I got pregnant and when I got my period back (thank you, breastfeeding!) it seems the cost of feminine hygiene products has gone through the roof. Or maybe they were always that expensive and I'm just a lot more cheap frugal now that I have a child? I don't know. Anyway, I have a couple of questions:

1. I use a diaphragm. Is the learning curve to insert the Diva any steeper?
2. Is the DivaWash really necessary, or can I just use the super-gentle, all-natural soap I already use for on my daughter?
3. Do you own two so you can keep one at home and one at work, or just carry it around with you?

Thanks in advance!
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Staining [19 Mar 2010|04:52pm]

candyapple_31
I have had my diva cup for 9 months now and I love it! I will never go back to tampons and pads. I am trying to get my friends to buy them and make a little diva cup army! Anywoo, in the past several months I have noticed that my diva cup is getting pretty stained. I clean it properly but I just can't get the stains out. I read on the diva cup site before I bought mine that it will become discolored over time and that eventually I will need a new one. Does anyone have any advice on how to get the stains and discoloration out or do I need to break down and get a new one?
Thanks!
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[30 Jan 2010|02:14pm]

djmadadam
With the choice of its nomenclature, the new iPad is already setting off quite a stir in the media.

Apple's response is to create a version of the device for the more rough and tumble, athletic man, aptly called the iCup.

Any thoughts?
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[04 Jan 2010|03:14pm]

osweetcarolina
I got my Diva Cup a few days ago. At first, I love it - no problems, but then when I reach my heavy days it starts leaking. I'm twisting and feel like it's inserted far enough. I won't go up any farther. I can feel it expand but when I feel with my finger its somewhat flattened, but still right up against the wall of my vagina. I have very heavy periods which I why I tried the cup in the first place (tampons just don't cut it - I can fill the cup most of the way in just a few hours) but there's kindof no point in using it if it leaks. It also is uncomfortable to remove - the rim gets stuck at the beginning of my vagina for a few seconds and it does not feel good. Any tips? I don't want to give up on this but I can't deal with the insecurity of leaking.
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Another newbie who can't get it working. [27 Aug 2009|09:59am]

blkrabbitofinle
Hey folks. I've had my divacup for over a year now, and I've been trying it once or twice most months, and it still doesn't seem to be working right. I do the fold in half thing, aim towards the tailbone, push it back rather than in, etc.

I feel it unfold, but I have never been able to turn it. It leaks, and I don't think I have a proper seal, although it rides up and sits in place. When it is up and in place though, it has a definite lean to one side - is this normal? It's always to the same side, and I can feel the stem pressing against the right side of the labia/entrance. If I prod it a bit to try and get it sitting right it doesn't dig in uncomfortably much, although sometimes it does. I have trimmed the stem because when it was long it dug in uncomfortably much even when it seemed to be reasonably balanced.

I've read through posts here and through numerous other websites but I still don't understand what I'm doing wrong, or what I can try to make a difference. Any suggestions would be really appreciated, I really want to make this work! My friend has one and says it's the best thing ever and that she didn't have any trouble getting hers to work. Perhaps my vagina is a funny shape? :(
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Too big? [22 Aug 2009|11:40am]
lilymatee
 I just bought a diva cup, and tried to get it in but, uh, it won't even go in half an inch. It's enormous! I'm 19, and a virgin, and I've never used tampons so maybe I just need to stretch? But it seems to big it won't even get close to going in. Any suggestions? I've tried a few different folds and no luck. Does it work better if you do it in the shower? (I'm thinking, everything is more slippery then)

Any suggestions would be great...I want this to work!!

Thanks

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I love/hate this thing [28 Apr 2009|07:37pm]

onekatietwo
So I heard about this a few years ago from a friend who loves it to death. I couldn't bring myself to get it because of the gross-out factor. I do not like my vagina and menstrual blood makes me sick. I am far from a love-your-body-and-all-things-womanly feminist.
However, a couple days ago, I decided to just get over it. Seriously, the supposed benefits were really well worth it. Anyway, I am getting so pissed off by buying tampons, I really can't afford them anymore.
So I went to the store and bought a divacup (seriously, who comes up with these names?) I was out of tampons and used my very last money (as in I had to deposit my extra change so the check I wrote for the divacup wouldn't bounce) to purchase this thing, so I really didn't allow failure to be an option.
At first I was kind of excited. The girl at the check out was so excited that I was buying one and spent about five minutes raving about how awesome it was. Additionally, I felt really free by the idea of never having to buy a stupid, over-priced box of tampons ever again. AAAANNNDDD the visual of how many tampons I have thrown away sitting in some landfill or.. like... wherever they put them REALLY disturbs me. It seems like 40 percent of the trash I produce is related to these dumb things.

Anyway, enough of that.

The diva cup is driving me nuts! i have been pouring over forums and blogs and comments and everything about them and have tried all these tips, but it's not being too successful. Granted, I have only had it for about two days, but I've seriously inserted it and reinserted it so many times that I'm actually SORE. I'm posting here as a bit of a last ditch effort in hopes that one of you has a similarly shaped body and has managed to resolve some of the issues that i have.

Ok. So, my problems:
It is either sitting so low that it's kind of uncomfortable (not much, definitely something I could easily deal with if it actually worked) and works its way out as I sit down/stand up/bend over through out the day, or its sitting higher and my vagina decides to slowly eat it, causing leaks and making removal extremely messy, rather difficult, mildly painful, and it breaks off my rather weak nails, which is a little disappointing, because I like giving myself manicures.

Once in a while, it will work itself WAY up in there so its super hard to fish out, but it WILL hold the seal and not leak, which leads me to believe that maybe it is SUPPOSED to be way up in there (like a tampon) and I just need to try that more until I get the right angle. However, the images in the directions and the extreme difficulty in removing it when it works itself up there lead me to believe that it is NOT supposed to be that far in.

Does anybody have any suggestions? It's only been a few days so I definitely am going to keep trying. I haven't had too many problems with getting a seal, and if I'm just sitting around the house and not walking or moving a lot it really works fairly well ( I just have to check it often.) Even walking hasn't given me too many problems. Hoever, I usually bike and I haven't even wanted to try since I've used it. I'm sure it would fall out or work itself way up in there.

Sorry this is so long. I guess I'm just really desperate and really want it to work.
I would try some different brands or sizes, but I REALLY don't have the money for that (as was already stated.) You have no idea how much 20-30 dollars is to me these days.
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