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jnclelland

Diva Cup Question

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Okay, after reading everyone raving about the Diva cup, I ordered one. I'm trying it for the first time today, and I REALLY want to like it, but I'm either doing something wrong, or else I'm just shaped funny. :blink: I'm pretty sure I'm inserting it right, but within a few minutes it slips down so that the stem - and even a bit of the base - is protruding from my vaginal opening, and it's NOT comfortable. After reading about how you're not supposed to even feel it, I think I must be doing something wrong. But it is forming a seal and it's not leaking, so is it possible that I'm just not shaped right for it? Any suggestions?

Jeanne

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Either you're not inserting it far enough or you may have to do kegel exercises (sp?) to tighten up your muscles so that it will stay in place.


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I think that they say that you can trim the stem if it bothers you. Have you checked their website? If it isn't leaking, I would imagine that you have it in place correctly. Were you able to spin the cup around once or feel that the cup has opened up? Sorry for the TMI, but I have been using this for over a year and it took me a cycle or two to get it down.


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I think that they say that you can trim the stem if it bothers you. Have you checked their website? If it isn't leaking, I would imagine that you have it in place correctly. Were you able to spin the cup around once or feel that the cup has opened up? Sorry for the TMI, but I have been using this for over a year and it took me a cycle or two to get it down.

Yeah, I looked at the web site and read the directions carefully, and after a few tries I was able to spin it, so I don't think that's the problem. I may try trimming the stem, but I think it's slipping low enough that even the base of the cup would bother me.

I do semi-regular (okay, not regular enough!) Kegels, so I wouldn't have *thought* that would be the problem, but I guess you never know. -sigh-

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Yeah, I looked at the web site and read the directions carefully, and after a few tries I was able to spin it, so I don't think that's the problem. I may try trimming the stem, but I think it's slipping low enough that even the base of the cup would bother me.

I do semi-regular (okay, not regular enough!) Kegels, so I wouldn't have *thought* that would be the problem, but I guess you never know. -sigh-

Jeanne

The only suggestion I have is to ensure that you have purchased the correct size. For women who have had children or are simply older than 30 (regardless of having children or not) size 2 is recommended for proper fit. I suspect, though, that it simply doesn't work well for everyone.

Michelle

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The only suggestion I have is to ensure that you have purchased the correct size. For women who have had children or are simply older than 30 (regardless of having children or not) size 2 is recommended for proper fit. I suspect, though, that it simply doesn't work well for everyone.

Michelle

Yup, I got size 2. (I'm over 30 AND have 2 kids!)

I tried trimming the stem, but it didn't really help. And I'm inserting it as far as it will go; it's fine at first, but then it slides down to this uncomfortable position. -sigh- And it sounded like such a great idea! I guess I'll try doing more Kegels for awhile, but I suspect that somehow my innards are just shaped wrong for it. :angry:

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If it is sliding down, wouldn't that mean you need the smaller size? I would contact the company if I were you.

I remember doing a little research on this for my daughter. I'm menopausal ... unfair that I finally hear about something like this when it is too late. Anyway, I thought I ran across a few comments of older women who found the size 2 too large. You might google a bit & see if you can find women's comments on their personal experiences with the Diva Cup.


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Fecal anti-casein (cow's milk) IgA antibody 127 (Normal Range <10 units)

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If it is sliding down, wouldn't that mean you need the smaller size? I would contact the company if I were you.

I remember doing a little research on this for my daughter. I'm menopausal ... unfair that I finally hear about something like this when it is too late. Anyway, I thought I ran across a few comments of older women who found the size 2 too large. You might google a bit & see if you can find women's comments on their personal experiences with the Diva Cup.

The bigger size is necessary for women who have had children, because the vaginal tissues have relaxed more. For some women, the tissue elasticity changes enough that even the larger size will not remain in place correctly. Unfortunately, kegels don't always make much difference when it comes to genetics and the effects of gravity.

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Bummer. I think I'd contact the company too.

I've only used it one cycle so far. I did have to trim the stem because it was bothering me. But, once I did that, it was fine.


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Gluten-Free since 10/05 She's a gymnast. : )

Nick ~ 13 years old with no known allergies.

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I do wonder if a smaller size would work better. It stays in place fine; it's just that the place where it stays is a little too low to be comfortable. I know there's an issue of vaginal stretching because of having had 2 kids, but my feeling is that my vagina is a little too *short* for this one.

After a couple of days, I can report that it feels fine when I'm sitting or lying down (so I can use it at night, which is nice!); it's when I'm up and walking around that it gets uncomfortable. I think I'm going to call the company and see what they suggest.

Thanks for all the input!

Jeanne

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Ok I clearly missed this thread!!! What the heck is the diva cup??!!!


Jillian

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Ok I clearly missed this thread!!! What the heck is the diva cup??!!!

.... a birth control thing-a-ma- zig? :huh: No longer a diva. <_<


Lisa

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.... a birth control thing-a-ma- zig? :huh: No longer a diva. <_<

Nope..it's a menstrual thing a ma jig. We sell them at the Co-op I work at. Never used one tho' just couldn't get past my own mental images. :huh:

Cathleen


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Nope..it's a menstrual thing a ma jig. We sell them at the Co-op I work at. Never used one tho' just couldn't get past my own mental images. :huh:

Cathleen

ooops. sorry, but out of that market.


Lisa

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"Not all who wander are lost" - JRR Tolkien

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Nope..it's a menstrual thing a ma jig. We sell them at the Co-op I work at. Never used one tho' just couldn't get past my own mental images. :huh:

Cathleen

Thanks. I had to go on the website and look. I think I'll stick to my tampons for now.


Jillian

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It took me about a year to try the Diva Cup.


Mom of:

Carleigh~ 10 years old, allergic to wheat, milk, peanuts, strawberries, and many EAs. She is currently soy-light and egg-light ~ celiac testing inconclusive by allergist.

Gluten-Free since 10/05 She's a gymnast. : )

Nick ~ 13 years old with no known allergies.

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I do wonder if a smaller size would work better. It stays in place fine; it's just that the place where it stays is a little too low to be comfortable. I know there's an issue of vaginal stretching because of having had 2 kids, but my feeling is that my vagina is a little too *short* for this one.

I checked the web site, and it doesn't look like the smaller size is any shorter. But I decided to throw caution to the wind, ignore the directions, and cut the stem completely off. (Watch out - next thing you know, I'll be running with scissors! :lol: ) That helped a LOT; I can still feel it, but it's not terribly uncomfortable anymore. I even went on a hike with it yesterday, and it felt okay.

And I gotta say, I LOVE that I can just leave it in all day and forget about it! I'm on vacation and out of my normal routine, and the last couple of days it would have been a real hassle to have to change a tampon every hour or so. So I think I'm a convert!

And now I think I'll go back to NOT discussing my menstrual cycle on the internet... ;)

Jeanne

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:D:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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