(Closed) Just ordered a Diva Cup.. any advice?

posted 5 years ago in Wellness
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Commenting so I can see what kind of replies you get ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I have one, it takes some getting used to! I still really haven’t figured it all out even after 4 cycles. I could also be pretty slow… ๐Ÿ˜› 

I do worry about it leaking all the time so I have neglected to use it as of lately, and it’s quite messy. But I would like to get back into it after my cycle reregulates again. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I had a very bad experience with it. It caused tremendously painful cramping for me, but I’ve never heard of anyone else having that problem. I know I have a tilted cervix so maybe that was the problem.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Congrats! I’ve bene using a Diva cup for 3 years and I LOVE it! The first few months may take a bit of getting used to; I started out only wearing it at home with a pad, just in case. There were plenty of leaks when I started out, but now I consider it more reliable than a tampon.

I usually get it a bit wet with water to get it in. Fold it the way the directions show you, and then push it in. Think about it more you’re pushing it Back instead of pushing it Up. Twist it until it feels like it’s in there, then see how you go. Good luck! Let us know if you have any questions.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I haven’t had a period in years due to my bcp’s but once I get off I fully intend to get a Diva Cup. All the chemicals and what not that are in tampons that go inside of you, totally freaks me out.

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I got one last year.  I would just try following the instructions.  I think I only had a leak once…and I just took it out and re-inserted it.  The first 2 times or so it was difficult for me to remove (meaning I tried for 10 minutes, couldn’t get out and gave up for a while to relax, then tried again an hour later).  I think I googled how to remove it and watched a youtube video.  I was able to get it out in less than a minute after that.  I haven’t had any problems since. 

So I think once you get the hang of it (it might take a day or two) you shouldn’t have any problems.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I tried it. It caused cramping that I couldn’t get used to and it was just messy in general. And like @kes18  said, you may need to relax if you have troubles at first! So yeah, I tried it and it just wasn’t my thing. Hope it works out for you though!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Diva cups are the bestttt! However, it took like 3 cycles until I knew it wouldn’t leak.

Tips that work for me:

– I used to use the “punch-down” fold, but I found that it would sometimes SEEM like it had opened up, then leak, and when I removed it I’d notice that it didn’t actually open up. I now use the C-fold, and I always have the open part of the fold facing down (this may be superstition, I just know it works).

– Definitely don’t push it up on an angle like you would with a tampon. It will so not work. And this is another of those where you think it’s working until you realize it most definitely is NOT. Push it in almost parallel to the floor.

– Once it’s in, spin it as instructed. I always found this hard until I realized that I could just spin it with one finger by pressing along the side of the cup part. Trying to get finger and thumb around it to spin it is like asking for carpal tunnel. ๐Ÿ˜› Sometimes I pull down a bit to check for suction.

– Make sure the little tiny holes aren’t plugged.

 

I would recommend wearing a panty liner in the beginning just in case. Now I also consider it more reliable than a tampon, especially on my heavy day. Also, the HORRIBLE cramps I used to get are lessened, possibly because this isn’t pushin on my cervix as much.

 

Good luck! Feel free to PM if you have any questions! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@pinkshoes:  When you turn it, you may want to try to push it back in a bit more. I know mine’s in if it’s open and doesn’t turn as easily. It’s definitely something you just have to get a feel for.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@kes18:  +1! 

I think I was trying to put mine in too high the one time I had a leak, so it didn’t open all the way and I had some leaking. Luckily I was able to run to the bathroom and fix it. Since I’ve gotten the hang of it, i haven’t had any problems at all. I will literally cry if I ever have to use tampons or pads again. I never realized how much tampons were drying me out. 

Post # 14
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Helper bee

@pinkshoes:  Be sure to follow protocol for proper cleaning and care.  I developed Bacterial Vaginosis after using mine (and haven’t used it since :/).

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Love my Diva cup! It took me a few months to get the hang of inserting it right, so be patient. There are also some good YouTube tutorials you can check out with different ways to fold it, like this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nt6L-POE-b0 – I’ve tried a few different ways and found that the “punch-down fold” works best for me.

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