Post # 1
Are there cycles where no matter what you do, the damn thing leaks?? I’ve been using a cup for about a year and a half now and for the first few months, it was awesome, no leakage at all unless I placed it wrong, which I could tell when there was obviously not open all the way when I took it out. But after a few cycles, I’d gotten the hang of it and had no problems. Then the last few cycles, no matter what I do… it leaks! It’s open all the way, I hear all the air go out and the suction, I can spin it no problem. I have no idea what is wrong and can’t seem to fix it. My cervix seems to be sitting abnormally high, is it possible for it to be too high and sort of missing the cup? Has anyone else had this problem?
Post # 2
- Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast
Following because I’ve been considering getting one…. (Now would be the best time since I’m moving out of my parent’s house and going to live alone until after our wedding in May.)
Post # 3
I have a Miacup, and it only leaks when I get lazy or forget to change it for too long. Before the Miacup, I had a tiny cup. I don’t remember the name, but it was the tiniest cup on the market, made by a German company. While I was on birth control, it worked just fine, but it was too small for me once I switched to an IUD and had heavier periods. I leaked a lot.
Is it leaking because it’s full? Or something else?
Post # 4
Honestly it had never happened for me, just when I mess up insertion. Maybe try a different size or brand?
Post # 5
I just bought a diva and haven’t used it yet but directions say if it leaks you need a different size so maybe thats it?
I just thought of something if it’s a year and a half old maybe it has just lost its regidity? Maybe just needs to be replaced?
Post # 6
I’ve been using my Mooncup for going on two years now and once I got the placement right never got a leak. The closest I come is when there’s residual blood below where the cup sits that works its way down after insertion. Now I just give myself a really good wipe after instertion. Could that possibly be the issue?
Post # 7
CHristine2809: It’s definitely was not full, I empty it every 2-3 hours and it’s never even half full. It’s been fuller than that on other cycles with no leakage, so I don’t know what’s so different now 🙁
Rappig: Yea… I was considering that too, but was a little afaird I’d get the same results.
Post # 8
A friend of mine just bought one and loves it. I’m considering it after I finish the Costco size box of tampons I just bought, lol.
Post # 9
Sunflower3: I’ve had the residual leak too, but I do like you say – a good wipe before and after. This is a bit more than the residual leak, the cup still seems to get like 98% of it, but what it doesnt get is enough to go through panties ruin pants. I’ve had to wear a liner now.
Post # 10
I have been using mine for almost 6 years and I can honestly say that it never a leaks. My flow is usually medium. In fact I am cleaning my diva cup right now!
Post # 11
Only once, when I left it in too long. That was gross. But otherwise it’s never leaked. Maybe you are taking it out too often? I only empty mine twice per day.
Post # 12
Ugh the Bee ate my previous reply! Anyway…you need a different size or a different brand.
To answer your q, yes, I experience leakage with the Diva even when I put it in perfectly. But…I just don’t care about a little leakage anymore. However, I alternate bw using the Diva with using a Lunette and once I got the hang of that one I never have the same problem (w the lunette). Romantic soirée = Lunette. Yoga or Pilates = diva (cuz I completely cut off the stem which is not the L’s case). White pants = Lunette. Days where my nether regions need a little softer silicone = diva.
Anyway, here’s a chart on the different cups and their measurements and capacities so you can choose one that might be a better fit:
Hmmm that’s a strangely short link…Google “livejournal menstrual cups chart of all cups” and you’ll get the same results I assume.
Post # 13
pinkshoes: I use the Diva Cup and have had my cup for over 3 years with no issues regarding leaking. Maybe it has to do with the way you are inserting the cup? I know you said you have made sure that it is in properly and it has created a vacumn seal but I find that I have to check with my fingers to make sure the cup isn’t bent or curved on one side when it is in there because it will leak if it is. Maybe try doing that if you haven’t already been?
Post # 14
I think it depends on the heaviness of the flow and how long the cup is left in.
My flow is extremely heavy for two days – to the point I must empty my cup every 3-4 hours… God forbid I let it go for 5 hours. I wear a regular or even light “with-wings” pad during that time and I am perfectly fine, even if I do forget to change it.
If it’s in properly you can rotate the cup 360deg very easily, and this usually cuts back on the leaks too.
I love mine 🙂
Post # 15
I’ve had mine for five years with no leaking problems. After I insert it, i pull it down a bit because i find the insertion process results in it sitting a bit high. I also only change it twice per day. I find that the residual blood left on the outside after changing it can be quite a lot. I use my finger to swirl around the outside and clean up what’s left. Often, I have to do that multiple times and rinse my hand in between.