Originally Posted by snitker79
Does anyone have any tried and true methods to cleaning out the holes at the top of the Diva? I find that just washing it and turning it upside down in my hand, creating a seal and trying to push the water out through the holes isn't cutting it. I can get a few drops of water out of the holes, but I can still see that there is stuff in there. And to add insult to injury, sometimes the seal breaks at the rim against my hand and it sprays water everywhere, including me in the face sometimes...eww.
I roll the rim between my fingers to really squish it and that seems to usually stretch the holes enough to clean them out. If I can't get stuff out, I'll use a toothpick.
I also snipped the stem pretty much completely off to avoid being poked all the time. Much better. Because of that, I have to grip the bottom half of the cup to remove it. Not a problem.
I have found that sometimes, it doesn't fully open up which can cause leaks. I try to really check it now. I am used to some leaks the second day of AF because I bleed very heavily. However, as long as I can get to a bathroom every two hours I'm OK. I rarely use back up. The only time I've had much leaking is when I'm on a really heavy day and I try to do one too many errands or something and it gets too full. And I can feel it before it leaks usually so I have some warning. (It just feels like uncomfortable pressure, kind of.)
And as for kegals, I've been trying to remember to do them. I've only had one DC and she's almost five now, but last month I was really sick and I coughed so hard, my Diva cup kept getting coughed down and almost came out a couple times. Whoa! That was weird and uncomfortable. Glad to be feeling much better now.
Good luck, everyone!