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post #21 of 36
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But the literature says it sits down low, so how can it cover the cervix, and what if I can't find my cervix (I never have before)?
I DEFINITELY never felt, thought about feeling, or tried to feel my cervix before I got a DC. In fact, I still didn't get around to finding it until I'd had my DC for several months. So you don't have to feel your cervix for it to work, although all the fiddling with my DC made it so I could find mine. Also... my DC doesn't sit THAT low, in all honesty. And it has a bit of a tendency to migrate upwards. I think it's fine if your cervix isn't IN your DC, per se... just as long as you don't feel part of it sticking OUTSIDE your DC. That's where problems come in.
post #22 of 36
So can I, um, practice before my period?
post #23 of 36
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So can I, um, practice before my period?
Yes, definitely! Lots of people do.

I will say I find it MUCH easier to insert when I'm actually having my period - better lubrication, I think. I know a lot of people new to DC use water-based lube to make insertion easier. I personally felt very weird about buying lube, so I skipped that. The best thing you can do to make it easier is RELAX, something that can be very difficult. Fighting your body is just a losing battle, so try to practice when you have the time and space to relax and not hurry.

You're totally going to love your Diva, I promise!
post #24 of 36
Glad I found this thread! I just got my period back TODAY, after almost 3 years!!

I remember conventional tampons caused cramping for me. Does anyone cramp from having the D Cup in?

Also, what did you use as liners before you were sure it wouldn't leak? Cloth pads?
post #25 of 36
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I remember conventional tampons caused cramping for me. Does anyone cramp from having the D Cup in?
No, in fact both turtle and I have seen far fewer cramps with the cup than with tampons.

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Also, what did you use as liners before you were sure it wouldn't leak? Cloth pads?
Yep. I used them without their stuffers. I had very little leaking.
post #26 of 36
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So can I, um, practice before my period?
I see you did not read the link I included JUST FOR YOU.



Yes, you can practice, but know that it's MUCH easier once you're actually bleeding.

ETA: Which monkeyscience already said, but I couldn't miss an opportunity to give Irishmommy a hard time, now could I?
post #27 of 36
I thought my keeper would cause more cramps because of the size and I was SHOCKED to have such lighter cramps than with tampons. Unbelievable!

I used a cloth pad as a back up the first day. I used a disposable pad as a backup on the second day because I was going to be on an airplane. I didn't need either one, though.
post #28 of 36
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I see you did not read the link I included JUST FOR YOU.



Yes, you can practice, but know that it's MUCH easier once you're actually bleeding.

ETA: Which monkeyscience already said, but I couldn't miss an opportunity to give Irishmommy a hard time, now could I?

*hangs head in shame*

Though in my defense, I did open the link, then got distracted, and shut everything down without checking again. Then forgot.

But I got my period this morning, so I can do it for real. So far so good, no leaks. But I can feel it, it feels like a tampon does when it's not far enough in, so I have had to adjust it.
post #29 of 36
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Also, what did you use as liners before you were sure it wouldn't leak? Cloth pads?
I used 7th Generation disposable pads. I just can't stomach the idea of cloth pads. If you already have cloth, though, I'm sure they work fine!

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But I got my period this morning, so I can do it for real. So far so good, no leaks. But I can feel it, it feels like a tampon does when it's not far enough in, so I have had to adjust it.
Yay! See, told ya it wouldn't be that horrible! Just keep playing with it, it will be your new favorite thing in no time!

I was FINALLY able to quit using my DC for the first time in 5.5 weeks yesterday. I can't imagine how many tampons/pads I would have gone through in that time, not to mention chafing, etc. :
post #30 of 36
Well I emptied it, and I guess this time I inserted it further, as I can no longer feel it. I'm liking so far.
post #31 of 36
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Well I emptied it, and I guess this time I inserted it further, as I can no longer feel it. I'm liking so far.
Yay! A convert.


Can I hijack for a moment and ask if anyone else has difficulties with bladder issues while wearing a diva? I feel like the diva pushes into my bladder making me feel like I have to pee a lot, and I feel like it compresses my urethra making it hard to get the pee to come out in a normal stream. It's just slow, iykwim.

I'm going to check out the lj site too. Thanks!
post #32 of 36
I'm on my 3rd cycle and will never go back!

There is a tribe here on mothering with tons of information:

http://www.mothering.com/discussions...highlight=Diva
post #33 of 36
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I just bought one today. This thread is not very reassuring.
Same here mine arrived yesterday. Wish me luck!!! IIt seems tricky but after reading the direction 15+ times I think I get it. It must be in the horiziontal position and then not too high and you must do the twist. I may have to trim mine. I have used a instead cup. I don't know which one is harder to get. I still have no clue how to use my diaphragm. I guess I need to learn as AF is why I am now on this thread
post #34 of 36
Just thought I would add that I had to trim the stem off of mine to make it not drive me crazy with that feeling like it was not quite in all the way and I read someplace if you get it warm with warm water it is easier to keep it folded and it works so much better now that i get it good and warm when i rinse it then insert it.
post #35 of 36
Well I'm just about finished my period, and I definitely prefer it to tampons - even with the leak on Sunday. So I guess it's a keeper.


Wait, it's a Diva Cup, not a keeper.
post #36 of 36
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Well I'm just about finished my period, and I definitely prefer it to tampons - even with the leak on Sunday. So I guess it's a keeper.


Wait, it's a Diva Cup, not a keeper.


Told ya!
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