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#1 of 7 Old 07-26-2012, 08:41 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I'm wondering if anyone else has one and knows how to use it properly...

 

I got one almost two years ago, used it two cycles before getting pregnant, and so here I am trying to figure it out again w/ my first pp cycle.  I trimmed the stem back when I was first using it, and maybe I trimmed it too much, because now it pokes me uncomfortably. It says not to trim it off completely, but I'm sure tempted to do so!

 

Also... when I used it before, sometimes it leaked... it wasn't too full.  I think it's because there are pin-sized holes around the perimeter of it near the top, and the leaks come through there.. ?  

 

How different is a Diva Cup?  Or any other brands?  I'd like to make this one work well for me if possible since I already own it!

 

Thanks for any tips you may have for me on this!

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I trimmed the stem with my first one and regretted it - I ended up replacing it and now I tell folks not to trim! The leaking sounds to me like crooked insertion, bc those holes are for suction to keep the keeper in place.

I tried the diva cup and disliked it greatly compared to the keeper. It was too big and the stem too short for me. HTH!

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I trimmed the stem once, then trimmed it totally off, which wasn't a problem for removing it for me, but it didn't solve the issue of it just being too long for me.  Then I read on a forum here about turning it inside out and it worked!  I can finally use it.  It does leak a little, has always leaked a little, but so do tampons for me.  I always use a small cloth pad as back-up on heavy flow days.


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Hmm, it doesn't seem that it's in crooked, and I think the suction is working... but it still leaks on heavier days.  Inside-out is a thought... I'll see if I can make that work.

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The leaking could be due to the cup not having popped back open completely after insertion -- can you feel around the edge to see if the rim is completely round? If it's squished in at all, it may leak. Also, you may need to reinsert it after having a very full bladder or a bowel movement, as these can push the cup out of place.

 

Where is the cup poking you? If it's poking near the labia, definitely trim it more. If it's poking internally, it's probably just a positioning issue. Make sure that you made a nice clean trim, and not a jagged cut and that can help.

 

Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any more questions :)


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agree with PP - if it's leaking it might not be popped out all the way, or it is not fully against the opening of your vagina. When I put mine in, i fold it, push it up and then spin it in order to pop it open. then i pull it down against my opening so it's suctioned right in there. mine doesn't leak, and i really only change it twice or three times a day. I have used it for years and love it. i also love that it can boiled. as far as trimming it, i did because it was too long, but only halfway. it doesn't poke me when i have it positioned right. hth!


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Your signature doesnt say how many kids you have. When you got pregnant two months after using it, was that your first child? If you bought it before you ever had children, then you may need a new one. There are two different sizes of keepers, and this is the one you need if you've had kids:

 

 

I have had a diva cup and a keeper. Those little holes probably arent the reason for the leaking, as mine was often full to the top and not leaking. The diva cup is very similar, only its not latex and can be boiled. I prefer it because I think its a little softer.

 

I've always had to squat down to insert them correctly. If I tried to do it on the toilet, it just never felt right.


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