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hi i just had my first period after getting my diva cup. must be the first time i was looking forward to getting my period - just so i could try this thing everyone is raving about.

well the first day it felt a bit weird, and each time i emptied it, there was hardly any in it! confirmed my suspicion that i have a very low flow. so anyway at night i decided to use mamacloth so that i wouldnt have to wear the cup all night.

second day was easier, i didn't take it out as often, since it was never filling up more than 2-3 mm. at night i was planning to switch to cloth again, but forgot and fell asleep. no problems.

i am probably going to trim the stem - i wrote to the diva cup people and they advised me to do that if the stem was bothering me, whcih it is.

does anyone know if there is any purpose served by the stem?
 

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does anyone know if there is any purpose served by the stem?
I guess if you're really long in the vaginal department, the stem would make it easier to get back out again.

I had to cut the stem off before I could use mine comfortably. A friend of mine, though, is perfectly happy with her Diva with the entire stem still on. Do what works best! I love my Diva Cup!
 

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I just used mine for the first time last week, I loved it! I have a pretty heavy flow but didn't have any problems using my Diva at night. I'm not sure what (if any) purpose is served by the stem.
I trimmed mine by about half and it was much more comfortable that way.
 

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i also didn't get much in the diva cup the first time i used it (my first PPAF was VERY light) so i left it in for long periods of time, probably checked it only two or three times a day.

this time i'm having a heavy flow and have bled nearly an ounce in less than 24 hours, i empty mine every 3-4 hours mainly because i'm curious.


i also had to cut the stem. Sometimes i think i should cut it shorter because sometimes when i wipe, it pinches. But sometimes i have trouble reaching it so i think i'll leave it how it is.
 

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I trimmed the stem right off straight away. I imagine that the cup is injection moulded and the stem is like a 'sprue' which is left on from that process (I may be wrong)

When my flow is light at the begining and end I only empty it once in the morning then in the evening.
 

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I'm one of those that is long and narrow and my body seems to "suck" the cup up in there no matter how low I try to keep it. I'm glad for that stem, though it's still hard to grab hold of sometimes.
 

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I use the MoonCup but cut the stem completely off. It was VERY uncomfortable for me with the stem on (it just poked and hurt me!).

It is just there for those who need it and for those who don't they say to cut it off.
 

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okay thanks a lot. after paying $35 for a piece of plastic you dont want to tamper with it unless you are certain you know what you are doing.

i can't wait to try it again with the trimmed stem. (never looked forward to AF like this :LOL)

i still used cloth on days 4 & 5 simply because my flow was SO light i saw no point in having to fiddle with the cup on those days and that way i could actually know when it was over ... kwim?
 

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hey there,
first cycle using my new diva too-don't mean to hijack the thread but i'm wondering if anyone else has any difficulty removing it? i'm doing as the directions say to try and release the suction but i swear it feels like i'm pulling out my uterus! it's a little scary

I was really excited to try it out and now i'm all nervous (i'm sure it takes practice but good grief).
thanks...
 

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Originally Posted by fenwickmama
hey there,
first cycle using my new diva too-don't mean to hijack the thread but i'm wondering if anyone else has any difficulty removing it? i'm doing as the directions say to try and release the suction but i swear it feels like i'm pulling out my uterus! it's a little scary

I was really excited to try it out and now i'm all nervous (i'm sure it takes practice but good grief).
thanks...
There was another thread on here about it...yep! Scary stuff, let me tell you. I've used muscles I don't think I've EVER used before to get that sucker out.
Try different positions (squating, standing, etc.) and bear down.

I'm hoping it gets easier too...*sweating*
 

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There was another thread on here about it...yep! Scary stuff, let me tell you. I've used muscles I don't think I've EVER used before to get that sucker out.
Try different positions (squating, standing, etc.) and bear down.

I'm hoping it gets easier too...*sweating*
It does get easier, at least I thought it did. Mind you I'm now using the Keeper, and no longer using the Diva, and finding the suction easier to break with the Keeper (something to do with rubber vs silicon, probably!).

Alison
 

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Don't have my Keeper in my pms'ing little hands yet but everything I've heard indicates the Keeper & Mooncup are way softer than the Divacup -- this would account for less suction & more ease of removal.

Never heard anyone yet who had tried the Diva AND Keeper/Mooncup and still preferred the Diva.
 

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I have a Keeper, and it's the only one I've used. I'm another one who needs the WHOLE stem! If it wasn't there, it'd be MUCH harder to retrieve! Wow, I haven't used my Keeper in over a year, now! I just prefer cloth pads more. But if I ever need it for swimming or camping, I have it!
 

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Originally Posted by girlndocs
Don't have my Keeper in my pms'ing little hands yet but everything I've heard indicates the Keeper & Mooncup are way softer than the Divacup -- this would account for less suction & more ease of removal.

Never heard anyone yet who had tried the Diva AND Keeper/Mooncup and still preferred the Diva.
I'm liking the Diva better than I remember liking the Keeper- but I haven't used the Keeper in 11 years, so I can't really compare. In general, I like silicone better than rubber, and I remember the Keeper being kind of stiff. I hadn't even heard of the Mooncup until after I bought my Divacup, so I didn't do any comparison-shopping.
 
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