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OK, I'm having a bit of spotting like I often do a day or 2 before my period so I went running to try my new Diva Cup. (I don't think I've ever been so excited to start AF! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> )<br><br>
I'm not sure it's in right. I know it sits lower than a tampon, but am I supposed to be able to feel it? I can turn it but I don't know that it spins easily... it's kind of hard to grab.<br><br>
Any BTDT advice would be welcome. Thanks!
 

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It needs to be unfolded: The bottom part should feel rounded, not dented. Turning it (which is not necessarily easy, esp. during light flow) helps to unfold it. Hula motions and high marching steps also help, as well as being fun to do. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
You may be able to feel it a bit, but it should not be painful, extremely noticeable when you sit down or bend over, or anything like that. If it is, it's too low or you need to trim the stem.<br><br>
Enjoy! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Thanks! I think I've got it in right now. It still takes some time and effort but I'm hoping that with practice I'll get better at it. So far it seems to be working!
 

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I know the company says you're supposed to wear it lower than a tampon, but in all honesty I could feel every single bleedin' (pun intended) inch of it when I wore it that low!<br><br>
I was all set to return it for a refund, when I called the toll free number on the box and asked the woman about it. Upon her advice, I started wearing it higher. When it's low enough that I can feel it at all, it's too low for me. We're all built differently down there, and sometimes what is just right for one woman is gonna be pokin' out the bottom of another one; what's high enough to be comfortable for one woman is going to be touching another's eyeballs from inside. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br>
Basically, no matter what the box tells you, you just have to try it out, keep working/playing around with it, etc. until you find the way that works for you! There is an admittedly steep learning curve when you first start out with a Diva, but if you can push past the sense of "this is NUTS! Those women who swear by this thing must be CRAZY! I'm getting a REFUND!" then I can just about promise that you'll end up just as crazy about them as the rest of us mostly are. I wouldn't trade mine for gold!<br><br>
Just keep practicing and don't give up on your first cycle... or even second or third. By the time you've been using it for 4 cycles, you'll be very unlikely to have any more problems with it.
 

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Thanks! I think I've figured out the right height now but I'm still having trouble getting it to unfold. I'm not giving up though! I'm hopeful that I'll eventually figure out the trick to that and be able to do it as quickly as putting in a tampon.<br><br>
I accidentially wore the diva cup to my Pilates class yesterday. I'd meant to switch it for a tampon instead just to be safe but then I got busy and forgot. Through all of the bending and stretching every which way I could not feel it and it did not leak! I was impressed!
 

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I'm glad to see this thread. I'm on my second cycle with the Diva and I'm having very mixed feelings. When I get it right, it's great, but those times are far and few between.<br><br>
Has anyone had any issues with it feeling like it's sliding down AFTER it's inserted? It seems to gradually move down. I can't leave it in for more than 3-4 hours before I have to take it out and reinsert and I know that can't be right. If I sit down to urinate, it moves on me.<br><br>
Should I try pushing it up higher? It's popping open completely and I can rotate it, but I can always feel the rim (not the stem, which I've trimmed).<br><br>
Argh. I REALLY wanted to love my Diva cup. HELP!<br>
Jen
 

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Mine slides down within 5-10 minutes and I find it irritating. I decided it was the shape and just ordered the mooncup to compare. I tried it on dry run and the fit seems much better for me. It doesn't hold as much which could be an issue for me as I have a heavy cycle but I use cloth pads most of the time anyways but wanted something for going swimming etc. I think this will do the trick. I'll have to compare them on my next cycle and see how it goes.
 

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Well I tried pushing mine up higher like a PP suggested, AND I trimmed another 1/8" or so off the stem. I've had much better luck with it the last two insertions. I slept with it last night and no problems. I tried sleeping with it the night before last and I kept feeling it all night. I finally got up in the early a.m. and put in a tampon instead.<br><br>
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I've heard of women having this problem before, of the cup sliding down once it was inserted. What they figured out was that it was mostly due to weak kegel muscles; one woman started doing "intimate exercises" and finds that her cup stays put a lot better.<br><br>
Her husband is happier too, but that's another story. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br><br><br>
So that's a possibility of one thing that might be causing it.
 
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