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I love my cup, but still have a few questions/concerns.<br><br>
When you sleep at night, the cup is obviously tilted, so where does the flow go? The suctioning obviously keeps it from leaking, but is it able to flow back from whence it came?<br><br>
Does it stretch the vaginal walls any? Esp. w/prolonged use? (Do I need to do extra kegels...lol?)<br><br>
What's the longest recommended time you can leave it in?<br><br>
I put mine high up (behind my pelvic bone). Is there any danger to wearing it that high? I'm hearing that most of you wear it pretty low. I understand that each woman is different, but might I be placing it too high?<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blush">
 

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It collects the fluid in a cup. So when you stand in the morning, give it 20 minutes to recollect. Its what I do <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
As far as stretching, I think it does a little. 5 extra kegals a day oughta do it.<br><br>
I leave mine in 12-14 hours when my flow is at its heaviest, can only wear it on 1 menstraul day per cycle due to light flow. Might as well wear a pad.<br><br>
I wear mine low, but I know of many women who wear it high and are very happy with it. If its comfy to you, your ok <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I think the main danger to wearing it too high is missing the flow! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I wear mine a good 12 hours no problem, depending on flow. When mine is at its heaviest I have to empty it once inbetween there. When I sleep, I guess it all just pools in the vaginal cavity and the cup. Also, I wear it on super low flow days sometimes too without any problem.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I love my cup, but still have a few questions/concerns.<br><br>
When you sleep at night, the cup is obviously tilted, so where does the flow go? The suctioning obviously keeps it from leaking, but is it able to flow back from whence it came?</div>
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No, it shouldn't go back into your uterus... in fact many heavy bleeders will leak even at night when they are lying down so I would say no worries there.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Does it stretch the vaginal walls any? Esp. w/prolonged use? (Do I need to do extra kegels...lol?)</td>
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Hmm, I don't know about that... but it can't hurt to do extra Kegels or get the jade eggs and do your exercises. If nothing else, dh will appreciate it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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Manufacturers don't recommend more than 12 hours, and personally I wouldn't go longer than that... it's good to pull it out and give it a rinse even when your flow is really light. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">I put mine high up (behind my pelvic bone). Is there any danger to wearing it that high? I'm hearing that most of you wear it pretty low. I understand that each woman is different, but might I be placing it too high?<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blush"></td>
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If it fits and you don't have leaking- it's in the right place for YOU! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Thanks, ladies! Doing my kegels as I type this...lol. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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I realize those of you responding to this thread are DivaCup users. I am trying to decice between DivaCup and the Keeper. Why did you all choose DivaCup?
 

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I chose Diva bc I'd never heard of the Keeper (until I came here). Made my choice simple and I lucked up in that I really do like it. I tried Instead years ago and hated it. However, in recent years, I've begun to lean even more towards holistic health and really began to hate the idea of tampons and pads can be so irritating. A simple internet search led me to the Diva. It's been 2 months so far and I'm quite happy.
 

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I chose the Mooncup because it's the exact shape as a Keeper (7.15mm shorter than the DivaCup and I have a low cervix during AF so it makes a difference) but made of medical grade silicone like the DivaCup meaning it can be boiled to sterilize- which I never do but I want that option in case it's ever dropped in a public restroom/toilet or anything like that. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> I also have sensitivity to certain condoms and bandaids so decided to stay away from the natural gum rubber Keeper just in case.
 

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Honestly flat out the diva and moon cup are softer. The keeper (i tried once) was so hard and stuff that it was a pain, litterly, to put in. If I didnt have a good grip it would pop open before I got it in all that way and hurt me, it was stiff to wear and I never got comfortable with it. The only thing about the diva cup that erked me what that it leaked on me quite a bit, I think it might have to do with placement but alas I dropped the blessed thing on the bathroom floor while I was living on a Naval ship (ooh gross bathrooms) and I had no way to boil it. So I have been using luna pads but would like to go back to the Diva Cup after baby is born and I get my period back of course. By then the anatomy down there will have changed a bit so I hope I can get a better fit. But I loved the Diva Cup especally living on a navy ship it was great to not have to carry around pads or tampons and deal with throwing them away and knowing that I didnt contribute to the fem-trash I could refuse to take that trash to the burners....hahahaha!! I loved that, it grossed the girls out (*eye roll*) but it just made me more confident because i found my body and its functions to not be gross.
 

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Oh, that makes me think Riki that I should mention- boiling/sterilizing will soften the Mooncup/DivaCup further. <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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I chose the Diva Cup over the Keeper because I have a latex sensitivity. I went with a menstrual cup product because the last period I spent without it, I had problems keeping the tampons in and kept having to run to the bathroom to try to cram it in there further. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blush"> Plus, we were vacationing with DH's family, one bathroom in the cabin, and I was embarassed by all the wrappers I was putting in the garbage.<br><br>
I also have a few MOE Comfort Pads that are nice for the first day before I get a chance to run upstairs and put the Cup in, and for the last day to make sure AF is actually gone.
 
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