Diva Cup users: How long until you feel confident in it?

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Posted: 4/9/2014 1:24:49 PM
Ok, I am TOTALLY late to this game, but I finally got a Diva Cup (impulse buy at Whole Foods LOL) and so far so good.

This is the first month I've used it and I think I've gotten the placement pretty well down. I haven't had any leaks, but I find myself worrying about them. I'm emptying it way more than I need to, but I feel nervous about it overfilling and a bad leak. Or that it's not positioned quite right and is going to leak. Anyway, though it's working, I'm finding it mildly annoying right now because I am thinking about my period a lot more than I usually do, if that makes any sense.

I'm going to stick with it because I think the benefits outweigh that annoyance, but I'm wondering... how long did it take until you were fully confident that it's working well and you stopped thinking about it?

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Posted: 4/9/2014 1:28:21 PM
About to the end of two cycles.






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Posted: 4/9/2014 1:33:32 PM
It has been so long since I started using it, but my first thought was 2 - 3 cycles as well.

Love the Diva, hope it works well for you!

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Posted: 4/9/2014 1:34:34 PM
IIRC, two cycles as also stated. It's been over 10 years, so I'm kinda fuzzy on the details.

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Posted: 4/9/2014 1:34:46 PM
Two cycles. My teen daughter started using one a couple years ago. She had a heavier flow and tampons were not really cutting it for her. She was leery of the Diva cup, but I encouraged her to stick with it and use a pad just to make her feel a little more confident with it. After a few months she became a believer as well and it has worked well for her.i started using one about 8 years ago. It has been a great thing for me. I used to often get a yeast infection after having my period. I haven't had one since I started using a Diva Cup. I can't help but believe the Diva Cup is the reason for it.


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Posted: 4/9/2014 1:46:15 PM
I stopped worrying when I was working a trade show. No good place to stow a purse on the show floor, not easy to take bathroom breaks, and I was on my heaviest day. Diva kept me leak-free all day and after that ultimate diva cup challenge, I stopped worrying from that day forward. But it was my second cycle with the diva cup. I am not exaggerating when I say it changed my life. Now my cycle is not something I worry about at all.


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Posted: 4/9/2014 1:47:38 PM

I am not exaggerating when I say it changed my life. Now my cycle is not something I worry about at all.
Yup! I felt the same way. That was over 12 years ago for me and I'm still feeling that way.






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Posted: 4/9/2014 2:01:45 PM
Check out this amazon review..I'm still giggling..

diva cup review

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Posted: 4/9/2014 2:06:13 PM

By the end of my second cycle with it I was confident and comfortable with it.

The first 4 days of my cycle were HEAVY flow days for me, so I'd use a pad in addition to the DC.

At first, I thought that using something like the DC was too icky, but then I grew to love it.


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Posted: 4/9/2014 2:15:13 PM
Does it only hurt like a mother to remove when it's empty? I got one, and on the first day of my cycle inserted it, but that little nub thing was too long. So, I tried to remove it and it felt like I ripped out my cervix. There was even a suction cup sound as I pulled it out. I will admit I got a little panicked when I couldn't immediately get it out, so I kind of just ripped it out. I have been terrified to try using it again.



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Posted: 4/9/2014 2:22:55 PM
OMG, brandt--that review is freaking hilarious!

Love my Diva cup (though I'm pretty close to not needing it any longer).





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Posted: 4/9/2014 2:29:38 PM
scorPEAo, you have to pull it to the side a bit to break the suction before yanking it out.

To the OP, I was quite confident in mine after a few months. Then about a year after I started using it I had a disasterous cup failure on the northbound platform of the Bloor subway station during rush hour. The freaking thing just slipped out, and spilled its guts, no idea why. I still use it religiously but I'm a bit gun shy so to speak.


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Posted: 4/9/2014 2:30:10 PM

Does it only hurt like a mother to remove when it's empty? I got one, and on the first day of my cycle inserted it, but that little nub thing was too long. So, I tried to remove it and it felt like I ripped out my cervix. There was even a suction cup sound as I pulled it out. I will admit I got a little panicked when I couldn't immediately get it out, so I kind of just ripped it out. I have been terrified to try using it again.

Oh no! You need to "break the seal" before pulling it all the way out. I pull it down, a little bit, by the stem and then press the side just above the stem so it folds a little bit (kind of like when you are putting it in, but not as big of a fold) and breaks the suction. Then it comes out easily and painlessly.

The first time I took it out, I did it like you and it hurt like Hades. I hadn't bothered to read the instructions for removal because I (incorrectly) assumed that there wasn't any kind of "trick" to it. I was very very wrong about that LOL.

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Posted: 4/9/2014 3:56:34 PM
You can add me to the people who consider it to be a "change my life" product. My period became a non-issue once I started using it.


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Posted: 4/9/2014 4:11:03 PM
Beyond the 'time' of using one but boy, that review was hilarious!

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Posted: 4/9/2014 4:26:36 PM
The first month I realized what an amazing product it was and regretted not buying it earlier!

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Posted: 4/9/2014 5:47:44 PM
I never got there. I used it for 4 cycles and it leaked every time.


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Posted: 4/9/2014 8:42:43 PM
It definitely took a few cycles to master it. I also had to fully cut the nub thing off even though they say not to. It pinched with it in. It has saved my sanity, I have a blood disorder and bleed more than the average person. I couldn't recommend it more.


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Posted: 4/9/2014 8:55:39 PM
For me? Never. I tried and tried. The nubby thing pinched, it leaked, I hated getting my hands dirty every freaking time. It's not for everyone, that's for sure.



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Posted: 4/9/2014 9:21:32 PM
I have never used one and am close to not needing anything. But our dd has been using it for a few years and swears by it. Her cousins think it's the grossest sounding thing ever!

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Posted: 4/9/2014 9:27:02 PM
OMG! I don't remember the last time I read anything nearly this funny!

Check out this amazon review..I'm still giggling..

diva cup review


I just noticed the review was written by someone named Ben. No less funny though!

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Posted: 4/9/2014 9:37:13 PM

I just noticed the review was written by someone named Ben.

Yes, Ben Dover. Bend Over.





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Posted: 4/9/2014 10:33:42 PM

Yes, Ben Dover. Bend Over.




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Posted: 4/9/2014 11:05:46 PM
In my case about the first 3 months.
This is TMI but you will feel it before it will overflow. It "drops" a little and you feel like you need to empty it.


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Posted: 4/9/2014 11:22:33 PM

Check out this amazon review..I'm still giggling..

diva cup review


LOL that review is fabulous. I will never look at "pan drippings" in a recipe book again.


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Posted: 4/10/2014 8:38:12 AM
It took a me a couple years of needing a back up panty liner just in case. Yes I followed the directions correctly, even bought the next size up. Maybe it's because I was never a tampon user. I mean I know my flow and it's not leaking due to it being heavy, just always a had a random drop here or there, usually right after changing it.




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Posted: 4/10/2014 11:11:37 AM

To the OP, I was quite confident in mine after a few months. Then about a year after I started using it I had a disasterous cup failure on the northbound platform of the Bloor subway station during rush hour. The freaking thing just slipped out, and spilled its guts, no idea why.
What did you do?!?! I am filled with terror.

As for the OP, I agree with 1-2 cycles to really get the hang of things.


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Posted: 4/10/2014 12:15:31 PM

Check out this amazon review..I'm still giggling..


OMG, I was laughing so hard, I was crying. My male co-workers think I'm nuts.

As for the OP, I'm toO scared to try this thing, so can't can't comment on that.




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Posted: 4/10/2014 12:35:12 PM
That review was quite funny.

But, Dalai-Mama, this:



To the OP, I was quite confident in mine after a few months. Then about a year after I started using it I had a disasterous cup failure on the northbound platform of the Bloor subway station during rush hour. The freaking thing just slipped out, and spilled its guts, no idea why. I still use it religiously but I'm a bit gun shy so to speak


I don't even know where to begin. How does one handle this? I think I would have to throw a sweater over my head and high tail it to Hayden Street, leaving El Diva behind.


I was fine after a couple of cycles. I've never had any leaks.

I truly don't know how I didn't know about it before. Like others have said, this is one thing that honestly made my life so much better. (Thanks peas!) My period went from being this huge annoyance to a small afterthought.

I accidentally left my diva cup at hotel recently (sorry housekeeper, at least it was clean and in the storage bag?) and I forgot to buy a new one until I got my period this month. I had to use tampons, and OMG never again. I hadn't used a tampon in seven years- and man, I did NOT miss them.

I had to cut the nub thing off as well- it was pinchy.






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Posted: 4/10/2014 1:07:06 PM
I forgot I went off the pill once and went back to normal period flow level which means on my heavy day I have to do a mid-day change, however I learned this the hard way. On NYE I was thankfully wearing a dark purple dress and sitting on a black chair, I happened to put my hand on my chair seat and realized I was sitting in a pool of blood! I rushed to the bathroom but there was a long line, which I had to stand in because I was not going to explain my emergency to anyone. lol I went to the bathroom and emptied out the overflowed cup which just came out like a avalanche, then put it back inside. I had to be oh so careful because my stall faced the line of women so everyone could see my feet, luckily nothing got on the floor because again I wouldn't want people see me wiping up the floor. Then walked to the sink with my hands face side down hoping no one would notice they were covered in blood. When I returned to my seat I was horrified to see that that my friend was sitting in my chair! Thankfully she was wearing a black dress but I just didn't have it in me to tell her anything.




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Posted: 4/10/2014 1:13:15 PM

What did you do?!?! I am filled with terror.
Luckily there was a bathroom in the station. I cleaned myself up best I could, slung my coat around my waist and booted it home.

As an aside, I've used bathrooms in some pretty poor third-world countries, some were literally holes in the ground, but the woman's bathroom at the Bloor St. Station in Toronto was hands down the most disgusting public facility I've ever had the misfortune to visit. Know before you go.


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Posted: 4/10/2014 1:47:10 PM

As an aside, I've used bathrooms in some pretty poor third-world countries, some were literally holes in the ground, but the woman's bathroom at the Bloor St. Station in Toronto was hands down the most disgusting public facility I've ever had the misfortune to visit.


It most certainly is. My daughter as a baby had an outrageous diaper blow out on the subway and I made the mistake of going into that bathroom. The horror. I decided it was worth paying the subway fare twice to go upstairs and change her in the concourse bathrooms.





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Posted: 4/10/2014 4:18:08 PM
I once dropped a full Mooncup which is similar to a diva cup on a bathroom floor. You have no idea how far a tablespoonful of blood goes. It looked as if I had slaughtered a cow.


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