Diva Cup Problems
A Diva Cup is a leading brand in menstrual cups. Though you may have already heard or read the benefits of the Diva Cup, you may be one of several women who have Diva Cup problems or concerns and are intimidated about using the product for certain reasons, which we will be discussing here.
My blood in a cup? EEEWWW!
The first reaction of some women when presented with the idea of a Diva cup, or any menstrual cup for that matter, is one of shock or disgust. It is the idea of having to see your own blood in a cup. Several women are not too comfortable with seeing their own blood in tampons, pads or liners.
>> For extreme fears of seeing blood, the Diva Cup may not be the solution for you. However, for those that feel only a little bit of apprehension, it might be wise to consider the sight of menstrual fluid as simply one of your body’s natural processes.
That’s WAY too invasive!
Some women think the process of insertion and removal is too invasive. Who wants to reach inside on a daily basis and risk touching menstrual fluid?!
>> Of course, this is a natural concern. However, once a woman gets used to the process (it may take a few cycles), they quickly find it is much more manageable than initially expected, especially since the cup only needs to be attended to 2 or 3 times a day. Women who use applicator-free tampons already are prime candidates for switching to the Diva Cup.
The size is overwhelming!
For a first time user, or someone looking into switching from tampons or menstrual pads, the size and appearance can definitely be overwhelming. The bell shape silicone is significantly wider than tampons so they fear it will hurt or be impossible to insert.
>> Yes, the appearance can be deceiving. In order to insert the cup, you must fold it to a more acceptable size. Once it’s inside your vagina, it opens up comfortably, and you’ll barely notice it’s there. True story.
It’s in there but won’t twist!
First time users find insertion difficult simply because it needs getting used to as with all new products. Apart from that, some women have commented about having a hard time twisting it once it is inside to make sure it sits just right and no leakages will happen.
>> All women are created differently, so some women may need to twist and tug a little more than others. A little tug without completely taking it out might help the cup move or open up. If that doesn’t work, try pulling the cup completely out before reinserting. Another suggestion is to sit or stand in a different position — squatting, standing, one leg up, for example.
Some women experience claim problems with leaking. Women who have extremely heavy flows say it leaks after 4 hours of use while some who claim it’s properly inserted and placed still get leaks.
>> When inserted properly, the cup should create a suction seal inside the vagina to catch the flow. The best way to check if it’s inserted correctly is to feel the bell of your cup with your finger. The bell should be rounded when the cup has opened properly and created the seal. It also helps to give a slight tug to ensure there is a little resistance.
Another factor to note is that some menstrual blood may have gotten on the vaginal walls below the seal during insertion/removal process. While this amount might be minute, when mixed with normal vaginal fluid, it may appear as a discharge of greater degree. A panty-liner is recommended for women who experience these issues. If changing the cup in the shower, it is recommended to use your finger to wipe around the edge of the cup to catch any lingering menstrual blood.
One last thing to check is the size of your menstrual cup. One is intended for younger women who have never given birth, while the 2nd size is for women who have had children. It might be useful to attempt the model 2 size, even if you’ve never given birth. Remember, all women are created differently!
Taking it out hurts!
Until you’ve had a few cycles of practice, removing the Diva Cup can seem a little tricky. Some women say they have problems trying not to spill the contents, and other women claim that removal can be painful.
>> The suction can be a bit of a challenge. Successful Diva Cup users advise on pinching the base to release the suction instead of just holding the stem and pulling. For discomfort, pulling the cup out at a slight angle might help, but you must maintain the pinch. Squatting can also diminish the pain or discomfort.
Using public restrooms to empty the cup and reinsert is a concern for many Diva Cup lovers. Some women fear they will drop it on the floor or contaminate it with all kinds of bacteria.
>> Although it does seem like a challenge, it can be done. Wash your hands, first and foremost, before getting in the stall. It is also helpful grab some damp toilet paper to help give the cup a quick wipe-down, but pre-packaged feminine hygiene wipes work best.