Diva Cup 1 slips – recommended replacement?
Hi! I use the Diva Cup 1. I am in my early 30s, never pregnant, average menstrual flow, average cervix height, slightly weak PFM.
If I’m mostly sitting, the Diva Cup works great! Stays sealed, no leaks, and stays in place. However once I start walking around or doing light movement activities, it starts slipping. I believe I have a good seal because I can feel the suction (I also run my fingers around the rim so I know it’s sealed around my cervix). It slips faster if it’s at least half full, which makes it impossible to wear for 12hrs moving around. What is my problem here? Do I need a wider cup, more narrow cup, a firmer cup, or softer cup? Would a wider or firmer cup be pushed out more easily? Would a softer cup have less suction and leak more easily? Would a more narrow cup slip more easily?
I’d love to hear suggestions on what features I should look for in a new cup. Any recommended cups would be great too!
The Diva 1 puts pressure on my bladder and urethra, so I wear it inside out. This decreases the discomfort, but the pressure is still there. I cannot empty my bladder completely until I remove the cup. Is this normal with cup use? I’ve tried multiple positions but even the best position still blocks some urine flow.
The length of the Diva 1 is ok (shorter would be better), but anything longer would be too long.
Looking forward to hearing from you!
Thanks in advance!!
Oh wow! I have heard of this, read, and watched videos of people who have Uterus Didelphys, but never actually chatted with anyone who has it, even when I worked at an OB-GYN.
Since you have double vaginal canals separated by a septum and not Uterus Bicornis (one vagina canal), you probably need protection for each side. I’m not a doctor, but the septum may be preventing the cup from creating a good seal and causing your slippage issues. A bell-shaped cup might snuggle closer to the cervix and stay in place. Bell-shaped cups also tend to have a rounded base and may be more comfortable (scrolling back to your comment “shorter would be better”).
Because a bell-shaped cup rides up and sits higher in the vaginal canal around the cervix, it may ease the pressure off of a particularly sensitive area. You can also opt for a softer cup like the Lena Cup Sensitive or the Sckoon Cup.
I don’t think there’s a cup that would be easier over another for this unique situation. Finding each cervix and making sure that you’re positioning the cup correctly would be the key thing. However, the Kind Cup might give you some extra comfort because of its shape; especially if you need to use two cups at once. It is an ergonomic design that has a shorter and longer side. I would imagine that the longer side/s would be placed away from the septum.
As for Uterine Didelphys affecting hormone levels, menstrual cramps, or incontinence, I couldn’t say. However, other conditions like Endometriosis can be linked with it which can cause a lot of pain. I would have to suggest speaking with you doctor about this because I don’t know enough about it.
Thank you for sharing your situation. It is very interesting and I would love to hear more about it along with any notes your doctors give you.
Best of luck and please update anytime you get a chance <3
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