Is it too small?
Hello! I am an 18 year old, non-virgin. I have never had a baby. I’ve been trying to get my Diva cup size 1 to work for me for months but every single cycle I experience leaks (the cup is never full). After insertion I always run my finger along the top to make sure it has opened fully. I’ve tried wearing it high, low, and in the middle. I’ve tried different folds. Pretty much every suggestion I could find on the Internet I’ve tried. Do I just need a cup with a bigger diameter?
The diameter of the small Diva might be sitting just right (or wrong) that it’s not positioning itself correctly. It could be allowing your cervix to sit on the rim catching only part of your flow and letting some of it pass around and out 🙁
I couldn’t say for certain what’s going on, but you might benefit from using a cup with a wider diameter. Some people feel that it helps “scoop” up their cervix easier.
A few cups that I would recommend checking into are:
LaliCup (large) – This would be the softer bodied cups but still have a medium-firm rim and secondary rim to help the cup pop open. These cups have a unique channel pattern that goes all the way around the cup. These channels help the cup to fold up smaller and easier as well as helping the cup to pop open when pressure is released. The large has a larger diameter and the length is about the same as the Diva Cup. This cup is bell-shaped and may sit a little higher than a “V”-shaped cup, but has a regular style rim that hopefully keeps the cup from riding up too high.
Fleur Cup (large) – This cup has a flared rim and may ride up and sit a bit higher. The flared rim will hopefully spread out and position itself into the vaginal fornix around your cervix and not on top of it. In the group of cups that I’m suggesting, the firmness of this cup would be the closest to the Diva 1. The Fleur Cup is slightly shorter than the Diva.
Saalt Cup (large) – A bit more firm than the Diva, the Saalt Cup has a wide diameter and a rounded body. Like the LaliCup, it is bell-shaped but has a regular style rim and secondary rim. This cup is slightly shorter than the Diva.
You and view and compare cups here: Cup Comparisons
I don’t have the Diva small uploaded here yet, but I’ll try to add it today.
In case you’re worried about size = age and not having been pregnant before, my daughter (who is now mid 20’s, sexually active, but no pregnancies), has always preferred a large sized cup and has used them comfortably over the years.
Let me know if you have any questions about these cups or any others that catch your eye.
Happy Cup Hunting!