No one expected you to ride your bike without training wheels on your first try. Likewise, finding the right fold, routine and time of use for your DivaCup may take a few cycles. Once you’ve got a handle on it, you’ll be inserting and removing the cup without even thinking about it.
Every woman’s body is unique in shape, and flow, which is why some women manage to have success inserting The DivaCup on their first try, while others may require a couple tries (or even a few full cycles) to experience all its wonderful benefits!
Below are a few helpful tips to help you find the right fit and feel of your DivaCup.
- Read your User Guide!
- Remember to thoroughly wash your hands with soap and warm water before insertion and removal.
- To maintain the integrity of The DivaCup clean thoroughly with warm water and The DivaWash or use a mild unscented water-based (oil-free) soap.
- Unlike tampons, be sure to insert the The DivaCup horizontally (toward the tailbone).
- Be sure to not push the tip of the stem further than a 1/2 inch (1.27 cm) into the vagina. Inserting The DivaCup too high may cause leaks, and may also make removal more difficult.
- After insertion, ensure that the cup is fully open by rotating it a full 360 degrees in either direction.
- Practicing Kegel exercises will help keep your vaginal muscles strong and may help The DivaCup stay in place better and prevent leakage.
- Do not insert The DivaCup while lying down as this may result in the cup being positioned improperly, leading to discomfort and possible leaking.
- If The DivaCup does move up in the vaginal canal and you are experiencing difficulty removing it please refer to Section B of the User Guide for assistance. In the rare case that you are still unable to remove The DivaCup after more than twelve (12) hours, seek medical advice.
- If your cup does leak, it has not been inserted properly; it has not been rotated; it is not inserted at the right angle (horizontally); or the muscle tone of your vagina needs to be strengthened with Kegel exercises (usually necessary after multiple vaginal childbirths).
Kegels are exercises that many women practice to strengthen their vaginal muscles (pubococcygenus PC muscles) – which are the muscles that hold The DivaCup in place. Although often helpful post pregnancy, Kegels are a great exercise that any DivaCup user can practice. And the best part about them is that they can be done anytime and anywhere (on the bus, at the office, watching TV etc).
To practice Kegels you must first identify your PC muscles. When in the washroom, try starting and stopping the flow of urine. The muscle you use to start and stop this flow is your PC muscle and this exercise is called a Kegel!
Doing a series of Kegels each day is all it takes to strengthen your PC muscles. Simply tighten your PC muscles, hold for three seconds, release and repeat. You can also practice a series of quick Kegels, without holding the muscle in between.