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 vaginal muscles may need to be strengthened with Kegel exercises (usually necessary after multiple vaginal childbirths).
Kegels are exercises that many women practice to strengthen their pelvic floor muscles which are the muscles that hold The DivaCup in place. If you are a candidate for Kegel exercises, they are great exercises that any cup user can practice. And the best part about them is that they can be done anytime, anywhere (on the bus, at the office, watching TV etc).Kegel exercises are not for everyone and in some cases, can cause more harm than good so to ensure that Kegel exercises are the correct mechanism for proper DivaCup fit, we recommend a visit with a pelvic health physiotherapist.
To practice Kegels, you must first identify your pelvic floor muscles. These are a group of muscles that extend from the pubic bone in front to the tailbone in the back, and from sitz bones on either side. The pelvic floor muscles are the shape of a kite with a front triangle and a back triangle. The front triangle has the urethral and vaginal openings the back triangle, the rectal opening. The muscular action of the pelvic floor will use both areas together and you must ensure that both triangles are contracted equally.To contract the front triangle, visualize a ping pong ball being drawn upwards and into the vaginal opening. To contract the back triangle, visualize a marble being drawn upwards and into the rectal opening. Once you are engaging your triangles equally, you will be ready to contract the whole pelvic floor as a unit. No other part of your body should move when performing a proper Kegel (pelvic floor muscle contraction) which is why these exercises can be done anywhere.
NEVER practice these exercises while on the toilet and NEVER stop the flow of urine mid-stream. Most importantly, remember that Kegels may not be the correct way to ensure proper fit of The DivaCup so if you are having difficulties, you may want to consider a pelvic floor assessment