Here’s where our menstrual cup how to use guide comes in handy! You’ll be experiencing a more comfortable and leak-free experience with a DIVA Cup or DIVA Disc in no time.
Understand the BasicsBefore diving into tips for a worry-free experience, it's crucial to understand the basic anatomy and usage of menstrual cups and discs. If you’ve already inserted the cup, but are experiencing leaks, read this. If you’re experiencing leaks with your menstrual disc, read this one.
Now, let's explore tips that not only ensure a worry-free physical experience but also incorporate mental practices to ease your mind.
Relax and Take Your TimeOne of the primary reasons for worrying about the positioning of your menstrual cup or disc is anxiety associated with it getting “lost” or stuck. One helpful bit of information is that there is nowhere for it to go! The vaginal cavity extends from the vaginal opening to a tight sphincter called the cervix and is bordered by vaginal walls. Your cup or disc will not pass beyond this area.
Remember, it's okay to take your time during the insertion process and to feel around first to get comfortable with your anatomy. Then when you’re ready, have found some private space and a bit of uninterrupted time, find a comfortable position where you can calm your mind and focus. Being relaxed makes the process smoother and helps you better gauge the correct placement.
Recognize how mental stress can manifest physically. Incorporate practices like progressive muscle relaxation to release tension in your body before sitting on the toilet to practice insertion. By addressing both the physical and mental aspects, you create a harmonious approach to insertion and removal.
When it comes to folding the menstrual cup, there are a few different techniques. Find the one that works best for you. A well-folded cup or disc is easier to insert and get into position.
After insertion, run your finger around the base of the cup or disc to ensure it has fully unfolded. Feeling for the correct placement will give you the confidence that your period cup or disc is in the right position.
Learning to use a menstrual cup or disc is a skill that improves with practice. Don't be discouraged if you don't get it on the first try. Practicing how to insert and remove your menstrual cup or disc will familiarize yourself with the process, build your confidence, reduce worry and give you up to 12 hours of leak-free protection!
Create a RitualTurn the insertion process into a ritual by creating a comfortable and soothing environment. Light a candle or play calming music. Associating the experience with positive rituals can make it feel less daunting.
Try integrating positive affirmations into your routine to shift your mindset. Remind yourself that you are capable, and this transition is a positive step toward a more sustainable and comfortable period experience. Positive self-talk can significantly impact your mental well-being.
Before insertion, you could also visualize the process going smoothly. Picture yourself confidently and comfortably positioning your cup or disc. Visualization can help reframe your thoughts and build a positive association with the experience.
Mindful DistractionOnce inserted, engage in activities that hold your focus and take your attention away from worries. Mindful distraction can help minimize anxiety about the positioning of your period product.
Journal about your journey. Use it to track your progress, note achievements, and express any concerns or worries. This practice not only provides a sense of empowerment but also offers a constructive outlet for your thoughts.
It can also be helpful to wear DIVA Period Underwear as back up protection until you’re confident you’ve mastered positioning. It will become just as easy as a tampon or pad—but so much better!
If you find yourself checking a lot, start your practice while at home and use this time to learn about your menstrual volume. Track how often you need to empty your cup. You may find that compared to tampons, you need to empty and reinsert your cup or disc less frequently. Staying cognizant of your flow helps prevent potential discomfort and helps to build your confidence in the long-lasting protection of DIVA products.
If you're struggling with the positioning of your menstrual cup or disc, don't hesitate to reach out to our expert Consumer Experience Team. They’re always on hand to troubleshoot!
Transform your experience into a positive and empowering journey. Remember, it’s unique to you, so be patient, embrace the practices that resonate most with you, and celebrate the small victories along the way. With a balanced approach, you'll not only master the process in a few short cycles, but also find peace of mind throughout your journey.