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27 August 2006 @ 11:16 pm

I have a drastically tilted uterus and I'm interested in using a menstrual cup. Has anyone has any success using a cup painlessly? Was it easy to create a seal? Which brand did you use? I tried Instead Cups but they caused A LOT of pain, so I'm worried I wouldn't be able to use anything else.

I checked the memories but there's not a lot of info on this topic there.
Sofia Violet Emilie Blackthornesofiaviolet on August 28th, 2006 04:34 am (UTC)
I have a somewhat tilted uterus and a Diva works fine for me. I'm not sure how it would work for you, though. The Insteads tend to sit higher than other menstrual cups, which can be a problem for some women.
Lila Grubb: Clematislilagrubb on August 28th, 2006 08:49 am (UTC)
I don't know whether a tilted uterus makes it difficult to use a cup. Reusable cups are different to Instead Cups, they sit lower, so it might work. The Divacup has a one year return policy, so there's nothing to lose by trying it. Good luck.
Bridgetfieldsclaphands on August 28th, 2006 08:50 am (UTC)
I don't know how severe the tilt of my uterus is, but it was tilted enough that on my very first pelvic exam, the GP searched a couple of minutes in my vagina before exclaiming, "Oh! There it is! Your uterus is tilted, who knew?"

Anyways, I absolutely love love love my cup. For most people, the cup sits low enough that it doesn't matter how the cervix is tilted as the cup usually doesn't come into contact with the cervix. See this diagram:

as opposed to Insteads:

(I have no idea how anyone with a tilted uterus can use them!)

However, my cervix is low enough during my period that it actually sits inside the cup some (which suprisingly isn't bothersome at all) and consequently the cup sits a little tilted in my vagina. It doesn't hurt and the seal has only broken three times, once on the most bumpy car ride of my life, and the other during the night when I slept in really awkward, balled up positions (the cup should have also been emptied before going to bed. It was a complete error on my part). I use a diva and creating a seal has never been an option.

I say try out the cup! Having a tilted uterus made tampon use absolutely impossible and cups have liberated me from pads (which always gave me yeast infections...). The diva cup gives you a one year, money back warranty and if you find out that the cup isn't for you, you can always return it.
Bridgetfieldsclaphands on August 28th, 2006 08:56 am (UTC)
Also! The best troubleshooting advice I can give is after inserting the cup, run your finger along the opening of the cup and make sure your cervix isn't somehow sitting next to/on the side of the cup. Sometimes if I don't insert the cup right, the cup will find a home behind my cervix, so I always make sure after every insertion.
ex_the_major316 on August 28th, 2006 09:30 am (UTC)
My uterus is really tilted (oh boy was it fun having an IUD fitted) and I've had no problem using a mooncup.
sprgtimesprgtime on August 28th, 2006 10:54 am (UTC)
My uterus is extremely anteverted (tilted). The ultrasound technician told me most women have a somewhat tilted uterus. She also said in 20 years she'd never seen one as drastically tilted as mine (which made the vaginal ultrasound just so super comfy, let me tell ya...)

I love my cup. No problems. I use Divacup, and have had it for about a year now.

I also had an awful experience trying to use Insteads. Very different.
elizabbyelizabby on August 29th, 2006 05:23 am (UTC)
Tilted uterus + Lunette = love at first sight!
No problems here - I have a tilted AND funny shaped uterus, but no problems with my cup. It sits low in me, so doesn't come up as far as the uterus or cervix most of the time. I actually find it a lot more comfortable than tampons.