I've been lurking on this site for a while & want to first say thanks to everyone for their candidness, patience & willingness the help others. Just by reading through this site, I feel like I have 'friend' who understand what I'm dealing with.
I've been using the DivaCup (after 30 size) for about 4-5 month now & have to admit that I love it. I've been wearing pad for over 20 years (I think tampons were invented by the devil), & the cup has been an absolute Godsend.
Until.... This month.
About 2 weeks about, I did something really stupid. I had a tiny pimple about my clitoris that was irritating the bejesus out of me. So like any normal woman, sprayed Bactine on it (and all over the rest of my vagina vicinity). Needless to say, I woke up the next day with the itch from hell. Everything was red & swollen & itchy, but no unusual discharge or anything. It's taken a while, but it's gotten much better with some OTC healing & anti-itch cream. But i'm still a little swollen.
Right before my period, I usually use Instead Cups to protect the panites. I had no problem inserting or removing them. Once I got my period, I started using the DivaCup. I've been have some pain inserting. Once the bulk of it is in, I'm fine. I always have slight cramping the first & second day, so nothing unusual there & just the usual 'sucking my cervix out pain' on removal, which is also normal. Besides the insertion pain, i noticed the cup is riding very low, or at least the stem (which I cut most off) is poking.
Could it be that my cervix has dropped because of the irritation? Could it be that I'm just so swollen still at the vaginal entrance that this is why it hurts to insert & feels like it's poking? It feels like it's sticking out, but when I go to push it back in, it doesn't feel any more forward that usual per my finger. Would I just be better off using pads for this period & let the swelling go down. It's made huge progress in the past weeks and the itching is just about gone... swelling is down much & redness isn't as bad.