season_changing (season_changing) wrote in menstrual_cups,

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Intro and Question

I've been lurking for a while and this community is awesome.  I had no idea there were so many different choices and variations on wearing them! 
I was turned onto the idea of cups a while ago and  friend of mine was able to get me one for free from a store she worked at (it was a total fluke and I was very grateful).   I have the diva cup.  I've been using it for 8 cycles now and before I get into my question let me just say that I really do love it.  I love the concept, the cleanliness and the relative ease of use. 
The only trouble I have is that it seems like it's actually too long.  The first thing I had to do was trim the stem off.  It was driving me crazy and irritated me so much that I felt almost like it was rubbing me raw.  I trimmed it down to, well, nothing.  Yet, even with that, I still find it uncomfortable 90% of the time.  It's fine until I have to sneeze, cough, laugh, whatever.  Sometimes it seriously feels like it's falling out (it's not, it just feels that way).  It's the ridges on the bottom for grip.  They are driving me nuts.  I've tried inserting it sort of cock-eyed, I've tried pushing the base more posterior, I've tried tucking up up behind my pubic matter what it slips down and sticks out just enough to drive me absolutely batty.  I've tried all sorts of interesting positions for insertion (One leg up, squatting, lying down, etc) and most of them are not conducive to changing in public restrooms, lol. I wear the size you are supposed to after childbirth (I've had two).  After the birth of my second child, I feel as though my cervix is quite a bit lower than it used to be and I'm wondering if that could be the problem?  I *can* push the cup waaaaaaaay up there but if I do that, it leaks.  Typically, I have a perfect seal and I never leak but the rubbing...*shudder*.  

Does anyone else have this issue?  What tricks are there, maybe, that I haven't tried?  Is there another cup on the market that's shorter?  Would switching to the other size work better for me?

Thanks in advance!

ETA:  I tried flipping it inside out and that completely fixed the problem.  Thanks!
Tags: divacup, insertion - painful or problems, sizes/size issues

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