ladycontent (ladycontent) wrote in menstrual_cups,

Desperately Seeking Anatomical Knowledge!!

First and foremost, thanks everyone for being so supportive! Everyone here has had a hand in helping the love for menstrual cups to spread!

Now I have a few questions with regards to leaks and positioning with regards to the cervix and retroverted uterus. I'm trying to familiarize myself with what's where down there, but for the moment, it feels like a whole bunch of fleshy stuff! So I'm arming myself with diagrams so that I'll have a better idea. I know for sure I have a retroverted uterus (it made my IUD insertion hellish!!), but after looking at these diagrams ( I don't understand how or why cup positioning is so critical. It seems to me that as long as it's in the bottom part of the canal, it'll catch the blood either way. I don't understand how it can suction "on the wall" or "away" from the cervix. To me it looks like a fairly straight path. I understand that this is a diagram and that it's probably not so cut and dry in real life... and I guess that's where you talented people come in. Please help me understand how this works. I'm getting so frustrated with these leaks. It leaked alllll day yesterday and allll day today!! I'm determined to make this work. *Off to do some exploring*

PS) I've never been one to get all into the idea of getting a speculum and checking myself out, but I've been considering it. Where would I find such a thing for purchase?

EDIT: This is now my fifth leak for the day... about 9th for this cycle. Obviously, I'm doing something VERY wrong. I'm a former Diva user, and I don't remember having this many problems when I started using that one. I don't know what's going on... I've been trying all of the tips on here. Is it possible that my IUD has altered my anatomy so much that it won't work anymore? I know that sounds silly, but I don't know what else to suggest. I'm *SO* frustrated I'm practically in tears. UGH! I've tried to do the whole swirl to make sure it's open, but it feels like my pubic bone (or whatever that is) gets in the way so I can't even get my finger around. Anyway, I'm crampy, frustrated and more than a little sad. Thank you SO much to those who offered their support and advice. I'm not giving up. I'm going to make this work. *Thrusts chin into the air and decides to show her new menstrual cup who's boss*
Tags: cervix position, leakage & spotting, tilted uterus
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