August 29th, 2012

Can Cups Lead to Abnormal Paps?

Hello my fellow cuppers!

I have a few questions for you. I've had two abnormal paps and will be going in for a colposcopy next week. Someone mentioned that perhaps my cups is causing changes in my cervical cells. I've been using cups for almost 5 years for approximately 10 days per month. I also have an IUD, which I just read sometimes leads to inflammation (due to the strings) that are sometimes interpreted as an abnormal result. Maybe cup usage causes inflammation as well? Maybe it's one or the other or perhaps a totally different reason altogether?

Although I highly, highly doubt it has anything to do with the abnormal cells, I just wanted to get your opinion. Do you think:

1) The cup could contribute at all to changes in my cervical cells?

2) Do you think it's necessary to bring up my cup usage to the doctor performing my colposcopy? I'm not ashamed of it or anything, but I'm just afraid he/she may not know about cups and may have a negative attitude about it because it's new to them and end up blaming it for my cervical issues.

Does anyone have any experiences and/or opinions about this? Thanks in advance!

Who can compare the old and new Diva Cups?


I have a Diva Cup for 6 years ago, and as I want to buy a new one, I wonder about the Diva Cup modifications which appeared in 2007.
Look at this entry:
In this entry, nobody tell the differences when inserting and wearing.

Is someone (who have or have had both) able to tell if there is some differences, chiefly if there is a difference for the opening after insertion?
I want to know this because I have often read that the Diva Cup is difficult to pop open, but I don't think so with mine (the old model), is it only true for the newer model (for people who have or have had both) or it depens mostly on the diferent persons?

Mami Cup review

This cup caught my interest because it was described as long - 57 mm without the stem for the large - and high- capacity - 35 ml to the rim, again for the large. It seemed like a great option for someone with a high cervix and a heavy flow. I love my L Fleurcup, but it's a bit short for me and hard to reach sometimes; I love my L Miacup, but wish it had more capacity, especially on dangly-cervix days when the narrow base works against me. So I took the plunge and ordered one.

The bad news: the L Mami is not 57 mm. It's 52 mm without the stem, same as the L Fleur and several other cups.
The good news: the Mami is indeed high capacity and is in all respects a nice cup.

Details below.

Shape: The Mami has a wide body throughout, similar to the Fleurcup. If you are looking for a cup wide enough for your cervix to fit inside, this is one. The wide base makes for maximum capacity even if your cervix is taking up space.
Firmness: the Mami is a shade softer than the Fleur or Mia and it is distinctly softer than the Diva.
Poppiness: on two dry runs the cup popped with a minimum of fiddling and slid easily into place. Under "real" conditions it would probably pop even more easily.
Material: very smooth clear silicone, somewhere in between peachy and slick. There is writing inside the rim - "Mami Cup" and "Made in Italy". There are also two lines, marking off 10 and 18 ml according to the pamphlet. However, in a water test against the Diva the Mami's lines matched up 7.5 and 15 ml on the Diva. There are four lines running on the exterior from the base to the rim, dividing the cup into quarters.
Capacity to holes: possibly 1/2 ml greater than the Fleurcup, which is reportedly 29 or 30 ml. Holes: four, on the small side and drilled at an angle. Similar to Diva in size.
Rim: soft and not prominent.
Base and stem: there are no grip rings or ridges at all, possibly an advantage to folks who are bothered by grip rings but a disadvantage if the cup rides up high on you. The stem is nice, flat and flexible, on the short side.

In short, the Mami is a another good option for low- to medium-cervix folks looking for a soft cup with high capacity. For high-cervix folks, it may be a difficult cup to remove because it's quite smooth and has no grip rings at all.