June 26th, 2013

odilon redon

Need advice for a cup for a first-timer: cranky, crampy, and short vag

Hi all, thanks already for the advice in all the great posts I've read here in the community. As stated in my title, I am the owner of a short vagina (as told to me by my gyno—I presume that means I have a low cervix especially during my period, as well, which I think is true since I can feel tampons when I insert them even partially). Ever since I got my IUD and and even after having it removed (~3 months ago, due to improper insertion D:), it is also cranky and tends to cramp when I insert regular cotton tampons. For this reason, as well as that of sustainability, I am looking to get a comfortable cup. (I have been having mostly crampless success with natural sponge tampons, but am concerned that they are difficult to clean.) From reading posts on here, I was thinking of going with a MeLuna Soft Medium—even though I am a small person (5'2"), I read that using a too-small cup (like the Mini, which I originally wanted to buy because I thought anything bigger than necessary would make me cramp) can touch the cervix itself as opposed to the sides and lead to cramping that way. I'm wondering if I should go with a regular, though, since as a first-time user I probably don't know how to properly unfold it yet, and I've read it's trickier with the soft ones. FWIW, I'm in my early 20's, nulliparous, not a virgin, and totally comfortable getting up and personal with my bits. Thanks in advance!

DIvaCup user, problem with pain during use.

I love it. I really do. Been using for well over a year. But, my last 2 periods my cup couldn't get seated right. It felt excruciatingly painful pressing on my bladder. Like very bad gas bubbles. And HORRIBLE cramps. I assume I just didn't have it seated correctly, and went back to my faithful standby (instead cups). I'm over 30. 2 pregnancies, both caesarian deliveries. I currently use a size 2 DivaCup, per instructions but am wondering if a size 1 would be better? (I don't quite understand the size difference having to do with childbirth, if I haven't delivered vaginally?) I've seen many web posts of women saying they had a similar problem, but no clear fix for the problem. Do you have any suggestions?
I currently have the stem trimmed down as I originally found it irritating, could it be that rubbing on me? It doesn't feel like a scratch or cut, it feels like too much pressure. I've tried wearing it lower (literally the end visibly out of the canal) and I've tried higher, where it hurt my cervix. I've tried letting air out. I mostly use the c fold on insertion. I have no problems using the instead cup - and I note it's much more squat in size, could the DivaCup just be too long for me? Certainly an instead cup has a much larger circumference than the DivaCup, so I don't think it's that the circumference is too large? Could it be that it's not large enough and hurting my cervix? But that wouldn't register as painful pressure though? Don't know where to go from here. Please tell me someone has some insight?

FemmyCycle first time user

Hello everyone,
First thank you for all the info you've shared on this site. I've learned a ton already. :) I decided to switch to cups mainly because I love to travel and hike and was tired of having to compute how many tampons/pads required for every trip. The waste and expense of paper products was also starting to get to me, and I had gradually become disappointed in tampons (leakage).
Anyway, I decided on the Femmycycle and the medium Meluna. I tried the Femmycycle today on the first day of my period....so far so good! Putting it in the first time was a bit tricky but I changed my body position and then no problem and no discomfort. No leakage yet but can't wait to wake up tomorrow morning and see... I'm curious how it'll go with the Meluna, once it arrives.

Anybody else have a good (or bad) experience with the Femmycycle?