August 17th, 2014

Bladder Sensitivity?

So I've had my menstrual cup in twice in a row after removal, and each time I've noticed discomfort. I'm pretty sure it's not just the cramping I'd normally get. It almost feels like I have to pee. It's a little painful, but mostly just uncomfortable, like when you haven't peed for a while but have to.

I didn't know I had a sensitive bladder, Idek if I do now, but I was originally worried that my muscles would crunch the cup. I am using a Divacup. Idk if I should go too much softer or not... And is TPE a reliable material? I mean, sanitarily, safe for your body...

I wonder if I keep having this discomfort, will it effect my bladder? But I still can't exactly tell if it's just cramps or the cup pushing on my bladder...

Cup leaks and/or takes on water when swimming - what's your solution and experience?

Hi everyone.

I have found that my cup takes on sea water when I dive and surf. It won't be full but I will get leakage of watered down blood, and when I empty my cup it is half full of blood and seawater mixed together. It never leaks when I am not in the water.
It may be relevant that I have a low cervix and short vaginal canal - my small ladycups have their stems cut off and they couldn't fit inside if they were any longer. My cervix sits in the cup. My cups have never created a "suction" seal, although they do seal. And, maybe relevant, I also always had the bottoms of tampons take on water when swimming/diving.

I'd like to hear from those of you who have had the same thing happen (cup leaking and taking on water when swimming). And to know:
(1) if you have a low cervix / short vaginal canal,
(2) if your cup creates a suction type seal,
(3) if you have had any luck switching to a firmer or softer cup. (i'm thinking of next trying a soft small sckoon)
(4) anything else you think is relevant
These are 3 things that i thought might be contributing to this happening.

diva cup/ sorta leak/ reinsertion

This is my third cycle with diva cups. I seem to not be leaking but have residule blood from changing my cup. I don't know how to stop this. Should I cut my stem so the cup sits lower. Do I have to "wipe" inside after reinsertion of the cup to stop the residule blood. Help.