Z (blimeyzawn1) wrote in menstrual_cups,
Z
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Ouch all around with the divacup

Hi all,

I've read through the archives but haven't found anything specific to my divacup problems. I've gone through several different other alternative menstrual products, all of which ended in disaster for one reason or another. So now I have the divacup, which I really, really want to like, but I can't get it in without literally crying. And I'm not a baby with pain either. It hurts. So badly. I've tried wearing it higher or lower but neither has made much of a difference. Once I get it in it's still uncomfortable but it's not too bad. It's the insertion that's bad. So bad I dread doing it.

I'm doing everything I'm supposed to do- the double fold, lubricating it, kegels, and not tensing up (at least as far as I know). But as soon as it's in, I'm practically screaming. Trying to do the 360degree twist to get it to seal is problematic as well-- add twisting and fingers to an already painful situation, and I'm not happy.

It's not like I can't get it in. I've been wearing it intermittently for years, but always gravitate back toward tampons because it's so painful to get in and takes so long. Leakage is an issue as well since I'm kind of lazy about twisting it given the pain, but I also think that even when it does seal it might be re-folding itself and popping out of place. When I take it out it's often sort of crumpled up. Is that even possible?

I've never had problems with internal products like tampons but of course, there's much less of a learning curve with them. Questions:

1. It is possible that there's something going on anatomically preventing the divacup from working?
2. Has anyone had this problem with the divacup and then switched to a different cup successfully? I've been thinking about trying a different one, but they all look basically the same so I'm wondering if it's worth the effort.
3. Are there any secret divacup insertion tricks I don't know about?

um...help? I really don't want to go back to tampons but I can't keep fighting with my divacup every morning either.
Tags: divacup, insertion - painful or problems
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