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Grace the Dazzling
12 March 2010 @ 09:01 am
I bought the divacup (size 1) and tried it for the first time this morning (this is my first try with any sort of menstrual cup). I am able to get it in just fine. I think it is sitting where it is supposed to--when I take it out, blood is only on the inside, not on the outside, no leaks yet. However, I can feel it, especially when I am standing or walking. Am I supposed to be able to feel the cup? It gives me a pinching sensation when I walk, not very comfortable at all. I also feel a little pressure--it feels like the cup is almost pushing on my abdomen. What am I doing wrong? I think it is sitting rather low in my vagina, very close to the entrance. Does it need to go further up?

Any advice would be appreciated.
 
Kai: pic#84732488kuradi8 on March 12th, 2010 05:08 pm (UTC)
Whether small or large, the Diva is a very long cup. If you think it's too long for you, flip it inside out. That shortens it without clobbering much capacity.
Grace the Dazzlinggracetace on March 12th, 2010 05:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I'll try that.
take it easy, mountain faceraedio on March 12th, 2010 07:07 pm (UTC)
I second this! It took me the first few months to figure out how to wear it in a way that worked for me, and I found that flipping it inside out was the best.
accphotography on March 13th, 2010 02:53 am (UTC)
I third this. Except I'll add that the Diva's capacity inside out is actually slightly (very) higher than right side out.
Grace the Dazzlinggracetace on March 13th, 2010 07:32 am (UTC)
I tried it flipped inside out. I think it helped. But because the grips were no longer on the outside of the cup, it was a little difficult to get out and messy upon removal. Hopefully over time, I'll get better at that part.
Jenatarisemochick on March 13th, 2010 10:04 pm (UTC)
You'll get better with the removal over time. I've been using a cup for about 2 years and I sometimes have problems with removal.
zombiebaitvampireborg on March 12th, 2010 05:08 pm (UTC)
I felt it the first couple of days, just like I felt tampons the first couple of days that I used them way back when. It should get less noticeable as you adjust to it. :)
Grace the Dazzlinggracetace on March 12th, 2010 05:12 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that is exactly what it feels like--tampons when I first started using them and didn't insert them quite properly.

Thanks, I'll give it a couple of days.
lupus una: My Choiceiamjustme on March 12th, 2010 06:31 pm (UTC)
I'd say try pushing it up a little further. I know it says it's supposed to sit low in the vag, but mine sits right up around the cervix. Each body is different :)
elizabby: ACup iconelizabby on March 12th, 2010 09:46 pm (UTC)
I agree - try wearing it a little "higher" (further inside) if you have the internal space, and you might not need to do anything else! I do this by either inserting the cup a bit deeper before letting go of the fold, or else by doing some Kegels after the cup is in. Be aware that inserting the cup deeper can make it a little more tricky to pop open (less air to get inside it) so this takes a little practice.

But the Diva is the longest cup, so if you *aren't* the longest inside you might need to try inside out.
Grace the Dazzlinggracetace on March 12th, 2010 10:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'll try that.
candyland112 on March 12th, 2010 11:31 pm (UTC)
Hey, is the stem still fully intact? Maybe that could be pinching you. Shortening it a little might help. But be sure that's what you want to do first, you can always trim later, but you can't have it back once you cut it off.

And yeah, the pressure thing may go away once you get used to the cup. Give it a few days.

You can also try pushing the cup up higher. I dunno about letting it unfold higher up as that may cause problems with unfolding and also possibly push the cup past your cervix, but kegels sounds like a good idea. I sometimes push the cup up with my finger once it's open, but I don't always because I feel like after a minute (and a few kegels) my cup tends to make its way to the place where it wants to be (and ends up being the most comfy for me).

Don't worry. As you probably already know, there's a steep learning curve with cups. There's gonna be a lot of trial and error this first time around, but you'll learn a lot. It seems like you have insertion and removal down already though, so you're in a pretty good place.
Grace the Dazzlinggracetace on March 13th, 2010 07:27 am (UTC)
Thanks, I tried pushing it up further with my finger and it worked! I can barely feel it at all. I also cut of the stem which I think helped a ton.
bowdlerizerbowdlerizer on March 13th, 2010 12:13 am (UTC)
newbie commiseration
Hey there. It's my first day using it today as well - Mooncup UK. This is certainly an adventure! I'm having a similar problem to you, I can just *feel* it being there, and it feels like it's working it's way out all by itself - but I've been looking at pictures of different folds to see if getting it in further in the beginning will help.

Everything I've been reading today would indicate that we both need to perservere and do more kegel exercises. I already think its better than tampons though - can you imagine trying to take them in and out this many times in a day?

Grace the Dazzlinggracetace on March 13th, 2010 07:30 am (UTC)
Re: newbie commiseration
I cut off the stem and just pushed it up higher with my finger. Totally worked. I really can't even feel it any more. It did take me a couple of insertions to find the right place, but I think I might have it now. I am converted.

Good luck, I hope all goes well for you.
Jaime: curiousity - nininyreak on March 13th, 2010 10:08 pm (UTC)
Re: newbie commiseration
Newbie number three here! Definitely there on the being aware of it, but not in an uncomfortable sort of way. :)
jumpuphigh on March 13th, 2010 03:18 am (UTC)
I felt the same way with my first day with the Diva cup and even into the second. Once I cut off the stem, which I wasn't using to remove it at all, a lot of the problems went away. It sits really low for me and really can't sit any higher but I have found that if it hasn't quite settled, moving my hips around in circles or walking around a bit will help it find its way.
Grace the Dazzlinggracetace on March 13th, 2010 07:30 am (UTC)
Thanks, everyone here has been so helpful. I really appreciate it.