silly little crustacean girl (ravenword) wrote in menstrual_cups,
silly little crustacean girl

cramps after first try with cup - ouch!

Hi everyone, I'm new to cups and have been watching this community for a while. I recently bought a size 1 Diva and have been waiting for my period to try it out. Tonight I thought I'd give it a dry run, just to see if I could do it.

I had no trouble inserting the cup or getting it to open, and I heard/felt a little suction when it opened. It was pretty comfortable to wear, though I could feel it a bit more than a tampon. The entire stem fit inside my vagina, so I guess I'm fairly long.

I was able to reach inside, pinch the cup between my finger and thumb, and remove it without much trouble. I did feel a bit of suction/discomfort during removal, so I wonder if I didn't completely break the seal, or if the seal re-formed after I pinched the cup. I sort of grabbed it in the middle, so in the future I will try to reach all the way to the rim and make sure the seal is completely broken before I pull it out.

I noticed a spot of blood on the cup when I took it out. I'm not too concerned, as my period is coming soon, and my gynecologist has commented that my cervix bleeds easily. I also sometimes bleed after sex. But, since removing the cup (about 1/2 hour) I've been feeling moderate cramps. I don't usually get significant menstrual cramps, so this is worse than anything that I feel during my normal period, though the pain is bearable. I'm worried that I may have hurt myself during removal. Has anyone had a similar experience? Any advice on how to deal with this problem? Using the cup itself was easy, but I don't think I can make the switch if these cramps continue...!
Tags: cramps, divacup, dry run, first time use, removal - painful or problems

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