Elle Marie (septicidal) wrote in menstrual_cups,
Elle Marie

More Insertion Issues with Nuvaring + Divacup

I've posted before about having issues getting my Divacup properly inserted while my Nuvaring is in place - I got some good tips (thank you!) and managed through two cycles without any problems. Until now.

This month... I don't know what is happening. I can't get the Nuvaring pushed up far enough - every time I push it back and up, like I've done before to get it up away from where the Divacup is positioned, it just pushes back toward the front. And I can't get my Divacup in for the life of me, because the Nuvaring winds up being vertical-ish and the ring winds up alongside the Divacup, preventing it from opening fully and forming a seal. I just spent 20 minutes in the bathroom at work trying to get the cup back in, and while I got it in, I can tell that the Nuvaring is half-inside the cup, so I'm concerned that my body isn't getting the proper dose of hormones because the ring isn't in contact fully with my body. I tried flipping the cup inside out; it wouldn't open at all. I tried using a different fold (I usually use the punch-down-fold); didn't work. I tried swearing and sitting differently; neither worked (though I felt better after cursing both the ring and the cup and my cervix).

I just don't know what to do. I have at least three more days of bleeding, and I am concerned that my birth control is being compromised by the ring being partially inside the cup... And I am terrified to take the cup out, because I know getting it back in will be at least 15 minutes of hell. (And currently, the cup is still not positioned correctly even though it's in and has a seal - it's too low, so I can feel it and it's irritating my vaginal opening.)

Does anyone have any ideas as to what to do? I really don't know what else to try, and I really don't want to have to use tampons or (shudder) pads.
Tags: divacup, nuvaring

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