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21 January 2012 @ 02:13 pm
Before using the diva cup, I was very tight and was able to actually feel and have control that area. After using the diva cup for 3 months, I've experienced some sort of painful sensation, loss of control and feeling, looseness, painful urination, and also severe constipation. The constipation was so severe, there was pressure and pain on everything in the pelvic area. I felt snaps. I never had these problems before using the diva cup.

Does anyone know what this can be? I'm really scared and my doctor won't even listen to me. I don't know what else to do. Because of the pain and fear, she wasn't even able to examine me.
Current Mood: scaredscared
baby_budgie on January 21st, 2012 10:31 pm (UTC)
First a few questions: Do you experience these symptoms when you're wearing the cup or all the time? When you say loss of control, do you mean you can no longer control your kegel muscles, or is this an incontinence thing? What do you mean by 'snaps'?

I found the diva cup disturbed my bowels during the first few cycles. My body has since gotten used to it, but before I'd have to leave the cup out for a few hours every day or so so that I'd be able to poop. Otherwise I'd get constipated, I think because the cup was discouraging my bowels from even trying to empty. Constipation gives me pelvic pain, as well. So that probably explains those things, but I don't know what to think about the looseness, loss of feeling, etc.

Did your doc test you for a UTI since you're having painful urination?
Lebannen Luitreath: not quite zenlebannen on January 22nd, 2012 01:18 am (UTC)
If it hurts, stop it.

Are you able to get treatment for your general anxiety / social disability (social anxiety?)? If this is possible, it may help resolve some of your anxiety that's related specifically to your genitals. Constipation (or diarrhoea) can be a symptom of anxiety / stress, as can generalised pelvic pain (I've had a doctor ask me 'do you normally, hmm, suffer from this kind of hypochondria?' I never went to see him again....) But if you feel that using a menstrual cup is increasing your anxiety, then stop using it.
goody_me on January 22nd, 2012 04:34 am (UTC)
Thanks. You may be right about anxiety kinda contributing to the constipation. I've had constipation before, but not this severe and not with other symptoms. LIke before, I was able to control it. Now, nothing.

With the hypochondria, that's one reason I don't address some issues with my doctors. Being socially awkward, it's hard discussing things period. I get over talked as if I don't know anything. Sometimes, I think they are just glorified pill pushers.

I have stopped using it and I don't plan on using another unless I find one that better suits me.
juliiie87juliiie87 on January 23rd, 2012 03:46 am (UTC)
I agree with lebannen that there can be a strong connection between psychological issues and physical symptoms in this area of the body. Many women experience physical issues triggered by their feelings towards this area. I'm no doctor but my grandma, who was a nurse, experienced the same kind of connection.

What I'm trying to say is : listen to your body, take a break if it makes you feel better. Make sure your medical issues heal / are treated first. They're most likely not solely cup related.

For what it's worth, I don't see how using a cup could do any permanent damage. It can however cause discomfort, especially if you have sensitive insides and your cup feels too stiff for you. A softer cup usually fixes this issue.

I don't know what you mean by tightness and control either... The only control I can think of is clenching / relaxing the pelvic floor muscles, which takes some practice to isolate them, but basically they're the ones involved in peeing. These muscles can contract unvoluntarily, especially when stressed, and it's actually more difficult to learn to relax them on command, rather then clenching them "tight". Tightness isn't necessarily a good thing per se.

However, it's a misconception that cups, or having sex will make you "loose", or lessen your sensitivity. Only age and giving birth can, but not necessarily either. Sex rather does quite opposite actually. But speaking of cups : imo, a good cup is a cup you can't feel. If not feeling it gives you anxiety, maybe you shouldn't.
juliiie87juliiie87 on January 23rd, 2012 03:51 am (UTC)
...shouldn't use one. Sorry, I'm missing words.
Kai: Airportkuradi8 on January 22nd, 2012 01:27 am (UTC)
Constipation indicates that you are dehydrated. If rehydrating and literally flushing out your urinary tract doesn't help your urinary issues, then see a differeent doctor about it ASAP.

If you think your cup is to blame, then stop using it.
goody_me on January 22nd, 2012 03:21 am (UTC)
Thanks for you response. I'm plenty hydrated. I've been taking laxatives prescribed by a doctor, prune juice, FULL cups of water for most of the day, and prunes. I make green salads and I don't eat as much bread. I recently tried more bready stuff in order to give myself more fiber... Not bloated. I am stopping use. Haven't used it sense.
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on January 24th, 2012 04:58 am (UTC)
constipation can be related to various gynecological conditions, like pcos, myoma etc... it's also linked with normal processes like ovulation, period, pregnancy/conception. it kinda sounds like pretty much anything happening down there may cause it.
like other posters, i also have needed to take the cup out for a few hours in order to be able to poop - on my first day using a ladycup.
also, i found this site really helpful: http://www.constipationopia.com

as for tightness, read this: http://www.scarleteen.com/article/advice/a_few_choice_words_about_tightness