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23 January 2012 @ 11:46 pm
So I am currently on day 3 of my first cycle with my diva cup. I had started spotting, so I put it in. And what do you know! I put it in perfect that first time! (No night time leaking or anything! And I really don't move too much in my sleep, once I actually fall asleep.) I must say I felt pretty good about myself. But then after I emptied it and put it back in, it didn't go in right and leakage attacked. (But I was prepared, just in case! So that's good!) thus far, I am LOVING my menstrual cup. I've been very slowly, bit by tiny bit taking it off, even though I really don't use it. Not to put it in, not to take it out. I'm pretty sure that since my cervix sits lower on my period (my cup is DEFINITELY sitting a heck of a lot lower than it did on my dry runs) I can cut the stem off completely. But I may wait a couple of days on that, just to be sure. One thing I've noticed, though. See, when I used tampons, I only used them on my heavy days, and only during the day, and as soon as I got home I would switch to pads (I would get home around 3-4) so I'm thinking my body just... isn't used to having something inside it for so long. It feels almost like... And ache? But it doesn't hurt. It just feels funny. Something else I've noticed is that after I swap it out, about half an hour later I get this weird sucking feeling. But I'm pretty sure I'm putting it in and sealing it well because I hear the cup pop open inside and then run my finger around to check the seal. Does anyone know what that feeling is? Once or twice I thought I'd put it in right (I've been checking my up every so often just for an idea on how much I bleed) and I'd checked, to be sure. But then it suddenly popped open. Very noticeably. Any help?
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on January 24th, 2012 03:18 pm (UTC)
If your Diva is too long for you on your low cervix days, it can be shortened by flipping it inside out.

The Diva has tiny little anti-suction holes. They help with popping open and removal. Some have had good luck with carefully (don't start a tear) enlarging them to make popping easier. Another trick is to flip the cup over for insertion. Face the folded part "the other way." Sometimes that makes all the difference in the world.
malificarxlove on January 25th, 2012 10:38 pm (UTC)
Well, the cup itself fits fine. It's just that darned stem that bugs me. I think that if I cut it off, I should be fine, but I'm waiting to make sure that it's the stem, because I know once it's cut there's no going back.

And I think I'll try to flip it the other way for insertion. But by flip, do you mean instead of placing the folded part to say, the front, placing it to the back?
fireaphidfireaphid on January 27th, 2012 05:27 am (UTC)
By flipping the cup inside out, I think kuradi8 means to push the base of the cup straight towards the rim and clear through it. Erm, I'm not explaining this very well. Here's a picture of an inside-out ring-stem MeLuna to give you a better idea: http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/2575106.html?thread=29154050#t29154050. It's a good thing to try if your cup continues to feel too long after trimming the entire stem off, but I don't think there's any other reason it might be useful.

Also, it's pretty common to experience an "aching" feeling the first cycle or two that you use a cup. That's because your vaginal muscles are working round the clock when you use a cup to keep it in. This can be true to some extent for tampon users, but tampons also rely on friction to remain in place. Don't feel bad about alternating between cup and pad use (or whatever combination of products you prefer) if that makes you more comfortable.

And as for the "sucking feeling," I'd bet it's your cup shifting position to sit around your cervix. I also find that my cup moves up to wherever it wants (and to where I can't feel it whatsoever) after I move around a bit after inserting it. I insert my cup as low as I can, release the fold, and check that it's open by running a finger around the base of the cup. . . and then it moves way up high on its own after that. q-:
malificarxlove on January 27th, 2012 10:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you! That helped make things a bit easier to understand. I think that's what was going on, because I'd put it in, then it would get that freaky feeling. After that, i wouldn't be able to feel it. So it just made me wonder what was happening. It didn't hurt, just felt weird. And my cycle is over, so I'll have to wait a month to decide if I want to cut off the stem (if that doesn't work then turning it inside out) . I appreciate the help!