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20 February 2012 @ 09:11 pm
So, I've read that some people file the stem after cutting it off. How exactly is this done? With a metal nail file? With a wooden one? With sand paper?

I'm also curious if the same thing could be done to the grip rings?

Yes, I know I could just turn my Divacup inside out. For some reason, though, I really don't want to. Also, I'd like the outside to be perfect too...

Also, does anyone find that in cold weather the cup gets...firmer? Or that you notice it more when the weather is below freezing? I was tramping around the woods last weekend, and during that time I felt the cup more than normal. This feeling mostly went away when I got fully warm (which took a while.) It's not that uncomfortable, just that I feel it inside me, right at the entrance to the vagina. (No matter where I move it, this is where it sits.) It felt like it was firmer than usual...

This is important, as I do live in a (very) cold weather climate.

Or, maybe I just need a shorter cup...I really don't know...overall my experience with the Diva has been positive, but I don't know if feeling it sometimes (which is usually not uncomfortable, but sometimes when I walk it will rub the entrance to the vagina a bit. It doesn't stick out enough for me to notice 80% of the time, though, it's hard to describe.) Anyway, I don't know if this is just a getting used to it type thing (sorta like I really felt my contacts in my eyes once I got them and now I don't) or if I should look into getting a new (shorter) cup.

Sorry this is all over the place. I have papers in 2 foreign languages to write, an application to fill out, and I need a nap. Hope it all made sense...
Sararubymermaid on February 21st, 2012 05:20 am (UTC)
I cut the stem on my diva cup and was very happy with the result- I could feel it much less, I think I just used scissors. I don't remember sanding it down.
Nataliasofty5310 on February 21st, 2012 06:23 am (UTC)
I used to live in MN and there, I noticed that I felt my Diva more than when I came home to Oregon/Washington to visit. So, you're not alone in that one. I'm not sure about the answers to your other questions, sorry.
Take Care,
susannah: stay alivefragilemacabre on February 21st, 2012 06:42 am (UTC)
I slowly cut off the stem to my ladycup, but I could still feel it so I bought a nail file with rough grit (there are notations on the packaging about this usually) and filed it down. It isn't perfectly rounded on the bottom because I am terrified of accidentally filing a hole in it, but it looks fine and symmetrical. I'm not sure about the grip rings as that wasn't a problem for me, the bumps on the ladycup are too small for me to be noticed or effective. </p>

Someone on here recommended a battery-operated manicure tool that files for you. I was too broke and desperate but that sounds like an ideal tool to use.

As for the cold, I only notice it upon first putting it in, once it's situated I don't notice it again. Maybe the Diva is just too long for you?

m03m on February 21st, 2012 08:26 am (UTC)
Nail files and sandpaper both work really well. I filed the grip rings off of my Fleurcup, the result is awesome and works very well for me.
You'll find pictures here: http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/2387402.html#comments

To find out if you need a shorter cup, wear it inside out for a day and see how you feel. If that feels like an improvement, a shorter cup may be in order.
Jennythepickle07 on February 22nd, 2012 12:54 am (UTC)
Thanks for the link. That was very helpful.

For some reason I'm averse to the idea of wearing it inside out, but the next time I'm on my period I'll do that. Would turning it inside out still shorten it even without the stem?

I feel kinda dumb for asking that but I really don't see it.
m03m on February 22nd, 2012 09:59 am (UTC)
Even without the stem, a Divacup will be shorter when it's inside out. Most cups will. It's because of the pointy shape of the base itself.

Fun fact: the Fleurcup's base is so rounded (not pointy) that turning it inside out does not change the shape at all. So if the grip rings bother you, that's a fine way to wear it: it'll hold just as much.
juliiie87juliiie87 on February 22nd, 2012 11:42 pm (UTC)
Cold water makes most cups firmer, but I'm having a hard time picturing the cup getting cold while you're actually wearing it !
We had a couple weeks of unusually cold weather here in central Europe lately, and I felt my cup more one day too, but I believe that was because my cervix droped lower than usual, so I could feel the stem right at the entrance. The whole thing could be cold-related though. That'd be interesting to know : if it's a cold day, wear a shorter cup ! :D
juliiie87juliiie87 on February 22nd, 2012 11:43 pm (UTC)
...*or just wear your usual cup inside out.