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ohletmetelu
01 March 2012 @ 11:59 pm
Hi MCers!

During my last cycle, my cup kept getting squashed by my pubic bone (and I couldn't get it above it!). Where does each of your cups sit in relation to your this bone? Above or Below? Do you push/nudge it so that it's above your pubic bone? I really apologize if this sounds ignorant but I only know the inside of my own body and diagrams of the body are pointless (we don't even look like that on the inside!).

I hope what I'm saying/asking makes sense..

Thanks in advance!
 
Summers0mmer on March 2nd, 2012 09:55 am (UTC)
The cup goes above; typically it's called the pubic bone and is the central triangular-shaped portion of the pelvis.
I agree, the anatomy is confusing in real life vs diagrams. In this image the Symphysis Pubis (pubic bone) is shown to the left of the urethra and vagina. Pushing the folded cup past the bone, then letting it pop open, should work.


Edited at 2012-03-02 09:59 am (UTC)
ohletmeteluohletmetelu on March 2nd, 2012 06:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I edited my post to include the correct term. I agree with the poster below that my vagina was shorter this last cycle. I've never had this issue with my cup before. I wear a diaphragm for birth control so I'm familiar with my anatomy but not in relation to my cup when my vagina was shorter than it normally is. It completely threw me off. I'll make sure to push my cup past the bone! Thanks again :)
Summers0mmer on March 2nd, 2012 08:27 pm (UTC)
Anatomy moving around really threw me off, too. I guess no matter how well we think we know our insides, it's not well enough!
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on March 2nd, 2012 01:30 pm (UTC)
Cups generally sit above your pubic bone. (Your pelvic bone is your hip bone.) Just beyond your pubic bone is a series of muscles called your pelvic floor (aka the PCs.) Insert your finger and then give it a little squeeze. That's them. They form the "hammock" that holds your cup up.

It's possible that you were having a "short vagina" period -- meaning that your uterus and therefore cervix were riding lower than usual, pressing your cup down. Do you have a short(er) cup to use on those days?
ohletmeteluohletmetelu on March 2nd, 2012 07:11 pm (UTC)
Yes! Thanks! Now it makes sense.

I didn't know that I could have a "short vagina" period when my cervix is normally super high. Both my cups (large Fleur & large Diva) felt "different" this cycle and I couldn't do anything to make them more comfortable. The Diva wouldn't unfold (bone in the way) while the Fleur's stem was 'stabby'.. things I've never experienced before.

This makes me question wanting to try the NaturalMama cup since it's long too. I'm still open to trying other cups because I usually need a longer cup but the 'larger' sizes are usually too wide. There's no room for them to pop open so I have to really push back my vagina walls with my finger. I've heard a few MCers with high cervixes using their small Lunettes without a problem (just bear down a little more).. maybe that's an option for me to try in the future for these types of cycles.

I used to have a small Yuuki but sold it off since it rode up so so high.

Lesson Learned: Not to be so quick to sell off cups I've tried for only a few cycles :)

Thanks again!
tinkerandcrabtinkerandcrab on March 2nd, 2012 11:00 pm (UTC)
Just want to endorse the small Lunette... it's a great cup. I just ordered a couple new longer-bodied cups to see if they're easier for me to remove, but generally the Lunette is great.
ohletmeteluohletmetelu on March 3rd, 2012 03:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks, for sharing your experience with the small Lunette.

I'm waiting for a few more high-cervix reviews of the si-bell and naturalmama cups to compare it to experiences of the small Lunette.

Please, let us know your thoughts on the longer-bodied cups you purchased :)
ohletmeteluohletmetelu on March 19th, 2012 08:07 pm (UTC)
I'm back to say THANK YOU, THANK YOU for your cup wisdom! I had the same issues this period so I flipped the Diva inside out to make it shorter. It fits perfectly! It fit just past my pubic bone. It's not noticeable at all & no cramping or leaking :) Hoorah!
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on March 19th, 2012 08:36 pm (UTC)
YAY!!!

My first cup was a Diva and it was an epic failure until someone told me to flip it. That's the only way it fits me. I have other cups that I like better now but I still carry my Diva "in case of emergency" knowing I can make it work until I get to my "good" cups.
dana_knockoutsdana_knockouts on March 3rd, 2012 05:21 am (UTC)
Thanks for posting this question. I've had similar experiences and I just thought I was doing it wrong. It's helpful to know that the cup should be above the pubic bone. Sometimes it seems waaaaaaay up there.

Usually my cup opens below my pubic bone and then I wiggle/kegel it into place.

Sometimes I find that I just can't get it to sit right and I have to get down into a very undignified position on the bathroom floor. Thank goodness I only have to empty the cup twice a day!
ohletmeteluohletmetelu on March 19th, 2012 08:12 pm (UTC)
Lol! I used to squat but found toilet insertion much smoother and a bit more dignified.. hehe ;)

You didn't mention the cup you are using. I also (normally) have a very high cervix but this cycle my cervix is also lower (probably average). I ended up flipping my Diva cup inside-out and it worked perfectly. So, if your pubic bone ever gets in the way and your cervix seems a bit shorter (usually on days 1-2), give it a try! It worked out great for me :)