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18 April 2012 @ 10:03 am
Hello I'm new to cup use and as I have browsed this forum I notice that my trouple is not unique.  But having said that I have tried all the advise that everyone has given and i'm still not having any luck.  Here are my details:
Dry run #1:  I used the c fold and inserted the diva cup just so the stem was still out and then did a full rotation and then pushed in until the stem wasn't causing a chaf.  I stood up and couldn't feel it so I removed the cup no problem
Dry run #2:  I knew that my period would be starting any time so I decided to wear my cup to my spin class.  I inserted the cup, stood up couldn't feel it so went to class.  When I got home, I went to remove it and could not feel it.  I extended my longest finger in all the way and could barley feel the tip.  The gyno has told me that I'm tiled back and to the side and that my uteris "hides" and to tell my family doctor that..  Anyway what I could tell from moving my finger around it was like I had a wall (pelvic bone) in my vagina and that the cup had fallen into it.  As a side note my cervix is very high as well.  I tried squatting, breathing, bearing down all while having my finger as deep as possible.  Every time I would bear down all I could feel was that it was hitting the wall aka my pelvic bone.  It took me 45 mins to get my finger able to get under the stem enough to lift it up over the bone and it would just keep falling back in because it was up so high.  I finally managed to use my two fingers like chop sticks and little by little of squatting and baring down i finally get it down enough to be able to use my fingers and thumb......  REALLY should it be this hard that I have to spend 45 mins of digging with my whole hand??? I do triathlons and I have a very heavy flow and was really looking forward to not having to cancel race days because of my period.
juliiie87juliiie87 on April 18th, 2012 02:22 pm (UTC)
Yes, some people such as yourself have high cervices, and yes, it does take them a little more time for them to retrieve their cup at first. As a consolation, the Diova happens to be the longest cup in the body (although not in total length).

But the real good news is : EVERYONE gets better at this over time.
You will also find positions and techniques that make it easier for you. For some people it's squatting in the shower / bathtub, for others it's definitely sitting on the toilet. Also doing whatever you need to do there first helps bring the cup down.

Bearing down is the key for high cervices, and it's a skill like any other which takes some time to master. Seems like you've almost got it though, apart from the stem moving back behind your pubic bone. Some people need to use both hands, while some people only need their longest finger, slid up all the way to the rim, and pushed inwards in a "hot dog in a bun" fashion. Remember the stem is only a clue that the cup is there, something to hold on to while you're bearing down, but eventually you need to reach the bottom of the cup to pull it out.

Hang in there, you'll get it soon !