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22 April 2012 @ 10:58 am
Hello!

So, I purchased my first menstrual cup over a year ago, but did not need it previously because breastfeeding kept me from menstruating. I have a Diva Cup 2. I am 36 and have had 3 children-- all via C-section.

I realize now that I should have run a dry test with it first before I attempted to use it. I was able to get it inserted but it was extremely uncomfortable. I was able to leave it in for about 2 hours with no leaking, but it felt full then, so I went to remove it. I had a very hard time removing it. I even enlisted my husband to help, and he was unable to get it out either. Finally, I just pushed it out by bearing down (childbirth classes FINALLY came in handy, I guess).

I have a few questions.

First, I realize now that it should not be uncomfortable when it is in. I am thinking I have a cup that is too long. I know that I have a VERY short cervix, but I am not sure that effects things??

Second, I have had 2 LEEP procedures many, many years ago, which (as I said above) left my cervix extremely short. Does this mean I should have a really short cup? Is the length of the vagina the only factor for fit? My OB/GYN has commented on the shortness of my cervix, and has said it is extremely short.

Finally, is there a cup that is easier to remove-- perhaps one that has a ring or string to remove it? I am not sure I can remove it through a normal method, which makes me very nervous to use it again.

Thanks for this website! It is showing me that there are many other options, and perhaps I just have the wrong cup for me.
 
htebazile10htebazile10 on April 22nd, 2012 04:34 pm (UTC)
When you say your cervix is short, do you mean that it is low? The Divacup is one of the longest cups, so if you have a a low cervix then I would recommend a shorter cup. The Meluna has a cup with a small ring instead of a stem, plus they have 4 sizes so you can choose which is best.

Meluna's website:

http://meluna.eu/
m03m on April 22nd, 2012 04:50 pm (UTC)
Bearing down is a very normal part of cup removal for many, many users.

How far away from your vaginal entrance is your cervix, if I may ask?
The length of the vagina is not the only factor for fit. But as far as I know it's the most important one.
chamekkechamekke on April 22nd, 2012 05:00 pm (UTC)
I assume by "short cervix" that you mean your cervix is low and that you have a short vagina. That's the case with me, too.

I've had exceptional luck with the MINI Meluna, which is the "old-style" Meluna cone-shaped cup. It's shorter in length than most cups (including MeLuna's standard line), and they recommend it for people with a short vagina or uterine prolapse. You can get it with a ring, a stem, or a flattened ball on the end. I have the ring and absolutely love it, but note that the ring cannot be trimmed easily as the other stems can.

If you can measure the distance to your cervix by inserting a finger, that should give you a good idea of the length of cup that you can comfortably accommodate.
calistaj on April 22nd, 2012 05:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks for all of the tips. The first thing I am going to do after this cycle is to measure my vagina. Then, I am going to look at the charts again. I definitely need something with a ring though, because I really think that may be the only way I can remove it.

Thanks for all of the suggestions. It sounds like a Meluna should be something I am more comfortable with.
Arrow_Brightarrow_bright on April 22nd, 2012 05:58 pm (UTC)
It's actually more accurate to find your cervix while you're on your period because some people find that their cervix moves during their cycle. For instance, mine is ridiculously high between periods but becomes reachable the first few days of my period. :)
Summers0mmer on April 22nd, 2012 06:57 pm (UTC)
Agreeing
Darling Nikkijessiebanana on April 22nd, 2012 06:02 pm (UTC)
If you have to bear down to remove it, it doesn't sound like your cervix is low. Mine is very low and the Diva would literally stick out.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on April 22nd, 2012 06:03 pm (UTC)
DO NOT buy a new cup yet! Get to know your Diva -- what you like and don't like about it first. Then you can make a better, more informed decision about what features you want (and don't) in your next cup.

The trick to removal is to GO SLOW. Pinch the base and rock it out slowly. If you feel it creating suction, use your finger on the soft back side of your vag to make an air channel. Get air into/above the cup.

Once you get the hang of removal (and you will soon) try flipping your Diva inside out to shorten it. See if it's more comfortable that way.
margar02margar02 on April 24th, 2012 04:44 am (UTC)
I can't be sure from reading, but I just wanted to clarify to the poster-
The stem, ring, ball, whatnot at the bottom of the cup is not really for removal, but to help you pull the cup closer to the vaginal opening so you can reach the actual base of the cup itself and pinch it with your fingers.

forgive me if I simply misread your explanation, but I just wanted to put the info out there. It could really hurt if you tried pulling out the cup without breaking the seal by squeezing the base of the cup first!