calistaj (calistaj) wrote in menstrual_cups,
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New User-- Need HELP!!

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.
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