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07 May 2012 @ 10:53 am
Well, you guys were so helpful before, I was hoping someone else is in a similar situation that I am.

A month ago, I totes got the hang of using this cup.  It went in, popped, and did not leak.

Then, right after that cycle, I had to go get a LEEP done.  For those who don't know the gross details, they removed about 10% of my cervix that was pre-cancerous cells.  SUPER fun.  I specifically asked if i would be able to use my cup and the doc seemed to think so because i would be all healed up by then.  Well, now that time has come again and I can't get the damn thing to work now!

I do everything I did before.  The first time this cycle I put it in, I noticed it was kinda pokey/painful and tried to push the cup in a better place, but it still leaked.  Second time, much better insertion and didn't feel it at all, so I thought I'd done it correctly this time.  Nope, still leaking.  I've taken it out now, kind of stumped.  I've tried turning the cup, pushing it in further, just messing with it, hoping it will seal.  I guess my big question is, do you think this has to do with the surgery?  Do I need to think about a different cup?  What techniques can I use to do better?  Thanks!
juliiie87juliiie87 on May 7th, 2012 03:24 pm (UTC)
I can't really tell from experience or anything, but it seems your cervix has had its shape altered, and possibly its position has changed, as this sometimes happens naturally from one cycle to another.

My best advice would be to reach in (if you think it's safe given your recent surgery) and get a feel for where it sits, how high, towards the front or back, off to one side, etc. and approximately how wide / long it feels, if it's swollen, etc. Then try to aim for it the best you can, by nudging and kegeling the cup in place. I find the easiest position to reach my cervix is squatting, but the easiest for insertion is definitely lying down.

I presume you have the small Diva, which is on the narrow side, and so maybe a larger cup would help encircle the cervix better. It could also be that your cup is too long to fit properly. If you think that might be the case, using it inside out should make an improvement. Try to answer as many of these questions as possible before considering another cup.
elephantus45elephantus45 on May 7th, 2012 11:36 pm (UTC)
Bleh I had a LEEP. But that was before my discovery of cups.

I could never, for the life of me, to get the diva to work for me. I switched to a meluna and haven't had a problem. Have you felt to see if your cervix feels different? Maybe its lower than usual?