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03 June 2012 @ 05:41 pm
So, after MANY tries I succeeded in getting my Divacup in. I wasn't able to rotate it no matter how hard I tried, but I prodded around it with my finger and it seemed to have opened. I thought it was in far enough, but when I stood up and tested it by baring down just a tiny bit, I could feel it slip down and the stem started to poke me. I tried and tried to push it in farther, but it was difficult to do anything but push on the tip of the stem, and that just made the stem bend without moving the cup at all. Also, when I pushed really really hard, I felt a sort of pressure on my insides (not necessarily painful though.)... Has anyone else experienced this? Could that be the cup pushing up against my cervix, perhaps? If so, I must have a pretty short vaginal canal... I'm wondering, should I keep trying to push the cup in farther or should I just cut the stem?

Thanks!
 
melissa569melissa569 on June 4th, 2012 01:27 am (UTC)
You probably do need to trim the stem. Diva is a long cup, I have a low cervix so it always sits quite low in me. I have to have the stem totally trimmed off, I just use the grips from the base of the cup. If your cervix is low, the cup will sit low. Not much you can do, other than trim the stem really low, or use a shorter cup. :)
chamekkechamekke on June 4th, 2012 02:06 am (UTC)
I wasn't able to rotate it no matter how hard I tried

Rotating isn't a prerequisite, it's just one of several methods to help ensure the cup opens up. (I have trouble rotating mine too!) My favourite method is to do a finger-swipe round the rim and, if there's any question about its being full open, pressing against the back wall of the vagina to allow in some extra air.

I thought it was in far enough, but when I stood up and tested it by baring down just a tiny bit, I could feel it slip down and the stem started to poke me

Yeah, your cup will end up sitting where it wants to. For some people, it likes to snuggle tightly around the cervix while for others, it prefers to position itself lower in the vagina. It's probably futile to try and make it sit anywhere other than where it wants to go, so if you find that the stem is uncomfortable, then by all means feel free to trim it down.

(And you can also try turning your Diva Cup inside-out! This shortens the length by approximately 5 mm, depending on which version of the cup you've got. A lot of wearers do this with their cup :-)

Edited at 2012-06-04 02:07 am (UTC)
m03m on June 4th, 2012 07:28 am (UTC)
Did you ever feel for your cervix? Maybe the Diva is too long... If it is, you'll be able to tell because it'll fit better if you flip it inside out and wear it that way.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on June 4th, 2012 07:54 pm (UTC)
It's not unusual to be able to feel the cup or the stem for the first couple of cycles. Your body is letting you know that there's something new and different in there. "Hey, is this supposed to be here???"

If you think it's too long for you, try flipping it inside out to shorten it. But don't try that until you're comfortable with removal. Also, it's OK to trim the stem but make sure that you REALLY want to do that. You can always trim it (more) in the future but you can never put any back.

The Diva can be stubborn to open. It has tiny little anti-suction holes around the rim. Sometimes it helps to (carefully) enlarge them.