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Hello! I've been reading the posts on here for the last couple days and appreciate all the helpful feedback everyone gives. I'm a first time Diva Cup user, and so far things are going pretty well. No leaks to speak of, removal is still pretty tough but I found sitting on the toilet worked much better than squatting in the shower did for me. Insertion hasn't been a problem either, but I do have a question. I feel like the stem is poking me and giving me a crampy feeling, and don't know what I need to do to adjust that. It's not that it's too close to the entrance of my vagina (that feeling is irritating as well but it's not the same), it's almost like it's pushing against the softer tissue a little farther in, kind of like where your G-spot would be, maybe a little further down than that though, and not necessarily on the top side, more on the bottom side. Does that make sense? I'm having a hard time explaining. It's that same feeling you get when there's pressure on your cervix, but it's definitely not my cervix, and it seems to be because of the stem. When I insert the cup I try to push it in as far as I can, so I don't know it I just need to try to push it in further or if you have any other helpful tips. I don't want to cut the stem at this point because I still haven't really mastered removal, it's usually a struggle and I don't think I could get it out without the stem at this point. The first time I tried it I didn't notice it (this is day 3 now), and it seems like that first time I got it farther up too, so maybe it's related to that? I'm LOVING the benefit of the DC, I'd just like to get rid of this crampy feeling. It doesn't seem to be there constantly either, it kind of comes and goes. Any advice?
 
ozonemamaozonemama on June 21st, 2012 08:45 pm (UTC)
If the stem is the prob the only solution I can think of is removal or trimming. I know you said you are new to this and still getting removal down so what about maybe just trimming it a little? Sorry I'm not much help :(
teacupcake89 on June 21st, 2012 09:05 pm (UTC)
you could try turning it inside out, but this might make it harder to remove if you're not confident yet. also trimming the stem bit by bit is another option.

you don't say how long you've been using your diva, but sometimes things can feel 'foreign' and crampy ish in the beginning (my cup certainly felt very uncomfortable and now I can't feel it at all!), it might be something that will go away with pracice.

perhaps try to place it lower down/higher up/towards your cervix/one side and see if that makes a difference. perhaps the cup is too wide/long for you? or your cervix is lower on other days during your period and is pressing against/being pressed/sitting in your cup?

sorry my advice isn't great, hopefully something will help! :) hugs!
dcuser on June 21st, 2012 09:46 pm (UTC)
This is only my third day using it; maybe I'll wait a couple cycles before I try trimming the stem to see if it's just a matter of getting used to it and work on moving it around a bit to see if I can find a more comfortable position for it. Maybe by then it will be a little easier for me to remove it too.
juliiie87juliiie87 on June 22nd, 2012 12:51 pm (UTC)
I'd suggest letting the cup open just past your pubic bone, and letting it where it wants on its own (or help it along with a couple kegels). When the cup has settled down to its sweet spot, if it's still bothering you, maybe you could try angling it differently so the stem isn't so pokey ? Do it carefully so you don't mess up the seal. Do you know approximately where your cervix is ? this might explain the weird angle the cups takes. If your cervix is off-center, the best advice would be to trimm the stem a little bit and see if that's better. You could also trim it this way \_/.