Emily (maxwellbutts) wrote in menstrual_cups,

New here and have a few questions/concerns

I am extremely new to menstrual cups, and I didn't do any very much research before buying one (I actually didn't know that there were others besides the Divacup until I found this site; whoops) and it might have been a bit of a mistake. I got my Divacup (model 1) this past Friday, and it's pretty great so far, but I am having a few problems.
First off, leaking. It's nothing major, but it's a bit annoying. I'm 99% sure I'm inserting it right, but it's still leaking every now and then, and I don't really know what to do about it. Could it be something with the seal? 
Second is the stem. It's really irritating me even after trimming, so is it okay if I just go ahead and trim the entire thing? I don't really use it to get the cup out, so I don't think that would be an issue.
My cup seems to shift a little bit throughout the day. Like, it seems to be pretty far up most of the time, but when I go to pee, it will lower so far that the stem and a bit of the bottom is poking out of my vagina. I usually just push it back up, and it goes back into place just fine, but is this normal, or could it be the cause of my aforementioned leakage?
Not really a problem, but I do need to wash the cup every time I empty it? Or is rinsing okay?
How would I go about figuring out the specs of my vagina in case I need to get a new cup? I'm not great with measurements, so I don't really know if my cervix is high or low...
Sorry if this seems a bit scattered or hard to understand, I'm not great at explaining things through text. Thanks for any help, though!
Tags: first time use
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