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Hello everyone,
I'm semi-new to menstrual cups. I came across an article talking about alternatives to the traditional pads and tampons about a year ago and was instantly intrigued. I can't begin to express my deep hatred for pads, and tampons have always been finicky and shoddy at best for me. The cups caught my attention, so I looked around, did rather vague research at the time and bought the Instead Softcups for a while. They work okay but not great for my first few heavy days, so I did more thorough digging and to my luck found this place.
It has been a blessing and very helpful though still after a few more comments before I go buying in a couple days.

About the cervix. I keep reading/seeing people say it feels like the tip of your nose but for me that hasn't really been the case. Every time I feel for it, all I feel is a lil' small hole on the tip of what feels like a small round ball. So would that be my cervix? I haven't felt anything else and I believe I managed to touch the majority, if not, all of everything inside.
Now if it is my cervix then I would say it's about 3/3.5 inches [76/89 mm, 7.6/8.9 cm] deep, and slightly to the left side while on my time of the month [I have to really push my index finger in to reach it and my index finger is about 3.5 inches]. Looking at the cups on the first chart here [http://menstrualcups.wordpress.com/2010/08/19/cup-size-comparison-charts/] and staying to just the US ones, I was thinking the Divacup. Good capacity for my heavier days and length including stem is 70 which should be just right, right? hehe How would positioning go as well since it's slightly to the left?
Last thing curious to know... Would having clitoral orgasms with the cup inside be fine? Without dislodging it or having [much] leakage from the contracting muscles?

Sorry for the wall of text. Just the few last questions I had that I couldn't really find out about.
Please and Thank you in advance for any comments/responses.

P.S. - Was always curious... What happens when you're asleep? o_o Does it spill inside you or anything? What about when you toss and turn? lol
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on October 17th, 2012 03:01 pm (UTC)
Since you seem to have a long vag/high cervix, yes, a Diva would probably fit/suit you well. But just like when you go try on clothes or shoes, just because it's the right size doesn't necessarily mean it will fit you PERFECTLY. However, because you have done some self-exploration and considered the dimensions, it will probably fit you well enough.

While it's possible to shift and leak with muscle contractions and in some sleeping or other "odd" positions, most of us have no issues with sleeping or activities, even yoga, etc.

You will probably be pleasantly surprised at how much you'll like a cup.
Ashatenlegspider on October 17th, 2012 03:14 pm (UTC)
Yes that's your cervix. I can see where people are coming from with the nose thing, but it never would have occurred to me to describe it like that.

Most people can use most cups. Since you can reach your cervix with your finger I don't think you'll have trouble reaching the base of any cup except maybe the tiniest ones, but unlike many people it doesn't sound like the Diva would be too long for you, and it's a perfectly good choice if you're in the US since it's easy to get hold of and often quite cheap.

I've never seen anyone say that an orgasm dislodged the cup, and plenty of us use it for non-penetrative sex. I did get friendly with woman whose muscles would have pushed out anything when she came, but those were vaginal orgasms and I think you'd know if you were like that.

Your vagina isn't a tunnel, it's more like an uninflated balloon. You can make room for the cup, but it's not full of empty space for blood to slosh around in (any more than if you used pads at night).

Edited at 2012-10-17 03:15 pm (UTC)
chamekkechamekke on October 17th, 2012 03:15 pm (UTC)
Welcome! And yes, that's your cervix :-)

I think the tip-of-the-nose comparison is used because it has a similar firmness to the cervix, and often the size is similar, but not always. Noses vary a lot! (so, I imagine, do cervixes)

Re: brand choice, that question is best left to others who are familiar with multiple brands... but the DivaCup is one of the longer cups and it does sound to me like it might be a good fit.

My cervix is a bit on the side too (this is very common), and I haven't had any trouble positioning the cup.

Clitoral orgasms haven't ever caused leakage for me.

When the cup is properly inserted, it shouldn't leak even if you're lying down / moving / sleeping. I've never had an overnight leak with a cup. (Leaking can happen, of course, but assuming the cup is positioned properly, it's much likelier to be because the capacity is insufficient for one's overnight flow.)

Edited at 2012-10-17 03:16 pm (UTC)
joy1989joy1989 on October 17th, 2012 03:19 pm (UTC)
Yes that's probably your cervix. It feels really smooth and there's a hole.Diva cup should suit you fine. The blood will move around inside you outside of the cup when you lay down(cause of gravity haha)but it's not a problem, when you stand back up it goes right back into your cup.So it won't spill out when you remove it....I remember reading a while back about people questioning if the blood inside could get back up into your cervix if you were lying down or upside down etc. and whether that was safe if it did, but as far as I know it's not a concern. I sleep with my cup in and haven't had any problems yet so....

Edited at 2012-10-17 03:23 pm (UTC)
juliiie87juliiie87 on October 17th, 2012 04:12 pm (UTC)
Here's another chart with cm measurments, which is more accurate : : http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ Definitely stick to the longer end of the charts, given your high cervix.

The Diva is amongst the longest cups, but there are other brands with more capacity, a longer stem, squishier/firmer etc. Also, depending on which brand you choose, consider getting your cup online, if at all possible. Most cups should be under $40 (that's the usual price of a Diva, and it's not the cheapest).

Edited at 2012-10-17 04:13 pm (UTC)
neetzscheneetzsche on October 17th, 2012 06:09 pm (UTC)
My cervix is on the left, too. I just angle it that way and check to see if it's not peeking, but cups work fine with it.

As for sleeping and orgasms, my cervix tends to go all the way to the top while either is happening, so I let things settle down a bit before I change it after sleep or arousal. This may make it leak a little bit, but nothing major in my experience.