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As most of you know, Fleurcup has very pronounced grip rings.  Are these grip rings capable of causing vaginal lacerations? I love everything about my Fleurcup; this is my only concern. I mean, i've read that TSS is caused by bacteria having a chance to enter when the dryness caused by the tampon causes lacerations. What exactly caused the lacerations, though? Is it just dryness alone that causes lacerations? Or the dryness AND the friction of the tampon when you are pulling it out? Can the grip rings on the fleurcup cause lacerations? I think I'm just being anal (too obsessed) here, because i'm loving the fleurcup, I have NO signs of TSS, etc.

Also, i own both sizes of lunettes and now the fleurcup, and this always happens: when i turn the cup or push my vaginal walls out to get the cup to open, it hurts. It's like this sharp pain that lasts like 2 seconds. I'm wondering what is causing this. Is it the cup hitting my cervix? Or the suction that's hurting my cervix? And most importantly, is this harmful for my cervix? I don't want to get like a cervix surgery or something.
juliiie87juliiie87 on November 22nd, 2012 03:27 pm (UTC)
If the Fleurcup was hurting your body, you would at least feel some discomfort where the grips are... if you do, than you can try filing them down or sand-papering them, it's been done before. Otherwise I don't think you should worry. About your cervix, I don't know, I guess it would depend on whether yours is low enough to where you might hit it during insertion... and as for suction, you'llwant to relieve it, precisely by letting air in to help the cup unfold. Read here : http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/2091967.html
As far as I know, the only condition requiring cervix surgery is if the dotor found you grew (pre)cancerous cells on it. So I don't think you can hurt yourself in a permanent way.
comedylover01 on November 23rd, 2012 10:40 pm (UTC)
THanks for the reply.

It is possible that it is hitting my pubic bone instead of my cervix? I hear people on this page talk about pubic bone quite often.
juliiie87juliiie87 on November 24th, 2012 01:20 am (UTC)
The pubic bone is fairly noticeable while dealing with insertion because it's kinda like an arch at the top of your vagina, about one inch in. Usually you need to insert the cup past it so it has room to expand (it is softer and most flexible while past that point). Another thing that's noticeable close to the entrance is the G-spot / urethral sponge area. It might feel odd but usually not painful. Insert a finger and find out what it is ?
mercy rainmercy_rain on November 22nd, 2012 03:59 pm (UTC)
First, I doubt a soft silicone cup (or a tampon, for that matter) could cause a laceration. At worst, I would be concerned about abraded tissue. But I honestly don't see how that would occur here. The part of the cup that makes contact with the vaginal walls is rounded and smooth. The stem isn't getting dragged against the inside of the vagina.

m03m on November 22nd, 2012 06:52 pm (UTC)
The grip rings definitely hurt me when I first used my Fleurcup. I have a low cervix and they were chafing the inside of my vagina. So I used nail clippers to cut them lower, and then sandpaper to make them smoother; they are now almost completely gone and totally, utterly comfortable.

So if the grip rings make you uncomfortable, that's something you can consider. Otherwise I would not worry about it.