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07 January 2013 @ 01:19 pm
Hi, I'm a first time menstrual cup user. I purchased the Diva Cup on the first day of my period after a long process of research. I have followed the manual that came in the box and found my fold. The problem I'm now facing is cramping and the feeling that I have to pee. I have problems with Yeast infections and UTIs so I'm worried that if the cup is causing cramps and this kind of feeling will it also cause these infections as well. I also am having trouble telling if the cup is spinning or not. I used the other suggested method of pushing in on one side to help open the cup. So is the cup too far inside of me or am I inserting it incorrectly. I know that it takes time getting use to and I want to have success with it. Any advice or help anyone can give me would be appreciated. I joined this live journal just to be able to get more assistance from people who understand what I'm going through. I'm the first of my friends to attempt a menstrual cup.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on January 7th, 2013 06:49 pm (UTC)
The cramping and urge to pee are common first-timer complaints only because your body doesn't quite know how to react to the new sensations in your vagina. It usually takes a cycle or two for things to calm down. Your body gets used to the cup and at the same time your mind learns to trust it.

If you're prone to yeast infections and UTIs, they can be aggravated during "the dreaded learning curve" because you will probably check and adjust your cup more than necessary. Be sure that your hands are clean and that you have rinsed any soap residue of them before handling yourself or your cup.

As for insertion and getting it to pop open, it's a little different for everyone. Spinning is "a" way to get a cup to pop open but if you can't spin it, try something else like swiping your finger around the cup to feel if it has opened. You will eventually develop several methods that work for you. And despite what the instructions say, a cup will usually seat itself (O) around your cervix, however high or low it may be on any particular day.

Hang in there. You've got it. You just need to learn to trust it.
wardmrwardmr on January 7th, 2013 07:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks just one more thing.
Thanks a bunch. After posting I did go check on it and it seems as if my vagina has eaten it. I didn't put it in that far but now it is almost to the point where my index finger can't reach it. So I'm having a minor freak out session. The instructions say to leave it be and it will come down on its own. Did I do something wrong there? I have stopped trying to get it out because it seems impossible and I'm trying to relax but with my hormones already in a tizzy this isn't helping.
m03m on January 7th, 2013 07:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Thanks just one more thing.
You did nothing wrong! The cup found its own 'sweet spot'. Cups will generally sit where they want to sit, you can't do much about that.

It's true that it will probably come back down when it gets fuller. And you can also make it come down by pushing with your pelvic floor mucles.

For now, leave it be and give yourself the time to calm down. It won't harm you.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on January 7th, 2013 08:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Thanks just one more thing.
As mo3m said, there is nothing wrong. Apparently you have a long vagina. Your cup has settled in around your "high cervix." Stay as relaxed as possible. When time comes for removal, drop your panties to your ankles and splay your knees loosely. Open your mouth and keep your jaw slack. Bear down as if you're going to poop. That SHOULD bring the base/stem down within reach.

If that doesn't work, slip a finger in as deep as you can and try to fold the cup around it. Picture a hotdog in a bun. And try to slide the whole shebang out that way. It's a little messy but it'll probably get the job done.

If that still doesn't do it, take your bottom half off and squat in the tub. That position should bring your cup down well into reach.

Your first few insertions and removals are the most nerve-racking. They're all part of the "dreaded learning curve" and you'll become proficient at in/out in no time -- with minimal mess.