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17 January 2013 @ 10:31 am
Okay! So, I started my period last night. Got the cup in, very little difficulty, but it was sort of poking out and I thought maybe it was too long or something.

Rinsed in the shower this morning, re-inserted. And I guess maybe I hit it at a different angle or something because it went a good bit farther in today than it did yesterday.

Then I went to the bathroom a little bit ago and I checked it when I was done... and that thing is WAY up in there. Now I'm concerned. Just exactly how far in is that thing supposed to go? It's not going to get sucked all the way inside, is it?
Ashatenlegspider on January 17th, 2013 04:52 pm (UTC)
If by all the way inside you mean into your uterus or abdominal cavity... nope. It can only hang around your vagina, and even long vaginas don't go back very far.

As for the different position, some people do find they sit different depending how they're inserted, but your cervix can also move during your period, which is why people suggest not cutting the whole stem off until you've gone through a full period.

If you could feel it you'll probably be ok to get it out. Squatting will shorten your vagina, and then bear down (as if you're pooing) to bring the cup down further. If you can't get it out and don't have anyone who can help, don't panic. It's ok to use a pad to catch any overflow and wait until the next day, when you can try again or go to the doctor if you have to.
Rainne: Castle - Beckett - Yellow Long Hairxdawnfirex on January 17th, 2013 07:16 pm (UTC)
Yes, all the way into my uterus was what I was worried about. I've been visualizing having to fish around with a pair of tongs to try and get it out.

I can feel it, if I reach up in there, and I *should* still be able to get hold of the stem, so I'll try not to panic. Thanks! :)
spiderslovemespidersloveme on January 17th, 2013 08:04 pm (UTC)
Don't worry about it going into your uterus. The opening of your cervix is about the diameter of a sewing needle. Tiny!! Your vagina is only about 4" long. It won't go very far :)
juliiie87juliiie87 on January 17th, 2013 08:36 pm (UTC)
Vagina length varies amongst individuals, and it can vary some more depending on the time of your cycle, state of arousal, hormonal birth control, and so forth... 4 to 5 inches sounds like a possible maximum, however most people range in around 1 to 3 inches according to the "sampling" of vaginas I've read about on here. ^^

OP : the key is to remain relaxed, squat and bear down as if you were giving birth to the cup. Sounds silly, but eventually that's how it works for the magiority of people. Sitting on the toilet could also work for you. When you get hold of the stem, don't tug helplessly and just keep bearing down and sliding your finger up there to break the seal. Use both hands if it comes to that. 90% of cases I'm willing to bet this'll end up a happy story. Ther remaining 10% are the people who freak out and go to the ER. You can do it ! :)
Rainne: Castle - Beckett - Sweet Smilexdawnfirex on January 17th, 2013 09:24 pm (UTC)
*nods* Thank you!
Rainne: Castle - Beckett - Smilingxdawnfirex on January 17th, 2013 09:23 pm (UTC)
Ohhhh I didn't know that about the cervix! I really ought to know more about my personal geography. Thank you!
spiderslovemespidersloveme on January 17th, 2013 10:09 pm (UTC)
You can feel it for yourself. Reach in with a finger and you will feel something like the tip of your nose. that tiny hole in the middle is the opening of your cervix. The cervix will get higher and softer (like your lips puckered up for a kiss) and more open around ovulation and lower, harder, and more closed around your period. That's as high up as the cup will go and will seal itself around the cervix like (o). The o is the whole cervix (not the opening) and the () is the cup :)
Rainne: Castle - Beckett - Yellow Long Hairxdawnfirex on January 17th, 2013 11:05 pm (UTC)
ohhhh I didn't know that. I thought the cervix was, like, way up inside or something. I think my mental image of my parts is maybe upside-down.
spiderslovemespidersloveme on January 18th, 2013 01:25 am (UTC)
Here is a gallery of a woman's cervix throughout the month. She takes a speculum, like the gynocologist uses during exams, and takes a photo everyday to have a visual of the cervix and the changes throughout the month, It's pretty interesting! Much better than often misleading drawn diagrams.

Rainne: Castle - Beckett - Sweet Smilexdawnfirex on January 18th, 2013 06:38 am (UTC)
Huh. That's.... actually kinda gross, LOL.

I feel that I must report success: after spending a good 5 hours in and out of the bathroom, at least half convinced that I was going to have to go to the on-campus gyno tomorrow, I have successfully removed, emptied, rinsed and re-inserted! I'm ridiculously pleased with myself, and I wish the diva cup had a longer stem. But it works!

Thank you so much for all your help - this goes to anyone who reads this.
m03m on January 18th, 2013 07:34 am (UTC)
Yay! Sweet success!
Well done, it will all get easier from now on.
mood_swinger23 on January 17th, 2013 06:18 pm (UTC)
As long as you aren't leaking, you're doing everything right!

Mine is the same way. It's pretty short on the first day but by the third day and onward it nearly gets lost. Just means you have a higher cervix.
Rainne: Castle - Beckett - Beckett Laughingxdawnfirex on January 17th, 2013 07:16 pm (UTC)
Well ... okay then. :D
Megan: GangstaCathdsqrl on January 17th, 2013 07:44 pm (UTC)
Echoing the others about it not getting lost, but also adding in - try removing it when you're sitting on the john. That seems to work the best for me as far as getting it to drop within reaching distance. :)
Rainne: Castle - Beckett - Smilingxdawnfirex on January 17th, 2013 09:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Also, your icon is adorable. :)