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Hello everyone!

I’m completely new to this community (though I have been lurking for a while) and I have a question about whether my cervical exam has made it so that I have to readjust to the cup.

I am a 19 year old virgin and I have been using a Diva Cup model one for a little over a year. During the initial months of use I experienced excruciating cramps, moderate nausea, and severe leaks. After about 4 months of use I had very tolerable cramps if any at all, moderate leaks, and no nausea.

Last week I had my first ever gynecologist visit. My doctor did a pap test and I felt fine at the time. However when I got my period earlier this week the debilitating cramps and extreme leaks were back.

So my hypothesis is that my cervix became somehow disturbed and I have to readjust to the menstrual cup but I wanted to ask if anyone here has had a similar experience so as to verify this.

Maybe I’m wrong entirely and the cramps had nothing to do with the cervical exam but I’m just wondering. Thanks to all those who reply!
Procrastinator Extraordinaire: Gargoyle Eyenightmer on February 28th, 2013 01:33 am (UTC)
Sounds a bit like a vasovagal response to having your cervix touched/irritated. That can cause cramps, naseau etc, though it does seem to be lasting for a long time. If you feel like your cup is too long you might have luck switching to a shorter cup, too.
teacupcake89 on February 28th, 2013 01:54 am (UTC)
agreeing with the comment above and adding that a softer cup is less likely to cause cramps, same for a slightly narrower cup that will still hold as much as your small divacup (ie. small fleurcup, small si-bell, cuplee, etc)

tinypurplepixeltinypurplepixel on March 1st, 2013 04:18 am (UTC)
Thank you both for the suggestions, I will try to obtain a softer cup sometime soon.