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I started using the Diva Cup a few months ago, but strayed from it because I was getting such bad cramps from it. I also constantly feel like I have to pee while its in. So, Im looking for a new cup, but I'm completely overwhelmed with all of the choices out there. I've also tried turning the diva inside out, but I'm having troubles getting it to open that way and its VERY hard to get out for me. I'm 32 years old and have had 1 child via C-section and have a light flow. Any suggestions?
 
juliiie87juliiie87 on August 5th, 2013 03:36 pm (UTC)
Whatever you chose as your next cup, make sure it's much softer :
http://menstrualcupinfo.wordpress.com/cup-stiffness-comparison-chart/
Stiffness is typically what causes bladder pressure and possibly cramps.
When you say it's hard to remove, is that because the cup rides too high for you to reach ? Did you make sure to break the suction by pinching the cup ? Have you tried inserting a finger between your flesh and the cup to let air in ?
velvet_66 on August 5th, 2013 03:43 pm (UTC)
I actually just tried it inside out for the first time today. And I don't think it opened properly when I originally put it in, so I had a hard time "finding" it. It didn't seem like it was suctioned correctly. I tried a few times to insert it inside out again and couldn't get it to seal correctly, so I finally just turned it back the correct way and had no issues getting it to seal. I'm just dealing with the cramps again now.
juliiie87juliiie87 on August 5th, 2013 03:57 pm (UTC)
Turning a cup inside out is only really beneficial for those who find the Diva to be too long for them. If it fits you right side out, it won't do much for you. I was trying to estimate how it fits you lenghtwise in order to recommend another brand, because the Diva is in fact one of the longest cups, so you'll have to figure out if you absolutely need a cup to be that long for removal or if you could go a little shorter (because cups will sit (o) around your cervix and it sounds like yours may be high up). Another thing you could do is reach in for your cervix and then measure your finger to determine how far it sits, and pick a size range based on that measurment : http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ In a somewhat similar size range, soft Yuuki (in small or large depending on the capacity/length you need) and especially large Cuplee come to mind.

Edited at 2013-08-05 03:59 pm (UTC)
velvet_66 on August 5th, 2013 04:35 pm (UTC)
I was thinking the original reason that I was cramping was because it was too long, but now I guess its the stiffness. The diva seems to fit ok, Im just having horrible cramps with it and some bladder pressure. It may be just my inexperience with cups that I'm having an issue when turning it inside out, it just seemed like it didn't open up as easy and then I couldn't grip it to get it out(I've never had that issue with it the regular way). Ill have to try to measure, I was thinking of the cuplee as well.
velvet_66 on August 5th, 2013 04:37 pm (UTC)
And thank you for the help!