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16 August 2013 @ 08:47 pm
I posted earlier this week out of surprise and curiosity, as my cervix decided after always moving up during my cycle it was going to move down. My Diva Cup, which usually sat so high the stem was intact and completely internal, was poking out one morning. I switched over to my Natural Mamma, where the cup is *just* enough shorter that it is internal and the stem hangs out in my pelvic floor muscles. It had its pokey moments, but nothing terrible-I am very hesitant to trim it as I still rely on it for removal (my muscles are obscenely tight even when I'm as relaxed as I can get-can't get more than one finger in at a time).
Things started lightening up, so I switched back over to the Diva today as usual (I didn't need the NM's added width for capacity, narrow is usually easier for me to deal with). The stem is still poking out along with a small portion of the cup. As per another reader's suggestion I turned it inside out to shorten it-at first it was turning upside down, now it's settled properly and completely internal (yay!) BUT it's giving me some strong cramps with a little nausea and I can feel it sitting in there. This gets better when I take it out.
The main problem with all of this is that I'm a marathon runner with 17 miles to complete tomorrow morning as part of training. This will take almost 3 hours, so going with nothing is not an option nor is going with a pad (tried that and got blisters, cloth or disposable doesn't make a difference). I am scared to death that the stem is going to shred me if it's sticking out, but running with intense cramps and nauseated isn't an option, either. My main points:
1. The stem is still super important to removal (getting the inside out narrow Diva cup out is a battle)-would a trimmed cup be equal to an inside out one in terms of difficulty?
2. The Natural Mamma's stem is equally pokey, and larger, so switching cups isn't going to help me tomorrow. Turning the Natural Mamma inside out might make removal a nightmare, since it is wider than my entrance and I rely on the stem and ridges to maneuver it.
3. Why would an inside out, shorter cup cause pain and cramping when having it right side out and too long doesn't? Could it be that the shape of the end of the cup (large and flat) is being forced to reside above my pelvic floor to where the cup is colliding with my cervix? If this is the case, would trimming the stem really help if the body of the cup is still too long?
Why does my cervix have to pick NOW to find new places to hang out...if only it stayed where it normally resides. *sigh*
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on August 17th, 2013 02:17 am (UTC)
While I don't have anything useful to offer for most of your issues, I agree that your cramping might be caused by the cup bumping up against your cervix, maybe just because of the angle you inserted it at. Based on using the Lilycup this past cycle, I figured out that my cervix leans to the left, and one time when I inserted the cup towards the center, I think it suckered onto my cervix and was causing mild cramping as I was driving. That was the end of my cycle so I didn't get to try insertion again, and it was fine the rest of the time, so I probably just need to remember to lean it left a little bit during insertion.
juliiie87juliiie87 on August 17th, 2013 11:38 am (UTC)
I'd say choose whichever stem you like/need the least and trim it off. Inside out cups are notoriously harder to get out because they are usually 1. shorter and 2. smooth. If you trim the stem off from the Diva, it'll be somewhat longer and have grips at the bottom still. Do you remember to bear down when you go and try to remove your cups ?
ginny587ginny587 on August 17th, 2013 04:07 pm (UTC)
The Diva is losing its stem, and we'll see how it goes.
I do bear down-a lot. With the NM I can grab the stem, and hang onto that until I can push the cup enough to fit a finger in to break the seal (not sure how to explain that process, but there's some maneuvering and sometimes if I can get part of the cup out the seal breaking is easier). With the Diva I don't use the stem as much since it's so small and the cup is so narrow, but I still have to push down a couple of times before I can get a good grip on it. Without the stem AND inside out, I was basically birthing the cup because I could not grab on (no matter how hard I try, I can't get two fingers around something that size while it's in me and sometimes getting one is a circus act).