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*