crunchigranola (crunchigranola) wrote in menstrual_cups,

Working out the kinks...

This is my first cycle using a cup...ever. AF started on Saturday. Since then I had a lot of frustration, leaking, ruined underwear, and discomfort. Today is a much better day. My flow is heavy, but so far things are going smooth *knock on wood*

There are just two issues that are really frustrating still:

-From what I've read, the cup pretty much "lets you know" when it's full...the contents in the cup weigh it down, you feel it, then you run to the bathroom to empty. All day today, I would insert the cup, it wouldn't leak, but within an hour or two, I can feel it coming down to the opening of my vag. I would go to the bathroom, it would have a little blood collected (maybe just halfway if that). Why is it coming down so fast? Is this less of a heaviness-of-the-cup issue and more of a poor insertion/seal issue? My cervix is very low during my period. I can feel it immediately when I insert a finger. I don't know how much higher I can possibly insert it at this point. Right now, what's working best it inserting it halfway, letting it open up, then pushing it in more until it feels placed better, rotating it a couple times. Maybe this method it causing it to drop down? ***Also, I should mention that I HAD to turn the Divacup inside out. Even after trimming off the entire stem, it was WAY too uncomfortable that way. Now that it's inside out, I am feeling MUCH less irritation and chafing.

-Cramping. I am constantly feeling crampy. I don't usually get too bad cramps when I have my period, so that's why I'm guessing it's the placement of the cup. It has not been fun, these cramps.

Again, I know this learning curve is something we all must go through, I know I will get the hang of it, but I'm hoping you will all be able to help me get there faster! Thanks!
Tags: chafing/irritation, divacup, first time use

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