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30 December 2013 @ 09:46 am
When I first learned about cups, I loved the idea and got a Diva Cup (at the time, I didn't know there were so many options out there). I got a size 2 because I'm in my 30s and have one child (vaginal birth). I also have an average flow (I usually use regular tampons, sometimes needing a super on the first day).

At first, it seemed great. I never had a leak issue and thought I was inserting it correctly. The stem protruded a bit, so I turned it inside out, which helped, but after a month or two I had a really hard time keeping it in. Every time I sat down, especially in the bathroom, it would come either mostly or completely out. Sorry if this is TMI, but I finally had to give up on it when it fell in during an episode of a very upset stomach (which often happens when I have my period).

Also, my vagina got pretty tired after using it for a couple of days straight. Perhaps it was too wide?

A lot of threads on here suggest that the falling out is due to a short canal. However, I think mine is long (I can't reach my cervix). My cervix is tilted, though.

So, I'd really like to try another cup, but because I'm not sure what the problem was, I don't know what to look for in a new one. Any advice? Thanks!

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Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on December 30th, 2013 05:10 pm (UTC)
Bearing down and relaxing your pelvic floor is not unusual on the toilet but if your cup is trying to escape at other times implies that your pelvic floor is not as strong as you think it is.

There are many different kegel tools. Some are hands-on and require interaction -- such as wands or tethered "orgasm balls" or gizmos that look kinda like speculums. My favorite tool is just plain Ben Wa Balls. Start with ones that are about 1" and 3/4oz apiece and then graduate to those that are appx 3/4" and 1oz apiece. The idea is to insert them and keep them in while you walk around, do the dishes, etc. Start with 20 minutes a day and build from there. The longer you keep them in, they harder they'll be to keep them inside. That's what's working your PCs -- hands free, no interaction required. Do this at home. Be sure to remember to remove them (relax, cough and catch) before going out or using the toilet.

But it has recently come to light that kegel exercises are not enough. You will need to add squats (for the butt muscles) and lower abdominal crunches to your exercise routine. They all work together to tone vaginal muscles.
Jennnakedfaery on December 30th, 2013 06:11 pm (UTC)
It does sound like it might be helpful to try and tone your pelvic floor muscles a bit. A bigger cup (I do believe the Yuuki Is the biggest) may help too.

After my vaginal childbirth I had to work on toning my pelvic floor muscles. Squats and lunges helped in combination with kegel exercises. I've had completely saturated tampons fall out when I'm bearing down due to constipation, never a menstrual cup though. If you're having to strain to use the toilet this could account for some of the issue.
tjs77tsa on January 1st, 2014 03:49 am (UTC)
The only time I have had an issue with mine trying to fall out was when it was not inserted far enough.