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07 January 2014 @ 10:50 am
Hello!

I'm new here but have been lurking since I first bought my Divacup about 4 months ago. I'm on my 3rd cycle currently and it's now a breeze. Seriously life changing.

This time around though I am experiencing some irritation from the stem. I'm tempted to cut it but I'm also nervous about doing so since often bearing down doesn't get it low enough to grab and I am digging my nails into the stem to be able to pull it down low enough to squeeze and remove. Thoughts?

If anyone who hasn't switched to menstrual cups is reading this- GO FOR IT. It's seriously liberating. I've spent my entire life dealing with debilitating cramps and overly heavy bleeding. Earlier this year I got a new GYN who finally, FINALLY had a solution for me to manage the pain and manage the bleeding (800mg ibuprofen for pain, Lysteda for bleeding) and I'm currently even weaning myself off of that. Add in the menstrual cup and not having to bleed through super tampons every hour or two and I feel absolutely LIBERATED! I no longer dread my period coming, it's just a minor inconvenience now instead of a major life event.

I also might be crazy but I think that the divacup has also lead to the lessening of my cramping. At least in intensity.
 
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on January 7th, 2014 03:56 pm (UTC)
If the stem is annoying but you otherwise like the length, maybe try a Si-Bell or another cup with a thinner stem? With the full stem the Si-Bell is probably longer than the Diva even, but it's so thin and flexible that you don't feel it.
Krishasusie190 on January 7th, 2014 07:20 pm (UTC)
What part of it is irritating you? is it that it's poking you some how inside or out side? I'd probably try just cutting a bit of it off to see it it makes a difference before buy a new cup but if that doesn't work maybe try a cup with a different kind of stem like a ring stem pr a ball.
divacupaerb on January 7th, 2014 07:41 pm (UTC)
It's poking a bit inside. It's currently a little less noticeable but it was very noticeable earlier today. I'd like to give it a go a little longer with this cup since it's still pretty new but I would definitely be open to trying another once I've gotten enough "investment" out of this one. I'll try trimming it a tiny bit for now to see if that helps. Thanks! :)
elisamba on January 8th, 2014 06:12 am (UTC)
Before cutting it, you can turn the cup inside out to test removing it without a stem.

I personally wouldn't recommend replacing cup length with stem length, since pulling on the stem of my cups suctions my cervix uncomfortably. It sounds like you need the length. Have you tried bearing down while squatting? Shortens the vagina.

The Gaiacup has similar length but is softer, so I find that the combination of bearing down, squatting, and pulling the stem breaks the suction sooner. But the tab is very short and soft, I doubt one could dig one's nails into it. Definitely requires the pinch-the-base technique to get out. But no point getting a new cup if your Diva works fine :)

Your cramping may have been from allergies to the nasty chemicals in disposables, nothing crazy about what you say! I'm glad for you.
fluffmyflamingofluffmyflamingo on January 8th, 2014 08:20 am (UTC)
I second the si-bell suggestion, I have to leave the stem on mine fully intact as I have a high cervix, however when I first insert it there can be up to 1cm of stem protruding from my vagina. The stem on the si-bell though is so soft and flexible it causes no discomfort whatsoever.