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22 January 2014 @ 01:32 pm
I am 42, have birthed two babies, and am brand new to menstrual cups. I ordered a size 2 Diva Cup and it arrived just in time for my period a few days ago.

I have a fairly low cervix - almost exactly the length of the cup - so it hangs really low. Is it supposed to be ON my cervix, or below, or to the side of it? I had better luck getting it to stay in at all when I pushed back rather than up - logically I have no idea how this makes sense, because the vagina is one space, but it worked so I'll stick with it. Prior to inserting it like that, it was just falling its way back out again. So now that I know how to insert it better, I can get it to where it's not falling down; it's actually staying put. Still low, but not falling out. So now I can get it in with no problems, and it opened just fine. (I had to trim the stem because it was irritating me, and then I ended up flipping it inside out, and that felt much better.) I was able to wear it for about an hour, twice, and both times it caught my flow just fine, with no leaking. So, yay for that.

But, it's uncomfortable as heck. I mean, it feels exactly like a large silicone cup is inside my vagina. Lol! I am amazed that people can NOT feel these things based on the way mine feels, so I'm pretty sure that something is wrong.

Do I need to insert it differently? Do I need to place it in a different spot, somehow? Do I perhaps need a more flexible lightweight cup?

I've googled like crazy, and spent a lot of time here on this site, and I can't find anyone with this particular problem.
 
jchammondsjchammonds on January 22nd, 2014 07:06 pm (UTC)
I like my Fleurcup better than my Diva. It is softer and more flexible. I don't really notice it when it's in.
elisamba on January 22nd, 2014 07:12 pm (UTC)
It doesn't sound like you are doing anything wrong! It sounds like the Diva is too long for you. You state your cervix is low, and it is one of the longest cups. You can measure your cervix height with a finger and then find a cup on the livejournal sizecharts. :)

(Edited for a copy/paste mistake)

Edited at 2014-01-22 07:25 pm (UTC)
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on January 22nd, 2014 08:08 pm (UTC)
Yep, sounds like the Diva is too long for you right-side out. (Me too.) And it's perfectly OK to wear it inside-out if it works better for you that way.

My advice is always to get through a couple of cycles with the cup that you already have instead of rushing into another cup purchase. Get through the learning curve. Figure out what you like and don't about the one that you have. Then use the size charts found at the Community FAQ to compare what you have to the others. Also consider capacity, shape and other features that are important to you.