outsidelectric (outsidelectric) wrote in menstrual_cups,
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leaking, cramping, insertion and removal issues with Diva Cup.

Hello everyone.
This is my first time posting to the community. (I apologize in advance for the long post)
To be totally honest, I am feeling a little bit embarrassed and quite clueless.
I'm really hoping someone can help me..

I am 31, married, no children.
I purchased a Diva cup a few years ago, which I tried unsuccessfully, and then gave up on.
The troubles I had then, are pretty much the same as I am having now.
To be honest, I don't think I know the placement of my cervix (high or low). My gyno said that it was rather low, however, I can't feel it with my own fingers, so I would assume that means it's higher then the length of my fingers..?

When I insert the Diva cup, I follow all the instructions along with suggestions I have read to-the-T. It seems like its fully opened, (I hear a snap/pop sound, and I run my finger around the rim, and the sides do not seem to be puckered or anything like that) but it still causes me quite a bit of discomfort, pain and cramping.

I haven't been able to keep it in more than an hour or two, due to the cramping.
Also, most importantly, its not catching anything! When I remove it, there is essentially nothing in it, and everything has just leaked out around the sides.
I am trying to figure out if this is because its not actually fully open, or because my cervix sitting over the top of it..?

Lastly, removing it has been really difficult as well. I can feel that it's super suctioned, and the muscles of my pelvic floor are really really tight so I have a lot of trouble even getting two fingers inside to break the seal and pull it down.

What am I doing wrong?
Is it possible that the Diva cup is just wrong for me, and I should try another brand/style/size or do I just need more practice?
It's hard to want to keep trying it when it's so uncomfortable.
Any and all suggestions would be super appreciated!
Thanks so much!
Tags: cervix position, insertion - painful or problems, leakage & spotting, removal - painful or problems
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