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04 March 2014 @ 09:49 pm
I am desperately trying to become a cup user. It's taken me several months and two different cups to even be able to have questions to ask.I have only been able to insert the cup twice: the first time I got so freaked out about having it in even though I've used tampons regularly, that I immediately took it out. The second time, a few days ago on my 1st day of my period, I got it in and made myself keep it in for an hour and a half before taking it out. Now whenever I put the cup in, the entire stem and the bottom of the cup sit outside of my vagina. The stem is even as low as a tampon string would be. I have tried kegaling it up and pushing it up farther but with no luck. I know that my cervix sits low throughout my cycle except when I'm ovulating. Even now on my 4th day of my period, my cervix is only about an inch high. Is there such a thing has having too low of a cervix for cups? By the way, I use a sckoon cup, size small. My first cup was a diva size 1 before I knew other cups existed. I was never able to insert that one. The only fold I've been able to insert with is the origami fold. I am also 27, no kids, not a virgin.

The other issue I'm having is with turning and suction. When I try to insert it and get it into place as best as I can, I try turning the cup to create the suction, but I can't get the cup to suction. As long as I turn the cup, it will keep spinning. I try to feel around to find a place where it hasn't popped open but I can't find one. I also have never heard the suction sound, but when I feel alongside the cup it feels like my cervix is in it and the cup doesn't feel unopened. The one time I was able to leave the cup in, I didn't have any leaking issues and the cup collected fluid.
I really want to be successful with this; especially considering the time and money I've put in to this! Not to mention that I am so ready to be done with tampons and pads!
trejoytrejoy on March 5th, 2014 06:13 am (UTC)

The instruction about twisting and suction is overdone. If it isn't leaking, the cup is doing its job!

As far as the low cervix, wider cups allow for the cervix to sit inside instead of pushing the cup lower. I have a low cervix and have had times where smaller/narrower cups will NOT go in any farther and tended to sit at the entrance. For this reason I use a large Sckoon or large Iris on my lowest cervix days.

There is a learning curve but you're on the right track!

Edited at 2014-03-05 06:14 am (UTC)
britbritandmebritbritandme on March 5th, 2014 07:29 am (UTC)
You may really like the larger Sckoon. I wear a larger Sckoon because of a low sitting cervix. Is your cup leaking?

Also, have you read this on their website: "if the cup is not popping open correctly upon insertion. This can interfere with the vacuum seal and lead to leaking sporadically. Try rotating the cup in place to see if that helps pop it open fully. Alternative methods of folding before insertion may help, too. Many people with this problem have found success by switching to a fold that allows SckoonCup to open easier with their particular bodies. Please try this: put your SckoonCup in about half way, turn the cup one full rotation and then push it the rest of the way in. Because it will open up before inserting completely, you can make sure that it has fully opened."

I had to do that at first; insert it halfway, let it pop open and rotate upward! It may work for you, if you feel it's sitting too low.
Luceafaraluceafara on March 5th, 2014 07:46 am (UTC)
I second everything trejoy said. My cups never make suction noises, and I can't spin mine around once inserted, and you may need a wide short cup. It could even be that you have a super dangly cervix, which could be why it feels so very low... And that the cup you have, sits on the cervix instead of around.
Other wide, short cups are the Meluna Mini M (they are coming out with additional mini sizes soon), the Lybera/Eco-cup size 2, which as short as the S Sckoon (!!) once you remove the stem, and the Rubycup.

Left to right: Meluna Mini M, Rubycup, Sckoon S, Eco-cup size 2 (same as Lybera)

Edited at 2014-03-05 07:49 am (UTC)

Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on March 5th, 2014 09:20 am (UTC)
no, I wouldn't say there's such thing as too low cervix, at least if we're not talking about prolapse.
is 1 inch high where the tip of your cervix is? can you reach behind/around it? if yes, then mine is like that too. i got a small lunette first, but the best ones for me are the small and medium meluna mini (both mini, that is). i wear them inside out.
with such a low cervix, you can safely trim the stem before even using a cup. if you get a meluna, choose either basic or classic stem (basic can be more difficult to get). but first try your current cup inside out. btw a wider cup is a bit counter-intuitive but it could help. the LARGE ladycup inside out fits me better than my lunette. it was the second cup i got.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on March 5th, 2014 01:28 pm (UTC)
Go to the Community FAQ and read the MYTHS post. There are others that will probably interest you as well.

Also read http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/2091967.html about suction.

Also read replies about what we call "dangly" cervixes. Sometimes using a wide cup helps with those.

Since you were "freaked out" about having the cup in you, I think most of your problems are anxiety related. For lack of a better phrase, "fear of the unknown." Ease into cup use slowly. Once you get through the dreaded learning curve, you'll learn to trust your cup. :o)
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on March 5th, 2014 06:31 pm (UTC)
yeah i was in a hurry and forgot to mention the term dangly cervix! that's important, as sometimes a cervix might not even be low (though the OP does sound low too) but only dangly.