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too_anxious
06 April 2014 @ 07:21 pm
Hi there,

I'm new to this board... so be patient with me lol. I'm in my early 20s, and haven't given birth/haven't had children.

I bought my first Lady Cup (small, "summer plum") a couple of years ago. Now, before I started to use it, I made the mistake of not knowing where my cervix was, so after a couple of months with zero success (over quite a span of cycles by now) I went looking to find it. Turns out, I suppose it sits high because when I am not on my period I can't seem to reach it... granted I do have short fingers. I have not brought myself to check while on my period... I suppose I should.

Anyway, first off, I could get the cup in fairly well and get it to pop open with minimal effort (it's a pretty strong cup so I hear) so I figured it would be a piece of cake from there. Wrong! The cup tends to ride up quite a ways, so reaching it for removal is sometimes rather challenging. I can usually get to the stem alright but it's tough getting to the base to release the suction. I literally bore down strong while squatting on the floor just to get it out - not something I want to do in public restrooms, should I ever have to change it in one! And since I have to muck with it so much to get it out, I end up making a small mess.

Also, when I take it out it's probably not even 1/4 full but I'm leaking? I angled it back toward my spine/rectum like they said and all that, and it opened and the whole thing, and I can feel the suction when I go to take it out... so what am I doing wrong?

I was thinking of trying a longer cup... it's not that I need more capacity, and I certainly don't want more width... so I was looking at the Fleurcup to try next, or maybe the Si-Bell because it's longer and soft... but I feel quite lost. I had looked at the Diva but after feeling how firm it is I'm a little put-off... I'm rather sensitive down there.

I so want to make a cup work for me... if anyone has advice or input I would so appreciate it.
 
Luceafaraluceafara on April 7th, 2014 01:24 am (UTC)
You may not point it towards where your cervix points. It can be right, left, up, down...

A longer cup makes sense. Did you check the size charts to compare all the longer cups? The Si-bell would work because some users here have reported not needing to pinch the base to break the suction (they just pull on the stem). Know, though, that the cup itself is short. It just happpens to work for short and long cervix folks because of its softness and design.
I have it, but i cut my stem off, since I have a short cervix. I doubt the Fleurcup would work, since that's a go-to cup for short cevix folks, and on that one you do need to pinch the base.

Since my cervix is short, i can't advise on any brands, other than that the Gaia and teh Luv Ur Body may work for you and are soft, but there are a bunch of different ones that may wokr better for you. Do check the size charts, and know for sure how far up ypur cervix is (measure it out).
m03m on April 7th, 2014 09:34 am (UTC)
Sorry, but when you say short cervix, do you mean low cervix / short vaginal canal ?
Luceafaraluceafara on April 7th, 2014 02:43 pm (UTC)
Yes, sorry, I misspoke: I meant LOW cervix.
trejoytrejoy on April 7th, 2014 02:09 am (UTC)
My sympathies, the LadyCup I used had some major suction going on and could be a real challenge to remove.

If I were you I would locate my cervix during my cycle prior to buying another cup.
To help you research:
http://sizecharts.livejournal.com
http://menstrualcups.friendhood.net/f52-moderator-s-photo-library
http://www.femininewear.co.uk/comparison-photos-49-w.asp
Ashatenlegspider on April 7th, 2014 05:31 am (UTC)
Have you considered finding your cervix while on your period when in the shower?

I haven't used the Diva, but since you want long and narrow I wouldn't discount it. I can see how it would seem intimidating compared to the LC, but that doesn't mean it'll be harder to use and I believe it's one of the cheaper cups, so could be worth a try.
too_anxioustoo_anxious on April 8th, 2014 05:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
Thanks for all the advice, and so fast! I thought it would take a while to get any responses!

I'm trying to not dismiss the Divacup as an option... it just looks so intimidating. I've been looking at menstrualcupinfo.wordpress.com for more thorough information.. I want to make an informed choice. Granted I'm waiting until I do search out my cervix my next cycle, I have plenty of time to decide anyway.

Has anyone tried a small Yuuki? I was looking at that one on the previously mentioned blog and noticed it has pretty prominent grips and a long stem.

I liked what was said about the small Si-bell. The whole softness thing sounds promising, but that might be my nerves talking haha.

Thanks again for any info.