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26 June 2014 @ 02:23 pm
Hi -

I am using a diva cup for the first time this cycle. I am 28 years old and have 3 kids. This is my first postpartum period after my 2nd and 3rd babies (I got pregnant my first cycle after baby 2, so I never had a period). My problem is this: the DivaCup keeps sliding out. I cut the stem, but I could still feel it, so I flipped it inside out and it's a lot better. It doesn't leak, it just slides down so I can feel it there all the time.

I have successfully gotten it to stay "up" 2 times. The first time was after I sat for awhile, and the second time was overnight (before I went to bed, it was sliding down, but when I got up it didn't). All the other times, it just slides down and I can feel it. I've come to the conclusion that the cup might be too long? So, do I stick it out for a few more cycles and keep flipping it inside out? Or, do I buy a shorter cup? Which cup would you recommend?

When I was pregnant, the midwives would always comment about how far back my cervix was, so I'm somewhat surprised.
 
sunnybeebop on June 26th, 2014 07:51 pm (UTC)
maybe you need a slightly wider, or firmer cup? sounds to me like slightly weakened pc muscles. maybe exercises to firm up those muscles again could help too? you are right abou the diva being a long bodied cup though, most other cups are shorter.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on June 26th, 2014 08:49 pm (UTC)
Your pelvic floor is probably not what it used to be. Kegel, kegel, kegel to get it back into shape. Until then, it is perfectly OK to wear your Diva inside out if that works for you. If you want another cup, check out the large Fleur. It is wide bodied and blunt bottomed -- two features that make it a favorite of Moms, both old and new.

As for Kegel exercises, there are many different kegel tools. Some are hands-on and require interaction -- such as wands or tethered "orgasm balls" or gizmos that look kinda like speculums. My favorite tool is just plain Ben Wa Balls. Start with ones that are about 1" and 3/4oz apiece and then graduate to those that are appx 3/4" and 1oz apiece. The idea is to insert them and keep them in while you walk around, do the dishes, etc. Start with 20 minutes a day and build from there. The longer you keep them in, they harder they'll be to keep them inside. That's what's working your PCs -- hands free, no interaction required. Do this at home. Be sure to remember to remove them (relax, cough and catch) before going out or using the toilet.

But it has recently come to light that kegel exercises are not enough. You will need to add squats (for the butt muscles) and lower abdominal crunches to your exercise routine. They all work together to tone vaginal muscles.