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19 August 2014 @ 09:04 pm
So tonight marks the end of my second full day wearing my diva cup (I've worn it for a few hours at a time, but never this long.) Removal has been hard but this evening I was able to remove the cup in about one minute and didn't need to squat! And inserting is now no big deal as long as I use a tiny bit of lube, I found inserting it with the curve down (with 7 fold) is much easier.

My issue is that sometimes I can feel the cup, like a pressure or fullness near the opening of my vagina, especially when I'm running. I can't push the cup up any farther. I've removed most of the stem, there's just a little knub left, but every once in a while if I move the right way I can feel it stabbing. it feels like its cocked off to the left side a little bit too, but the cup isn't leaking so I think it's in fine.

I don't think I have a low cervix, when I felt for it I could reach it but not super easily. I'm not fully on my period at the moment, however. I'm on birth control and have been taking it continually (ie skipping the sugar pills so I don't get my period) for over 6 months now under my gynecologist. I think my body really wants to have a period though, and I've been heavily spotting all month so I'm using the cup to take care of that, so this isn't a total dry run or anything. After about 12 hours it was less than 1/4 full. Once my period is set to fully start on Sunday I'll check my cervix again, but I don't think that is the reason I can feel my cup.

I'm an 18 year old virgin, by the way. With very little experience putting things up there, as I've only used tampons with sporadic success.

Does anyone have any ideas?
 
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on August 20th, 2014 04:24 am (UTC)
It sounds like the cup may still be too long for you, at least during these not-quite-period days. (My cup doesn't lie totally straight either--it's because my cervix sits kind of to the left, so stems will rest along the right side) But your cervix may migrate during your real period and it may be no problem. You could also try flipping it inside out to avoid the nub/stem problem.
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on August 20th, 2014 08:51 am (UTC)
http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/3317047.html sounds like your cervix is average or low. the general idea is that you shouldn't get a long cup if you can reach your cervix.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on August 20th, 2014 12:56 pm (UTC)
Try flipping your Diva inside out to shorten it. Not only will doing so shorten it but it will also make the base more blunt and less likely to try to "poke out." In addition to the cups pictured, I also have a Diva -- my first cup that is much too long for me normally, but fits pretty well inside out, especially when I'm walking/power-walking. The pointier cups aren't as comfortable when I exercise. I hope it works for you as well as it works for me.
mshanai on August 20th, 2014 01:52 pm (UTC)
It will shorten the cup, but it will also make it a bit harder to remove, since the stem and the ridges on the bottom of the cup are not there to give you any grip. Just be ready for that. I agree that you might want to look for a shorter cup, though.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on August 20th, 2014 02:09 pm (UTC)
Yes, it is a little slicker but not that much harder to remove. But you don't necessarily need to get another cup. It's perfectly OK to wear it inside out if it fits you better that way -- whether just while you're running or all the time.

If you're considering another cup, there are several sets of size charts to compare your Diva to other brands at the Community FAQ and another set at http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/
Sal McGhostface Killahbeuk on August 20th, 2014 03:06 pm (UTC)
I found that sometimes when I'm walking for long-ish distances, I inadvertently push a little bit. I only found that out when I felt my cup and wondered why it was so low. Maybe when running you can think about lightly contracting your pelvic floor muscles (Kegels).
annabanahna5000 on August 20th, 2014 03:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks everyone.
I tried to feel for my cervix again this morning but I seriously have no idea where it is. With my entire finger inserted I reached the end of my vagina, but I couldn't feel something that was definitely a cervix like I could the first time I tried (that time I was laying down.) I tried flipping my cup inside out but had issues inserting it like that, so I ended up just cutting off what little stem that was left. Hopefully this will be more comfortable today! I have an appointment with my gynecologist next week so maybe she can figure out where my cervix is xD