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27 August 2014 @ 11:58 pm
I am fairly new to menstrual cups. I am 32 and have vaginally birthed 2 babies. My youngest is almost 2. I have been using the moon cup, size A for a couple of months. I have had pretty intense discomfort all day today (day 1 of my cycle.) It borders on being painful, is similar to cramping but seems more in my vaginal canal and almost radiates to my rectum. I took the cup out this evening and the discomfort was gone almost immediately. I do not want to go back to tampons but also don't want to be in pain. What could be causing this? And how do I correct it? Is it the type of cup, positioning etc.? Please help, and thank you in advance.
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on August 28th, 2014 06:23 am (UTC)
First of all, if it's bugging you take it out right away. I've found there's a number of reasons that can happen intermittently, starting with being constipated. (I'm not sure why, exactly.) It could also be you managed to insert it very slightly wrong and it wasn't in its accustomed position. If you've used tampons it's sort of the same thing, where sometimes you just get one in at the wrong angle. If it happens again, maybe try removing it and reinserting it again. If it continues in the long term maybe consider a softer cup?
onebookishnurse on August 28th, 2014 09:38 am (UTC)
I started with the Diva Cup on my last cycle and had the same problem. I ended up waking up in bad pain/cramps before dawn at one point when my bladder was full because the pain/pressure got too bad, so I'm guessing the cup is too strong and pressing on my bladder, since I've never had this problem with tampons, which are smaller and softer (even the ultra absorbency ones I need). I ordered a softer cup (the Si-Bell in my case). Hopefully, that will take care of the problem.
mshanai on August 28th, 2014 12:02 pm (UTC)
Your bladder and your colon both can exert pressure on the cup when full, and vice versa. Many women have digestive problems (either diarrhea or constipation) while on their period, so that can add to the problem. I would agree with tisiphone's advice to try reinserting the cup first--it could just be a simple positioning issue. Or, take it out and try to take a poo. I used to get wicked cramps in the middle of the night with the Diva, and they would usually go away if I managed to make some room in my bowels.
Claire Cunninghamclairecunn on August 28th, 2014 12:57 pm (UTC)
Get a softer, smoother cup. Sckoon, Si-bell, Cuplee, Bella....

I love Bree's cup reviews, and she has a ton of them! So does Teresa at Feminine Wear (great store, too).


..::bella vita::..por_que_no on August 28th, 2014 01:42 pm (UTC)
Is this the Keeper Moon Cup? If so, from what I have seen on this comm, both the Keeper and MC are way too stiff and low capacity for most users, unless you're, say, a professional gymnast/acrobat and hardly get periods because you're on some type of BC...

I agree with everyone's suggestions to get a softer cup. Fleur or Si-Bell, maybe?
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on August 28th, 2014 08:04 pm (UTC)
Have you always had this discomfort or just this cycle? Did you re-insert and try again? Did you make sure it was fully open before letting it go up and into place? If it wasn't fully open, the suction it created could have been causing the pain. If it's often stubborn to open, have you tried enlarging the anti-suction holes yet?
elisamba on August 29th, 2014 06:28 am (UTC)
It also could have been touching your cervix the wrong way, that causes pain. Agree with PPs to remove immediately and reinsert if there is pain. I personally wouldn't get a new cup just yet.