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13 November 2014 @ 06:31 pm
I knew I had a high cervix because my fingers were never long enough to actually reach it, but I’d only ever searched for it when I was off my period. A lot of people talk about how their cervixes get lower during their period, so I figured I should check it, but I never got around to it. It’s not that I’m squeamish, I mean, I use a cup! I got through the learning curve, which at one point involved me accidentally flinging the cup’s contents across my bathroom, which was gross, but I kept going. I just… never felt like putting my fingers all the way up there during my period. But today is the second say of my cycle, and I could reach it with just my thumb. At first I didn’t know what I was feeling, and then I froze and realized “wait, there’s something here.” Low enough (dangly enough?) that it must sit in the cup little bit, at least at this point in my cycle. The experience was weird, and actually really disconcerting. I’m used to thinking of my cervix as something remote, above it all, outside the range of any kind of influence I could have on it. Now I know it’s actually right there, within reach, gently nestled into my diva cup size 1. How did I not know this? How is it that at 22, there was this really basic thing about my body that I was completely wrong about? It really does dangle, which is weird as hell. And I’m a little worried about it too, probably irrationally. All those times I just pulled down on the cup stem rather than bothering to get my fingers up high enough to break the seal, was I pulling on my cervix? Is that even something I should worry about? And this morning, when I just kind of shoved it up there, and ended up with a huge leak later, I’m guessing my cervix was outside of the cup. Which isn’t something I thought could happen to me. And I've been assuming the diva cup worked well for me because I have a high cervix, but I guess that's not true at the beginning of my cycle. Basically I’m just still recovering from this revelation.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on November 14th, 2014 06:00 am (UTC)
That's actually really cool! I jsut discovered today that my cervix actually hangs (by my standards) low about 10-12 days into my cycle (meaning I can reach it and the base of my Rainbow) only because I was using a cup to handle some discharge. Usually my cervix is waaaay up there. The things you learn!
elisamba on November 14th, 2014 07:34 am (UTC)
That was a really moving post. Discovering these things about ourselves is very profound (no pun intended). Basically, though, I don't believe the cervix is so fragile that you need to feel worried. It dilates incredibly for babies to come out, can put up with an IUD for years, etc. But the sense of awe and wonder is always a great thing :)
titaniumtrinitytitaniumtrinity on November 15th, 2014 01:16 am (UTC)
Ok thanks, I'll probably still be a little more careful with cup placement though.
mallt on November 14th, 2014 05:10 pm (UTC)
I thought the same thing because the Dr. Asked me to check my IUD strings occasionally & I'd never been able to reach them. When I heard that it can drop down during my period I checked it out & yup, there it was less than 2" in. Glad I checked before buying a cup as I had to go for one of the shortest available at the time. Plus I got to check my IUD strings! :)
titaniumtrinitytitaniumtrinity on November 15th, 2014 01:14 am (UTC)
Have you had any problems using a cup with your IUD? I don't have any immediate plans to get one, but I'm interested in it for the future. Has it worked well for you?
mallt on November 16th, 2014 04:33 pm (UTC)
I've not had any problems. My Dr. left my strings fairly long to make it easy for her to take it out again & they sit on the far side of my cervix, on the opposite side to my cup. If you are worried about where the strings are, you can push them that side before you insert the cup. I also open my cup below my cervix & then slide it up. That way if the strings are hanging out lower than usual, the cup pushes them up rather than opening on the strings & maybe dragging down when I pull the cup out.