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24 November 2014 @ 09:40 am
This is my first time ever using the a menstrual and I am 18. I ordered the Diva Cup size one. I have not trimmed the stem.

I had done a few dry runs before my period started. I didn't have any trouble with getting it in or out. I used the push down fold. When I woke up this morning and I noticed I was bleeding, so I was super excited use the cup. I went to the bathroom and put it in using the push down fold and it went in. I could not tell exactly if it had opened all the way. So I tried to spin the cup to make sure it was sealed but I could not turn it at all. How is it even physically possible to spin it? After I had it in, I just assumed there was seal cause I could not spin it.

I went back to bed a laid down on my phone for about 3 hours. I periodically checked to see if it had leaked any, and it hadn't. But when I got out of bed, I noticed it was getting kind of leaky. I went to the bathroom to check and it was leaking and it was. SO I took it out, emptied it, then washed my cup and put it back in. This time I sill could not spin the cup. I went and sat down and it started to give me dull pain then it felt like there was an air pocket in my vagina. Then I took it out again because it was hurting.

Am I putting it in wrong? Is it to high in my vagina? How can I tell if it is sealed? Is there a better fold to use?
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on November 24th, 2014 03:11 pm (UTC)
Skim/Read this: http://kuradi8.livejournal.com/ I think it will answer many of your questions. :o)
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on November 24th, 2014 03:19 pm (UTC)
Spinning the cup is not at all necessary, so I don't know why the companies keep telling you to do it (they are also completely wrong about it "sitting low in the vagina"--it will ALWAYS migrate up to your cervix, hence why we speak of people having a high or low cervix).

If you'd like to try a few other folds here's a nice guide written by a 14-year-old: http://menstrualcupforteens.wordpress.com/folds-and-insertion/ - my favorites are the labial fold for my Si-Bell or, for my Rainbow with a slightly firmer rim, the half-diamond. Not sure where the Diva fits in in firmness, but you might like to try some of the ones she's shown on her site!
trejoytrejoy on November 25th, 2014 02:23 am (UTC)
If you don't know where your cervix is, you could be pushing the cup up beside it instead of under/around it. That's what I did for quite a while (and had tons of leaks) until I understood where and how to place it for my cervix position (which is different for everyone).

Check out kuradi8's "I missed my cervix" link to illustrations.