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24 March 2015 @ 12:19 am
I'm 25, do daily kegel exercises with/without weighted kegel balls, have given birth vaginally, have a light - moderate flow, and my cervix is medium to low depending on what day in my menstrual cycle it is.. I recently bought the lily cup size B and not only is it too long for my body but the only way I can get it to seal so I don't have any leaks is when inserting the cup I have to angle it down instead of up. I can't seem to find anyone else who has this issue... Does this mean my cervix isn't where it's supposed to be?
Also I have quite a difficult time getting this cup to open... There just doesn't seem to be enough space! Which after giving birth I know that just isn't the case.
When I try to angle my lilycup in the suggested upward path there is just too much vaginal tissue over my pubic bone, too bulky and no way a cup is going anywhere in that direction... Which my cervix is not up that way anyway so I end up having to angle my cup down, then slightly turn it to get it close to my cervix and for it to open. I am so confused.
*I should also mention that my cervix drops into my cup so I can't even get my cup half full without it leaking, which is an issue for my one heavy day..
Should I try a shorter cup? Any tips, or advice would be so much appreciated!
Help! and thanks!
unicornaunicorn on March 24th, 2015 06:56 am (UTC)
The vaginal canal actually runs at an angle, almost like it's pointed at the small of your back. So you're never really inserting the cup directly up and down, but somewhat at an angle and that angle just depends on your body. Despite all of the manuals and materials on menstrual cups that show the cups in the lower part of the vagina, I think most of the time they are actually worn further up - I can't wear any of my cups as low as all the diagrams show us we should. It's pretty painful actually.

There's not really a "supposed to be" location for your cervix, they can be high, low, tilted..it just depends on your body. But it sounds like your cervix might be a more low than middle if it's dipping into the cup...haha ;P though the full size Lily cups are pretty long, have you looked at cutting the stem down?

I'm not quite sure what you mean when you say that you turn your cup slightly - are you saying you tilt it to the right or the left?
Dianadiana_molloy on March 24th, 2015 03:49 pm (UTC)
I can't wear any of my cups as low as all the diagrams show us we should. It's pretty painful actually.

This. Basically I know when it's in right for me because as I insert it when I get in far enough which is pretty high, it's a bit like it passes through a smaller opening and sort of pops/slots into place.

starsandmoons89starsandmoons89 on March 25th, 2015 10:30 am (UTC)
Oh, yes, I cut the whole stem off right away!

When I insert the cup I have to angle it down to get it far enough in, then I angle it more towards my cervix to get it in the right place and for it to seal... I'm not sure how else to describe it, haha
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on March 24th, 2015 12:21 pm (UTC)
Skim/Read this http://kuradi8.livejournal.com/ and then compare the dimensions of your Lily cup to others at the size charts that it links to -- or any of the others found at the Community FAQ if you don't like that one.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on March 24th, 2015 04:18 pm (UTC)
The Lily is too long for like 99% of users so, yes, you will probably find any other cup to be a better fit. (I AM the one percent! lol!) For a low cervix and a not-heavy flow, you might like some of the Meluna options, or if you want something of the same softness as the Lily, check out the Rainbow and Si-Bell (both of which I own)--both are short in the cup body itself so you can cut the stem to wherever.
starsandmoons89starsandmoons89 on March 25th, 2015 07:07 am (UTC)
I have a very hard time trying to get my lily to open but when it does I don't feel it at all. I also trimmed the stem. The third day of my cycle is somewhat heavy so since my cervix goes into the cup it takes up capacity and leaks pretty quickly. I've ordered the Meluna medium classic, and the Lunette model 2 for my one heavy day.. I'm still not giving up on my lily cup though, it's a dream once I do get it in correctly as long as I don't use it on my heavy day.
My main concern though is where my cervix is. If I'm supposed to be angling my cup upwards instead of downward as I need to do, shouldn't my cervix be higher? What's it doing down there? LOL
Kathlynekathlyne on March 24th, 2015 08:35 pm (UTC)
If your cervix takes up room in the cup you might want something more bell shaped than V shaped. I like the large Fleur cup.