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27 March 2015 @ 06:18 pm
Hi! I'm new here and new to menstrual cups.

I recently got a lily cup classic size a for my first cup (so pretty), aside from some problems on my first try at insertion I have been using it for my period successfully and with no further issues aside from very mild cramping so I have a few questions.

1) I wasn't aware of cervix placement before I got it and know it's a long cup, and after checking my cervix at about mid cycle it's down to entire middle finger length (unreachable when I'm off my period). My lily still sits very nicely though, it's not poking out and I can't feel it inside me, but I have had some mild sharper cramping. which now I'm assuming is because my cup is pressing against my cervix or maybe has it inside it (I can trace a finger around my cervix as if its grabbable, is this dangly?)

I suffer from horrific cramps normally so it's no issue for me at all, I'm just wondering if aside from my cup possibly having a lesser capacity, is there any health risk for your cup pushing against your cervix or gripping it a little? The pain is very mild and I have absolutely no issues with insertion or removal. It's also not constant. Just want to be safe!
I tend to spot throughout different times of my cycle and I assume my cervix will be up higher then so I think a long cup would be good for that too.

And 2) I'm hoping to get a mirena IUD in the next few months. Does having a cup that presses to my cervix and having a possibly dangly cervix make this a bad idea? I pop open my cup just at the very entrance of my vagina and push it in once it's open and the seal is not at all hard to break upon removal.

Thankyou :)
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on March 27th, 2015 12:18 pm (UTC)
If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
lucidty on March 28th, 2015 12:17 am (UTC)
No way :) I love this thing!
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on March 27th, 2015 01:33 pm (UTC)
I had a small Lily for about a year and it happened to have the exact same diameter as my cervix (around the inner rim opening), so it grabbed my cervix like a vise and caused mild cramping. Not sure what would've fixed that other than cutting up and widening that inner rim. I might also be careful once you get the Mirena because, due to the lack of suction holes, the Lily can be VERY suctiony.
lucidty on March 28th, 2015 12:23 am (UTC)
My cervix doesn't seem the same size as the rim, it feels quite small, so hopefully that's not the case. I think I might trim the stem to give it a bit of room to breathe.

Also interesting about the suction thing, I might talk to the gyno when I have my appointment (I'm going in for a laparoscopy so the IUD is a "may as well while you're under" thing)

Thanks!
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on March 28th, 2015 06:06 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I doubt your gyno will have anything useful to say about cups though (surprisingly many don't know about them!)
I think at least one user on mc_sales was selling a Lily with holes she had punched in it herself. So if you still like the Lily maybe you could try that one and sell off your pristine one. The seller said apparently she didn't leak despite the holes.
lucidty on March 29th, 2015 02:25 am (UTC)

The gyno I went to seemed like a massive hippie so I have a feeling she probably uses one herself but i don't have health insurance so my next visit to actually talk about the surgery will be with a public hospital gyno so who knows :(

I have trimmed the stem though and it's feeling so much better so at least that's out of the way! I don't feel like there's much suction, or I'm just very proficient at taking it out. I think I'm happy with it how it is. I can take the mirena or leave it really.