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I apologize in advance if this seems like a silly question, but I have heard people on here say that a cup will always migrate up to settle around your cervix. The question is, how does the cup know when to stop migrating upward and not get too far up/suctioned onto the cervix? What causes the cup to migrate upward?
 
Kathlynekathlyne on April 3rd, 2015 05:50 pm (UTC)
There isn't such a thing as too far up, once the cup migrates to the end of your vaginal canal, that's it. Check out kuradi's FAQ here. Especially the part about suction.

The cup migrates upward toward the end of your vaginal canal/cervix as your muscles move/contract. In a person with very weak pelvic floor muscles the cup can actually move down/outward. You can do kegels to make the cup move upward/strengthen your pelvic floor muscles.
arylisa on April 3rd, 2015 06:06 pm (UTC)
Well, that's the thing I was worried about – since the cup eventually migrates to the end of the vaginal canal, wouldn't it be difficult to reach for removal in people with high cervices? Do the majority of cup users have a low cervix and thus avoid this problem?
Kathlynekathlyne on April 3rd, 2015 06:17 pm (UTC)
That's why you should measure and try to find your cervix and then choose a cup based on that. Cups come in different lengths and diameters.
People with a high cervix who buy a very short cup are the ones that end up with horror stories about removal. People with a very low cervix who buy a very long cup have problems with the cup hanging out. Try and find your cervix while on your period, then choose a cup based on that measurement. When you get a cup, wear it for a while before removing the stem, because your cervix can move up/down on different days of your cycle. You can always cut the stem shorter, but you can't put it back.
arylisa on April 3rd, 2015 06:50 pm (UTC)
I see. But the vaginal canal is usually about 3 to 4 inches long, so theoretically, assuming that the cervix doesn't dangle, wouldn't the cup eventually migrate upward to the end of the canal and be difficult to remove, regardless of cervix position?

Thanks for answering my newbie questions, I just have some fears about this because I've heard horror stories about cups and don't want this to happen to me.
Kathlynekathlyne on April 3rd, 2015 07:03 pm (UTC)
The cup settles around the cervix. If your cervix drops, so does the cup, and I suppose your vaginal canal is therefore shorter. Your best bet is to measure. Stick your finger in as far as you can. See if you can feel your cervix. Make a note of how far your finger went in. Measure that against a ruler. Use that to pick a cup...otherwise you are just gambling.
arylisa on April 3rd, 2015 09:28 pm (UTC)
All right, thank you for the helpful information!
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on April 3rd, 2015 10:57 pm (UTC)
Generally the vagina won't be as long as 4 inches unless you're aroused/horny (then your vagina "tents" to prepare for sex and, uh, things being inserted...) and that's why those with high cervices have been warned against masturbating/getting themselves aroused before trying to remove a cup.

I've met people here whose cervices hang so low that they have maybe 1/2 inch to 1 inch of room between the entrance and the cervix. Such is not me lol. I have also heard that young and nulliparous (no babies) women with lower hormone levels and nice strong PC muscles are more likely to have a higher cervix.
arylisa on April 4th, 2015 02:21 am (UTC)
Yeah, as someone with a high cervix, I'm thankful because it seems that low cervices + cups are a harder combination as far as getting the cervix in the cup goes. When I first felt my cervix, it was a weird experience. I had never known that my cervix even existed until I learned about menstrual cups.
trejoytrejoy on April 4th, 2015 03:00 pm (UTC)
There wouldn't be as many "horror stories" if people didn't panic (and lack patience). Kathlyne is correct, lots of them had a high cervix and a short cup. Keep in mind there are plenty of folks who struggled to remove a cup the first time, but they learned to relax, slack their jaws, squat (perhaps in tub or shower) and tell themselves the cup will come out!
Kathlynekathlyne on April 4th, 2015 03:17 pm (UTC)
Perfectly said trejoy. I didn't know how to say that diplomatically.
citrinesunset: Fountain pencitrinesunset on April 6th, 2015 07:32 am (UTC)
To remove a cup, it only needs to be long enough so that you can reach the bottom easily. The Diva Cup is a little less than 3 inches, for example, and even with my body pretty much swallowing it up, I don't have to reach in far to find the stem.

Also, if you bear down with your pelvic muscles, that will lower a cup further, making it easier to grip the bottom.

A cup can be a little shorter than your vaginal canal and still be pretty easy to remove. You just don't want it to be too short.
m03m on April 4th, 2015 10:27 am (UTC)
Keep in mind that most users can bring their cups lower by bearing down with their vaginal muscles. Also, vagina length isn't static; certain positions (like squatting) will shorten the vaginal canal.
Finally: a full cup is heavier and will often come down a bit by itself.