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06 April 2015 @ 09:24 pm
Hello all!
I've been lurking here off and on for several months while trying to decide what to do about my menstrual needs.
I am 25 years old. I have given birth. I have to reach for my cervix always, though it is more reachable during my period.

Yesterday I bought a Diva Cup size 2, mostly because that's the only one readily available to me. I bought it fully aware that it is very large/long, but I figured that would be ok since I want only one cup, and have a very heavy flow the first 2 days of my period. I am pleased with the concept, not with the cup. I had it inserted correctly, as in I wore it with no leaks and when I removed the cup after several hours it had indeed collected menstrual fluid, so I know I had a proper seal. I am able to insert the cup completely. However, even with a proper seal and inserting the cup as high as possible, it migrates down. Like, all the way down. When I removed the cup this last time it was actually peeking out a good inch. Ouch!

So, it seems fairly obvious that the Diva Cup is toooooooo long for me, despite my cervix not being super low. Is this slippage indicative only of the cup being too long? Or would this also happen if the cup is too wide? Or too soft? Or too firm?

TIA for your help!
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on April 7th, 2015 01:27 am (UTC)
Yep, it's too long. That's OK. Flip it inside out to shorten it. It should fit you much better that way.

Other helpful hints at: http://kuradi8.livejournal.com/ (EDITED TO ADD:) including a section about strengthening your pelvic floor.

Edited at 2015-04-08 01:26 pm (UTC)
larabarr12larabarr12 on April 7th, 2015 01:30 am (UTC)
kuradi8 - I tried flipping it inside out and it didn't work very well. I wasn't able to get it in high enough, and then I liked to never got it out since there aren't grip rings on the inside! I'll try it again though. Thanks!
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on April 7th, 2015 04:07 am (UTC)
Slippage often indicates that the pelvic floor muscles aren't quite able to keep the cup in (it does seem to be more common in people who have given birth vaginally), although the length of the Diva probably doesn't help any. A wider-bottomed cup might stay in a bit better; the large Fleur (U-shaped vs. the Diva's V-shape) is often recommended post-childbirth on this page. Since you have a high cervix and heavy flow, I wonder if the large Luv Yr Body cup would work, too?
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on April 7th, 2015 04:41 pm (UTC)
Sounds like your pelvic floor took a beating from having had a baby (even one is enough--I was smallish, an only child, and still wrecked my mom's pelvic floor. Oops!) - Kuradi, I know you'll have pelvic floor exercises to recommend!
larabarr12larabarr12 on April 7th, 2015 05:17 pm (UTC)
Yes, my son's birth was a little traumatic despite not pushing for very long.... And I was actually contemplating this morning that I really should be doing pelvic floor exercises. I know how. I'm just terribly undisciplined! I'm thinking I may do them and try the cup again next month before buying a different one. I really hate to spend the money if I don't have to.
starsandmoons89starsandmoons89 on April 8th, 2015 08:40 pm (UTC)
You can find Intimina laselle kegel exercisers, all three progressive weights, on eBay for really cheap. They go from 28, 38, and 48. Very easy to use, and they even make a pleasant little motion to let you know its placed correctly. I've used them and they are terrific!