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18 April 2015 @ 10:49 am
So, I took the plunge and cut the short, elasticky stem off my Gaia - have commented in many posts how it seemed to just "get in the way" during removal.

No sooner do I do that, than I notice an unexpected result: the Gaia seems to tilt to one side or another more often, it can be hard to find the true bottom to remove it. And one morning (good thing I was wearing backup during the night) it had even completely turned itself sideways! It did not open like usual (this cup I never check), stayed in a C-fold all night and by the morning, was horizontal. Hmmm.

Makes me wonder whether those short stems aren't just for removal, but sort of "anchor" the cup and keep it from turning sideways?
yayforcupsyayforcups on April 18th, 2015 02:39 pm (UTC)
Out of curiosity, which gaia do you have? It could be an obstacle stopping it from turning. How soft is the small? Sibell soft?
elisamba on April 20th, 2015 07:37 pm (UTC)
I have the small Gaia cup. It is a little softer than the large Fleurcup, especially around the rim, and the body is squishier but still pops open well.

Edited at 2015-04-20 07:37 pm (UTC)
xquizite_insomxquizite_insom on April 18th, 2015 07:16 pm (UTC)
I always thought the purpose of the stem is to aid in removal of the menstrual cup. I have completely removed the stems on all of the menstrual cups I use. Currently, I have 11 in rotation. None of them have ever shifted or turned inside me. Only one cup flipped, but that was while rolling. Sometimes the cervix is off center to either the left or the right. The cup likes to settle around the cervix, is it possible that your cervix is off at a weird angle? Is the Gaia cup the proper size? Sometimes if the cup is too small it will shift. I hope others chime in. I find this interesting.
elisamba on April 20th, 2015 07:40 pm (UTC)
It is possible my cervix was tilted that cycle, it's not usually. I have a couple other cups so I think I would have noticed. But the cup was completely horizontal, empty, and still folded! The Gaia is my goldilocks, I have done whole cycles with only it. The stem was the only thing I didn't like.
trejoytrejoy on April 18th, 2015 07:52 pm (UTC)
Which size cup do you have? I do experience the stem as a bit of an anchor. Though my cervix is low, I try not to trim the entire stem off my cups but leave a nub to stabilize its position. (I just did a quick measure on my cup stems and I leave about a centimeter of stem when I trim them.)

Cervices do not stay in the same position at all times. Mine has been almost "acrobatic," some of the positions I've found it in amaze me. Having said that, if you haven't located your cervix, then the time the cup stayed folded you may have missed your cervix altogether and the cup could have been alongside it.

However, I have had my cup be almost horizontal and still be around my cervix (because it is a wild thing!) without leaking. Not having the stem should not be too much of an issue, though as you described it can be more challenging to find the bottom of the cup (particularly if your cervix is higher).
elisamba on April 20th, 2015 07:45 pm (UTC)
I have the small Gaia, which is similar dimensions to the small Diva (slightly wider and shorter). I never find my cervix before inserting cuz it has always been "out of reach" when I tried, hence my penchant for a long cup.

Come to think of it, the Gaia never flipped when I turned it inside out. But turning it inside out tended to flatten out the bottom so maybe that anchored it, too.
tobilei on May 8th, 2015 03:49 am (UTC)
I had this happen with my small firm yuuki. It was great except for the stem so I cut it off and then it went sideways on me. Scared the life out of me because it took amazing feats of acrobatic style action to get it out. I ended up selling it too scared to try again, so my guess would be that yes, it does form a bit of an anchor because I never had it happen while it had a stem.