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27 April 2015 @ 01:35 pm
Sup, so I used to use a DivaCup size 1 but I started getting cramps and when I took out the cup they went away but as soon as I put it back in it would hurt again so I stopped using it

I would like to find a cup that's slightly smaller in diameter/length (I'm not 100% sure what caused the cramps, like the diameter or the length)

Also one with a longer stem, I always found the stem on it so difficult to grasp.

I liked the stiffness of the DivaCup, it always opened without problems

Just the pain the taking it out were the main issues

any suggestions?
trejoytrejoy on April 27th, 2015 07:23 pm (UTC)
Your desired specs don't match mine so I don't have suggestions to offer, but you may check out the lengths and widths on the following chart: https://docs.zoho.com/sheet/published.do?rid=mdngge2336f38104b45a882b500f2e041f196&mode=print
tkamockingbird on April 28th, 2015 12:12 am (UTC)
I love this chart, it's usually my go to chart when comparing cups. Just keep in mind, when you are comparing your DivaCup, the small diameter is actually 43mm and not 41mm. Thats one of the only errors I have found on this chart and it's important for you to know since you are comparing the Diva to other cups. Otherwise, this is one of the best charts out there.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on April 27th, 2015 07:30 pm (UTC)
A different set of size/capacity charts: http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/

There are other charts and photos at the Community FAQ that you might find helpful. No doubt, por_que_no will suggest a Si-Bell because it's a short cup with a long stem. Decide for yourself whether you'd rather have a longer cup or a longer stem.
Kathlynekathlyne on April 28th, 2015 02:16 am (UTC)
Kuradi, that really made me laugh. Before I clicked to read the comments I was positive por_que_no had already suggested the Si-Bell.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on April 29th, 2015 02:11 pm (UTC)
ha! Well, hey, it's the closest among any mainstream cup I know of to being one-size-will-be-at-least-acceptable-for-most. And the options for >70mm total length are few and far between!

I think the reason for the cramping may be that the cup was bumping up against the OP's cervix, though. So finding the cervix and then inserting at the correct angle may fix that issue more than switching cups. If the cup is not inserted to line up vertically under the cervix then yes, one side of the rim will bump up against it and cause cramping.
yayforcupsyayforcups on April 28th, 2015 06:05 am (UTC)
😄 that's funny. I actually just bought a small sibell cos of all those recommendations and it really is pretty awesome for not being suctiony. I thought I would have to drag it down painfully before breaking the suction as its short n I cant reach with two fingers but with Sibell I can break it with one, no dragging neccessary :) I consider that a win! Also I couldn't feel the stem even when its out a bit and fairly easy to fill with air when ya know how. It fills the same as my sckoon (tilt for air hole then wriggle up). Only problem was a sharpish rim seam which I filed down and voilà!
onebookishnurse on May 7th, 2015 01:04 am (UTC)
I had a problem with the Diva Cup pressing on my bladder and causing cramping bad enough to wake me up in the middle of the night. I'm just very sensitive and need a very soft cup - I have found my Goldilocks cup in the Si-Bell - super soft, yet easy to remove, with good capacity. Shorter than the Diva Cup, which was so long compared to my vagina that the bottom would poke out when I was seated even AFTER I'd cut off the stem. While the Si-Bell may or may not turn out to be your ideal cup, I do recommend experimenting with softer, shorter cups first.