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30 May 2015 @ 01:18 pm
Hi everyone - I searched the tags for my problem and didn't find anything that pertains to my particular question.

I've been using a Diva Cup for months now, and I haven't had any problems. But this month, it's leaking, and it's driving me crazy!!! I don't know what I'm doing wrong, or what could have changed from last month! I can feel it moving around in there, like it's not suctioned right or something. I've tried putting it in and moving it around, I've made sure the holes aren't plugged before putting it in...

But I realized as I put it in this morning that it was opening up as I was putting it in, instead of opening after I've inserted it all the way. I read somewhere that if it just sticks to your vaginal walls, it won't actually catch the fluid correctly and it needs to suction around your cervix. Is that true?

EDIT/NEW INFO: In the shower, I stuck my finger in there when the cup was out and realized...holy crap, I have a dangly cervix. I never, ever noticed it before. So now I'm kinda freaking out. Did my cervix drop? I've never had any kids (Google says vaginal birth is the most common reason for it to drop), I've never even been pregnant. Does it only dangle when I have my period? Possibly...But I've never noticed it before, even when on my period. I didn't do anything differently this month, and the cup is leaking, so it seems that something changed between last month and this month. Should I be worried? Should I have a pelvic exam done? Should I get a different cup? I'm totally confused now...

Thanks all!
 
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on May 30th, 2015 08:41 pm (UTC)
Welcome!
Yes, considering that menstrual fluid will be coming out of your cervix, a cup can only catch that fluid properly if the opening of the cup is, well, positioned around your cervix. So if you're missing your cervix that would explain the leaking. Try sticking your finger inside and feeling for where your cervix is. Mine is off to the left, so it may not be centered for you either. Then whenever you insert the cup, point it towards where you felt your cervix.
titaniumtrinitytitaniumtrinity on May 31st, 2015 12:15 am (UTC)
No, I don't believe that's true. It does need to be positioned around the cervix, but doesn't need to be "suctioned onto" the cervix directly. The cup rim should form a seal with the vaginal walls pushing them outward, and your cervix will either be above it, or hanging down into the cup, depending on how "dangly" your cervix is. I'm not sure what's causing your new leaking issue, but it seems unlikely that opening up early is the culprit. I actually feel like letting the cup open early (and then pushing it the rest if the way) actually helps me make sure it's placed around my cervix, rather than squishing up beside the cervix.

It's possible your cervix has changed position a little, probably the next step is to do some exploring with your fingers and figure out where it's sitting, if it's off to one side etc, and then you'll better be able to aim the cup.
yayforcupsyayforcups on May 31st, 2015 03:12 pm (UTC)
Try pulling it out a little and pushing it up again making a plunger effect and strengthening the "staying power" :)
amyinnh on June 1st, 2015 03:12 am (UTC)
It doesn't suction to your cervix.

The cervix will move up and down at different times of your cycle, which is probably why you never noticed it so low before.
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on June 1st, 2015 04:10 pm (UTC)
my cervix was low even when i was 14 :) i thought it was my hymen, haha.
generally doctors only care about actual prolapse, not the variation of normal.
titaniumtrinitytitaniumtrinity on June 1st, 2015 07:35 pm (UTC)
It may only be low on your period, that's true for a lot of people. I've noticed that mine might get temporarily tugged lower because of the cup, and but then it goes back to normal. And it will drop low again during my next period, even if I'm not using the cup.
Johannaen_dejlig_aften on June 6th, 2015 06:04 pm (UTC)
I had the same problem with my DivaCup (size 1). Around when I turned 30 (I'd had it for about 3 years), it started leaking all the time.

I finally realized that I have a low cervix that's even lower on my heaviest days. I am on my second month with a large FleurCup and it appears to be working better for me, though I do need to empty it more than I'd like on my heaviest days.