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25 June 2015 @ 06:22 pm
Hi all,

I am relatively new to using menstrual cups (about the last year or so), and they solve a lot of problems for me! I have a very heavy flow, and I love that I don't need to worry about leaking constantly. On my heavy days, I often leak within 2 hours of using a tampon, so I really want to be able to keep using my Divacup 2.

Unfortunately, I'm having some pretty intense pain associated with using the cup every single time I have my period...

I'm normally slightly crampy, feeling the pain in my midsection below my belly button. The pain I feel with the cup is totally different than this cramping. Usually, things go like this:

Day 1 of period: Insert cup. Leave it in all day with no pain whatsoever. It feels like I have nothing at all!

Days 2-3: Heavy days. Wake up with a very full cup and (usually) small leak. This is the day that the pain begins. After inserting the cup, within 5 minutes or so I begin to feel cramping locally in my vagina. It can get pretty intense, and feels more like sharp gas pains (but located in the vagina itself). If I sit down too hard or sit in a position that impacts the cup area, I often have a jolt of pain and yelp from it. This pain increases briefly when I take out the cup but subsides after 2-3 minutes and is completely absent until I put the cup back in. Occasionally, during this pain, I feel like I need to make a bowel movement, but I actually don't. Sometimes the cramping is so bad that I can't put the cup in again for a while.

Days 4-6ish: Back to no pain at all. I wear it in complete comfort.

Because I'm using the cup the same way every time, I don't think it's a matter of inserting it incorrectly or anything like that. I don't have leaks during these days and I am sure that the cup is fully opened inside. This is a pattern that repeats these exact days of my period every month.

What the heck?!?! I haven't been able to find any description of this exact situation on the forums (sorry if I missed it?) and none of my friends have had this experience. Does anyone else have this? Is there some troubleshooting I could do? Is the cup too large for me? I am mid-thirties, no children, but large-framed and very heavy flow, thus the 2. Any ideas? Thanks so much!
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on June 26th, 2015 02:32 am (UTC)
Try flipping the Diva inside out to shorten it on your painful days and see if that helps. If so, it's perfectly OK to wear it that way. Or you could get a shorter cup for those days. The large Fleur has a good reputation as a high capacity cup and it is 5mm shorter than the Diva.
gryffinvdggryffinvdg on June 26th, 2015 02:22 pm (UTC)
Hey, thanks for the reply! Is length of cup something that often causes this issue? And do I need to worry about getting it out again if the cup doesn't have ridges on the inside? It is definitely not hanging out (even with the stem) during the cramping.

I've been reading more and more on the forum and wondering if the suction is too intense. Can anyone recommend a cup that might have less suction?
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on June 26th, 2015 02:40 pm (UTC)
Skim/Read this http://kuradi8.livejournal.com/ and follow the link in the section about suction.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on June 26th, 2015 02:54 pm (UTC)
The cup may also be a bit firm for you--Diva is not one of the softer ones (I also agree that suction may be a problem because of those itty bitty and useless suction release holes). If you need shorter but still good capacity, how about a Fleur or Si-Bell? Blunt bases will hold more flow with less cup length. The Si-Bell is the softer of those two.
elisamba on June 26th, 2015 05:47 pm (UTC)
I second what kuradi says. Basically, it sounds like your cervix dips lower days 2 and 3 and you need a shorter cup (or inside-out Diva) those days. It would also explain the leak, if your cervix dips into the cup and takes up some capacity.
mossmorton on July 10th, 2015 12:49 am (UTC)
I used a Diva for 7 years and the stem was often just peaking outside of my body. You could try getting the cup lower on insertion and letting more air into the cup. It might be sorta sucking your cervix, and uterus with it, into the cup.
The pains you're experiencing sound similar to what I had when it was too high up. I find it easiest to have a cup positioned so that if I bear down the stem is outside of my body. Of course this all depends on the cup and the body's unique anatomy!
Good Luck!
Nikita TavaresNikita Tavares on March 3rd, 2017 08:09 pm (UTC)
Hi, since this post was posted over a year ago, I was wondering if you found a solution to avoid the pain or found a different cup that works? I have the EXACT same problem but I use the Lunette cup (its a little bit firmer than the Diva).