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Sayga
26 June 2015 @ 03:09 pm
I am an adoring fan of menstrual cups. I got my first one in 2006. It arrived and I eagerly looked forward to the first cycle I could use it. I got pregnant that same month, so I couldn't use it until my periods restarted at 14 months post partum in 2008. Just a few months of wearing my cup, I went to Belize and my period started a week early. I swam with sharks with my cup in and the blood stayed put and didn't attract them to me. I also spent a day innertubing down a river with nowhere to change my cup, and was super glad I wasn't dripping pink water by the end of the day. Discovering the cup was a life changer.

I used to have a high cervix, and could barely reach it when looking for the IUD strings (2006, right before I got pregnant with baby #2). Now my vaginal vault is short and my cervix is dangly. Obviously since then I've had another baby and have aged another 8 years, but I guess I'm kind of worried that the suction from the cup has created pressure on my cervix and MADE it dangly in the past few years. Is that possible or am I just wrongly blaming my changing/aging body on the cup? It really CAN'T suck my cervix down, can it?

See, I've been dealing more and more lately with leaks, and it seems like my cup is full of cervix and leaves no room for menstrual fluid. When I pull out the cup, it's often pretty empty, even though I'm leaking, and then I have a gush of blood and clots from my vagina as I'm sitting there on the toilet. I have a super heavy flow, but a short vagina/dangly cervix, so I can only use short cups. I do have a MeLuna that is comparable in size to the large diva cup, but it's really too long and the tip protrudes through the vaginal opening, even with the ball cut off completely. I've just ordered a MeLuna Large Shorty in hopes it will help with the high capacity need while being as short as my smaller old MeLuna (which I think was a medium, but I'm not sure).

Anyway, I love this community and would love to hear what you think about if there could be a correlation between cup use and an eventual dangly cervix. I sure hope not. Also, if you can offer advice on heavy flow + dangly cervix + short vagina, that'd be great.
 
Carriecarrieb on June 26th, 2015 10:36 pm (UTC)
I've been using my cup since 2006, with a year break for pregnancy. I have a very high cervix and have not noticed it becoming more dangly. I have noticed my blood flow has increased drastically after my second baby and I have to change more often, but I blame that on weird hormones. After my first baby I barely had a period (I started using the cup after my first baby).

Just anecdotal evidence from a long term cup user. No idea if you will find this useful.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on June 27th, 2015 01:09 am (UTC)
It's the babies + age. I've noticed the same thing happening with age, but not on the same scale you have (because my uterus hasn't had to, you know, grow babies). My cervix is slightly lower than it was when I started with cups because I'm coming up on 30. No other reason.
I've heard good things about the LuvUrBody about capacity but they may also be too long for you. The new SuperJennie may be an option--it's very high capacity and looks not to be that long but I'm not sure it's available yet.
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on June 27th, 2015 07:29 pm (UTC)
the default rec is the large fleurcup :) it has a rounded bottom which is a more suitable shape for a dangly cervix.
for now you can wear your diva and large meluna inside out. (the meluna is probably the 45x54 mm one?)

my cervix is extremely low and the longest cup i can use is the large ladycup inside out. i prefer the various short melunas though - L and XL shorty, also the old medium 45x45 (i suppose that's what you have too) and even an old small for light days (40x40). i can generally fill them only by 1/3 or so. it's normal that a cup overflows when your cervix is inside.
Sayga: cat-artemis runningsayga on June 29th, 2015 07:59 pm (UTC)
The large diva inside out was what I used to wear, but that's even too long for me now. Thanks for the info on what you use and how empty the cups tend to be. Sounds like me. I hope I will like the MeLuna shorty. I think my old Medium is what you describe too.
newconvert on October 15th, 2015 01:50 am (UTC)
More anecdotal evidence -- my cervix is quite dangly and was when I started using cups 4 months ago, but I'm 35 and have two kids... So I'd blame the kids, not the cups. :)

I just tried a Super Jennie this past cycle, and it has very good capacity (better than MeLuna XL) and is really comfortable. From what I've read here, I suspect the LUB has an even better capacity, but II suspect the SJ is probably your best bet for balancing length and volume.

Edited at 2015-10-15 11:08 am (UTC)
newconvert on October 15th, 2015 11:07 am (UTC)
More anecdotal evidence -- my cervix is quite dangly and was when I started using cups 4 months ago, but I'm 35 and have two kids... So I'd blame the kids, not the cups. :)

I just tried a Super Jennie this past cycle, and it has very good capacity (better than MeLuna XL) and is really comfortable. From what I've read here, I suspect the LUB has an even better capacity, but I
the SJ is probably your best bet for balancing length and volume.