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Hello everyone. :) I got a Diva Cup (size 1) about three weeks and I've been wearing it almost every day due to spotting that just won't stop (that's actually the entire reason I bought a Diva Cup, so sick of using tampons and pads for this every.single.day always).

Most of the time I have no problems with it, but occasionally I'll put it in and it will feel like I'm cramping. I've looked through many posts here that mention cramping, as well as Googling it, but I feel like my situation is a little different. Usually I get it inside just fine, give it a spin or two, check that it's open, and everything's jolly. But sometimes, when I go in with a finger to make sure it's open all the way, it is at that point that I sometimes (not always) get discomfort; it feels like cramping but lower. I don't think it's actually touching my cervix or anything, which is way up there. Sometimes it feels like it's actually my finger itself that causes the discomfort and then the cup just maintains it. The thing is, I think it is usually open all the way before I go in there with the finger; there's only been a few times where it didn't open all the way.

So it seems to be the actual "moving aside vaginal walls to check that it's all open" step that is causing discomfort... Just how important is that step? If I skip it will I be sorry?

The fold I'm using is the "punch down" one. I'm actually just now thinking that maybe it's the culprit? Planning on experimenting with that next time it does this. But any other help / similar experiences / advice is very much appreciated.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on September 8th, 2015 01:20 pm (UTC)
Do whatever you need to in order to make your cup work for you. You don't have to follow anyone's instructions, not even the ones that came with the cup. Skim/Read http://kuradi8.livejournal.com/ for helpful hints. It's OK if you don't follow them. ;oP
m03m on September 9th, 2015 07:39 am (UTC)
I don't think I've ever even heard of that step and I've been using cups for seven years.
If your cup is working for you, you're doing it right and you do not need to follow instructions that don't seem to add anything useful. Try skipping that step and see if you're happy that way.
Carriecarrieb on September 9th, 2015 05:04 pm (UTC)
I've been using my Diva for 11 years. I've never heard of this step. Sounds painful! I think you'll be ok to skip it.
sjennifersjennifer on September 11th, 2015 08:03 pm (UTC)
Don't think this extra checking step is necessary. As long as no leaking, it is fine. Sometime, even a cup is not completely open is still working fine. For example, FemmyCycle cup was not designed to open completely to function well. check out their website. However, the elasticity of each person's vaginal wall is varies, I will recommend to try out couple different cups with different shore rating (firmness) until you find your perfect cup.
Shakis Drummond on September 13th, 2015 02:39 am (UTC)
On my first cycle using the diva cup size 1 last month, I gave up after 2hrs because I would either have cramping pain or my bladder irritation so once I took the cup out I felt better. This month is my 2nd time using the cup and I haven't had any cramping or bladder issues. I want to say that your body is probably getting use to the cup. I also use the punch down method, I've tried the C fold but never can get it in my body due to the insertion being too big for me right now. Whenever I use the punch down fold, it doesn't open for me until the cup is all the way in and then I stand up and do a squat to make sure it's up in there and then I'll feel the cup pop open up. I'm assuming my cervix is pretty high since I haven't had any issues with leaking (only on my heavy days buts that was due to learning how long I can keep the cup in before emptying). So the way I insert the cup works for me. Like others have said. Do what works for you. There's no one, perfect way of inserting and removing the cup.
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on September 17th, 2015 05:49 am (UTC)
http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/2618390.html some more ideas for popping open :)