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21 June 2016 @ 12:47 pm
Hello! I am trying the menstrual cup for the first time (I bought the small IrisCup) and am having lots of trouble inserting it. Specifically, I can't tell if it is my cervix or my pubic bone that is blocking it. If it's my pubic bone, I know I should try to push past it if comfortable; but if it is my cervix, I know the cup should lie below it. But it is super low! Like my first knuckle low. How can I tell the difference between the two? Thanks!
 
Selmamarsianka_selma on June 21st, 2016 08:35 pm (UTC)
What do you mean first knuckle low? The rim or the stem? The stem can be however low unless it grazes your skin. Do you feel any discomfort?
grad1321 on June 21st, 2016 08:56 pm (UTC)
I mean my cervix/pelvix is as low as my first knuckle.
Selma: черная овцаmarsianka_selma on June 21st, 2016 09:01 pm (UTC)
Oh. Your cervix can actually be inside the cup, only you need a wider cup then so that there's space for blood. Sorry I seem not to understand the problem... Does the cup unfold?
Tdoriswebb on June 21st, 2016 09:03 pm (UTC)
To state the obvious, your pubic bone is bone. You can feel it through your vaginal walls all the way around. Your cervix is roundish, located more toward the centre and has a firm-but-fleshy texture. Some people say it feels like the tip of your nose.

Either of them /could/ be one knuckle in, but it's more likely to be your pubic bone.
grad1321 on June 21st, 2016 11:55 pm (UTC)
It seems like it is my cervix then, but it is so low that the cup can't even go in. It's on one side of the wall and definitely circular, but I have never had trouble with tampons. Sorry if this is tmi :[]

Edited at 2016-06-21 11:57 pm (UTC)
Tdoriswebb on June 22nd, 2016 07:41 pm (UTC)
Interesting. Where are you in your cycle? The cervix can wander around a bit. I know mine tends to sit lowest toward the end of my period, when it becomes a challenge to insert a cup.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on June 23rd, 2016 02:46 pm (UTC)
A cup (or tampon) can actually go past your cervix (this is how Instead Softcups work actually) so you could indeed have a super low cervix and still have been able to use tampons. Both Meluna Shorty and Ivita cups work well for a super low cervix--and you'll want something wider for better capacity and so your cervix can kind of sit in it (and that'll allow you to fit something a bit longer inside)