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15 October 2016 @ 02:46 pm
Hi everyone,

I've used a Diva Cup for at least 4 years, a size 1 before I had my first child and a size 2 afterwards. I loved it and had no particular issues. I had a second child about a year ago and just got my period again. To my horror, I found that my Diva no longer fit as my cervix now seems very very low. I tried cutting off the stem and turning it inside out, which seemed to help until the cup slipped almost all of the way out of me. I figured I needed a different size and ordered a Meluna Shorty XL, classic firmness. I like it and it seems to fit lengthwise, but again, after a little while it falls out - like, ALL the way out!

My child's VBAC birth was pretty traumatic - a big baby in a posterior-facing position, so I ended up needing forceps. The partial 4th degree tear didn't do me any favors, but I regained good control of my muscles within a couple months. But now the instant I start to feel like I need to have a BM, the Meluna starts to fall out and I have to run to the bathroom. To be honest I don't know much about pelvic floor health, so I'm not sure if this means the muscles that control BMs are now stronger than my vaginal wall muscles or if it's a different problem completely. Is this an issue of me needing to do more kegels, or getting a wider cup, a different level of firmness, or what? Am I doomed to go back to tampons?

BTW, my period is super heavy for a couple days and moderate/lightfor a few (usually about a week total), so my preference is a cup with as much capacity as possible.

Thank you so much for your wisdom!
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on October 15th, 2016 11:25 pm (UTC)
It sounds like you need to re-tone your pelvic floor with Kegels. There's a section about that at the tail end of http://kuradi8.livejournal.com/

While you're working on your muscles, mix and match between your shorty Meluna and Diva. Use whichever you like better on any particular day. They are about the same width, but the Meluna is quite a bit shorter. When you use your Diva, keep using it inside out. That makes it shorter and it gives it a blunt base -- both of which will probably work in your favor.

The large Fleurcup gets really good reviews as a "Mommy" cup. It is a medium length, has a blunt base, and has a a high capacity. But get your PC back in shape first. The cups you already have might turn out to be just fine.
craftacular1 on October 16th, 2016 04:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I thought Kegels might be the answer but I wasn't sure how to judge what shape they are in. I don't have any issues with leaking or urgency so I assumed I was back to normal but that's obviously not the case. I will have to give the balls a try.

I will look into the fleurcup as well!