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18 October 2016 @ 08:45 pm
I have a couple of questions about the Diva Cup. I bought one today and I've been following the instructions but I'm not sure if I'm doing something wrong or not but is it supposed to sit so low? The bottom of it is just inside my vaginal opening and it won't go in any further. I cut off the tip to see if that helps because it was irritating me. I also feel like it's going to come out when I urinate or have a bowel movement. It definitely moves lower when using the toliet. I cannot feel my cervix when I try to find it but I'm not exactly a skinny woman, therefore I cannot reach that far into my vagina in the first place. Any suggestions? Or am I doing this correctly?
jess_amina on October 19th, 2016 06:49 am (UTC)
It will settle around your cervix by itself given some time so if it's sitting that low I would guess that it's probably a little long for you. They don't generally stick out the bottom. The Diva is one of the longest cups on the market so unless you have quite a high cervix it's too long for many. You can double check it's open properly by scooping a finger around the rim after insertion.
rebecca2525rebecca2525 on October 19th, 2016 06:51 am (UTC)
For some reasons, the instructions on a lot of cups say that the cup is supposed to sit quite high, when it really depends on the individual anatomy where it will sit. As long as it doesn't leak and isn't uncomfortable, it's fine. The Diva cup is one of the longer cups, so if it turns out it does sit so low that it causes you trouble, you can try flipping it inside out, which will shorten the cup, or in the long run, look out for a shorter cup. You might also find that how the cup sits changes during your cycle, since the cervix can move around quite a lot for some people.

If it accidentally comes out when you're on the toilet, I guess a stiff cup with a wider circumference might help? But maybe someone else can weigh in. For me, while the cup does move down a bit and it did feel a bit scary at first, it's never so far as to fall out since the rim is just too wide for that, and it goes back into its original position by itself. But again, that depends a lot on the individual anatomy, maybe also your pelvic floor muscles? If it's just for bowel movements, you could take the cup out beforehand, but that'd be annoying for peeing.
icegirl99icegirl99 on October 19th, 2016 10:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks ladies! Today I was able to get it in further. And it is more comfortable with the stem trimmed. I will continue to use the Diva Cup for a few more periods to see if it is really for me or not. I'd like to give it a try since it cost me $40. Another cups I try will probably have to be obtained through an online store since the only one I've found for sale in stores in my area is the Diva Cup.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on October 20th, 2016 07:46 pm (UTC)
If you haven't already, skim/read http://kuradi8.livejournal.com/ That will answer some of your questions. Be "good" at removing it before you try it inside-out. Also, don't rush out and buy another cup just yet. Figure out how to work the one you already have, then decide if you like how it fits. Give it a few cycles.