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Katrianne
30 November 2005 @ 11:39 am

Just wondering if anyone else has had this problem and could offer some advice. 


I loved the idea of using a cup instead of tampons so I decided to order the Diva Cup.  After some trial runs and, since I'd been reading the advice on this group for a while, I had no problem with insertion and removal.  I could never get it to pop open immediately after insertion but, it always popped open a minute or so afterwards on it's own and never leaked.(Yay!)  I could tell it opened because it hurt like heck whenever it did.  The problem was that it continued to hurt, the suction caused major cramps the entire time it was in both on the trial runs and during my period.  I have both PCOS and Endo and was hoping, from others post, that this would actually ease my cramps a little bit.  Does anyone have any advice on maybe different ways of insertion or something that might ease the cramps.  I really wanted to be able to use the cup instead of tampons.  There's always my LunaPads to fall back on but, they're not much good at the beach or the pool.  Should I maybe try Insteads or do they have as strong a suction as the Diva Cup?  From what I've read you don't actually have to change them out every time you empty them or was that bad advice? 

 Sorry for such a long post.

 
 
Current Mood: curiouscurious
 
Little Apple Blossommeldawen on November 29th, 2005 03:38 pm (UTC)
I had suction pains when mine popped open, too. The best thing I can say is to try and stick a finger up there alongside the cup and break the suction a little. This helped for me. GL!
Katriannetygrzbyte on November 29th, 2005 06:06 pm (UTC)
I thought about doing that but, I wasn't sure if the suction was needed to keep it in place. I dunno, can it slide back out if I loosen the suction?
harv3st3r on November 29th, 2005 04:02 pm (UTC)
Insteads don't have any suction. They just slip in and fit behind the pubic bone. When you're ready to take them out, you just hook your finger under the rim and pull slowly--SLOWLY, I say--keeping it horizontal as much as possible.

I would throw them away simply because they are not meant to be reused. Other women have reused them but if you're prone to infections, don't take the risk.

They're worth a try.
Katriannetygrzbyte on November 29th, 2005 06:13 pm (UTC)
That might end up being what I use then if I can't work this out with the Diva Cup.
Gluppit the prawling strangles, thereelettaria on November 29th, 2005 09:11 pm (UTC)
I'm guessing it might just be teething trouble. When you're first learning to use a cup, you spend ages wrestling with it, you tense up like mad, it hurts. For all you know you're not getting the positioning quite right just yet. And if you subject your uterus to something traumatic, it reacts by cramping away for a while afterwards. Ask anyone who's had a painful IUD insertion, you get nasty cramps for quite a while afterwards. I've had both a painful IUD insertion and a non-painful, blissfully easy one (the secret is cervical anaesthetic, demand it, ladies!), and I only got cramping after the painful, indeed failed, one. If you've got something in your vagina and it's all tensed up, it hurts, but it's a very stretchy muscle. Some women find that penetrative sex can be fabulous on some occasions and bloody painful on others, depending on how tense they are, how happy they are with the partner, how experienced they are, and so on.

As for Insteads, look up the poll on cramping, but I've a nasty feeling that far more women find they cause cramps than with reusable cups (and problems in general). Some women get on beautifully with them and absolutely adore them, so if the Diva still doesn't work then they're still an option. The Diva has a one-year return period, keep trying, and maybe return to pads on days when you're feeling really stressed.
Gluppit the prawling strangles, thereelettaria on November 29th, 2005 09:12 pm (UTC)
Incidentally, don't worry about that being TMI, it's far less explicit than a lot of the posts we get here! We're a laid-back bunch. I will now toddle off before I start waffling on about how liberating it is to discuss your vagina and menstrual habits in a forum such as this.
Katriannetygrzbyte on November 29th, 2005 11:28 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that could def be it. So do you think I should practice it a little more on trial runs before my next period or just let it sit till I need it so I wont tire my girlie parts out?
Gluppit the prawling strangles, thereelettaria on November 30th, 2005 12:40 am (UTC)
Trial runs are more difficult and I doubt you need them by now, just try it during your next period, and maybe alternate using the cup with pads if it's getting stressful.
Melissa, starry-eyed soy-lovin' Expatriated Zuluoddharmonic on November 29th, 2005 11:20 pm (UTC)
I'm sure you've already heard the usual cramp remedies, so I won't repeat them.

I have endometriosis and what's helped my cramps are herbs, specifically blue cohosh (Caulophyllim thalictroide), cramp bark (Viburnum opulus) and squaw vine (Mitchella repens). I buy them in powdered form and pack them into size 00 capsules to take during my period -- no more than four per day, one eases cramps quickly for most women I know that use cramp bark and squaw vine together.

Warnings: Neither cramp bark nor blue cohosh should be used if you are or may be pregnant. Cramp bark is not recommended for people with ulcers. You should talk with your health care provider before starting a regimen of any homeopathic or allopathic substances.
Katriannetygrzbyte on November 30th, 2005 12:10 am (UTC)
Thanks, I've tried rose hips and a stress tab combo that seemed to work really well a while back. Unfortunately, it was too hard on my kidneys to use long term. Now that I'm on Metaformin I'm not having as many UTI problems so I've really been wanting to get back into supplements.