Kate (katherinew) wrote in menstrual_cups,
Kate
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A newbie with some questions and concerns.

Hello all!

I received my Diva Cup on the Saturday before last, so this cycle that I'm about to start will be my first time using it.

Anyways, I've been practicing insertion and removal since I got it (is that gross? since I've actually had my period yet?) and I'm a little worried that I'm not doing it correctly. See, I'm finding it really easy to put in and take out (which doesn't seem like a problem, I know, but I guess I'm from the school of thought that if something seems to good to be true, it probably is). I'm using the "c fold" and it just pops right in without question. And when removing it, I barely have to pinch the base at all. Now, I've read up on the Diva's super suction (I believe someone said you might actually see stars if you tried to remove it without breaking the seal) and either everyone is exaggerating like crazy or I'm not doing it right.  Because honestly, I think I could pull it out right now without pinching the bottom at all and only feel the slightest pull. Does that mean that it hasn't popped open all the way? I hear a bit of a...slurpy sound when I insert, which I would assume is the cup popping open, but I'm not sure.

Is there any way to be 100% positive that it's open? (That is question and concern number one)

Another thing I've noticed is that people tend to complain about the little stem poking them. Well, mine is up too far to poke anything. When sitting on the toilet, I would say that the end of the stem is about level with the lips of my labia (that's TMI, I know. I'm sorry). Is that higher than it should be? I've also noticed that
when I insert it, I've noticed that my lower abdomen feels a bit...heavy. And a little crampy. Bearing down slightly seems to relieve the feeling a bit. Is that another indication that it's perhaps too far up?

Could you ever insert the cup too far up? Not in the sense that it would get lost or anything (I know better than that) but in the sense that it wouldn't be as effective if it was too high?

Also, I think that I'm getting a yeast infection (Why me, vagina gods?) and I know that you shouldn't use tampons when you've got one, but what about the cup? Can you use it during a yeast infection?

Aaand, I think that's it for now.

Thanks in advance,

--Kate
Tags: dry run, insertion, seal & suction, yeast infections
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