Hi! I started using a Diva Cup back in December 2015. For the first year I had great success, but eventually I began having this issue where the cup would virtually always tilt to the right, and because I have a low cervix (about 1-2 inch.) it would stab right into my vaginal wall near the entrance and be quite painful! My cervix most definitely is not tilted so I’m not sure why it almost always does this. I did research and after trying different insertion methods and folds and having no luck still, I decided to purchase a cup that was shorter and bell-shaped to accommodate my low cervix as well as one that was slightly greater in diameter (I figured that might keep it from slipping to the side). I went with the Ruby Cup in Medium. At the first sign of my period (the slightest bit of spotting) I gave it a try. First few minutes after I inserted it I didn’t feel it, but unfortunately a few hours later I started feeling the stabbing pain and found it had tilted a bit… I removed it, chopped off the stem, and reinserted it as best as I could. Used my finger to feel around and make sure that my uterus was sitting right inside of it. Again, I didn’t feel it immediately, but after a few hours the stabbing pain returned and I just HAD to remove it. Its been over 15 hours and I still feel sore down there 🙁 I’m using a cloth pad at the moment but it seems my period isn’t particularly heavy just yet, and my cervix isn’t as low as it usually is anyway (only by a few centimeters…)
Here’s my question: should I consider a denser cup? I’ll be 24 in a few days, barely became sexually active about 8 months ago, and work out on the occasion, not anything too strenuous. I wonder if maybe a denser cup would keep the cup in place better? I had a little bit of trouble getting the Ruby Cup to open, and I know it’s softer than the Diva Cup. But I’m worried that if my denser cup also ends up tilting it’ll just be even more painful 🙁 Thoughts??
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I’m sorry to hear that you’re having some issues with the cups that you’ve tried. I know it can be frustrating, but I’m happy to hear that you haven’t given up!
For your situation, I would suggest trying a bell-shaped cup with a flared rim. These cups tend to ride up and sit higher as the flared rim positions itself into the vaginal fornix.
Some people find that this is the only type of cup that will stay where you need it to.
Since your cervix is on the lower side, here are a few cups that you can look into:
(Softest to firmest)
Sckoon – Although this cup body is on the softer (gummy soft) side, the rim does have some firmness to it to help it open. If you have some troubles getting the body to open, press it into your vaginal wall and let it expand against your finger. You may also try to allow this cup to open lower and then use a finger to maneuver it into place.
Lena “Original”- This is one of the firmer bell-shaped cups with a flared rim. If you’re worried that it will be too firm, they do also have a “Sensitive” version which is a soft medium firm cup compared to other cups on the market.
AmyCup “Crystal” (medium size)- If you’re looking for something very firm, this would be it. It is also the shortest cup among the ones I’ve mentioned (compared to the large version).
You shouldn’t feel any pain while wearing a cup. In fact, you shouldn’t feel it at all. I’m hoping that the pain that you’re experiencing is from the ill “fitting” cup and having to readjust it so much.
Let me know if any of these interest you and if you need more info about them or have some concerns.
Until then, happy browsing!