I just started to use a menstrual cup and i noticed a slight discomfort on my lower back and/or abs when using it. I dont experience cramp or lower back pain during my period before this. After removing the cup, the soreness would go away.
Is it because my vagina is still not used to the cup that it contracts more? Or simply because of the cup that is not suitable for me? Im currently using Organicup size A
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First of all, congrats on making the switch to menstrual cups!
A new menstrual cup user may experience some sensation the first few times. It’s different and you’re still on the learning curve of how to use it properly; insertion, placement, removal. However, the feeling should go away over the course of the day and it should not hurt in any way.
Make sure that you’re inserting it in the proper position. Our cervix isn’t typically located straight up. From a squatting position, the cup needs to be inserted down and back towards the tailbone.
Squatting will bring your cervix lower and give you an easier reach. When you return to an upright position, your cervix will also return to its spot taking the cup along with it.
Inserting a cup incorrectly can result in a cup that won’t open completely, leaking, shifting or rotating, and/or discomfort and pressure.
If you don’t think insertion is the issue:
Although the OrganiCup (now called AllMatters Cup) size A is the smaller size (not teen sized), it still has a firm rim that may be too rigid for your anatomy.
Some other common signs of this besides cramping and lower back pain are:
-feeling like you need to urinate more often.
-feeling like you didn’t empty your bladder completely when you do urinate.
-having a slow urine stream.
-experiencing constipation while using the cup.
If you notice any of these other signs, a softer cup would probably be a more comfortable option.
If you like the size of the AllMaters Cup, here are some cups that you might consider:
“V” Shaped like the AllMaters Cup-
Casco Cup Mini – The body length is about the same size but the stem is shorter. This cup has a much softer rim.
EvaCup USA size small – The total length of the EvaCup is just slightly shorter than the AllMatters Cup. The rim is softer but not as soft as the Casco Cup.
I don’t have any problems getting either of these cups to open even if they are softer than the AllMatters Cup.
If you’re looking for higher capacity, the Venus Cup small holds 29ml to AllMatters 25ml. It’s not a huge upgrade, but it can give you a little extra wear time.
Lastly, the Kind Cup might be a good option. It’s considered ergonomic and is shaped to fit the vaginal cavity more closely. If you look it up, you’ll notice that it has a shorter and longer side. Correct placement will be with the longer side against the rectum. This cup has its own learning curve because it needs to be positioned as mentioned for it to work as intended. But, once you get the hang of it, it becomes easier and is comfortable. This cup has a thinner and softer rim than the AllMatters Cup.
I hope this helps. Let me know if there’s anything else.
Good Luck! <3
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