Need some Diva Cup advice!!! You'd think I'd have it covered after using it for 5 years. I've had two babies in that span and I'm sure my insides have changed a bit in that time, so maybe that's why I'm having some new troubles.
This is the deal. I can wear the cup comfortably for the first couple of days of my cycle, which are usually a pretty heavy flow. Then by the third day, I begin feeling these pains that come and go, almost as if my uterus were contorting and flipping into wierd positions. Today it got so bad that, that I had to rush to the bathroom doubled over and immediately take it out, which was extremely painful. I found the cup had crept upwards and back and the suction was incredible. I felt like I was dragging my uterus out with the cup and it was really hard to break the suction. Knowing that my uterus is normally tipped forward as it should be (I can feel the underside of it above the anterior vagina when I'm checking my cervix), I was suprised after removing the cup that I couldn't feel it there. I fished around in the cul-de-sac area and felt the firmness of my uterus there instead. My cervix was at a different angle too. I'm pretty sure something with the cup is causing my uterus to retrovert, and it's extremely painful when it happens. Any sort of bowel disruption or gas during one of these episodes triggers the pain too (like my uterus is bumping against my bowel). This is the second cycle (out of the 4 I've had postpartum) this has happened. I took a month off from using the cup last cycle because I was scared of this happening again. My uterus has already tipped itself back into place (forward), but I feel tender in there. My cervix is so different since having my 4th baby. Its kinda mushy and very wide with a big slit that's quite open, and its fairly low. I feel like the cup sucks it right into the rim when I'm wearing it. I'm wondering if I should try to alter the cup, or if there are any other brands you could recommend.
I've heard of flipping the Diva inside out and I want to try that...maybe in a couple of months after I "recover" from this bad experience. I really want to make this cup thing (or any non-pad thing) work because the months I've not used the cup, I've been struggling with yeast infections at the tail end of my period--an aggravation from the pads, I think.
Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
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