I’m on the nuvaring, and I use it continuously, no off week, so that I don’t have periods because I have endometriosis. I’ve been doing this for 3+ years now. The past couple months I have had bleeding around the time to change my ring. The issue is it seems my vagina has “shrunk” (I know it can’t really shrink and it’s size is ever changing, but I don’t know how else to describe this). I can no longer fit my cups in (divacup or keeper), and if I use tampons I feel like I’m being impaled if I sit up. Laying down and standing is fine, but if I sit up for even a second I have instant pain. It’s not so much the diameter as the length that’s bothering me. I’ve been using tampons for 10 years and cups for 5, so I don’t know what the change is or why I’m having these issues. I was hoping you lovely ladies could shed some light on this, and perhaps offer suggestions on what else to do as I can’t stand using pads.

Thank you!

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6 Responses to tampon/cup issue

  1. 8idko says:

    The Diva is the longest of all the brands of cups. The Keeper is almost as long and the stiffest brand. Do a little self-exploration and then use the guidelines at http://sizecharts.womanorium.com/ to eliminate those that you don’t think would fit you. Then use shape, capacity and “squishy-ness” from photos and charts from other sites to make your final selection from the cups that remain.

  2. Nevte says:

    Thanks, but I’m not in the market for another cup. I already have the diva and the keeper, the issue is they used to fit fine and don’t anymore.

  3. Sseyle says:

    well, if you want to continue using a cup, there are three possibilities. 1) try using the cup inside out, which reduces the length some. 2) put up with the discomfort. 3) get a new cup that is shorter.

    As far as tampons go, it may depend on what brand you are using. OB are shorter than many other brands and may be more comfortable for you.

    Why this is happening, I don’t know. It may just partially be one of those “bodies change over time” things. Your cervix is likely hanging lower than it did in the past for some reason.

  4. 8idko says:

    OK. Try flipping your Diva inside out to shorten it. See if it works that way.

    Is your Dr/Gyno aware of this change? I think you should mention it next time you go.

  5. TacFire says:

    just cut off the stem/tail. I have a diva cup and I ended up trimming off the whole stem with nail clippers.

  6. Nnyme says:

    I don’t have an explanation for you, but as soon as I had my son, I have had the same issue with tampons and the like. It’s like they are too long, and stab me. I too have endometriosis and am on NR continuously too.

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