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Gwaihir
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I've used a Divacup for about six months now, but just yesterday when I was taking it out to empty it I felt a strange fleshy lump inside my vagina that had not been there before. It didn't hurt when I touched it and there was space around it; it also felt like there was a small dimple in the center. I thought maybe this is my cervix I'm feeling, but if that's the case then there's something wrong here because I've NEVER been able to feel it before, and why should it suddenly appear yesterday when I couldn't feel it the day before?
The Divacup is supposed to sit low in the vagina, which it does, but the flesh lump is so close that the rim of the cup encircles it when it's inside me---if it's my cervix it should be further up, shouldn't it? Is it possible that I'm experiencing prolapse due to the suction of the cup, or something?

I figure if the lump doesn't go away I'll have to see a doctor about it, but I wanted to know if anyone has experienced anything like this before. I'm not in any kind of pain or discomfort, but it's starting to freak me out.

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atm1
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If you felt a smooth lump with a dimple, that does sound a lot like your cervix.

The cervix can be lower or higher up, depending on arousal, where you are in your cycle, and a host of factors. The vagina does not have a fixed length.

And, what you've described is actually a pretty reasonable place for a diva cup to be sitting relative to your cervix (at least mine always sits pretty much around the very tip of my cervix. I've found that placement to be leak proof).

I don't really have an explanation why you've never felt it before, but you've suddenly felt it today, but what you've described definitely sounds like a cervix to me.

If you still are worried, by all means go to a doctor, and maybe ask them to hold up a mirror when you've got a speculum in, so that you can get a look at your own cervix and see where it is.

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Thanks! That makes me feel better. Well, all seems fine still, I guess it is just that my cervix is lower than it usually is.
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This topic brought up something I've been curious about--is there any increased risk of prolapse when using a cup? I've seen this question asked in other places but never answered. I don't think my uterus will collapse all of a sudden tomorrow or anything, but I'm wondering if using a cup regularly increases the risk down the road. Does anyone know?

Sorry to open a new question in this topic. I will contribute: I can feel my cervix when I insert my cup, and your description sounds exactly like that. So I wouldn't worry. Also, sometimes I can't get to it and sometimes it's annoyingly in my way, so the distance changing is normal. [Smile]

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Well, uterine prolapse happens when the muscles of the pelvic floor weaken and/or are stretched. I really don't see how a cup could either weaken or stretch those.

I don't know for sure, but I'd say it's highly unlikely. The cups are as held in by suction as they are simply by the walls of the vagina, so it's not like they're pulling hard on your cervix all the time.

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