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20 February 2008 @ 09:31 am
Hello everyone!

I noticed recently that the awesome post with folding pictures is dead.  All the photos don't work.  So I took it upon myself to take some pics for everyone.  I know I missed the labial fold, but I can never get it to fold right, and there are already pics of that, and one more recent one.  Maybe we should tag those posts?

Anyway, in case someone who is not a current cup user stumbles accross this post, here are a couple pics to give you an idea of how big the cup is.  It is a smaller size DivaCup, as I am 15 and a complete virgin.  Excuse the zany bedsheets.  Haha!  My room's colourful. :)

The first fold is the C-fold (also called U-fold.  Go figure) that most cup companies suggest.  A lot of people find this fold too wide and ouchy. :)

This is the punch-down.  Nice and pointy, but some find it a little wide at the base.  I liked it fine, but I always had a problem with it not popping open correctly.  A half-hour after insertion I'd feel this wildly crazy pop.  Whoops!

First, a couple on how to do it, and then a couple of the fold complete.

Complete fold:

This next fold  is the 'origami fold'.  I've heard it called other things, but can't remember.  It's also possible that I've seen variations on this one.  Not sure.

How to do it:

(Sorry the first one's weird, it's hard to take it of yourself)

Complete fold:

This is the seven-fold.  My personal all-time favourite.  What I like about it is that it is fairly point and fairly even all the way down.  It is also easy to 'manually' pop open if it doesn't do it on it's own.  '

Starting the fold:


This is the 'Squiggle fold'.  I just made it up, and it looks as uncomfortable as all get out...but I had fun making it up, so I'll post it.  I doubt it would really work very well though.  :)  Hey, maybe you could insert it long ways, like with one end of the squiggle insterted first as the point.  No idea.  You've gotta admit, though, it looks cool.


There you go!  If I've forgotten some vastly important fold, comment me, and I'll edit this entry and add it. :)  

EDIT:  I've added pics on how to do all but the C-fold, as that is self-explanatory.  If you think I should add text to the how-to, comment. :)

Hope that helps some.  :D

God bless,
ReclusiveEnigma: Poor Mooreclusiveenigma on February 20th, 2008 07:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks for doing this!
ever so slightly obsessedscien on February 20th, 2008 07:39 pm (UTC)
Ah, lovely. Thanks for doing this, I was going to get around to it sometime but there's never any daylight outside of working hours these days! (I'm a bit of a photography nerd, so flash just doesn't cut it for me ;)).

Would you mind adding a couple more photos to the punchdown and origami folds, to show how they're constructed? the rest are pretty obvious from the end results.
Elijah__recidivist on February 20th, 2008 07:59 pm (UTC)
Soo, I thought there was a pubic hair on the cup in one picture and I was like "that's a little embarrassing", but I scrolled down and, no, the pube was on my screen, perfectly lined up with the cup.

And then I told everyone how I'm dirty and have pubic hairs all over my computer screen.
Jasmine Michelle: Packersilovenirvana on February 20th, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
that made me lol.
destroyer of clocksjocelina on February 20th, 2008 08:53 pm (UTC)
That is the most amusing thing I've read all day.
mandamay_came_home on February 20th, 2008 09:12 pm (UTC)
oh my. i've added you for this comment because i'm interested and very amused. :)
hanihani on September 20th, 2009 05:52 am (UTC)
That's hilarious!
godsinstrumentgodsinstrument on February 20th, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
__recidivist...don't worry. I'm in the same boat. *Looks down* "Haha...where'd that come from?"

SweetRush, no problem. I've already taken the pics for you, but I'm on my way out the door. I'll post them this evening. :)
Teetawandaspirit on February 20th, 2008 09:03 pm (UTC)
Thank You So Much
I just bought my first ever Diva Cup and it came in the mail yesterday.

I just sat at my computer with my cup next to me trying to do the folds. Is there anyway you can post a step by step guide because all I could manage was the C fold =)
ibringtherageibringtherage on February 20th, 2008 09:06 pm (UTC)
great post, thanks for the pictures!
tomorrowendytomorrowendy on February 20th, 2008 09:34 pm (UTC)
this is a great post and i LOVE the sheets! i use the c-fold but i press the middle part inward a bit to kind of open the bottom. that seems to make it easier to open for me.
Leahsimpleshaquana on February 20th, 2008 11:49 pm (UTC)
I enjoy the squiggle fold. We should have a contest - who can bend her menstrual cup into the weirdest shape?
mandarinarosa on February 20th, 2008 11:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you, you're a star!
random325 on February 21st, 2008 02:08 pm (UTC)
I don't know if this is a 'vastly important fold' but it could be posted as a different type. Somebody made up one they called the labial fold, where they pinched a small section of the cup and then pushed it down as with the punch down before squeezing it together. Turned out something like a double c fold. It actually works ok really, but then I seem to be able to make most folds work, except for the c fold which i am current too scared to try as it looks huge. And I do think the text might help a bit for those who've no idea how to do these. I love the sheet btw, very pretty.
i'm on the ceiling.: a question that you should say yes tofaith_girl222 on August 22nd, 2008 12:20 pm (UTC)
thank you so much for posting this - until i tried the punchdown, i couldn't get even it in before it started trying to pop open.

Edited at 2008-08-22 12:20 pm (UTC)
Deniseseity1 on September 29th, 2008 05:38 pm (UTC)
I think it's great that you posted this. I've been using a diva cup since when they very first came out. So long ago I can't tell you exactly, but over 5 years and probably closer to 10. I've always used the C fold as the literature described and never considered there might be alternatives.
mistydusk on December 5th, 2008 06:41 am (UTC)
Thank you!!!
Thank you for the clear photos and instructions.. got my Diva Cup a few days ago and the C fold was a complete disaster.. the origami fold saved me from giving up on the cup altogether!

Excellent job.. and I think the sheets give a nice backdrop and make the pictures even clearer with the cup being a frosted white and all :)
upgradable on January 25th, 2010 08:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Thank you!!!
The pictures links are dead. Is there another post with all of the pictures together, or do I just need to watch the entire youtube?
cmko on February 25th, 2010 09:12 pm (UTC)
Thank You
I was using the c-fold for months because I didn't know what else to try. I often could not get my Diva cup to pop open and spin so it would be very uncomfortable and leaky. I would try taking it out and reinserting again and again but no pop, so frustrating and very uncomfortable.

I searched the web in desperation and found your posting with easy to follow instructions. The 7 fold worked wonderfully for me. A million thanks for posting this!!!
tuchulcha on December 6th, 2010 12:44 am (UTC)
Thank you SO much for doing this. I just started using a cup three months ago and the U fold wasn't doing it with me. Definitely going to try the 7, but the punch down worked pretty well for me too.