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23 March 2008 @ 07:18 pm
Okay, so here's the deal.

I've looked through the memories and while I've found a lot of helpful information, I'm still having an awful time getting my new divacup to pop open inside me. :( It worked the very first time I put it in, and then once when I waited a day but other than that it's been completely stubborn! I don't really have trouble inserting it. It's a little awkward but not too difficult, but it WON'T pop open!

The instructions say that if it doesnt pop open that I've done it incorrectly and should take it out and try again. Are results more likely to happen if I keep reinserting it or if I play around with it a little bit? I've tried nudging it with my fingers or opening it early on before it's pushed in far enough but the only thing that's happening is that my vagina is becoming very unhappy. I've tried the cold water method and the 7 folding method, too. I know I need more practice but I was hoping it wouldn't be quite this hard :( Since it won't pop open I can't even physically turn it inside me to help nudge it open. I think it's just too tight. Does anyone have any recommendations in nudging it open? Thank you!!
Phoenixshannon_elaine on March 23rd, 2008 11:40 pm (UTC)
I use the C fold and insert it, then I pull it back out partially. Just enough that it opens up. Then I pinch it just above the stem and push it back up as I stand up. Works every time and no leaks.
mummyinca on March 26th, 2008 12:13 am (UTC)
After fighting with my Diva Cup 2 for a day and a half I think it's FINALLY working right; no leaking for the last 4 hours or so. Even when it was leaking I was still able to stir it and turn it by the base, but it just feels compressed by the vaginal muscles. I'm not sure if it's too big for me, but I am over 30 and have had two vaginal births. Of course it stopped leaking right after I ordered a Mooncup. Doh! I'll see how it does over the last couple of days of my period then try the Mooncup next month.
mummyinca on March 26th, 2008 12:13 am (UTC)
Oh, and I have only ever felt it pop once and it leaked that time too.
sweetanniehisweetanniehi on March 24th, 2008 12:41 am (UTC)
Thought 1, holes might not be large enough

Thought 2, have you tried to pull it part way out, this seems to work for me. Once its open, I push it back into place.
random325 on March 24th, 2008 12:45 am (UTC)
I use the origami fold and then stir around it to get it to open. if its being stubborn push/pull down and change the angle slightly before stirring again.
Alwynsabishii_kirito on March 24th, 2008 02:17 am (UTC)
I rotate mine, but it always acts like it doesn't want to turn. I end up having to turn it by the base, ever so slowly (like a few mm tops, little by little) until it eventually pops. At first I thought it wouldn't turn for me, but I noticed it was just going very slowly. Maybe it's the same thing with you?
Christi Rose: Christi Rosechristirose on March 24th, 2008 02:30 am (UTC)
It doesn’t need to pop open, it just needs to open fully. I insert mine halfway in then open it. This way, I can check to see if it’s fully round instead of partially unfolded. As for getting it to fully open, I’ve found that twisting it helps. And once it’s fully open, then I insert it the rest of the way in.
bomega on March 24th, 2008 03:14 am (UTC)
First, I love your icon. :)

Yeah, it doesn't have to pop open...to make mine open I use a trick I learned here where I push on the wall of my vagina where it needs to open up, so as to "make room" for the cup to open. I also sometimes push into the cup from the opposite side, so as to push it "out into" the place it needs to open.

Good luck.
Miss_Teachermiss_teacher on March 24th, 2008 04:23 am (UTC)
I just finished my first cycle with my diva cup and here's what I did. After inserting it I ran a finger inside and along the edge of the cup. Along the back wall I pushed out to expand the wall of my vagina and I could feel the cup open completely. Sometimes pulling it out most of the way will open it too, but I don't like the way it feels that way...almost like it's pushing too much air up and is uncomfortable. But if you use your finger you can tell if the cup is open even if you cannot fee it pop or not. I can't twist mine either even if it's open and positioned correctly.
oceansolitudeoceansolitude on March 25th, 2008 02:28 pm (UTC)
Mine takes a few minutes to open. When I first put it in, the cup is a bit squished and flat. When I check it a few mintues later, it has rounded out. I never feel it pop or anything. I think it just takes a while for the air to go through the little holes to fill it up.