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25 February 2009 @ 08:28 pm
After much reading here, I decided to order a Diva Cup, a Femmecup, Lady Cup and a Lunette.  I ordered these last week, and recieved my Diva Cup in three days from amazon.com, through DAB Nutrition.  I gave it a dry run today.  Things went beautifuly.  I actually had not planned to order a Diva because of the size issue.  My uterus sets quite low I believe when I am menstruating.  On my last period I put my finger in to get a rough measurement.  My middle knuckle was just inside my vagina when my index finger touched my cervix.  My index finger measures about half an inch from tip to middle knuckle, which is less than 40mm, and the Diva measures in at 57mm.  And Tampax tampons used to creep out my vagina when they would expand, so I had to switch to Playtex or o.b.  However on the dry run, the Diva feels just fine.  I noticed it is a hard cup.  I ordered the bigger of all the cups because I am almost 30.  I haven't had sex in about three years though, and the Diva does feel like it's stretching me out when I remove it.  It was a little bit difficult and pointy to put in, but no big deal.  Though for a few minutes after my vag felt like it finally got rode hard and put away wet.  I also don't see how it's going to be possible to remove it without it spilling.  I simply can't fit my finger in far enough around the cup to even feel the rim, let alone break the seal up there.  Not a big deal though.  With practice I think I can break the seal slowly just before it gets to the outside of me.  I'm going to just add some small, travel size wipes to my purse one week a month for when I'm out in the woods.  Or if I have to change it in a public restroom on a trip and don't want red fingers.  I'm eager to try the other cups to see if they will be more comfortable to remove.  Keep ya posted as they arrive!
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oatmealmonsteroatmealmonster on February 26th, 2009 06:35 am (UTC)
For removal maybe try grabbing them stem and slowly pulling it down while wiggling it from side to side until you can reach the base and pinch it, then pull it out. I dont think you need to reach the rim.

I just used a lunette I got (finally worked on the last day of my period) and thats all I did. I didnt feel any pain and it came out without me even spilling the tiniest drop.
Dina Clare: dreamlintilla on February 26th, 2009 06:53 am (UTC)
Actually, that's higher than my cervix when I'm on my period (mine isn't quite as long as my middle knuckle, and my fingers aren't large). Your cervix may end up being in your cup (mine is), which gives you a bit of wiggle room.

I can't quite reach the rim of my cup either... I pinch it and then rock it from side to side to remove it.

Good luck!
liquify420liquify420 on February 26th, 2009 07:39 am (UTC)
I noticed pushing helps get it down there too.
divababbie on February 26th, 2009 12:50 pm (UTC)
I know you didn't say that the stem is uncomfortable or anything, but if you turn the Diva inside out it shortens it a little and changes the bottom shape making it easier for it to stay in a shorter vag. As above my cervix also sits in the diva, which does give a little more room.
Anyway just something you could try, I'm an inside outer and lovin' it.
Lorienblueberryeyes17 on February 26th, 2009 12:52 pm (UTC)
I really like your icon! Do you have a larger version of the image? Maybe you could post it under the "activism" tag, if you don't mind others using it. I know when I was making a flyer to hang on my college campus I was looking for an image and yours would have been perfect!
melissa569melissa569 on February 26th, 2009 05:30 pm (UTC)
If you go to google immages, and type "menstrual cup", you can browse around until it comes up. I've seen it there.
melissa569melissa569 on February 26th, 2009 05:28 pm (UTC)
I too have about 4 other brands on the way in the mail. And I'm going to put all my review details in my blogs. For me, the trick to removing without spilling (particularly on heavy days) is to empty it more frequently. Start moving it into an upright position at about halfway out, and insert one finger to let air in, and help guide the cup. You'll be ok. Even if it does drip a little, no biggie. You'll be over the toilet.