09 April 2009 @ 06:47 pm
Hi everyone... i've been lurking on this community for a little bit, because I was curious about menstrual cups and wanted more details from first-hand experiences. I got a small Divacup today, and was excited to use it. For the first time, I wanted my period to come! not very normal for me... :P

Anyway, i wanted to test it out on a dry run, and.... couldn't get it in. so, with a sore vagina, i proceeded to make an account, and continue to search. :) i practiced folding my cup, and decided that the labia fold or the origami fold would be good for me. i tried again, and TA-DA, no problems! although,  it did shock me when it went in quite easily. i was also afraid of how it would expand (im a virgin, and i had the fear that it would slip and open MUCH to early.... yes, a vivid imagination does not help when trying new things), but it was all good! i now have to try and get it out (!), but im sure that with all of your guyses help, ill get it out just fine.

so basically, lol, i just wanted to say thanks :)

UPDATE: help? i just tried to take it out, and no such luck. once i get about 1/3 of the cup "out" it hurts... im pretty sure i broke the suction (if there ever was any). i grabbed the stem till i could pinch the base. didn't work. then i tried hooking my finger onto the side. didn't work.

any tips please? im hoping that maybe since it didn't work the first time i tried inserting, then it doesn't work the first time i try taking it out. im going to wait a while and see if i can get it out the second time....
Current Mood: distresseddistressed
adrialien on April 10th, 2009 12:47 am (UTC)
Hi! I too have a small diva. Here's how I get it out:

1. Bear down and insert a finger along the side and press against the cup to try to break the suction.

2. Still bearing down, pinch the base of the cup between my pointer-finger and thumb, with the pointer-finger inserted slightly more than the thumb and pressing against the cup so it is somewhat folded into a c-shape.

3. Twist and *gently* pull.

By the time it gets to the entrance of the vagina, you should be able to fold it completely into a c-shape and take it out more comfortably. What you don't want to do is just pull it out with the whole rim coming out at once. Some women on here prefer to rock the cup out one side at a time, taking the cup out at kind of an angle. That might work for you, too. Hope it goes well!
Kai: pic#78985186kuradi8 on April 10th, 2009 12:50 am (UTC)
Check out the removal tags in the right hand column and this one too: http://community.livejournal.com/menstrual_cups/tag/removal

There is lots of good advice in all of them.

Bear down, relax, breathe, don't clench.

In a nut shell, the quicker and easier that you get air into the cup, the quicker and easier the cup will come out. Whether it seeps in through the anti-suction holes around the rim or whooshes over the rim or a combination of both doesn't matter. Then finally, rock the cup out at a diagonal so it's not "the whole rim" at once.

Being careful not to start a tear, carefully poke the anti-suction holes with something like a toothpick. Sometimes they don't get punched all the way through at the factory.
3fantasybooks on April 10th, 2009 12:56 am (UTC)
thanks. i will try both ways. i feel better now.:)
melissa569melissa569 on April 10th, 2009 01:38 am (UTC)
You'll get better at this, trust me. The more you do it, the easier it will get. You just need to let your insides adjust to this product, and they will.

Even as a sexually active married woman, there are some brands that were really easy for me on the first try, and some that took a lot of practice, lol. The slightly firmer ones like Diva are a piece of cake for me. But the first time I used a ladycup, I panicked a little, because I thought it would be the first brand of cup I wouldn't be able to get out, lol. But then I found the trick (you can give this a shot too, even though yours is a diva, because I've done this with a diva and its even easier):

If you can grip the base of the cup, rock it back and fourth while you gently pull down. That helps to get air intot he cup and break the seal bit by bit. Once its getting close to the entrance of the vagina, slowly ease out only one edge of the rim; don't try to get the whole thing out all at once. When one edge is out, the rest comes out pretty easily.
3fantasybooks on April 10th, 2009 01:34 am (UTC)
ok, i got it. whew! the reason that im not estatic is because my hymen is in pain, but there was no other way. thanks to both of you! your tips really helped, and i used the "somewhat-c-shape" while rocking it out. the rim was the worst though. hopefully I'll stretch out and it will be easier next time.

melissa569melissa569 on April 10th, 2009 01:40 am (UTC)
Don't worry, you will. We are VERY elastic down there. The first time something significat goes in, it always hurts. But after that, the nerves sort of "change" and it doesn't really bother you :)
3fantasybooks on April 10th, 2009 01:45 am (UTC)
:D I know I keep saying thanks, but everyone helps so much, so thanks, again. I've definitely calmed down, and I really appreciate your comment, melissa659.
adrialien on April 10th, 2009 02:21 am (UTC)
Yay! Getting it out was the worst for me, too, at first; I actually gave up for a few months because of it. After I found this community and read the tips for virgins ( http://community.livejournal.com/menstrual_cups/tag/faq ), especially the part about working on stretching the hymen, I decided to try again and I'm never going back!
3fantasybooks on April 10th, 2009 02:34 am (UTC)
I'll try that, too, then. :) Just not today.... I'm a little.. sore. lol.
shellebshelleb on April 10th, 2009 11:47 am (UTC)
I had the same problems too (and am also a virgin). I second adrialien on the "c-shape" thing. I basically fold my (diva) cup right back into a c-shape to get it out. even though i've been using the cup for nearly a year now and im totally used to it, i still have to fold it back to that shape to get it out. But i've noticed lately that i can get it out when its a sort of 'loose' c-shape (as in it forms a slightly larger shape) so i guess it's stretching me.

You'll get used to it dont worry- my first period with the cup i was nearly crying everytime i had to take it out but i think most of that was fear, so try and relax cos otherwise it'll hurt more. The only problem you'll find with folding it back up when taking it out is if, like me, you have very heavy periods so when you fold it it will push a lot of the blood out and make a lot of mess. Ok if you're at home but not so pleasant in a public toilet. Thats why im trying to get myself used to getting it out without folding it so much.

Also think of the big positives (cos i always think of this hehe!) when you lose your virginity it wont hurt so much cos you'll have already stretched/broken the hymen! :) ok so maybe im weird but that excites me a lot cos im waiting for my wedding night to lose my virginity and everyone's told me that'd suck cos it hurts, so if using the cup is going to make my wedding night more enjoyable then Im thrilled!!!! :)