gobster934 (gobster934) wrote in menstrual_cups,

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First time user! Removal problems?

 Hi there. 
I am a 16 year old virgin (which i thought might pose some problems, but it didn't), and I just started using a small divacup today (which looked dauntingly big when i got it). I've had my period for 3 years now though and I've always used really large tampons and pads at the same time because i have, as my mom says, "quite a healthy flow". anyway this was all getting really annoying, and i wasn't happy with how much waste i was creating either. i also live in a dorm so we have a community bathroom, keep that in mind. 

today i started using the divacup. insertion went well. i used the U-fold, and it was fine. 
however, i took me forever to remove it and i also freaked out and thought i'd have to go down to the health center and they'd have to do it for me, which would be humiliating and also disgusting. 
basically the problem was that i could barely reach the stem, let alone break the suction, and i couldn't get a good grip on it anyway. I ended finally being able to grasp the stem and then just wiggling it and not breaking the suction until it was out, which was painful. it seemed like it was farther up than it was supposed to be, and i couldn't feel it whatsoever when it was in, and the two things i am wondering are: 

- am i putting it too far up? i don't think it initially WAS that far up--is there any possibility it rose up while i walked around or something? the thing is, if i put it lower, i think i'll be able to feel it. 
- is there an easy way to break the suction while it's in?

i also have a tip--if you need to empty divacup and also need to take a shower, empty it in the shower. you can just pour the contents down the drain, rinse/wash the cup, and stick it back in. 

another short side note--the cup worked great when it was in. i had no leakage, even though i wore a precautionary pad just in case, and i am determined to make this work. i play lots of sports, live in a dorm, and go camping all the time--this would change everything!
Tags: cervix position, cleaning, divacup, dorms, first time use, removal, removal - painful or problems, seal & suction, stem length/trimming, virginity
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