I bought a diva cup about two months ago. I know there's a learning curve when it comes to menstrual cups, but it feels as though I'll never get the hang of them. My diva cup (size 1) is so painful to insert and remove. I've tried the c-fold and it doesn't fit, the punch down fold is a little better but burns (from stretching?) when inserted, so I've been going with the origami fold, which is great for the most part, but there's still some pain upon insertion.
Removal is still extremely painful. I can feel and hear the suction break but I can't seem to find a way to get it out without almost wanting to cry. I try to stay as relaxed as I possibly can.
I don't know if I accidentally scratched myself or if it is the cup's doing, but there are scratches on my inner lips around my vagina entry. They sting and make it painful to use the bathroom.
I also think my flow may be too heavy for the normal 12 hour use of the diva cup. After one hour the cup is already 1/4 full. After a few more hours I am leaking like mad and my bathroom looks like a murder scene...
Do you think it's possible for a menstrual cup not being a good choice for someone? I like the idea of not having a wad of cotton absorbing things in a place where it shouldn't, and I like the idea of being able to save money and being green, so it makes me kind of sad that I'm not able to experience the love for cups.
I guess I'll throw it in here that I'm 17 and I've never had sex. I think some of my hymen is still intact. I've been using tampons before I tried my diva cup.