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15 June 2012 @ 05:07 pm
I am a long time tampon user.  I recently bought myself a Diva Cup & I love the concept, but am struggling to use it properly. I can insert easily, but am struggling terribly with getting it to open up once inside.  I realized this was going on because I was having so many leakage issues.  I knew something wasn't right & when I feel inside I can feel that it's not open.  The instructions say to rotate or spin it, but it won't do that.  Sometimes I can push it up as far as I can & then bear down as I pull it down & that will work, but it doesn't always work & I can't always stay in the bathroom for 20 plus minutes fighting with my cup.  I've also tried inserting a finger alongside it to give it space to open, but that doesn't always work either.  I've only gone through one period using it, but I saw no improvement in getting it to open during those days.  I am 39 & had a c-section 3 years ago.  I am using model 2.  Can anyone help??
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on June 16th, 2012 12:30 am (UTC)
Want to try my method?
If you haven't already, find your cervix and remember approximately where it is. Insert your cup so the rim is just beyond your pubic bone and allow it to open fully there. Then nudge the base/stem so the opening points toward your cervix (for me that's a healthy nudge rearward) and finally, give the cup a boost as you kegel it up and into place. Despite what the instructions say, you want the rim to sit (O) around your cervix. And there's no need to spin/rotate your cup because you already know it's open. But if you want to, go on ahead...

If you have trouble getting the cup to open, re-insert it with the folded part facing the other way. Up instead of down, or left instead of right (etc.) Create an air channel on the soft back side of your vagina to help the cup fill with air as it opens. Sometimes enlarging the tiny little anti-suction holes around the rim helps too.

Hang in there, you've ALMOST got it! It won't take long before you're in and out of bathrooms in a jiffy. :o)
fishchick72 on June 16th, 2012 12:38 am (UTC)
This is probably a stupid question, but how do I find my cervix? No matter how far I extend my finger in I cannot find the end of my vagina, which is where the cervix is, right?

I've been looking at posts on here & people are describing their cervixes & I'm totally perplexed.....how do they know all that? How can "I" learn to know that?
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on June 16th, 2012 12:44 am (UTC)
It's not mandatory, just helpful. Your cup will probably settle into the right place on its own.

If your cup doesn't leak like it's not there, then it has found it. :o)

The key to my method is to open the cup fully down low and then just give it some help going up the rest of the way. That way you know it's open.
fishchick72 on June 16th, 2012 01:35 am (UTC)
Ok, thanks so much