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I am a first time cup user, I'm 15 and a virgin.
My two Melunas came in the mail yesterday and I wanted to take my mini small in soft for a dry run.today I put it in and was able to get it in and have it pop open quite easily, so I was excited! I decided to take it out so I could continue to practice before my period comes. I first go to take it out and I can't even reach the base of it but I can feel the stem. (the mini Melina's are quite short). I struggle for about 20 minutes then decide to have a bath and try, no such luck.
Again this afternoon I tried and was able to reach the base of the cup using Kegle exercises and squatting, by when I could grab the base my fingers slipped and I could not get it out! I tried for another 20 minutes and now I don't know what to do! I feel like I can't even get a good enough grip on the cup since my thumb and pointer finger are squished against each other in my vag cannal. But the main problem is is that it's to slippery! 
Live already had the cup in for about 5 hours so time is running out soon cuz it's already almost the evening. Please tell me how I can get the darn thing out before I'm forced to go to the doctor!
And sorry for how log this post was...
 
teacupcake89 on June 20th, 2012 11:01 pm (UTC)
first of all: try to relax! (I know this is easier said than done but it really will help)
remember that it can't get stuck or lost, the worst that can happen is that it will overflow.

try repeatedly wiping your fingers with toilet roll in between attempts so that they are less slippery.
push down hard with your muscles: pretend you are 'giving birth' to the cup/doing a poo' this may take a while, breath in between pushes and try not to let it 'yo-yo back up' when you pause to breathe!

you don't need to be able to reach the base right away to remove (I can't reach that far to remove mine)
get a good hold on the stem and pull/wiggle it down side to side until you can get hold of the base with your other hand whilst holding onto the stem. then either squeeze the base to release the seal or slide your finger up and press the rim inwards before removing one corner then the other.

I hope this helps! try to stay calm, good luck :):)
beachblondie149 on June 20th, 2012 11:55 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for this post I am going to try again soon! I really hope it works this time
beachblondie149 on June 21st, 2012 12:20 am (UTC)
I got it out!!
Thank you so much for the tips using the wiggling of the stem while "giving birth to the cup' I was able to get a good grip on the base an squeeze it then I got it out!! Thank you so much!
teacupcake89 on June 21st, 2012 12:37 am (UTC)
Re: I got it out!!
YEY!! :):) well done! so glad you managed to get it out! no problem, we've all been there!

the small meluna might be too short for you, so might be worth trying the other one when your period starts :) if it's the right length then you know how to get it out now :):)
teacupcake89 on June 20th, 2012 11:10 pm (UTC)
p.s. the comments on this post should help!! similar experience: unable to get cup out!but a success!

http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/2730222.html#comments

you could try using a spoon to scoop it out?

also, I find insertion and removal to be completely different when I'm actually on my period, so don't worry this is going to happen every time: once you can insert and remove once it's all a matter of practice! :)
juliiie87juliiie87 on June 21st, 2012 01:43 pm (UTC)
... this goes to show why being young or a virgin doesn't mean you need to get the tiniest-cup-in-the-world-ever ! I hope your other cup is longer... Check before you use it again, but it's possible that your vagina will become somewhat shorter when you period comes, hopefully.
rosebud1228 on May 29th, 2017 10:43 pm (UTC)
I realize this post is old but I am a new Diva Cup user and had the exact same problem as you, where I could reach the stem but my fingers were so slippery that I couldn't move that sucker (pun intended) down.
Even following all of the advice and squatting and bearing down and wiggling, I would get it to a place where I could touch the base, and then my slippery fingers couldn't grip it and would just inadvertently slide it right back up there.

After several on-and-off hours of cursing and looking up every technique Google had to offer, I went to the drug store and purchased a set of medical gloves with grip on the fingertips. I got home and it took me 30 seconds to get it out using the glove.

I'm going to try again without the glove (hopefully it will work this time) since my main purpose in buying this thing was to reduce environmental waste!

I read somewhere else that someone used toilet paper to help grip it, but I was reluctant to do that since the last thing I need is a piece of toilet paper stuck in the vagina causing some kind of infection.