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Been in and out of this community for years and years now. You guys gave me the encouragement to try my first (and so far only cup) and I've encouraged numerous others to try menstrual cups as a result of my success and happiness with switching to menstrual cups.

After having this cup for about 8 years, I'm starting to look at other options. I'd like one that has holes that are easier to clean but more importantly, I'd like one that's more comfortable to remove. Since the beginning, it's been from "uncomfortable" to downright painful to remove the Diva Cup (Sm - size 1). I usually grab the bottom of the cup itself to collapse it so that the suction is broken and it can be removed. But still it's really painful to remove. I don't have problems with gyno exams, or other things like that it's just the cup removal itself. Any thoughts?

Secondly, I'm looking at the MeLuna line as a replacement. Probably the Soft type. Any thoughts on that type as a replacement? I do seem to have a low cervix to where it is pretty much in the Diva so I'm also considering a shorter cup. Part of the reason I'm considering the MeLuna is because it's not made of silicone and I'm showing some signs of silicone allergy (just had to have emergency surgery to remove a silicone coated shunt recently). So, I wanted to see if I did better with a different material and while I'd try a latex one, I don't want to try the keeper, especially since it seems thicker and has no rings.

Any other info you need from me, please let me know. But I'd LOVE to hear your thoughts and recommendations.

Thanks for being so awesome!
foggyimagefoggyimage on October 4th, 2012 02:11 am (UTC)
This may sound a little weird but I find it way easier to remove my Diva when it is flipped inside out! Personally, I find the Diva to be an extremely soft cup so if you liked how flexible it was, then a soft meluna is probably a good choice because it is supposedly 25% softer than the classic. I have a short vagina and low cervix that hangs halfway in all my cups :) Oh well! A large meluna (or is it an XL?) is about the same capacity/size of a sm Diva. Have you tried reaching up next to your cup with your other hand( or finger actually!)to collapse it inwards instead of using the bottom to pull it out? My ladycup has serious suction and this is what I have to do to get it out with the least pain. I personally can't recommend a meluna because I have never used one but I recently just got a fleurcup and am excitedly awaiting my next period!It seems very soft and squishy! If you are interested in other cup options, check out the sizing chart and softness charts! http://menstrualcups.wordpress.com/2010/08/19/cup-size-comparison-charts/
varaonaidvaraonaid on October 4th, 2012 02:21 am (UTC)
Thanks for the info. Yeah, I've used my finger to break the seal and try to get it out easier...not sure how you get it inside out while it's inside you!! Sounds like some serious cup gymnastics!! :) Anyway, I appreciate your info and thoughts!!

Please add tons of advice to this peeps!
foggyimagefoggyimage on October 4th, 2012 02:27 am (UTC)
Haha I don't flip it inside out while its in me :) You flip it inside out before you put it in. You insert it just like normal the stem is just on the inside and for some reason I like it better this way!
jollylemonjollylemon on October 14th, 2012 08:29 am (UTC)
I suggest you stay home and wear your least favorite underwear or a pantyliner the first time you do this, the first and only time I did it, my cup catched only 1/4 of the fluid.
foggyimagefoggyimage on October 14th, 2012 05:17 pm (UTC)
Seriously? Wow, I'm so sorry that happened to you! I don't seem to have any kind of problems with it but everyone's body is different. Thanks for this information!
m03m on October 4th, 2012 07:15 am (UTC)
Are you refolding the cup into a partial C-fold for removal? If not, that may help.
Also, it sounds like you do not need to bear down to bring the cup lower, but doing it anyway might help your vagina to open up more.
varaonaidvaraonaid on October 4th, 2012 07:35 am (UTC)
Yes, I have been using the c-fold to remove it and I don't consider near down but maybe after doing it for so long, it's just habit. I can try it on my next AF.

But any thoughts on possible good alternatives that won't hurt so much?

And thanks so much for your reply!
m03m on October 4th, 2012 08:17 am (UTC)
You mean a different cup? Well, that would depend on how/why it hurts... but in general, maybe a cup with a softer, less pronounced rim might help?

I've never tried Melunas, so I can't help you there.
juliiie87juliiie87 on October 4th, 2012 09:10 am (UTC)
Well, in terms of getting a Meluna... The small Diva is the length of the XL Meluna and the approximate width of the L. If you like the length to your Diva, don't go under an L. Be careful that soft cups aren't offered in their sales bundle, so you'll have to get two individually if you want to try two sizes. Fyi, there are several Melunas available on mc-sales. I have a medium soft Meluna that I like a lot, but you just need to figure out which fold works best to ease it open. For me that's the half diamond.
Ashatenlegspider on October 4th, 2012 11:12 am (UTC)
It would be useful to work out if the pain's coming from your cervix or your vulva/vaginal walls. If it's your cervix (an internal sort of pain, maybe crampy) then a shorter cup might be enough to fix the problem. Otherwise you probably want to look at rim stiffness.