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07 January 2013 @ 09:13 pm
Well after eight hours I was finally able to get my Diva Cup out. During the time I was waiting, it didn't leak so YAY it worked and it became super comfortable. Then when I went to try and get it out it was still high if not higher that it was before. I tried everything. I stood in the bathtub and pushed. Pushed my finger in the side like the hot dog bun. Nothing was working. At some point it turned and the stem wasn't pointing directly down. So pushing just made things worse and it became painful. I finally had to recruit my fiance to help get it out. I was surprised that it worked so well in such an awkward position. We didn't even spill anything when it came out. What should I do for next time? I don't want to give up on it but I also don't want my fiance to have to do this every time I use it. My fiance doesn't think I would have been able to get it out without help.
Megan: EhhSqrlhdsqrl on January 8th, 2013 03:34 am (UTC)
The only way I can get mine out is by sitting on the toilet. I can't even imagine how hard it would be while standing. Glad you got yours out, though! :)
Ashatenlegspider on January 8th, 2013 10:48 am (UTC)
Yeah, if you didn't try a bunch of positions that's the next thing to do. Apart from sitting on the loo, try bearing down while squatting on the floor or lying down and bringing your knees towards your chest. If lying down is the one that works for you then it's not the most convenient, but hopefully as you get more practised and more relaxed you'll be able to switch to one of the others.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on January 8th, 2013 02:08 pm (UTC)
The Diva's anti-suction holes around the rim are notoriously tiny. They aid in getting the cup to pop open during insertion and also to break the seal for removal. They won't keep your cup from riding up (apparently you have a long vag/high cervix) but enlarging them MIGHT make removal easier.

The idea is to get air up into/above your cup to break the seal so that you don't create suction during removal. Whether it seeps in slowly through the holes or whooshes in over the rim (or some of each) doesn't matter. Some have had good luck using small drill bits, manicure scissors and body piercing punches. I think the cup with the largest holes is the Mia -- and they're 2mm in diameter, a little larger than 1/16". So keep that measurement in mind if you want to enlarge the holes in yours.
honinghoning on January 8th, 2013 04:29 pm (UTC)
My first time experience with the Divacup was exactly the same. On day two I gave up because I was getting so extremely frustrated that the removal process was so hard and took ages. On my next period however I had no removal problems at all. I remove mine by sitting on the toilet and by trying to bear it down as low as possible so I can grab it a bit and gently pull it down. On mornings I have to walk (or jump ha) a bit before trying to remove it, because it travels really high when I'm sleeping. But practice really does make perfect, as you'll become more familiar with the cup you'll get more and more relaxed and the removal will become a lot easier.