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I've used (and removed) a small divacup, large lunette, and a large fleurcup all without problem and I've used cups for a few years now, so I'm not new to removing cups.I never read the instructions on removing the divacup when I got it (I know, I know...) so I removed it by positioning my thumb and middle finger on the base, moving my thumb about halfway up then doing a kegal to sort of fold it up to a lose c fold to break suction. This has worked with all the cups but the mooncup! I can't kegal it into a fold I guess where the rim is so thick. I tried the "pinch and tilt" it out like you are supposed to, but I just can't break the suction. After some wrestling I finally got the cup out. What is the secret to the pinch and tilt to remove the cup?
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on January 19th, 2013 03:36 am (UTC)
Try enlarging the teeny little anti-suction holes around the rim.
spiderslovemespidersloveme on January 19th, 2013 03:44 am (UTC)
How? I tried with my divacup and it never worked :\ I don't want to risk tearing it
chamekke: cha_annas_hummingbirdchamekke on January 19th, 2013 07:53 am (UTC)
If you heat a needle or long pin in the flame of a lighter until the needle is red-hot, then poke it through the hole, it'll enlarge the hole a teensy bit... I think.

(I've heard people suggest using toothpicks to enlarge the hole, but TBH that never worked for me - unsurprisingly, since silicon is designed to be flexible ;-)
m03m on January 19th, 2013 10:52 am (UTC)
I don't think silicone melts. Personally I'd probably use a hole punch or something like that.
chamekkechamekke on January 19th, 2013 04:04 pm (UTC)
I tried it on my DivaCup and there were small melt-lines below the holes (which did seem to enlarge slightly, but infinitesimally). Not sure if I can take a photo, my camera's macro is a bit wonky, but I can try if you like.

Is it possible to get a hole punch that will make a really tiny hole? At a craft shop, perhaps? I looked at my Meluna and its holes are no more than 1mm wide. I'm asking because I've heard the "hole punch" suggestion before but all the hole punches I've ever seen are in the 6-7mm range. That would be far too large, I think.
m03m on January 19th, 2013 05:27 pm (UTC)
Yes, there are smaller hole punches. Something like this might work.
spiderslovemespidersloveme on January 19th, 2013 06:20 pm (UTC)
oooooooo, that looks promising! I might try that...
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on January 19th, 2013 01:38 pm (UTC)
Some methods have included small drill bits, manicure scissors or body piercing punches. FYI, the holes on the cup with the largest holes are 2mm, which is appx 1/16".
Stefaninastefanina on January 19th, 2013 04:17 am (UTC)
I just push on the side of mine to break the suction. Now then, the problem I have is with the rim, it never seems to want to fold down when it's inside of me.
neetzscheneetzsche on January 19th, 2013 04:14 pm (UTC)
I've never been able to re-fold my cups when I remove them. Pinching the cup and rocking it should release the suction. Then, I move the cup from side to side. I feel like there's a "ring" of flesh about halfway between my entrance and cervix where it is the smallest. I let one side of the rim through at a time so it's not so overwhelming.

I don't have one but I think the moon cup may be more uncomfortable to remove because the profile is more "jagged" compared to your other cups, so there are more places that could catch on the "ring." (I believe it's just muscle if anyone wants to correct me) Compared to bell-shaped designs, keeper-like designs basically have 2 rims, and you'll be feeling both of them if it's unfolded as opposed to just one.
tinkerandcrabtinkerandcrab on January 19th, 2013 07:43 pm (UTC)
Keeper Moon Cup was my first cup and it did not work for me... it was just an Uncomfortable cup in my body--during insertion, while wearing, and upon removal. (I'm now a very happy Small Lunette user.) I can't say I'm surprised that you're having problems with it after having success with three other cup brands, and I suspect it's not the size of the holes but the stiffness of the silicone (combined with, as another poster adeptly described, the "jagged profile" of the cup) that is giving you problems. Just my $.02!
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on January 20th, 2013 08:14 am (UTC)
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Hi spidersloveme. Although we do welcome lots of questions here, your posting frequency is getting pretty high, and has actually passed the two post per week limit we ask members to observe, as you've posted three times within four days. (You can see the community rules here for reference.) For right now, I'm going to leave this up, but I'm going to ask you not to post again for a week. We do have a lot of past entries in the FAQs in the community page sidebar that may be able to answer further questions, and remember that other people are asking new questions all the time that can help you out. Thanks for understanding!