Hi! I am 29 years old virgin and my first menstrual cup was the Diva Cup 1. It was on sale plus it was more accessible for me at the time. I started using the cup yesterday. At first it was a bit uncomftarble getting it in, I try the C-fold but that was horrible then tried the other more common fold which is folding part of it to the center. I managed to learn inserting it but removing it was more painful until today in which I found a total different position for the removal. I am writing to ask you because I am sure I am putting it on correctly but still I have some leakage accompanied by some excruciating pain that yesterday I was not experiencing. The pain was so much that I removed the cup an put on a pad and it went down a bit. I have never felt my menstrual cramps as I had today. Also my cup was getting half-full by the 3th to 4th hour. Is it a cup problem or was I was inserting incorrectly? I mean I slide it horizontally while lifting one leg up which was more comfortable for me and I gave it a 360 degree turn and very that it was all round up there but still experience some leakages accompany with some hard cramps.
As for the removal I found out that it was the best for me to sit on the toilet and do pelvic pushes downwards while pulling the stem as the cup was getting closer to the outside I insert one of my fingers to do some sort of c-fold for the removal. I discover that this lessens the pain and tear feeling of the removal.