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20 May 2013 @ 11:43 am
I'm new to using a cup so i'm easing into it by only using it for a few hours at a time and alternating between it and pads, so I have some questions:

1. How can I get the seal to release so removal doesn't hurt? When I remove it, even after pressing the bottom and getting my finger over the rim it feels like my Diva cup is trying to give me a hickey. lol Also getting it in sometimes hurts a bit when It pops open, is there anyway to prevent that? The only way I can get it in is the punch down fold, if that matters. (the only other fold I've tried is the c-fold and that wouldn't fit)

2. How do I find my cervix and tell whether it's low or high? I THINK I found it and that it is on the front wall of my vagina, but i'm not sure if it'd be considered low or high.

3. Also, how can I prevent leaking? I thought it was just residual at first, and it might be cause it's not alot and my cup is catching the blood, but even after wiping away all the blood and changing my liner after about half an hour or so to see if it was residual I still had some leaking, so is there a way to angle it better to help prevent leaking?

4. And lastly, is normal that I can only get the cup in and out if I get on my knees? Is it like that for anyone else? Is it cause i'm a virgin, or...?
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on May 20th, 2013 04:17 pm (UTC)
1. Get air into/above the cup so that it doesn't create suction during removal.

2. How does your cup fit? It will probably settle (O) around your cervix. Does it feel like it's poking out and trying to escape? If not, then your cervix is high enough to accommodate your cup.

3. Stop messing with it. The more you do, the more it will leak. Give it more time to settle. Get through the learning curve with backup pads and liners. Then worry about stopping the residual slobber. Unless, of course, it turns out that your Diva is too long and shifting off/missing your cervix altogether. In which case, flip it inside out to shorten it -- but be adept at removal first.

4. Figure out how to insert and remove in positions that you'll be able to assume in public restrooms such as the ones at school, work, shopping, etc.
twilight_girl20 on May 20th, 2013 04:39 pm (UTC)
It kinda does feel like that, I pushed it up a little higher, but it still came back down and settled right at the opening.

Well the reason I use that position is because I tried: standing, putting my foot on the tub, squatting etc. but that is the ONLY position that it would go in all the way, in the others I could only get it in half way. Idk if i'm just to tight, or what.

Edited at 2013-05-20 04:40 pm (UTC)
juliiie87juliiie87 on May 20th, 2013 05:04 pm (UTC)
Sitting on the toilet works well for many, but whatever works for you is fine. I find bearing down works as a way to keep the entrance open and loose, as well as bring the cup down for removal.

For insertion, have you tried facing the folded part the other way ? it might make a difference. Or if it's a friction issue, try using a dab of lube or coconut oil on your bits to ease the way. I agree with N°3 above, there's no need to keep taking it in and out during the day, as long as it's not full and full-on leaking. The least you take it out, the least residual builds up.
twilight_girl20 on May 25th, 2013 08:04 pm (UTC)
Yes, I've tried inserting it with the folded part the other way, and it did help some, but even that hurt a few times.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on May 20th, 2013 05:22 pm (UTC)
And "tight" is a function of your pelvic floor (PC) muscles that form the "hammock" at the base of your vagina, above your vaginal opening. To isolate them, next time you go pee, insert your finger and give it a little squeeze. Now that you know how to contract them on command, practice RELAXING them on command. You'll need to do that for insertion and especially removal. Open your mouth a little and keep your jaw slack -- and don't forget to breathe! :o)