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03 January 2014 @ 11:19 am
Any suggestions for removing these?
I used one for the first time yesterday, & it was a nightmare. Inserted with minimal issues, rotated & checked it had opened fine, & couldn't feel it. When time came to remove it, it took a few hours & 3 sessions with a number of attempts within these sessions, to the point I had to get my husband to help as I just couldn't get a hold of it properly to get it out, as well as breaking the seal. Didn't help that it had ridden up further making it harder to get to. I did a lot of research before trying (and after) followed all the directions to the letter, & all the removal suggestions too. Bearing down didn't help at all (I do have fairly strong muscles too), relaxing got harder as time went on, & I just couldn't break the seal AND get a good hold of it. Was going to go to an after hours clinic to get it removed if the final attempt didn't work.
Cried my eyes out, was utterly exhausted & mortified.
Want to keep using as it cost $65, but now I'm not sure if I hate it or it terrifies me.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on January 2nd, 2014 11:00 pm (UTC)
Well, the good news is that it's a Diva, which is one of the longest-bodied cups made. Imagine the trouble you'd had if it had been a short-bodied cup! =8oO

Understandably, you are hesitant to try it again after such a difficult first try but it WILL get easier! First, try enlarging the anti-suction holes around the rim. They help with popping open and also with breaking the seal for removal. The Diva's holes are notoriously tiny. Something like a punch will probably leave less ragged holes than a drill bit or scissors. The holes on the cup with the biggest holes are 2mm.

I think your anxiety and frustration played a major role in your difficulties. As hard as it may be, try to stay calm and relaxed. If you don't already, drop your panties to your ankles so you can splay your knees comfortably. Squatting in a shower/tub will often bring a stubborn cup down without fear of "making a mess." And if all else fails, a spoon is a good tool to help break the seal. Everyone has their own methods for removal and you will figure out what works for you.

Put your cup away until you're past your anger and disappointment. Then try again. This period, next, a few down the line, doesn't matter. Once you get the hang of it, you'll have many "kiss my cup" moments when it will have saved you from period disaster.
Megan: OhNoesSqrlhdsqrl on January 3rd, 2014 02:01 am (UTC)
When I first started using a cup, I found it easier to get it in/out if I laid back on the bed and bent my knees so that my feet were near my rear. Then I moved on to simply sitting on the toilet, my legs spread wide. I've tried the shower/squatting removal position and it simply doesn't work for me, nor does the one-leg-on-the-toilet.

I hope you don't give up...just relax and try a variety of positions to learn what's best for you. :)
elisamba on January 3rd, 2014 05:54 am (UTC)
You got good suggestions from the PP, just wanted to add that I have been there too, and it gets better. Gently pushing and pulling on the cup on a pronounced angle to one side while squatting also helps me. Also make sure you pinch the base, even fairly high up the cup, instead of just pulling on the stem.

My first time it took an hour to get out, now it takes about 10 seconds. But wait until you're ready, and read a lot on this forum first so things will come back to you when you need them. ;)
barrie_meep on January 3rd, 2014 07:45 am (UTC)
Thanks for the suggestions. I tried squatting, leg up, rescue remedy, copious amounts of swearing, the spoon & no matter what, I couldn't break the seal & get a hold of the slippery bugger at the same time. I emailed the support email, but to no avail, no new suggestions there & naturally they don't recommend making the holes bigger, as I asked if they'd had any feedback on that issue.

I'm hoping it can only get easier after that disaster, any harder & a nurse will be removing it!
juliiie87juliiie87 on January 4th, 2014 03:03 pm (UTC)
Also, taking a hot shower or bath, a glass of wine or whatever calms you nerves, and last but not least, a poop, will all help relax you, your muscles and all, and help move the cup down. There's no hurry to remove a cup, let it fill up, drop down and overflow if it has to. Unlike tamposn, they're not a ticking time bomb of chemicals and bacteria.

You can also try using two hands : one to hold the stem and one to break the seal an then refold the cup. And when you push against the side of the cup to break the seal, don't be afraid to anchor you fingernail in there and try to sort of drag it down and out this way - just make sure you bits don't get in the way.