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04 February 2014 @ 01:46 pm
I didn't see a post about this so I made an account just to write one. I'm 17, virgin, and have actually never been able to touch my cervix (haven't tried during menstruation though). I got the Divacup mostly because I had no idea there were so many other kinds, and even though this is my first time actually using it it's doing pretty well. Only had a few leaks but that's because of newbie insertion and the fact that my flow is really heavy on the first day.

I can put it in fairly quickly and with no problems, I can even spin it around (wheeee). But when I try to remove it, pinching the base doesn't work to remove the suction. I read some of the other posts on here talking about how the Divacup specifically has really small holes, and I might try to address that, but... I try pinching the base and squishing it to one side, and I basically have to stick a finger all the way up to the rim and let air in so that I can pull the thing out (which makes some really weird noises, mind you), and while it doesn't hurt to remove it as much as it did, by the time I've gotten the damn thing out all the blood was just squished out of it and the whole endeavor was made pointless. I'm just wondering how you're supposed to take it out and keep all the blood in. I've felt that suction pain once, and am terrified of that happening again. I don't want to get another kind of cup, I already have two of the divacups and I live outside of the US so it's not exactly easy to buy a new one.

I also read somewhere about someone taking it out in the shower and throwing the blood on the walls like a serial killer. Knowing me, I'd probably just use it to draw a pentagram. TMI maybe, but this is a forum about menstrual cups, that line's all but gone.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on February 4th, 2014 06:57 pm (UTC)
HA! I'm not a Diva user myself but the last little bit there made me lol. You would've enjoyed my adventures in removing the Femmycycle for the first few months. My shower seriously looked like a murder scene (and the bottom of my shower still kind of does if it's been a heavy day)...my secret now is applying plenty of lube before not only insertion, but removal too. That won't help the tiny Diva suction holes issue but once you can enlarge those holes a bit you may experiment with the lube too! (Can't promise it's as good for drawing stuff, though...) Welcome!
xenargon on February 4th, 2014 07:02 pm (UTC)
Actually.. Is it possible you could link me to a post about maybe enlarging the holes? I've been looking for a while now and I can't seem to find anything. Is there one on this site? Obviously I haven't used livejournal much.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on February 4th, 2014 09:33 pm (UTC)
You might find more info by clicking the seal & suction tag on the right - I looked real quick and found this comment thread in response to someone's inquiry about doing this on a Keeper: http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/3147934.html#comments

I've never used any of the brands that come with unusually small holes so I've never tried this myself, but good luck!
★Raven: [AnMng] FFAC // Skipping Sephirothmoonrise on February 4th, 2014 07:05 pm (UTC)
I hate my Divacup. I was trying to figure out which cup to buy instead and then I got preggers so now I have plenty of time. Haha.

I had to enlarge the suction holes on mine and then I would keep a spoon on me. I couldn't get it out without the suction pain ever. Lubing the rim helped a lot, but if it was a really heavy day, I would have discharge as well, which would leak and make removing it almost impossible. It was really hard to learn how to do it, especially with one hand for the least amount of mess, but I finally was able to learn to stick the spoon up right to the rim and then push the spoon handle with the bottom and it would aid in the removal for me. My cousin said I was crazy for going through it, but I didn't want to buy a new cup either. I did discover I needed to anyway because my cervix sits too low during my period and I would have to empty it every three hours to reposition it or would get leaks, but that's just my silly body.

I would try widening the holes first and try some lube at the rim and see if that doesn't help any before jumping in with a spoon. Because even I think that was kind of over kill considering it was every time, even once I was outside the learning curve.
きみえ (Kimie)kimie_catclaw on February 4th, 2014 07:47 pm (UTC)
For removal, since you can get your finger up alongside the cup, can you push the cup *in*, making a sort of C-shape, instead of pulling down on the rim? That way you're not squishing the cup as much.