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Courtney
04 March 2014 @ 11:07 am
Hi everyone,
25 yo female, never given birth. I've been lurking around here forever. I finally decided to jump into the menstrual cup world following my decision to discontinue hormonal birth control. My periods without HBC are much heavier, and tampons are a nuisance.

I bought a Diva Cup in Size 1 yesterday. I'm currently having my period. My first insertion and removal yesterday were not too difficult. I didn't have any leaking other than what I assume was a bit of residual blood when I wiped after peeing.

This morning, not so great. I tried to remove it while squatting in the tub, but every time I reached for it, it felt like I pushed it further up there. I could barely reach the stem, let alone the base. The cup's stem was basically blocked by my pubic bone, making it very difficult to get at. After a few tries and a few breaks to calm myself down, I finally got it out. I'm having the same issues trying to remove it a few minutes ago, and decided to step away from it for a few hours.

I really don't want to give up on this, because I love everything about it besides the removal process. Is my cervix just super high? Will removal get easier over time? Is my vagina just a weird shape? I really don't want to have to send my SO up there after it with pliers...
 
elisamba on March 4th, 2014 05:26 pm (UTC)
Try inserting your thumb first to hook the cup off your pubic bone. Push back towards the bowel. Then bear down and pinch the base to remove suction, and fold the cup into a C for removal. Green cycle pads on YT just put up a good cup removal vid. A little early to switch cups, you're still learning:) Since your cup moves up, the Diva is a good length (one of the longest cups). It does get easier.

Edited at 2014-03-04 07:19 pm (UTC)