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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...
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on March 5th, 2014 01:41 pm (UTC)
Well, the good news is that the Diva is one of the longest cups and you seem to need the length. Could you imagine trying to reach a shorter one? =8oO

I second the advice to remove while sitting on the toilet instead of in the shower. Drop your panties to your ankles so you can splay your knees comfortably, bear down, keep your jaw slack and don't forget to breathe. Try creating an air channel on the soft back side of your vag to get air into/above the cup.

"Too tight" usually means you're clenching your pelvic floor (PC) muscles. 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.

Next time it's out, try enlarging the tiny little anti-suction holes around the rim. They help with popping open and also with removal. The holes on the cup with the largest holes are 2mm. Something like a piercing punch might make a less ragged hole than scissors or a drill bit.
britbritandmebritbritandme on March 6th, 2014 01:15 am (UTC)
I completely agree with kuradi8. Another cup that's shorter could really get lost by traveling up too high! I've had this happen towards the end of my period. My SckoonCup has a long enough stem that doesn't bother me and I can grab that and bear down for a comfortable release. SckoonCup is a shaped more like a bell, so I like how it sits inside of me.

However, there was one time I was trying to grab the stem as it was sitting behind that pelvic bone, and I had stop to go cut my nails because I was aggravating my vaginal walls. Ouch! I haven't had that happen again, but our bodies sometimes like to challenge us a little!