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Hello All!

Apparently, I have an abnormally high cervix. This is something I found out when I used the disposable softcup. I figured since the DivaCup is so long, that I wouldn't have this problem. When I first put it in last night, it was very easy to take out and reposition. But I noticed later on in the night, it traveled slightly, but I didn't think much of it.

Fast forward to late morning and I can't get this thing out. I had to cut the stem a little last night because it was painful, but now I can barely grasp it. Bearing down helped a little, but not enough. I took a rest and the thing migrated again. A BM didn't help at all. I also can't reach my thumb far enough to help get it out. And I tried to reach the rim of the cup with my index finger so I could pull it down that way, but my finger isn't long enough! I then tried using my pointer and middle finger to fish it out, but I couldn't get a good grip.

I've been trying on and off for three hours now, so I don't know what else to do. I've read all of the advice here on older posts and the only thing I have yet to try is a spoon. I'm extremely tempted to try a metal crochet hook, but I guess I'll save that for desperate times.

I'm not panicking--yet because I had a similar problem with the Softcup, so I know it would come out eventually. It's just frustrating.

*Oh and I'm using Size 1 of the DivaCup, I'm 21 and sexually active.

Problem solved! First I tried the crochet hook, which just ended up pushing the cup further up. So I just used my index finger to create an airway. Once I heard the popping sound, I hooked my index finer around the middle of the cup and easily pulled it down (As if it was a Softcup). As someone suggested below, I might end up enlarging the suction holes on the rim a bit with a jewelry hole puncher to make removal easier.

I think my main problem was that I wasn't applying enough pressure because I'm used to Softcups that can easily tear if you pull too hard. Overall, I really like the DivaCup, despite the learning curve. I had it in for 12 hours and once I positioned it right, it only started to leak on hour 12! This is the second day of my cycle so I'm impressed.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on June 2nd, 2014 04:40 pm (UTC)
Try squatting in the shower/tub so you won't worry about dropping it or making a mess. Try the spoon trick. GO SLOWLY! The more you try to rush, the longer it will take. Keep your jaw slack and don't forget to breathe. The trick is to get air into/above the cup so it doesn't create suction and pull itself back up. Whether it seeps in through the anti-suction holes or whooshes over the rim doesn't matter. Use your finger or a spoon or whatever to create an air channel on the soft back side of your vag. And TAKE YOUR TIME!

Once it's finally out, enlarge the anti-suction holes around the rim. they help with popping open and also breaking the seal for removal. Something like a piercing punch will probably leave less ragged holes than scissors or a drill bit. The holes on the cup with the biggest holes are 2mm.
zafiyyya on June 2nd, 2014 05:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the advice! I'll admit I was anxious and rushing because I felt like I was taking forever (And that my mom in the next room was silently judging lol!) I've only tried to create an air channel on the side and front, but not the back, so I'll give that a try next. I'm a little tense right now from trying so many times, so I'll try to go relax for a few ours and then give it a go. Hopefully by then the cup would fill up and would weigh itself down.


Creating an airway in the back worked like a charm! I heard that tell tale "pop" of the suction releasing and from there, I Just had to use my index finger as hook about halfway from the bottom of the cup to fish it out before it latched on again(Since I still couldn't reach the rim). I removed it pretty much like a Softcup, so apparently, this is the best removal method for my shape. Thanks so much!

Edited at 2014-06-02 06:10 pm (UTC)
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on June 2nd, 2014 06:23 pm (UTC)
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on June 2nd, 2014 08:13 pm (UTC)
Glad it worked out! :) FYI if you end up looking for something even longer, you may enjoy the LilyCup or the Si-Bell...if your cervix tilts to one side though you may find the Lily stem a little annoying (sometimes I can feel it, because my cervix tilts left and it kind of nestles against the right wall that way) but if that's not the case then you'll probably enjoy not having to go spelunking for your cup!
zafiyyya on June 2nd, 2014 11:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the suggestion! Once I get a handle of this cup, I'll look into the Si-Bell since my cervix tilts slightly to the left too. I think a longer cup would be beneficial in the long run. I really like the DivaCup and I could remove it pretty easily now, but I feel like I'm digging for gold every time.