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04 December 2014 @ 02:11 pm
I'm a 19 year old virgin who recently purchased a Diva Cup model 1. Putting it in is a breeze (using coconut oil as a lube that is), but removing it is a totally different story. This morning for example, I got up, went to the toilet, and tried to pull it out. I can push the stem down but I have trouble gripping the actual cup, and once I do get a good grip on it, it seriously hurts like hell getting it all the way out. I also cant get a finger more than half way up the cup to push it down when it's inside of me. I don't want to stop using it because it works wonders for me when it's in, is there a way to make the removal process easer without having to physically stretch myself with my fingers, because I'm not comfortable with that, or will it just get easier over time? Any thoughts?
yayforcupsyayforcups on December 4th, 2014 08:30 pm (UTC)
Some say making a C-fold before taking it out helps, others do "a hotdog in a bun method" collapsing it with index finger (aka hotdog) while easing it out with your thumb, tho ive never quite got to grips with that.. With the mooncup uk it happened the same to me, i usually use my sckoon which is such a joy to whip out, but i ended up having to punch the rim down to get it out painlessly, like a punchdown fold while its in you, tho it could be messier than normal. It does get easier in time
trejoytrejoy on December 4th, 2014 09:02 pm (UTC)
Some have recommended orajel to numb the area. While I haven't used it, it might be worth a try.
dhrachthdhrachth on December 4th, 2014 09:28 pm (UTC)
I had the same problem with the Lunette, then switched to the Sckoon and removal got to be pain free. Now, having used cups for awhile I don't have a problem removing the Lunette any more (I keep it in my purse as my emergency back-up). I think it was just nerves and tensing up a little at first that was causing the problem and since the Sckoon in softer with a less prominent rim it was easier to pull out.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on December 4th, 2014 09:48 pm (UTC)
Since you can barely reach the base of your Diva, don't buy a different cup because nearly every popular brand would be significantly shorter. Once you get it out, enlarge the tiny anti-suction holes around the rim. They help with popping open and also with removal. The idea is to get air into/above the cup and work it down so that it doesn't create suction and get pulled back up. Keep your jaw slack and don't forget to breathe. Most importantly, TAKE YOUR TIME! The more you try to rush it, the longer it will take.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on December 5th, 2014 06:45 pm (UTC)
It seemed to me that the OP's problem wasn't suction, but the large and somewhat stiff rim. But yeah, whenever anyone mentions an issue with their Diva, my first thought is always those nonexistent suction holes. You think teh company could have figured that out by now?
icanbmeicanbme on December 4th, 2014 11:14 pm (UTC)
Sometime I have difficulty getting my cup out, I've found sitting on my tub's edge (much lower than my toilet seat) helps, sometimes even hunching over in that position.
m03m on December 5th, 2014 01:48 pm (UTC)
Just to make sure: you are breaking the seal, right? If you are not, then you are just pulling on your cervix and that would explain the pain.

Or the pain could be from the whole rim coming out all at once. Solutions for that include partially refolding the cup, or removing it at an angle so the rim comes out one part at a time.

Either way, yes, it WILL get easier over time as you get more practice in.
jenn4a on December 5th, 2014 07:43 pm (UTC)
21 year old here, Long narrow bits too. I have a Naturcup *LOVE IT* and it has a pretty thick rim I believe.

I noticed that it doesn't hurt while inserting it, but it kind of hurts when removing.
Let me explain:
Once you get comfortable with removing and know how it feels to properly remove, it gets so much easier. My initial thought when removing my Natur cup was that it was suctioning to my cervix.
It was at first, but all I needed was a good grip at the base, use the muscles to help squeeze down, and to rock the cup side to side. (slowly rock the cup side to side while pushing with muscles, and pulling with fingers. If you find that it hurts more towards the entrance, try folding the cup when you can reach it.)

I don't feel any suctioning anymore, just the rim while it passes the entrance. I'm pretty narrow there.

I second the bathtub edge! It makes me feel more comfortable knowing that if I accidentally drop it that I can get it out of the tub and not the toilet. AND if I make a mess in the tub, it'll wash away too... LOL