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10 February 2015 @ 11:25 am
I'm a new divacup user and have done a few trial runs before Flo actually gets here this month (with all the anticipation I may be making her late). I'm nervous that my cup isn't opening and keep reading about people being able to feel it "pop" open- is that true? Will I be able to feel when it opens?
This "twirl" thing people keep talking about...nope- can't do it. I can really work it to get it to spin around, but I'm really not sure why I'm supposed to do that and I feel like I'm elbow-deep up there.
Finally, the suction. I have an IUD and I'm nervous I'm going to suck it right out of my cervix when I pull out my cup. I pinch it, tilt it, but don't feel the suction release until it is almost all the way out. Is this something to really worry about?
Any help would be great! Thanks everyone :)
titaniumtrinitytitaniumtrinity on February 10th, 2015 08:47 pm (UTC)
I never hear it "pop" open. Sometimes, depending on how far it's in I'll hear a hissing noise as it opens. I've never attempted the twirl thing, most people around here say not to bother. But really the way I make its open is to insert one finger next to the cup and sweep around the front and the back to make sure it's not caved in. This also serves to wipe off some of the residual blood and reduce underwear stains. To increase your chances of it opening right, and not getting in the way of the IUD strings, try to let it open when it's most of the way in, and then push it up all the way. This also reduces the "cup doesn't open because it's actually squished up next to the cervix" issue which has happened to me a few times.

I only got my IUD last month, so I'm still getting used to using my cup with it. I had the same feeling you did, that I couldn't really break the suction until it was most of the way out. I ended up enlarging the holes a while ago, which helped some: http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/3381481.html

I still have to pull it down a little ways before I'm actually able to break the seal, but I think this ok. I've heard from a couple people that suction alone is unlikely to cause expulsion, it's actually tugging on the strings, or getting them caught when the cup pops open that's dangerous.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on February 11th, 2015 12:29 am (UTC)
The twirl and the suction are both addressed at http://kuradi8.livejournal.com/ Skim/Read through the page for lots of helpful hints. It also addresses anti-suction holes -- and the Diva's are notoriously small. And there's also a paragraph about insertion. The pop isn't really much of a pop. It is easy to see at about the 1:30 mark at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_O-X9EQfRw
mshanai on February 11th, 2015 02:30 pm (UTC)
I feel my cup open sometimes. It feels more like a small punch from the inside. It doesn't happen every time, so I do not rely on that sensation to ensure it is in properly.

The 'twirl' will be less of a problem for you when you use the cup during menses rather than on a dry run. Things are all different inside when you are actually menstruating.
trejoytrejoy on February 13th, 2015 12:46 am (UTC)
Only stiff cups have "popped" open for me (and that could be painful!) I use more flexible cups, which unfold, rather than pop, open. I find that sweeping my finger around the vag walls ensures my cervix isn't escaping cup coverage, helps remove residual blood and replaces the "twirl" which so many cup companies recommend (if a cup easily twirls inside me, it's probably too small!)

Edited at 2015-02-13 12:47 am (UTC)