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So after 8 years of being interested in trying cups, I finally got my hands on my first menstrual cup- a DivaCup (Model 1).

I have worn the cup three times this cycle. I was honestly surprised I was able to insert it after some fiddling on my first try. It took me years to learn to use tampons! I am getting better and better at insertion. I have always leaked with tampons for some reason, even though my flow is moderate/ light, but with the cup I didn't leak at all. And after I cut off the stem, which was poking me, I couldn't feel the cup at all.

The only problem I've had with this cup is removal. The cup sits low in my vagina, so reaching it is not an issue. I have also learned to squish the cup into a U so that I can pull it down and so that it doesn't hit my urethra.

However, just as I am getting the last part of my cup out, I always feel like my cup is pinching me/ suctions onto something again. I don't know how it is doing it when I am squishing the cup near the rim and and I have already broken the seal, but it is extremely painful- I'm scared of tearing something or hurting myself. This has happened every time I tried to remove the cup and now I am hesitant to put it back in, despite all the other great things about it. Does anyone have any ideas as to why this is happening? Could it be my cervix? (I couldn't find it before buying the cup so I just assumed it was high but who knows). Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on August 9th, 2015 10:29 pm (UTC)
Enlarge the anti-suction holes around the rim.

When removing the cup, if you start to feel it forming suction, use your finger to create an air channel on the soft back side of your vag to get air into/above the cup. Then continue once that suction is relieved.
hhelibe on August 10th, 2015 01:26 am (UTC)
Thanks, I'll give that a try!
What method would you suggest for enlarging the holes? I'm afraid of accidentally damaging the cup.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on August 10th, 2015 02:33 am (UTC)
Something like a piercing, dermal or leather punch will probably leave a less ragged hole than a drill bit or scissors. The holes on the cup with the largest holes are 2mm.
bklynmom on August 10th, 2015 02:14 am (UTC)
Maybe it's the rim coming out that hurts. Do you try to pop one side of the cup out first? That helps me. With some cups I use a kind of reverse punch down to push in the side of the cup and pull it out with my finger. I'm not sure if this is it since I don't know what cup you have or if you have any part of yor hymen intact but it came to mind. Hope it helps!
tkamockingbird on August 10th, 2015 04:32 am (UTC)
I can't agree more with making the holes larger on the cup. I hated my diva cup and when I enlarged the holes I actually find it to be a great cup. I used a "As seen on TV" leather hole puncher I had lying around. I believe I did a 2mm hole
katya_ji on August 14th, 2015 09:16 pm (UTC)

After you break the seal, you may also try to rotate the cup while getting it out.