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19 December 2015 @ 04:06 pm
I really like menstrual cups, but I'm having a very difficult time removing my cup. I have a Diva Cup model 1. The problem is I can't fit more than one finger inside me, which makes it really difficult to "grip" anything. Also, I find the cup/stem very slippery while it's inside me and even when I do manage to reach it, and I can't get it out. I've been trying to push it out while grabbing it, but every time I breathe, it gets sucked back in and all my efforts are lost and I start to get frustrated and anxious. I have been able to get it out (either with lots of discomfort and anxiety and/or with the help of my girlfriend) so it's not stuck or anything, but it's just incredibly painful and anxiety-ridden to get it out. I've also thought that one issue with this could be that I need a cup with a longer stem (because I have a high cervix and short fingers, and sometimes have trouble even finding the Diva Cup stem). I was thinking about getting the Lunette cup. Would anyone recommend getting a different cup, or is there anything I can do to make the removal process of the Diva Cup easier and less stressful?
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on December 19th, 2015 09:24 pm (UTC)
Enlarge the anti-suction holes and don't buy another cup until you figure this one out. Skim/Read http://kuradi8.livejournal.com/

★  ★regulusarcturus on December 20th, 2015 02:41 am (UTC)
Are you squatting? I find sitting on the toilet a good position to get the cup out. I just sit on the toilet, lean forward and bear down as I reach upwards to feel for it and get it out. I've heard others saying squatting helps.

Lunette is my favourite cup, actually so I would definitely recommend it but I'm not so sure removal would be that much different from your Diva or any other cup really. It's all relatively the same.
Tdoriswebb on December 20th, 2015 06:53 am (UTC)
How long have you been using the cup? The issues you're having are common early in your cup-using career, but things often get easier with time and practice. This sounds a little cliché, but the most important thing is to be as calm and patient as possible. A more relaxed body usually makes for easier cup removal. The link kuradi provided has some good nformation on 'troubleshooting'.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on December 20th, 2015 06:00 pm (UTC)
The Lunette is no longer than the Diva (body+stem length) so that won't help you get any more length. If you otherwise like the Diva's design, try the iCare--it's a softer, Chinese sorta-knockoff but it has a MUCH longer stem. The small is like 83mm with stem and even I had to trim some off it! Mine was like $5 shipped off AliExpress.
jourdanicus on December 21st, 2015 04:24 am (UTC)
Did you cut the stem off of your Diva cup? If not, I don't think another cup's stem is going to be any longer. The Diva cup is pretty long as far as cups go too. If you really want to try a different cup, look for one that has grip rings around the bottom of the cup and a ridged stem. Leave the stem long (don't cut it) until you figure out if it is, in fact, the length that you need. I really like the Lunette cup because it has rings around the bottom and a ridged stem, and it's a lot softer than the Diva cup, so it can be easier to break the seal once you reach it.

If it's still not working for you, maybe take a break from cups for a month or two... it's important to be able to relax so you can fiddle around in there and such. It may be that you are just anxious and clenching muscles down there without realizing it.

Good luck!
m03m on December 21st, 2015 01:40 pm (UTC)
It's possible to keep bearing down even while breathing. You'll learn this if you keep on practicing. No worries, it just takes a while (and some effort).
citrinesunset: Fountain pencitrinesunset on December 23rd, 2015 08:03 pm (UTC)
The Diva Cup has a long body and a short stem. A lot of other cups, like the Lunette, have a similar overall length to the Diva but have a shorter body and a longer stem. If you're having trouble reaching the bottom of your Diva Cup, you may also have some difficulty reaching the Lunette's stem. That doesn't mean you absolutely can't use it, but removal may take practice.