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I've tried several cups: Diva, Lunette, Femmycycle, and currently Lena. I've had the same issue with all of them, removal is always an ordeal. I bear down and reach for the stem, barely get a hold of it with the tips of my fingernails and pull and pull (losing grip several times from my nail either bending back or just slipperyness) until it feels like the stem is stretched to the point of breaking, fiiiinally get it down low enough for me to grab the base, and painfully pop it out.
It always feels like there's way too much suction. I've read that just squeezing the base is supposed to release suction, but that's never happened. Even if I somehow manage to get a finger up to the rim, I don't feel a suction release until I completely bend the rim inside the cup itself which results in a mess.
Anyway, what am I doing wrong here? I've watched countless videos, read everything I could find, and tried several different cups. I really want to figure this out, please help me :(
jennisezjennisez on May 15th, 2016 10:28 pm (UTC)
The video that seaweed88 links to is excellent. That is the technique I use to remove my cup. I hold the stem and bear down, walk the cup down a bit, pinch the base, and then start folding my cup into a U-shape (using my thumb, index, and second fingers) while it's still inside. I just keep walking my fingers up like that and usually about halfway up the cup, the rim collapses and the seal breaks. It's best to do this over the toilet and to tip the cup toward the toilet bowl as it comes out.

If the stem is slippery, fold up a square of toilet paper and use it to help you grip the stem.