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07 August 2016 @ 05:09 pm
First time user of any menstrual cup. Insertion I have been able to master. Removal is painful! I am 41 years old and have 1 child. I am a lesbian and my wife and I do not use dildos or wide vibrators. I only share this because of the pain! I have been able to listen for the suction release (learned the hard way!). The pain come after the suction release and actual removal of the cup. I don't care about getting my blood on my hands. I only want it to not be painful when I take the cup completely out. I don't know how to tip it or fold it when it's inside. I have watched videos but the videos are not the proper way the hands/wrists would be when maneuvering down there. I'm using the diva cup size 2. Any advice is welcome!
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on August 8th, 2016 01:12 am (UTC)
I think it's a combination of factors. One is that the anti-suction holes on the Diva are notoriously small. Enlarge them. The other is that you're still in the learning curve and that you haven't established a good removal technique yet. That also includes accidentally clenching your PC muscle. Practice relaxing it for removal. If you haven't already, skim/read http://kuradi8.livejournal.com/ and hang in there. :o)

Hilary Healy on August 9th, 2016 03:49 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Hilary Healy on August 10th, 2016 07:33 am (UTC)
Would enlarging the holes make it easier for air to get in there? Or is there another benefit to making the holes bigger?
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on August 10th, 2016 11:44 am (UTC)
Yes, larger holes make it easier for air to get in or out. Especially for popping open and for removal.
Hilary Healy on August 16th, 2016 03:20 am (UTC)
Thank you for the explanation.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on August 9th, 2016 02:53 pm (UTC)
Agreed that the suction holes are a big part of the problem. It's also possible that you don't even need a large cup (unless your capacity needs require it). Having a child is not always grounds for getting a Large in any cup brand. You may be happier with a Small if you don't bleed super heavily. Or maybe you'll decide later that a different shape with less of a rim is comfier.
Hilary Healy on August 10th, 2016 07:34 am (UTC)
I will consider a smaller cup. Thank you.
jenjamin1234 on August 9th, 2016 08:19 pm (UTC)
I haven't been using cups for very long (6-7 months) so not sure if this will be helpful, but I find when I use my large Fleur I have to sort of partially C-fold it to remove it comfortably. I break the seal, wiggle it down a bit while pinching the base, then slide my finger up the cup to press down on the top of the rim as I remove it. The small Fleur I don't have to bother with, just keep wiggling until it's completely out. Maybe something similar could stop removal being painful for you?
Hilary Healy on August 10th, 2016 07:35 am (UTC)
I will try the partial c-fold for removal. That is the method I use to insert it, so maybe I can figure out how to remove it that way :). Thank you.