The second cycle was a bit better - I managed to get it in and out, but it wasn't very comfortable.
Then I found this community. Thanks Guys! I think I would have given up if it weren't for you.
I found this folding techniques entry saved the day:
It took some practice, but I got the hang of the Oragami fold. I tried it today for a "dry run" - IT WORKED! I got it in easily with no pain!
I'd also learned from my previous bumbling how to aim the cup when I was inserting it (for me I need to dip it down towards my feet and then tilt it up) and I learned that gently turning it in like a screw is easier than simply pushing straight ahead. I learned to avoid my urethera. I learned to let the cup open when it's just past my pubic bone and then gently push it up. And I trimmed the stem right off - whoah, did that ever make a difference in the comfort.
Removing I used the finger forceps move I described here: http://community.livejournal.com/menstrual_cups/847261.html to get it out, and in addition to this, I folded the cup into the "C" fold before I tried to remove the rim. Painless! HA HAHAHAHAHAHAAAAA!!!!!!
I imagine this refolding is going to be messy when I use the cup on my heaviest days. Perhaps I will further develop my technique. I'm just so thrilled because next month I'm going camping for a week and guess what? Aunt Flo is coming with me.
I'll bring some luna pads for backup, but I now have confidence in the Diva.
I think I will still purchase a mooncup UK since I've read so many good things, and many people who have the same troubles with the Diva as I have had say the mooncup UK is easier to use.
At least the Diva will work for now, and the $40 Canadian wasn't a waste. He hee! I'm so happy.