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snarky
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I've had the Diva Cup for a while now, but the first time I tried to insert it, it was unsuccessful and hurt (a lot!)

Well, I got my period yesterday and decided to try again. This time, I inserted it without any problems, but once I stood up, it felt uncomfortable. I think the stem may have been poking me, but I'm afraid to cut it because I feel like I might cut it too short and then not be able to take it out. Gahh. And when I removed it, it was kind of painful and covered in bright red blood, so I think I might have cut myself.

Blah. I know practice makes perfect, but this is so frustrating. Any tips?

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Have you tried alternate folding methods? I've found to "U" or "C" shape that's recommended in the instructions does not work for me and is much more painful to insert.

I use the "7-fold" without difficulty. To try it, flatten the cup as you do during step 1 of folding, but instead of folding it in on itself again, take the right side, and fold it down and over the left so that the rim forms a sort of 7 shape.

For me, this allows a skinnier shape that goes in easily, and find it pops open much easier. I always insert a finger and stir it around the cup to make sure it's fully open and remove any residual menstrual fluid to avoid staining my undies.

Removal is tricky, but I found cutting the stem off entirely to actually help. Just make sure you break the suction before pulling it out, fold it slightly (sort of like the U shape) as you remove it, and gently ease out one side before the other. Yanking the whole thing out won't feel good for anybody, I think!

That's about all I can offer. [Smile]

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snarky
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Ooh, thanks!

I tried again, and it felt ten times better. However, the stem keeps poking my labia! I'm going to trim it all off [Wink]

How does that make it easier to take out though?

[ 06-02-2007, 06:27 PM: Message edited by: snarky ]

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I've found the stem serves no purpose. Supposedly, you can tug on it until you can reach the base of the cup, pinch it, and break the suction, but I've found that the tugging-stem step just plain feels uncomfortable and plungerish, so I cut the whole darn thing off and just bear down till I can grasp the bottom.

The majority of people I've known whack the whole thing off and love it that way! But be aware that this voids the one year guarantee in some cases, so make sure you're happy with it before snipping. [Smile]

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Hey, sorry for all the questions! It's just exciting to talk to someone who knows stuff (and the occasional thing!)

I was wondering what products are safe to clean my divacup in. I've heard that it's okay to stick it in the dishwasher, but should I be wary of certain detergents?

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Don't be sorry! I remember how excited I was when I first got my cup. [Smile]

Plain liquid handsoap is fine to wash your cup with, just make sure you rinse it VERY well to avoid vaginal irritation. I've never boiled my cup as suggested in the instructions and haven't had any problems, but some may prefer to.

It should be fine to put it in the dishwasher. I know of several women for whom this is the preferred method of sanitizing. It's made of the same material as the newer baby bottle nipples, and they hold up in there just fine. [Smile]

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Woo! Okay! It's now my second cycle of DivaCup use.
One (hopefully) last question: sometimes when I insert it, it feels as though there's air trapped up inside my vagina. ...How can I prevent this? I reinsert it several times but the same uncomfortableness is there.

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Hmm, the cup's primary mechanism to stay put and prevent leaks is to fill with air and create suction, so to a certain extent it's supposed to.

I'd just make sure you're opening the cup low and gently running a finger around the base when it's inserted. If it's nice and round, it should have popped open fully and you shouldn't feel much in the way of discomfort. Opening it low also lets it sorta nudge up to a comfy spot on its own rather than popping open in a random spot, at least for me. [Smile]

Edit: Oh, and lube! I can't get it in period without my trusty KY, and for some reason it seems to overall just help the cup get in the right place and pop open.

[ 07-02-2007, 12:53 AM: Message edited by: *Lauren* ]

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