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I was so excited to purchase my Diva cup after reading all of the glowing reports from you gals. I didn't even mind the $38.00 price tag at my local natural shop. I figured it would end up saving me money in the long run. I waited patiently for the right time of the month, boiled it, read all of the directions, followed the directions and now I hate it!<br><br>
This thing is really painful! As soon as I got it home and took it out of the packaging, I new it would be too big. I got a size 1 for women who are under 30 (check) and have never given birth(check). I'm used to using regular sized tampons and I can usually feel them quite a bit. They can be uncomfortable for me. That is one of the reasons I decided on the Diva cup, because I read reviews that some women couldn't even feel it.<br><br>
Anyway, I folded it as shown and insertion was a real problem. Very painful! I then wasn't able to grip it to give it a turn as the instructions say. I left it in for about five minutes and then decided that I couldn't handle it. I tried to grip the cup as instructed but was completely un able to reach and grab a hold. I tried to break the suction but couldn't. I ended up pulling it out the only way I could which was very painful. It felt like my cervix would come out with it! Also it was extremely messy. I don't know how you ladies handle the mess all over your fingers in the course of inserting and removing. How can you get all messy and still get dressed before finding the sink? What about in a public restroom?<br><br>
So, I really want to love my Diva cup for life. I think some reassurance might help. Or it just doesn't work for me and I'll have to go on to glad rags. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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It sounds like you inserted it way too far. The very bottom tip of the cup should be left out. When you insert it, don't let go of it until you have it right there in place. Did you cut the stem off? I would say don't until you learn placement, then you'll probably want to because it will stick way out.<br><br>
It's been a while since I've used mine so I don't know how to best explain.<br><br>
But, there is the mess. It's not nearly as messy once you learn to handle it a little better. I just use some toilet paper to wipe off & use my other hand predominantly until I can get to the sink to wash. You can also bring a wet paper towel in with you, I did that in the beginning but found that after a while I could get by w/the TP.
 

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You don't insert it far at all, just until the tag is lined up with your opening. To take it out you need to bear down as if you are going to go poo. Sorry, only way I can describe it. When you bear down it helps the Diva to work it's way down so you can grab the tag. I then continue to bear down as I pull it until it is almost out. Then I take my finger and gently break the suction, squeeze it slightly to make it more oblong and then take it out. I don't get any mess doing it this way. I dump it in the toilet and then wash it in the sink while I am still sitting. Then reinsert it.<br><br>
The first use is the hardest. I could feel it for a short while and then I forgot about it. Sometimes I get irritated because I tend to get dry, but I just use a little lubricant and that helps a lot.<br><br>
If you pull on it while it still has suction, it will hurt. Your tissue is very delicate in that area.
 

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I think that this is an entire board dedicated to menstrual cup assistance. <a href="http://community.livejournal.com/menstrual_cups/453392.html" target="_blank">This</a> page is all about insertion techniques (different ways to fold the cup).<br><br>
HTH, and sorry for the difficult experience.
 

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I'm going to contradict and say that mine is inserted high enough that the tip (with the stem cut completely off and rounded with nail clippers) doesn't stick out even a little. To take mine out I stick my finger aaaallllllll the way up along one side and hook my finger over the lip of the cup while at the same time pushing the cup in on itself slightly. The pushing in and pulling down breaks the suction for me. I have never been able to twist it to get it to pop open OR break the suction. To get it to pop open (if it doesn't on its own), I again run my finger all around it and if needed, pull down with my fingertip on the lip of the cup just enough to break the suction and let the sides expand out.<br><br>
I kind of do a modification of the first couple steps of the origami fold and then a 7 fold from the link above.<br><br>
Definitely give it time. And practice. It took me a few cycles to figure it out. Even now, some days it just does not work for me at all (uncomfortable, won't pop open, keeps riding down, etc). The first day of my period, my cervix seems to be lower and angled, which makes Day One tricky as compared to the other days.
 

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Good advice.<br>
As far as the mess, it really will get easier. I only empty mine out 2-3 times a day (first thing in the morning, occasionally midday, and before bed at night) so the public restroom thing isn't as big a deal as you might think. Lubricant of some kind is very important. Also, I find it helpful to squat when trying to find the right spot. Good luck! I suggest giving it a couple of cycles before giving up.
 

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I'm still having trouble with mine being messy because I'm still leaking even with it in. I think once it's in properly and there isn't any leaking, there shouldn't be as much of a mess becasue the flow should be contained in the cup rather than flowing down the canal...right?<br><br>
I've been working with mine for probaly over 6months now and still don't have it quite right. I might have 1-2 days during my cycle when it seems to work well, but all the rest it gets frustraing and I resort back to tampons/pads.
 

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Thank you for all of the tips! I think I'll try it again. Is it possible that the size is a problem? I found it difficult gripping because it was hard to fit my fingers along side the cup. Iknow I know too much information! Sorry, but I need to know. It also felt like it was stretching everything out down there. Is this a problem for anyone else?
 
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