How do I insert The DivaCup?

On your first trial with The DivaCup, make sure you are relaxed and have time to read the User Guide thoroughly beforehand. Insertion and removal will only take a few seconds once you master the technique. If you have any questions or issues regarding insertion or removal, please contact Diva Inc. via email or phone at 1-866-444-DIVA or

Step 1: Fold

Prior to insertion, thoroughly wash your hands (15 - 20 seconds) and The DivaCup with warm water using The DivaWash or a mild, unscented soap. Hold the cup with the stem pointing down.
Fold Option 1 (Fig.1) Press the sides of the cup together and then fold it in half again forming a tight “U” shape; OR
Fold Option 2 (Fig. 2) Place a finger on the top rim of the cup and press it down into the center of the inside base to form a triangle. This makes the top rim much smaller to insert.

Step 2: Hold

With one hand, hold the folded sides firmly together with your thumb on one side and your 4 fingers on the other side just below the top rim of the cup.

Step 3: Insert

Take a comfortable position: either standing, sitting on the toilet, or squatting.
Relax your vaginal muscles (pelvic floor muscles). 
Gently separate your labia with your opposite, free hand. 
Insert The DivaCup into the vagina aiming it horizontally towards your tailbone (located at the base of your spine). The DivaCup will open before it is completely inserted; however, continue to insert towards the tailbone.
Continue to insert The DivaCup until the stem is even with the vaginal opening and does not protrude. DO NOT push the tip of the stem further than ½ inch (1.27 cm) into the vagina. 
Inserting The DivaCup too high may cause leaks, and may also make removal more difficult.


Finally, in order to create the seal with the vaginal muscle (pelvic floor muscle), grip the base of the cup (not the stem) and turn the cup one full rotation (360 degrees) in either direction or insert the cup about half way, turn the cup one full rotation and then push it in the rest of the way. It must rotate easily as this ensures that it is fully open and that it is positioned horizontally towards your tailbone. You can also make sure the cup is completely open by inserting a finger into your vagina and gently pressing on one side of the vaginal wall to create space for the cup to fully open. Failure to create a seal can result in leaks, the cup traveling too high, and making removal difficult.

Note: If the cup will not rotate easily, will not fully open, feels uncomfortable, or pinches when you are sitting, it is positioned incorrectly. Please review these instructions again. If the stem irritates the vaginal opening once it is positioned correctly, you may remove the cup and trim the stem slightly. Only trim the stem after removal. Cut the stem so the remaining stem is no shorter than one-quarter (1/4) inch (0.6 cm). Cutting the stem completely will make removal difficult.

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