Well, those of you who suggested I try inserting the cup on my period were right, it was a lot easier, and I actually managed to get it in all the way this time, with a fold I couldn't use at all during attempted dry runs even (punchdown). I did it in the shower.
However, I kind of freaked out once I did. The stem was sticking out to one side for one. I managed to straighten it out, but I wasn't sure if it had created a seal at all. I tried feeling around the base but it hurt a bit, and that point I panicked and decided I needed to get it out, which was tricky, and uncomfortable (I pulled down on the stem until I could reach the base). Once I managed to get it out I heard this *pop* noise,so I was wondering if that meant I had a seal after all? There was already some blood in the cup but I wasn't sure how much of it was from my period and how much of it might've been from my struggle, like maybe I tore my hymen or something. In any case I've chosen against trying to reinsert the cup again tonight, though I intend to later during this cycle since I didn't have it in long enough to really see if I could feel it or if it would ride up or if I had any other problems.... I don't actually hurt down there as I type so now I'm guessing I didn't break my hymen as I thought I did.
EDIT: tried inserting it again today. I didn't panic as much as I did last time, but I was less successful. I tried walking around with it in and realized I could feel to to one side. It wasn't sore, but it was uncomfortable, and I felt some chafing. When I removed it I also realized it never popped open from a punchdown fold. I have a difficult time feeling for if it's popped open or not, since inserting my finger with the cup in kind of hurts, like it's way too tight. I almost certainly can't get myself to move my finger up alongside the cup. Anymore advice anyone can give me?
Hello all. This is my first post here. I have been using menstrual cup for a few years now, it's a large size silicone Green Donna, and I love it, but have a few issues with it, the major one is I often have trouble removing my cup. I have a long stem on my cup, but still sometime can't reach it even with finger and thumb to the hilt and a thumb, and this is painful. The other day I was having real trouble getting it out again, and to my horror I broke the tip off the stem with my fingernail, then I had to fish around and bear down a lot to get my cup out When I finally got it out it was empty, as my period had finished, but moments later there was quite a lot of sticky bright blood coming out, different from period blood. I thought that's weird so put the cup back in before bed, next morning I took it out with great difficulty, and it was clean and empty again, but straight after I removed it I bled again, and also had stinging burning sensation like perhaps I've torn something in there near the opening. It is really hard to grab onto my cup sometimes and I often keep pinching the skin inside trying to pull it out, so this is possibly what has happened, but I've never torn anything before. It's been a bis sore down there since. I am now looking at buying a new cup. I also have had problems with leaking, and because it has been often difficult to remove, have had quite a few spillages. I have extremely heavy periods at times. I am 33, and have not been sexually active for about 10 years. I am extremely..um strong in there, so says my gyno, and find it very difficult to relax, and my cups often end up firmly wedged in there, it's a real battle to get them out, partly because of pain as I have endometriosis and fibromyalgia. Also I rarely seem to get my cup to open fully. I am wondering if anyone else has similar issues, suggestions for a better brand cup? I was thinking about one of those x-large MeLuna TPE plastic ones with the ring stem - maybe easier to hook it out with my finger nail? Does anyone have experience with these or recommend something else for me?