February 22nd, 2013

UPDATE: Painful problem with removing + Other questions

For my past 2 attempts, every single time I try to remove the cup after removal after wearing for many hours, it gets stuck at my vaginal entrance and I can't remove it without intense pain. It's too much for me to bear, so I punch it in and squish it out awkwardly. Would anyone know why this has started to happen? I can feel skin blocking the way, so I can presume it is my hymen (feels like I'm trying to stretch a rubber band or something.. it's really bad), but I have tried stretching it and I have used the cup a lot now. The time before last time I had intense pain after I had removed it. I have pain now after my last removal problem and it getting stuck, but not as much as last time. It gets so badly jammed in there and I can not figure out what to do when this happens now. I never had a problem before with the cup with this happening. I would like to be able to remove the cup without tipping it or twisting it to get it to come out. I still don't feel like it is collecting all of my discharge internally, but rather more externally. I always feel a lot of gaps inside my vagina so I can never know if the cup is 'blocking' these gaps at all. That worries me a lot when I first try it on my period as I bleed heavily.

I can now suddenly insert my fingers into my vagina (past two days) to feel along the side of the cup to see if the 'punch down' will open (no other folds will open for me). This is great I can now feel the sides of the cup properly to see if it has opened, but it is still very hard for it to pop open ( and pretty weird I can suddenly feel the side of the cup a lot more now). I must note the time I was able to put my fingers into my vagina and prodded the cup I felt it 'pop' for the first time. I also had no discomfort and sleep pretty well. Later on when I removed it when I woke up, that was the time when the cup first got stuck.
I will twist it.. prod it and it just won't open. The only thing that helps is pulling it down with the ring a bit which helps with prodding, but it is still a huge nuisance. I hate spending a long time just sticking my fingers in trying to adjust and shift and insert. I don't want to get too 'messy' when I actually do try it on my period. It is harder to turn the cup now too. The only way I turn it is by pulling with the ring in a a clockwise and anticlockwise motion but this is really hard to do for me, it does it VERY slowly and hurts a bit too. Do you think my cervix has shifted? My period is due in about a week.

I also thought my vagina was being more willing for me to let me insert the cup but it's now back to being hard to insert. I will keep trying to push it in, but it just refuses to go in. Using lubrication (water is useless, tried inserting in the bath many times) is the only way it will go in, but even that is not so easy anymore. It is still painful and awkward to insert the cup as usual no matter what.

I am much more comfortable with cups now. I like trying it every day as I leak a lot of discharge (still don't get why the cup doesn't collect it that much). But I am still suffering pain with inserting and removal. Removing is far more painful than insertion, even when I don't have the 'hymen problem' (if my hymen is the problem with the 'stuck' issue).

I'm really sick of the pain I feel for a long time after removal more than anything right now as it lasts quick a while.

Note : I have not worn the cup on my period since I got the meluna last month. I tried last month but had no luck with it going in. I'm going to try it out on my next period but I'm worried about getting 'messy' with it as I stick my fingers in there to adjust and move the cup a lot.

Would anyone have an idea of another cup brand I can use that is soft and pops open easily? I use the Meluna L classic, but I read the Meluna is the WORST for popping open. I feel like it is too coarse for my vaginal walls and would prefer something much easier to stop the pain I have.

Looking for comparison photos...

Hi cupaholics,
I am looking for some specific comparison photos.

I currently have a L fleur, small Lunette Diane, and Jasmine (using a Diva for reference since they are more common).

I am looking for...
• a small Lunette with a (L) Cuplee

• Pictures of a blue (new?) Cuplee. Wondering if the femininewear periwinkle sort of color is the current color, and if it's as solid as it appears.

Basically any combination of the tags above, highlighting Cuplee and Large Meluna compared to the three other cups that I have.

And if anyone by chance has comparison photos of the Lunacup, Lilacup, or Sckoon, (with or without any of these tags, I just would like an idea of size), that would also be lovely. Thanks!

PS (edit)-- does anyone know if anything is new with Cuplee? On their .ru page, it shows lots of different colors (like purple!), and also makes mention of 2 sizes. These show on cuplee.org for purchase as well. Femininewear only has a few colors and the one size. And I'm not sure of any other distributors to cross-check sizes/colors.