February 28th, 2015

removal issues - stem shredded

Hello all,
I've been lurking on this community for a while now but am finally posting and am in need of some advice.
I'm 27, been using the diva cup for about a year now, generally with no problems.
I usually remove by grasping on the stem and tugging it down until it's low enough to grab at the base. This morning, though, when I went to take it out, I couldn't grab the stem at all. Had a horrible time removing it, but eventually managed to get the darn thing out. Now it's out and I can see what happened - the cup has actually shredded along the stem. So it longer has the raised grippy ring at the bottom of the stem but is just sort of rough silicone. I guess I have been digging in too hard to the stem and it has worn out?
Kinda worried I have a random piece of silicone inside me now, since I didn't see it come out with the cup.
Has anyone ever experienced this? Help!