June 24th, 2015

How exactly does one get a cup out? Cup suggestions?

You'd think this would be obvious, what with all the reading/researching/youtubing I've done!
Yo all. I'm hoping for just your basic cup ideas, "where the heck is my cervix," and "how the hell do these things work" help like everyone else on this community (sub? group?).
I've measured my cervix the past couple days of my period (the first two days of it really), standing, with one leg on a toilet (is that how I should do it?), and haven't been able to reach it (I think, could I be passing it?). My middle finger is 3ish inches, but I'm not sure if I've reached it all in. So I guess I have a high cervix, which is rather unfortunate because I'm freaked out about being able to get out a cup--I have never even really used tampons before. Because scratchy and weirded out by my body--but no more!
I've been planning to get the Lunette model 1 (because I'm a virgin, though 19, and not a tampon-user). But the Ruby cup also seems nice--but probably the small, even though it's new. I fear now though that they would be too short. Maybe the Lily? And, like everyone with a moderate flow, I think I have a heavy flow, and it lasts a week.
Do I need to be able to stick two fingers in in order to get it out? Do people just reach their pointer finger and middle finger in, pinch the stem, and then pull? How do you break the seal then? Do people somehow, magically, also fit their thumb in? And, of course, I imagine the blood absolutely spilling everywhere. But, eh, it's just a little blood.
Should I just go ahead and order a Lunette? I found a coupon code that's only good until the end of June...
It's SMR2015 incase any of you didn't know but wanted to.
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Cup suggestions for a preteen

Greetings!

It's been a while since I've come around...
My 11 year old daughter started menstruating this spring and has so far chosen to use pads. We've talked about cups (she knows that's what I use), but she hasn't been super interested - until now...
With it being summer, she may have to back out of swimming with friends later this week. We talked about tampons since they're easy access and she'd have time to practice between now and Friday, but she's even more nervous about that than the idea of a cup.

She knows I've used cups for years - I currently use a Skooncup and have used a LadyCup in the past.

I was thinking about getting her a Skooncup, too, but then I saw the EvaCup and a few others on Amazon and realized there are really so many options these days... I've gotten indecisive!

I am contemplating getting her both a small Skoon and a small Eva so that she can play around and figure out what works best for her...
Any special suggestions (cup and usage) for a young, first time cup user?

Thanks!

Paragard + Diva Cup

It's been about a year and a half since I started using my menstrual cup (diva cup) and about as long since I've posted here, but I'm definitely a lurker. Lots of good info! The menstrual cup has changed my life and made it so my periods are SO not a big deal and I can go about life as usual.

I had a Paragard IUD inserted yesterday morning and since then I've been wearing pads to be safe due to things I've read online and on this board. Though my GYN herself (a Paragard AND Mooncup user) said there was absolutely no reason I couldn't use the cup right away. She said a well placed IUD won't be expelled due to a tampon or menstrual cup, and seemed pretty confident about her experience with placing them, saying she'd never had a patient expel it in the hundreds+ she's placed over the last thirty years. Also note - she cut the strings deliberately short so I can use the cup.

That being said, I'm still a little nervous because of how I need to remove the cup. The base has always been too slippery for me to grab without pulling down on the stem at least a little bit to get it outside of the opening of the vagina so I can get a good grasp. My normal removal is pull down a little bit on the stem, pinch the bottom to break the seal, done. I've tried inserting a finger up the side to break the seal that way, but I guess I have short fingers because I've never been able to feel the top rim to do it successfully. My thought process here is that if sometimes bearing down can get it close enough to the opening to grab, then pulling on the stem should also be NBD, right?

The last 2 days of using pads has been so disgusting and miserable and I want to get back to using my cup ASAP. I was just hoping to get a little reassurance/advice first :)

TL;DR: I want to use my divacup with my IUD - inserted less than 48 hours ago. Want to confirm that my removal method is okay :)

Thank you <3 <3