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30 April 2010 @ 01:01 pm
Hi, I got my first cup a few days ago and am loving it so far. It's a LadyCup Size Large, and it has been comfortable and easy to insert with a punch-down fold, and, as a bonus, I haven't gotten cramps as badly as I usually do with tampons!

The problem is that I'm really having a lot of trouble with removal. I can break the seal fairly easily, and I've tried folding the cup into a C-shape, but it seems to be too large to pull out comfortably that way--I edge the cup down about half-way out of position and things start to get really really painful. So I was hoping you lovely ladies might have suggestions for removal methods other than the C-fold that won't hurt so much.

lizsterineglizsterineg on April 30th, 2010 05:25 pm (UTC)
I also have a large Lady cup - Yellow :)

Hmm...I *kinda* push it into a C, but not fully. I use index finger, middle finger and thumb, I pinch the cup base and I push my thumb through the two fingers - like the 'I got your nose!' thing. This initially breaks my seal, and half folds it to bring it down easier.

If I leave it in this position and pull straight out, as the rim gets closer to the entrance, no so nice feelings. So what I sort of do (kinda of a by-product of trying not to drop it) I tilt it a bit so one edge of the rim comes out first instead of trying to squish the whole rim out at once. It still is a *little* uncomfortable coming out (like anything is going in or out of such a sensitive area), but not painful.

Also, one of the members here has posted a vid on YouTube about insertion and removal, which I've used as 'inspiration' to my removal technique, and it's getting better.

Here's the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLPBZz3uJEg&feature=channel

Hope that helps. It's a bit of playing around with techniques and putting up with some 'owies' while learning....so I've experienced. You'll eventually find what works for you, and I hope I gave you some ideas to try.
Kai: pic#84732488kuradi8 on April 30th, 2010 05:36 pm (UTC)
The idea is to get air into/above the cup during removal. Since your vagina is kinda like an empty balloon, the air has to come from the outside so create an air channel up to either the rim (whoosh) or the anti-suction holes (slowly seep.)

Sometimes you need to do this more than once on the cup's way out.

Go slowly, relax. DON'T YANK! (ouch)

And finally, rock the cup out at a diagonal so it's not "the whole rim" at once.
fireaphidfireaphid on April 30th, 2010 06:22 pm (UTC)
Though it's a bit harder, I can get my cup into the punch-down fold for removal. The C-fold is less comfortable when the cup passes the entrance, but it's easier to get into the fold, which means less fishing around. With the punchdown, it's the opposite, so it may work better for you. Next time, maybe try sliding your finger up the side of the cup and over the rim, and instead of pushing one end of the rim to the opposite side, push the rim down to the base on that side. By then the stem and base of the cup should be nearly outside you, and the rest is easy.
melissa569melissa569 on May 1st, 2010 07:17 am (UTC)
Something I like to do-- when you get the cup down to where you can almost remove it, start easing out only one edge of the rim...

But also, I think its better to make the edge of the rim come out on the side, rather then the front/top. The urethra is there, and that can hurt with some people, because its so sensitive.
feministin29 on May 1st, 2010 05:26 pm (UTC)
I second the above comment.

I don't really use a bona fide fold when removing it. I grab it at the base, pull it till it's almost out and then just push in the rim in one place that feels comfortable and take it out.
dareva on May 3rd, 2010 02:08 am (UTC)
I tend to grab my cup (Divacup) just above where the stem joins it, wiggle it down a tiny bit, and then gently squeeze it till it flattens a little, then pull it down at an angle. (I am sitting here, miming this) That's the most comfortable way for me.