stateofbalance (ex_stateofb) wrote in menstrual_cups,

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Slightly scary yet eye-opening experience

So recently I decided to give cups a try, mainly for environmental reasons. I started out with a Diva size 1 (I'm 21, virgin, no kids) because it seemed like the most readily-available cup in my area and it had been recommended to me. I tried it out on a few dry runs, but found that I could always feel it in there and it made peeing really hard, plus I could never manage to get it to "open up," it just stayed smooshed in its folded shape. All this led me to think that maybe the Diva was too big.

Fast forward a few months later. I decided to give the medium Meluna a try. I inserted it, rotated it a little, felt it open all the way... so far so good... and then I realized I couldn't get it out. What I thought was a short vagina is actually a lot longer than I thought. The cup formed a very tight seal with my body and migrated way up beyond my reach unless I was bearing down and searching, and then I could only feel the ball part of the stem. I was pretty freaked out at that point, so I decided to give it a rest and wait until I was more calm and relaxed to try getting it out.

I finally ended up getting it out, with a combination of bearing down, searching and trying to break the seal by pressing on the side of the cup (I heard a funny sucking sound like air was getting in, so I figured that was the seal breaking), and then holding on for dear life when I finally got a grip on the ball stem. 

Good aspects of this whole ordeal: I did have the presence of mind to realize that the cup had gone in and opened really easily, wasn't causing me any discomfort, and wasn't giving me trouble while trying to pee. Also, when it came out, I did notice that my blood had ended up in the cup. So it was definitely in the right place.

I'm pretty sore down there and a bit shaken up over the whole experience, so I think I'm going to stick with cloth pads for now before trying cups again. I'm still not sure if I have the right size cup. I like the Meluna, but is it normal for a cup to travel beyond your reach? Is this just part of the learning curve (I'm wondering how on earth I will ever get this cup out while I'm in a public restroom and can't kneel on the floor for ~10 minutes)? I really want cups to work for me. What do you all think, is this a fairly normal experience?
Tags: first time use, meluna, removal - painful or problems, seal & suction
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