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27 August 2010 @ 02:06 am
 I got my period today, which means I got to try my ladycup for the first time a few minutes ago. :) I had decided not to do a dry run before I got my period in case I got frustrated and gave up before I got to try it for real.

After having it pop open painfully half way out the first time, I got it in the second time. It made a slightly frightening squeaky noise and I could feel it opening up, which I think means it has gotten itself open and in the proper position. When I attempted to feel up there, it seemed like it was fully open. Aside from being slightly sore, I find that I began feeling very crampy almost as soon as I had it in. Is this normal? Will it go away? I don't usually have cramps, especially not in the beginning days of my period, so I know this isn't just my body doing its thing.

EDIT: I woke up this morning to find no leakage, and went into the bathroom to remove the cup. It hadn't gone anywhere during the night, so it was easily within reach, but it had suctioned itself quite well to my insides, and I cannot get it out. I'm not worried at all, because I expected this, and not being able to get it out means it opened up right when I put it in.

All that being said, most of the entries here on removal are for people who can't reach their cups. I can reach mine pretty easily, and a little bearing down put the rim of the cup within reach as well, but not enough to pull on the rim and break the suction. I think once I accomplish that, I shouldn't have too much issue getting it out, but how exactly do I break the suction without just yanking on it?

EDIT 2: Just when I was starting to worry I'd never get it out, the suction broke and I got it out, cleaned it, and put it back. I'm actually very pleased with the whole experience so far, if that's going to be my only problem (aside from the cramps, which I'm hoping will go away.) I'll be happy with cups in no time!
belle_cfbelle_cf on August 27th, 2010 06:24 am (UTC)
The crampy feeling may mean that the cup is pressing on/bumping your cervix which happens to me sometimes. This will just mean that you will need to experiment with where to place your cup. eg. are you pushing it up to high? would a different fold when inserting make it sit in a slightly different place? Have you found your cervix with your finger first, because this may help with the angling of the cup.
Or it may just be that your vagina isn't used to a cup sitting in it. I felt crampy the first night that I tried to sleep with my cup in. After a few days that feeling went away.
Dina Clarelintilla on August 27th, 2010 07:38 am (UTC)
I had a similar experience with the weird crampiness (I do get cramps but these felt different), and for me it went away after an hour or so.
Laitaine: dance - waltz overawaylauralaitaine on August 27th, 2010 04:33 pm (UTC)
Absolutely this. I think it was just my body reacting and adjusting to the cup.
Kai: pic#84732488kuradi8 on August 27th, 2010 01:23 pm (UTC)
It's just your body reacting to the cup. "Hey! What the heck is this thing???" It will subside. It takes longer for some than others but I believe that if you convince yourself it's normal, then "mind over matter" will make it go away faster.
1111bm on August 27th, 2010 07:14 pm (UTC)
My cup makes my cramps worse and that never changed, even a year later. I don't mean to scare you, just wanna let you know that there are some women who happen to have a sensitive cervix or whatever, and for whom it's not an issue of "just getting used to it". Just as there are women who had worse cramps with tampons and got rid of them using a cup.
(If your cramps persist after 3-4 cycles with the cup, a squishier cup could be easier on your cervix and help to alleviate some of the cramps, then again you have a LadyCup which is very soft already, so the only other alternative I can think of would be a cup with a bigger diameter maybe?)
m03m on August 27th, 2010 07:44 pm (UTC)
I've never even tried to reach for the rim of my LadyCup. I just pinch the bottom while pulling it down gently. Try a rocking side-to-side motion, it works well for me.
Kai: pic#84732488kuradi8 on August 27th, 2010 08:19 pm (UTC)
You need to get air into/above your cup. Create an air channel with your finger on the soft "rear" side.

Then, once it's nearly out, be sure to rock it out at a diagonal so it's not "the whole rim" all at once.

Be sure to breathe, stay relaxed, open your mouth a little and keep your jaw slack.
hairballsplathairballsplat on August 28th, 2010 01:34 am (UTC)
Ladycup is one of my favorite cups. For all my cups, I grab the bottom of the cup, slide a finger up next to it, push it partially into a C fold and pull it out. I don't slide said finger all the way up to the rim. Good luck!