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09 September 2010 @ 04:25 pm
I've been using my LadyCup for over a year now, with very few problems.  In fact.. I don't think I've had any problems, until yesterday.

I was in the shower, and for the life of me just could not get my cup out!  I live in a suite on campus, and while we have a 'shower room' large enough for 10 people to stand comfortably in, the actual shower stall is so small I can't even lean over enough to shave my legs.  So, I'm in this tiny stall shower trying to get my cup out and can not do it.  I step out so I can dry my hands and try, and still, nothing.  I'm bending and flexing and pushing in all sorts of positions, and FINALLY, after seriously at least a half hour of struggle, I get it out... to have all of its contest spill all over my roommates white bath rug.  Talk about stressful.

After using salt, stain remover, and throwing it in the wash, the rug is (thankfully) clean.  What the heck happened that I couldn't get it out?  I haven't used my cup since, tbh, out of fear of it happening again :/
goacidic on September 10th, 2010 02:41 am (UTC)
I find it difficult to remove the cup if I am clenching my muscles at all, I need to be fully relaxed or it's almost impossible. So I would think standing up would make it difficult, though if that's what you had already been doing I'm not sure what could have caused it...
Also did you just pull on the stem or try pinching the cup itself because pinching it helps to release the seal and makes removal easier I think.
melissa569melissa569 on September 10th, 2010 07:04 am (UTC)
For me, I can only remove a ladycup if I pinch the bottom and rock it from side to side while pulling down.

Make sure its totally popped open. Not being popped open all the way can give a softer cup like ladycup extra suction. I don't know, they kind of act like a suction cup stuck to a wall in that case. Insert it sith the fold crease facing to the side or downward, and slowly guide it open by keeping a finger along side the fold crease. That lets it suck in more air.

Also, I don't "burp" a ladycup (that's when you squeeze the cup after inserting it to let a small amount of air out and give it better suction). The reason I don't, is because Ladycup usually does have good suction on its own, and giving it more can make it creep up higher.

I just find that when it was popped open well during insertion, its a little easier to remove, in general.
saraf3msaraf3m on September 10th, 2010 09:27 am (UTC)
I find it easier to have a leg up stepping on something for removing if I'm standing, i.e. side of tub, toilet, etc.

You could try squatting? I'm like goacidic, need to be relaxed. The "keep your jaw slack" has helped me.

Dry runs are NOTHING like actual use, but you might be amused by:

Hope this helps, or brings a smile :)
nickelshoenickelshoe on September 10th, 2010 06:22 pm (UTC)
I find it difficult to remove my cup while standing, so I don't usually empty in the shower. I just go over to the toilet. I think the main problem is that when I'm standing, my vagina isn't in a straight line, so it's hard to pull the cup out past the pubic bone.
m03m on September 12th, 2010 02:10 pm (UTC)
When I'm in the shower, I usually squat to remove my cup. It helps a lot.