chandyrae (chandyrae) wrote in menstrual_cups,

New to cups, Having some problems - help please!

Hi, I just bought a Moon Cup, size A I believe, the one that's for after childbirth. This is my first time using menstrual cups, and I'm really hoping to be able to use them permanently. I did a "dry run" with it a few days ago, and was actually really surprised at how easily I got it in and opened (researched different folds first, definitely helped!). The problems came AFTER it was in... First of all, I had an enormous amount of rectal pressure with it - almost to the point of it being unbearable. Not painful, just seriously... weird, uncomfortable. Felt like the pressure I had when giving birth! I searched the past posts like crazy and didn't find anything similar or helpful. Could it be due to needing a smaller size? I don't think I have a "long" vagina, but I've never been able to feel my cervix (granted, I have short fingers!). Doctors have always had a lot of trouble with reaching my cervix, too - I think it points backwards more than it does for most women. I don't know if that even makes a difference... total noob here.

The second problem could very well be related - tremendous difficulty and pain getting it out. It took me maybe 15 minutes to get the darn thing out, and I was nearly panicked. I had tons of pressure and pain and finally just had to be willing to suffer through it to get it out. There was blood on it when I finally did get it out (not menstrual), so I know it did some internal damage.

Is it possible that I need a smaller cup, or maybe even a softer one? For comparison, I've always used light tampons simply because the regular ones are super uncomfortable for me, going in and coming out (but I have no problem during sex, provided there's been enough foreplay - sorry if tmi). I was hoping using a cup could fix some of the tampon issues, but so far... well, I'm honestly afraid to even put the cup in a second time!! TIA for any advice!
Tags: dry run, first time use, keeper moon cup, removal - painful or problems
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