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25 February 2012 @ 10:30 am
Hello! I have a Mooncup (UK) and this is my first cycle using it, I've used it for three days. I have no problems inserting it now. However, it is so difficult to remove and it leaks a lot and so far has not been worth the trouble, which I'm really disappointed about because I hate using disposable products! It also has not gotten any easier throughout the eight or so times I've removed it.

At first it was causing a lot of irritation to my vagina because of the stem, so I gradually cut off about half of the stem, and now it's no longer irritating, but it takes so long to reach the cup in order to take it out. I've tried bearing down, relaxing, etc. all the stuff that everyone has recommended, but still it has never taken less than half an hour (!) to get it out! Just now it took almost 45 minutes and even though I'm sort of folding it back into a C-fold before taking it out, it's painful and I think the suction is still holding. Every time I can almost reach the stem, I try to move my fingers up so I can get a better grip on the base, but then it just slides up again; or I try to slide a finger up alongside it to reach over the rim, but this just ends up pushing it back in. I'm really at the end of my tether with this cup and I'm using a tampon right now because I couldn't bring myself to go through another extremely frustrating 45-minute removal process while about 10 other people on my hallway are probably waiting for the bathroom!

That said, I know the seal is good when I put it in, and I can't understand why it would be leaking. I also don't have the money to afford another cup - this is actually the second one I've bought (I got a Keeper last year and was unable to even insert it, so it sat on my shelf for a year until I decided to buy another cup and try again!)

I really don't know what to do anymore - it seems like the more times I try, the longer it takes to get it out! I'm tired of it being such a long and painful process which isn't even worth it because it leaks. But I really want it to work out, because I don't like using tampons. Help??
m03m on February 27th, 2012 07:29 pm (UTC)
For what it's worth, it's only your first cycle. You're right in the middle of the learning curve and most of what you're describing will get better pretty soon.

I've never even tried to reach for the rim of my cup; I just pinch the base and that breaks the suction just fine.

Give it a rest for now, and try again next cycle. That's what I would do. Good luck!
juliiie87juliiie87 on February 29th, 2012 09:51 pm (UTC)
Also, don't put too much pressure on yourself.
You'll get it eventually. And when you do try again, make sure to be relaxed and not pressured by time or anything.

Maybe take a hot bath or a shower and do it then ? Also, I don't know how heavy your flow is, but personnally I don't have to go through removal more then once in the morning and once in the evening. I find squatting and bearing down is what brings the cup closer, but you may find out that a different position works better for you.

And like m03m said, as long as you can pinch the bottom, then rock it from side to side, maybe twist it a little, you should be able to remove it. Basically you just need to practice bearing down while being relaxed.
asdf987 on March 1st, 2012 10:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I will try again next time around - I'm thinking the difficulty with removal will get easier with time, but I'm not sure about the leaking.. hopefully that will stop too. Thanks for your encouragement ladies!
luxurymoonluxurymoon on March 5th, 2012 12:19 pm (UTC)
I would definitely keep trying. If it doesnt work for you the next couple of cycles maybe sell your Keeper on mc-sales on here and invest in a new cup. I dont like stems myself and happily there are lot of good non stem cups now out there
sille1976 on March 18th, 2012 11:15 pm (UTC)
I just had to have my husband to help me remove the my cup ;) And he would garantee that I will have to go to the hospital, if I feel like trying it again ;)

But after reading about your troubles I feel like trying again (and tomorrow I have a short day at work, so I could visit a doctor if I fail again ;) ;) ;) ).

Best Regards Sille