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Rachel Schroepfer
04 April 2012 @ 04:37 pm
Hello! Okay, so this is my first cycle with my small Lunette, but I'm running into a spot of trouble. I can insert the cup just fine, and I can tell it's in place when I can't feel it anymore. Running my finger around it I know it's open. The problem is, I've noticed that when I go to remove it, I can get a finger all the way up to the rim without breaking the suction. Because it's literally suctioned to my cervix, and not my vagina. I had to remove it early today since it was giving me cramping issues, assuming from the suction. Is there any way I can prevent this? Do I need a larger, or maybe smaller, cup with a wider rim perhaps? Or even try Insteads? (Although I don't like the non-reusable aspect of those) I love the advantages of a cup, and I really want to keep using it, but at this point it's difficult. I do have a fairly low cervix I guess, around 1 1/2 inches on my period. Any advice would be appreciated. 
 
djehutys_wisdom on April 6th, 2012 04:37 pm (UTC)
Removal woes
Ok, I also have MAJOR difficulty removing my cups, and I use both the large and small lunettes. I have a very high cervix, unlike the OP, but I do have super-duper-suction issues, so this may be helpful. Unlike many people here, I find it is far easier to break the seal on my small (softer) lunette than my large (firmer) lunette, but YMMV.

What I do is get into a very low squat -- with the back of my thighs resting against the back of my calves. That way I don't have to tense up to support myself (do this with your back to a wall or the tub if balancing in this position is difficult for you), and my cup is brought as low as it can go in this position. When you feel well-supported, make an effort to relax your pelvis muscles.

Then I fish the finger and thumb of one hand up while bearing down until I can grab the stem of the cup . If I am using my large lunette (very slippery stem) or the small is being mean to me that day, I will often find the stem, then grab a square of toilet paper and use it to grab the stem to get a better grip. And hang on to it like crazy. I don't try to pull it out at that point, I am just trying to keep ahold of it for the next step and keep a bit of tension on it.

Finally, I fish the index or middle finger of my other hand up the side of the cup until it is next to the rim and I can use it to push the rim (and heck, squash the whole cup) until the seal breaks. At this point, I can pull the cup out with my other hand (which is still pinching the stem).

After the cup is out, then I can get up out of my squat. This method does get blood on the floor and all over my hands IF the cup is very full, but I have a rubber bathmat I throw on the floor on those days, or I put some paper tissue on the floor if I don't have my mat.

There are days when I have to make 2 or 3 attempts to break the suction. It's frustrating, but you will get the hang of it. I cannot remove my cup on the toilet or in the shower because I can't reach the stem in those positions.

The small Lunette is a very forgiving cup, and from what I have read, people generally seem to have fewer problems with it than other cups overall. I would suggest that you spend a cycle or two with this one before looking for a different cup. It may just be a learning curve you have to get past. If it's really the cup shape, you'll have a better idea of what you like and don't like to help you choose a cup after that.