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I have been looking into cups for about a month and finally bought one.  I went with the Lunette Model 2, since I gave birth two years ago to my daughter.  I got it in the mail a few days ago and have been anxiously awaiting my period to arrive.  Well it came today and I was so excited to try it out. 

I took a shower and decided that it may be easier for me to try it out while I was in the shower.  I did the C fold and inserted it with no problem.  I took my time to make sure it was in and positioned properly (I also didn't want it to pop and hurt).  It felt alright and didn't bother me while I had it in.  I thought I should try to take it out and I was able to but it was a little tough.  I reinserted it and I felt like I got it in a little better than the first time.  It's not too bad getting it in but I really cannot fit my finger(s) in with it.  So I kind of get it in then push it up a bit.  I left it in while I showered then tried one more time to take it out.  When I put it in the stem was out a bit but it didn't really bother me.  When I went to take it out the stem was now inside of me and I had a really hard time getting it out.  It's like I can't really fit my fingers inside of me to get it out.  I had to tug a bit on the stem until I could ''grab'' a hold of the base of the cup. 

I then got paranoid that I would not be able to get it out.  So I put a tampon in.  Is it usually a little tough to get a hold of it for removal?  I feel like if I had it in for most of the day it would make it's way up higher and be even harder to get out. I know it can't get lost but I have been using tampons for so long and am not used to this.  Again I was in the shower trying it out so I think that made it a bit easier, I can't imagine doing it right now on the bathroom floor LOL!   I know it was definitely in right the second time as it had collected some blood.  I cannot wait to get past this ''paranoia'' so I can wear it full time while I am on my period.  And tips about getting it out easier or anything?  
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on April 15th, 2012 04:04 pm (UTC)
Hang in there, you've ALMOST got it! As you already did, tug on the stem a little until you can get it low enough to get a hold of the base, then rock it out.

Yes, it's perfectly normal for a cup to rise up. A cup will ride where ever it darn well pleases and that is usually determined by the height of your vag.

Read the REMOVAL tags for lots of good advice. I'll add that since most of your insertions and removals will probably be on the toilet, sit comfortably, drop your panties to your ankles so you can splay your knees wide, slouch back or lean forward as necessary, bear down and RELAX to reach for the stem/base. Open your mouth a little, keep your jaw slack and don't forget to breathe. :o) Most importantly, DON'T RUSH IT!

You're in the dreaded learning curve as you learn to trust your cup. Don't worry, you'll get the hang of it in no time. :o)
jba56 on April 15th, 2012 04:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! I am going to try it out again when I need to use the bathroom. I just start freaking out because it's a tight fit to get my fingers in there. I will check out the removal tags too. :)
melissa569melissa569 on April 17th, 2012 06:41 pm (UTC)
This! And if length is not the problem (the cup is not so far up that you can't touch it at all), then a little bearing down like you are having a bowel movement really helps to bring it closer. That, and keeping tissue in your hand to re-dry your fingers a couple times for better grip.
gkathi on April 15th, 2012 04:09 pm (UTC)
this is just my experience, but i have a hard time handling my cup in the shower, it seems to me like when i squat there i can't really control my muscles. only position working for me is sitting on the toilet. just find your personal way of doing it!
Amandastereosymbiosis on April 15th, 2012 05:05 pm (UTC)
I find it much easier to remove my cup while I'm sitting on the toilet. just bear down (as if you were having a bowel movement) and the cup should start to move down, and you can grab the stem and wiggle it out :)
Arrow_Bright: Green Gablesarrow_bright on April 15th, 2012 05:55 pm (UTC)
I have a small Lunette, and I find it a lot easier to insert and remove while sitting on the toilet. I find that it's easier to get my fingers in, and it pushes my cup down a bit. Bearing down also really helps.

My cup always rides up after I put it in, but the good news is that generally after it rides up, that's as far as it's going to go (it can only go up so far). I have a high cervix and always have to tug at the stem until I can reach the base.

Other tips to make it easier is to keep at it instead of going back to tampons. ;D Really, you just need to practice more. It sounds like most of your troubles are your paranoia rather than actual troubles (understandable, of course). You can do it! You're almost there!
jba56 on April 15th, 2012 07:09 pm (UTC)
Well I have put my cup in again and this time I heard it suction so I know it is once again inserted right. I took a mirror this time just to look and I can just barely see the stem. I hope it doesn't ride too far up and give me a hard time to empty tonight.

Another question. I am off this weekend but go back to work tomorrow. Not sure if I should stick with the cup and wear a pad or just use tampons. What did you all do when you were still in the learning curve?
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on April 15th, 2012 08:38 pm (UTC)
Try it!!! You'll never know until you try so you might as well get it over with! Bring enough tampons just in case you want to swap. But if things go well, you won't need to. :o)
jba56 on April 15th, 2012 10:23 pm (UTC)
I just emptied my cup and I removed it with absolutely no problem what so ever. I bared down until I got a good grip and was able to take it out without even spilling it. I normally have a very heavy flow for the first day or two so my cup was pretty full. I love this cup so far and I think I was having a problem removing it at first because I was nervous and also the position (squatting in the shower). I have to agree with others that it is easier to insert and remove on the toilet. :)

I did have a little leaking but that may have been from the outside of the cup.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on April 15th, 2012 11:35 pm (UTC)
Hurrah! You are 98% through the learning curve. Sure, you'll have disasters along the way. We all did and occasionally still do.

As for the "residual slobber," there are ways to combat that but don't worry about it yet. Get through this period and maybe the next with liners (or pads) for back-up and then start looking for solutions if you haven't figured out your own ways yet.

And don't forget to tell all your friends about your wicked cool cup! :o)
chamekkechamekke on April 16th, 2012 01:50 am (UTC)
As for the "residual slobber," there are ways to combat that but don't worry about it yet.

I've been wondering about this for a while, actually. Lots of people on this comm use the term residual slobber, but there isn't a tag for it or anything, so it took me a while to work out from context exactly what it meant ;-)

Do you happen to know of any posts that talk about it in more detail? Thanks!

ETA: Never mind! I'll just hunt around under the tag leakage & spotting, no doubt I'll find something under there. (Although if you know of The Definitive Post on R.S., I'm all ears :-)

Edited at 2012-04-16 01:55 am (UTC)
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on April 16th, 2012 02:07 am (UTC)
As the name implies, it's the flow that winds up in the nooks and crannies of your vag on the outside of your cup.

I don't think there's ONE post that covers it all. Sooner or later, we figure out a way to minimize if not eliminate it. Me, I never fully clobbered it so I just wear liners.

There is also a theory that those who switch over from tampons, their vag'es are used to lubricating the dry scratchy tampons so it takes a while for them to figure out that they don't need to be so "gushy" with cups. And that's why those folks might have more residual slobber in the beginning -- cos the unnecessary natural lubrication washes the residual slobber out. Of course, we're all different...
Arrow_Bright: Sara Stanleyarrow_bright on April 16th, 2012 02:20 am (UTC)
I've also found that it's worse if I wait until my cup overflows to empty (I can be rather lazy, lol; plus I love my cloth pads and liners too much not to use them :D), but it's not as bad if I empty it before. It was the same way for me with tampons.
juliiie87juliiie87 on April 16th, 2012 02:09 pm (UTC)
That and inserting your cup as soon as possible, even before the bleeding actually starts, can (almost) eliminate any residual spotting.
Darling Nikkijessiebanana on April 17th, 2012 07:00 am (UTC)
I agree that once you get the hang of it, it's little to nothing. I went through this period with zero slobber. I put my cup in the day it was going to start and it was clean sailing the entire time.

I also converted from tampons.
brittlesmilebrittlesmile on April 15th, 2012 11:52 pm (UTC)
I have the small Lunette and for the first couple months I had to rely on the stem to get it out; I've been using it for about 6 months now and I'm only just getting to the point where I can reliably grip it without using the stem. I remember the first time I used it I spent like 20 minutes panicking in the bathroom because I thought I wouldn't be able to get it out. And now I can just pop it out in a couple seconds. So hang in there; it's normal (or not abnormal)!

As for tips, it was way easier for me to remove it in the shower, so keep up with that til you're comfortable, and for me it was really helpful to use two hands - bear down to get the cup lower, and hold the stem so it doesn't go back up.

Best wishes! :)
skadi1 on April 21st, 2012 08:25 pm (UTC)
Can you explain to me how you use two hands to remove
kitsunenomizukitsunenomizu on April 16th, 2012 03:26 am (UTC)
Another thing that may help as I also cannot fit my fingers in alongside my cup, is while bearing down with your nails alongside the cup so as not to pinch yourself but also not clawing at the cup, is each time you bear down, slide your fingers up until you have ahold of the grip ring base as it is closer to the opening and then take it out. No need for paranoia, just keep trying.
jba56 on April 17th, 2012 08:05 pm (UTC)
I am on day 3 of using my cup and I am in love with it. It's going great. I wore it to work for the first time and had to change it once since that was the beginning of my flow and was quite heavy. I think I have the hang of it. It also sits fairly low inside where I am able to get it out with no problem.
I love that I can sleep all night without changing it or leaking. I still wear a liner just in case through out the day until I figure out the R.S. issue.
Definitely worth the purchase!
skysosskysos on April 18th, 2012 04:09 am (UTC)
Glad it's going so well! And the kitty in your icon is adorable!!