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25 June 2012 @ 11:28 pm
Hello! First of all, this is my first time posting to livejournal ever, so please forgive me if this ends up in the wrong place.

I'm on my first period with my Mooncup, size B, and have been doing a lot of research on insertion and removal techniques. I've found a lot of different techniques, particularly with a lot of different kinds of folds, but not so much with removal... mostly just a bunch of removal horror stories- eek! I'm still spending like ten minutes in the bathroom every time I try to remove it, so I want to look into different methods of taking it out in hopes that one of them will best suit my body.

So, what's your personal method of removing your menstrual cup that best suits you? (Any tips on avoiding a mess would also be greatly appreciated.)
Lorlorrainec on June 26th, 2012 04:18 am (UTC)
I just stand over the toilet and reach up, pinch the body between two fingers and thumb (thinking about it now, I figure I'm pinching it into a shallow "C" as I do this), and pull down. It helps that the cup sits low. I let it open just as I get it out which catches everything so it doesn't go all over the seat, and then dump. My current cup is a Femmecup, but the technique is left over from using my Keeper.

Also, hi! Welcome to LJ.
chamekke: cha_raccoon_kitchamekke on June 26th, 2012 04:42 am (UTC)
I have the "old-style" MINI Meluna with ring stem (one classic, one soft)... although I don't simply pull it out with the stem the way confusedalice does.

First, I break the seal by reaching in and pinching the body of the cup. The more full it is, the easier I find it to break the seal. (I also find it a bit easier with the classic cup than the soft one, FWIW.)

If that doesn't do the trick, I reach in further and try to grasp it again closer to the rim, again pinching inward: the "hot dog in a bun" method.

Once I feel the seal starting to give, I bear down, gently pull on the tip/stem, and rock the cup slightly back and forth, easing it out gradually. I keep easing it out so that it stays at the same angle as the vagina itself until I feel the rim reaching the opening of the vag; then I tilt the cup forward so that the rim stays horizontal, i.e. level with the ground. No spilling that way!

It typically takes me between 5 and 10 seconds to remove the cup. I've had 3 periods so far in which I've used it.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on June 26th, 2012 12:46 pm (UTC)
The key to insertion and especially removal is to RELAX. I find that dropping my panties to my ankles so I can splay my knees (loosely) wide is key to my success. Then I just bare down, pinch the base, rock it out. No fuss, no muss, no pain, no mess. Out in seconds.
juliiie87juliiie87 on June 26th, 2012 01:14 pm (UTC)
Recently I tried the "hot dog in a bun" and loose c-fold method, but because I can only insert a finger alongside the cup on my soft backwall (closest to the floor), the c-fold ends up looking downwards, which I find pretty awkward to remove comfortably and without spilling, if the cup is nowhere near full at least. And it sorts of hurts my urethra, I think... ?

Next period, if I get another "stuck pick" bleed, I might just go back to pinching and rocking out gently, possibly with the help of Melissa's "one edge at a time" technique, we'll see. Pinching and roughly rocking the cup out is what I did at first anyway, not the smoothest ever, but it works with little to no spills. But because my cup is very soft, I find it useful to slide a finger in to break the seal, so idk.

I wonder if reaching a bit higher to the rim (I usually reach to the brim/holes) and refolding in a sort of punch down would be an option for me, any experience peeps ??

Edited at 2012-06-26 01:17 pm (UTC)
okwaho_okaraokwaho_okara on June 26th, 2012 02:50 pm (UTC)
Well I'm a bit lucky, I can stick my finger in and feel the bottom just a little ways up most of the time. I squat, then I pinch it, wiggle it a little, and pull it out. Usually there's no mess but sometimes I spill a little :( I try to avoid taking it out on carpet, easier to wipe up in case there is a little spill.
okwaho_okaraokwaho_okara on June 26th, 2012 02:52 pm (UTC)
Oh and I use Fleurcups :) I have a small and large :)
wings_on_water: green ladywings_on_water on June 29th, 2012 07:07 am (UTC)
I just finished my first period with a cup, a large soft Meluna with a ring stem. (So glad I've switched to cups, holy cow!) I still have issues with removal sometimes - I'm hoping that next month I'll get it quicker.

My issue is that I'm a virgin and if I just yank the cup out any old way, it really hurts at the vaginal opening. So far, I haven't gotten very consistent with my removal technique, but I love the ring stem because it helps me pull the cup down to where I can deal with it. The best thing for me is to use my finger to try to do a bit of a c-fold or punchdown at the back of the cup, then ease it out gently in an upright position (so that the edge comes out first towards my front). I just am impatient sometimes and hurt myself taking it out when I haven't got it positioned right. Ah well, practice makes perfect!
wings_on_water: green ladywings_on_water on June 29th, 2012 07:11 am (UTC)
Oh, and what everyone says about relaxing is so crucial! My cervix is not actually always as high as I thought it was, because when I relax the cup comes right down to where I can reach it. In fact, sometimes I have a hard time breaking the suction of the cup because it seems my cervix is in it. Will do more investigating next period.
Michellepinkdagger on June 30th, 2012 02:56 am (UTC)
I use a small Diva with a trimmed stem. When I was still getting the hang of it, I would only empty it in the shower. Even now, I only empty it over the tile floor just in case. :P Right leg propped up on either a counter or the rim of the bath tub, tug at the stem/bottom until it's close to coming out, insert a finger and slightly depress the side of the cup until suction breaks, then use the same finger to start dragging it out. Pull the cup out slowly by the bottom, dump.

If I'm in a public stall, I have to suck up that I can't prop my leg up like that (and worse yet, my leg has to stay in my pants and shoe), I just spread both legs as far as I can within the bounds of my pants and do the same steps.

I find it reduced a lot of stress getting most of my practice in the shower, so any mess was forgivable. c:
Miss F___: Blackadder private parts.the_mollisher on June 30th, 2012 06:50 pm (UTC)
I use a Femmecup, so my removal technique applies to that, but I will add that I have tried to use a Mooncup and found it very unpleasant to remove thanks to the thick/firm rim, so that might be worth considering.

My Femmecup comes out easily like this: I stand with feet hip-width apart and bend slightly at the waist, then reach in with thumb and index finger and pinch the stem. I gently pull down on that - gently; you haven't broken the seal yet - until I've brought the cup down just far enough to pinch the base and then sort of 'walk' it down with a gentle rocking motion until it's low enough to slip my index finger up the side and break the seal completely. Then ease it out!

Some pointers:
* It sounds weird, but relaxing your jaw (ie keeping your mouth open) seems to help to relax your muscles down there as well.

* Similarly, if you find yourself worried that you won't reach the cup, try visualising the cup within your body as a lift/elevator within a shaft, and send the lift down. (No, really!)

* Have a small piece of clean tissue at the ready for when you get the cup out - it helps to catch any blood that might escape during the removal process.
Yéwon MAXine KimYéwon MAXine Kim on July 2nd, 2012 04:25 pm (UTC)
My fingers are too short?
Hi, I use femmecup and it was my fabulous first experience except for the removal part. I don't feel pain in my body but my fingers because I have to really stretch hard all my fingers to grad any part of the cup. So as I read down all these posts here, it seems like my fingers are extremely short or something. My hands are relatively small (never seen anyone having smaller hands than I do at my age) and when I put my index finger inside my body, I can barely touch the tip of the stem. So I have to use my middle finger to whirl around (?) the rim a bit to make it come down a little bit, and then I try to grab the stem with my thumb and index but it is damn hard. I have some sore pain in my fingers because of this. It was easier when I had higher flows but as it gets lower, it is more difficult to get it downwards to come out.

Any idea? To my knowledge, it seems like I cannot control the level of placement in the body (e.g. lower than usual). It just comes up naturally as soon as it gets into my body.
Miss F___: Gloves.the_mollisher on July 3rd, 2012 11:55 am (UTC)
Re: My fingers are too short?
My cup moves further up by itself too, so I had similar experiences when I was getting used to it. Have you tried getting into different positions for removal? I can only reach mine in a certain position, so maybe something different will work for you.
Yéwon MAXine KimYéwon MAXine Kim on July 3rd, 2012 12:05 pm (UTC)
Re: My fingers are too short?
I was almost flipping around the toilet and shower room to get it out for all kinds of positions. I tried to wipe my fingers to make them less slippery but still the cup itself is so slippery inside and I couldn't help but wasting 10 minutes of struggling for the removal. My fingers hurt so much and now I feel better after two days of resting from the cup removal ! :P Apart from the position, is there any other suggestion? Thanks !
Miss F___: Fan.the_mollisher on July 4th, 2012 04:52 pm (UTC)
Re: My fingers are too short?
Ouch, sorry to hear that. If you post your problem to the community as a separate post rather than a reply to this one, more people will see it and they might be able to suggest things I haven't thought of? :)
Yéwon MAXine KimYéwon MAXine Kim on July 4th, 2012 06:01 pm (UTC)
Re: My fingers are too short?
Yeah, the thing is this LiveJournal says I shouldn't ask the same question on the right column. So I thought that I'm not allowed to ask this question... assuming that many people would've already asked the same question... that it's difficult to remove !
Miss F___: Hoop.the_mollisher on July 4th, 2012 06:07 pm (UTC)
Re: My fingers are too short?
It says to check the archives as your question may have been answered, but if you have checked those archives and not found a solution that works for you I'm sure it'll be fine. :)