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Kady the Red Panda
23 October 2012 @ 01:19 pm
Hi! I have one small and one large Lunette. I started my first cycle with cups ever yesterday. I decided to try out my small Lunette first and did a quick "spot/dry run" to practice insertion before my period really got going (I have heavy, long, crampy periods). The stem stuck halfway out even after a half hour of walking around so I decided to cut the stem in half. Other than that, everything was comfortable. I also have yet to spot or leak on the cloth pad I'm using as backup.

Then I woke up this morning. When I tried to remove the cup it turns out that it ascended up my vagina (I guess my cervix really is higher at the beginning of my period than during its peak) and I could barely reach my trimmed stem. It took about thirty minutes for me to finally reach far enough to break the suction and remove it. Maybe it's because I have short arms but I just couldn't reach it without essentially contorting myself into a pretzel shape on the toilet.

Now I feel that I trimmed the stem for nothing and may have an "useless" small cup. I do have a couple of Melunas coming in the mail but I doubt they will come soon. I can insert the large Lunette just fine; I'm just worried that maybe I can't use my small Lunette anymore. Should I keep trying with my small Lunette or should I sell/donate it?

Other than this problem, my first time with cups ever has been a blast. I've never felt so comfortable and happy during my period in my life. Even my cramps are not as bad as usual. Insertion has been for the most part a snap; it's removal that's a pain.
 
wiesoauchimmer on October 23rd, 2012 06:00 pm (UTC)
i'd suggest that before you get rid of your small lunette, that you get used to the removal routine with the large one, and maybe try again with the small one towards the end of your period, or during the next. you might find that it is easier once you have the technique down. if you still have trouble removing it then, you can try to sell it or trade it in.
juliiie87juliiie87 on October 23rd, 2012 06:22 pm (UTC)
Agreed. Also, while you are practicing with the large, you might want to try several positions and techniques for removal : especially squatting in the shower or tub (to prevent any mess!) and bearing down as if you were trying to poop the cup. You're not the first to report such a long removal process on your first try (some are even way worse), but according to all of them, it gets quicker and quicker ! So it must really be a skill one improves over time. Also, if at all possible, some say it's easier to walk around the house and do whatever you have to do for a while before trying to remove it in the morning, as a full cup may have a tendency to drop a little on its own after you've been up for some time. If you're wearing a cloth pad for your heavy nights, this shouldn't be a problem. Good luck !
Spero meliora.sper0meli0ra on October 25th, 2012 01:34 am (UTC)
I definitely agree with the bearing down comments. I'm on my first period with cups and it's how I'm getting mine within pinching reach, for the most part. I'm feeling for the stem at the start, but more to tell me how far up the cup is, and thus for how long I need to do muscle things for, rather than to grab.
Kady the Red Pandakate_chan91 on October 25th, 2012 02:03 am (UTC)
I've been bearing down more now after reading everyone else's advice. It feels weird to try to birth a cup out but it does make removal easier.
Kady the Red Pandakate_chan91 on October 25th, 2012 02:06 am (UTC)
Thanks! Even compared to yesterday it's already easier to remove.

Strangely, this is mainly a problem after I've slept overnight. During the day it's still difficult to reach but much easier. Even after I nap for one or two hours from cramping it's easier to remove than after an "overnight stay." Perhaps I should use the large Lunette for overnight and my small during the day?
Kady the Red Pandakate_chan91 on October 25th, 2012 02:08 am (UTC)
I'm already finding it easier to remove after more practice with it. Perhaps I'm slowly leaving the learning curve. If that's the case then that's great, because I already love my small Lunette to death.
Katrinakatrina_splat on October 23rd, 2012 06:54 pm (UTC)
I found the small lunette fine only for the first couple of years I used it, then when I was 22 or so I felt I got a bit of a growth spurt, or the last bit of puberty, and my vagina suddenly seemed more cavernous...it was easier to insert cups but no way in heck was I able to get the small one out easily. In fact, I accidentally left it there for about 10 days. (story for another time :P).

So yes, if it's travelling too high, there's not much point IMO! Good luck!
Kady the Red Pandakate_chan91 on October 25th, 2012 02:02 am (UTC)
I started puberty very early so I'll be surprised if I have another growth spurt. But now that you said that it's a future possibility.

Oh my! Ten days?! Were you okay after that? :(

I'm having better ability to reach now, but it's still a little difficult. Here's hoping I will be a pro by the end of this one or my next cycle. :)