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11 January 2013 @ 11:47 am
G'day. I'll try and make this short and sweet. 

I'm a very rural Australian so the Juju cup is my only real brand choice. Problem is it's a bloody (hah) pain to remove and doesn't always sit right. It's my first cycle, second day, I'm 21, very tight, 5'7", and own the small. 

Seal:  When I insert, I always make sure it sits as low possible and the cup is open. Alas, my Juju developed a torrid love affair with my cervix and quickly begins a migration in order to spoon each other. Along the journey, it likes to drop its contents to make travel easier, despite only being 1/5th full. I tried to sleep with it too, and it showed its appreciation by creating art on my panties to lovingly surprise me when I woke up.

Removal:   hen I try to remove it, it will scream and cry and desperately cling on its new friend. Alas, I can only fit one finger up and the Juju likes to sit juuuust high enough that I can't reach over the rim. It also likewise sits juuuust up enough I can only grip the very tip of the stem, but it's so slippery it's difficult to hold on to even with tissues. The Juju, in terror of my attempts to remove it, often piddles itself (in red) out of fear. I've resorted to tying a tampon string to the stem to fish it out, but the resulting suction is making Lady Cervix feel very sore and violated.

I'm posting because all the methods I've read here for seal checking and removal seem to involve fitting at least two fingers or being able to reach the rim with one finger, neither of which I can do. Any one have any other suggestions?

TLDR; My cervix and Juju like to spoon each other, which makes things messy, and I've got tighter vaginal security than North Korea. HALP.
juliiie87juliiie87 on January 11th, 2013 01:21 am (UTC)

So, about the whole tightness (which is really just a function of your muscles) and cup riding high thing : it's completely normal your cups likes it up there, but you need to relax and most importantly bear down continuously to bring it lower for removal. Also, there's this neat method we call the hot-dog in a bun : your finger is the sausage, insert it as high as possible next to the rim (usually under is more roomy), presses against the body of the cup so it makes the bun and drag the whole she bang using the grips, fingernails or whatever you can as an anchor. All while bearing down as if you were trying to birth the cup, which should also keep your vag loose. Definitely DO NOT tug helplessly on the stem whithout breaking the seal first. Finally, if you have internet, and a bank account, the sky is the limit, you can pretty much get any cup you want. But do try and make this one work first... Welcome to the learning curve ! It'll get better, I promise ! :)
Illuaussiecritter on January 11th, 2013 04:46 am (UTC)
I tried the hot dog move before, but the JuJu cup is slippery as heck with almost no grip. Alas, my finger seems to slide straight down it. I'm getting quicker at it, but that's only cause I'm cheating with strings to pull it to the point I can reach over the rim.

That and I still can't get the bloody thing to stop dribbling like a demented newborn.
juliiie87juliiie87 on January 11th, 2013 10:54 am (UTC)
Boo you Juju, sorry I'm not very familiar with this design since it seems to be for Aussies only... If I were you I'd shout them some feedback lol... Try pinching where the useless butterflies are instead ? people who use Ladycups (another slick brand) suggest re-drying your fingers several times with TP. That said, anything that helps you bring it closer is good. I've heard of people tying floss to their cup, too, so you're not alone. Hopefully you should also get better at pooping the cup down and out. The key is to not let it slide back up. And silicone is tough, so if it were me I'd totally dig my fingernails into the thing.

Leaking can be of two types : residual slobber which just can't be caught due to its lower location (I wear my cup in adance to prevent that), and actual leaking, which is a placement issue (cup should be (O) around cervix to be of any use). I hope any of this helps !

Edited at 2013-01-11 10:56 am (UTC)
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on January 11th, 2013 03:40 pm (UTC)
I have a slippery LadyCup, but I think it has more (and bigger) holes than the JuJu, so I haven't experienced the intense suction you're dealing with. I bear down with my abdominal muscles to bring the stem closer to the opening, pinch the stem with my nails, and tug down gently so the body of the cup is within reach of my finger. Then (still bearing down, otherwise the cup will ride back up) I push a finger into the side of the cup to release suction and rock it down from side to side. When it's partly out, I squeeze it back into a C shape so the rim isn't fully open when it comes out (ouch!).

I have a cup with much more intense suction (Natural Mamma) and I haven't really figured out a good way to deal with it when it re-suctions during removal. I might try making the holes a little bigger.

Good luck!
kiba_koumorikiba_koumori on January 18th, 2013 08:43 pm (UTC)
Try the punch down fold while taking it out.
bec_clothcyclebec_clothcycle on January 12th, 2013 12:39 pm (UTC)
removal of Juju
I have read this about the Juju on other reviews, it has a completely smooth base with no ridges. The company does have a post about this on the Juju blog http://jujucup.wordpress.com/2012/11/12/how-do-i-get-it-out/

it talks about sitting at the base of the vagina, which I do not think is entirely correct, as juliie87 has mentioned, a cup will go where it wants to and would be really uncomfortable if it sat below your pubic bone.

Bearing down as much as possible while having very dry hands to pinch at base sounds like good advice. Hope you grow to love your Juju ... but if no, its not Unaustralian to try another brand.

whishastar: Penguin Wavingwhishastar on January 12th, 2013 06:45 pm (UTC)
Since I'm waiting for my first cup to arrive, I don't have any good advice. I just wanted to say this post made me laugh out loud....literally. I love the way you described what was going on. :)