I got the cup about three weeks ago right after my last period ended, so I did some dry runs. These weren't very successful so I waited until my period which started last night. It was surprisingly easy to get in. I used the punch down fold, put I halfway in, let go, it popped open, then slid up into place. I wasn't expecting it to actually go in, so I panicked and tried to get it out, but after being unsuccessful and realizing that I actually couldn't feel the cup and it was not painful as I was expecting, I left it there and relaxed.
The next several times I tried to get it out both last night and this morning I experienced severe pain right before the cup rim comes out. What I have been doing is pulling on the stem till I can reach the bottom of the cup, then pinching the bottom and easing I out while wiggling in circular motions. When the rim is almost out i tip the cup to let one side come out first, but it becomes extremely painful and I have to let the cup go back up.
Suction is definitely breaking, so that isn't the issue. I think the problem had to do with a tough ring of tissue just on the inside of my vagina. If I stick a finger about half an inch in then bend the finger, I can pull down on the ridge of tissue. During one of the dry runs when I tried the C fold, I could get the cup in, but only after shoving it past this barrier. When I removed the C fold only slightly opened, I experience a similar pain as I am feeling now, just not as bad. I have tried refolding the cup, but I can't get even one finger in far enough while the cup is there, and if I push in on the side, it is painful like I am pushing on myself. This is probably my cervix. It may be a bit inside the cup, meaning when I push on the cup or even try to get a finger past the rim I am pushing on the cervix.
Has anyone else experienced this? Does anyone know what that tough ring of tissue is? Does this have anything to do with my strong PCs?
I really want this cup to work, it is comfortable (except for the stem being a bit long)and I haven't had a single leak in the last 14 hours. Right now I just really want to get the cup out, but I am also afraid I will be too scared to put it back in again.