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03 August 2013 @ 12:15 pm
Hi there, I am new to the concept of a menstral cup and have read a lot of information.

There are a few questions, mainly with removal. What I have heard read so far is you are meant to grab the cup to pull it out. Grabbing to me, means using a whole hand, like grabbing a tennis ball, or using fingers to grab a pen. Given the cup is inside the vagina, I am not entirely sure what is meant by grab to break the seal.

Do you slide one finger inside and along the cup to break the seal? Do you use two fingers to squeeze the bottom of the cup to break to seal?

Is it possible for someone to give quite a descriptive detail on how to remove the cup?

Also I am 37 and have no kids. I also have issues with wearing tampons and pulling them out, which i find to be quite painful, so I am wondering if the smaller cup would be better for me. Tampons seem to push against my cervix and create a dull pain.

Being from Australia I have the main options of the Juju, Lunette and Diva cup I believe. I am leaning more towards the Juju, because i like their commitment to natural first. Only i have read it is really hard to get the seal to break and not ideal for newbies, so the Lunette is my second option.

Any thoughts, ideas and recommendations for a complete newbie are most appreciated.

Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on August 3rd, 2013 02:59 am (UTC)
There are MANY methods to remove a cup. Everyone seems to have their own variation of it.

Sliding a finger up along the side is one way. Some of us call it the "hot dog in a bun" method. Others PINCH (not grab) the base of the cup, which displaces the air/liquid up above the cup far enough not to create suction as the cup is pulled lower/out and then rock it out the rest of the way. Still others combine other methods that include getting air into/above the cup. Read the replies at posts marked removal and you'll get a lot of ideas.

There are over THIRTY (!!!) brands of cups nowadays and most of them are unique sizes. Check the size charts at http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ or the Community FAQ to figure out which brands you think would fit/suit you best.
elisamba on August 3rd, 2013 06:15 am (UTC)
If you are aware of pain at your cervix, a cup can cause the same problem if it is too long or narrow. Before buying your cup, try finding your cervix during your period to get an idea of how many centimetres into the vagina it is, by inserting a finger, and roughly how wide it is. If it is easy to reach, then a shorter cup will be better. You have to do this during your period, since the cervix moves higher at different times of the cycle. During your period it is at its lowest.
juliiie87juliiie87 on August 5th, 2013 09:46 am (UTC)
This. Reach in, measure how much of your finger was needed, and report that number on here : http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ Don't limit yourself to just one or two brands, you can get any brand worldwide, and the vast magiority for a decent shipping fee.
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on August 3rd, 2013 02:34 pm (UTC)
I remove my cup by bearing down so that the stem is within easy reach of my index finger and thumb. I tug gently down on that until the cup is low enough to pinch the base, breaking the seal, and then do the hotdog-in-a-bun technique to get it out the rest of the way. With shorter cups, I have to reach further in, but with longer cups, the stem sits close to the entrance. No ham-fisted grabbing needed. :-) The Juju stem looks a bit slippery to me -- not necessarily a problem, as my favorite cup, the LadyCup, also has a reputation for being slippery, but is quite manageable for me.

I agree that figuring out how high your cervix is on your period is a good place to start. If your cervix is low, you'll probably want to avoid the Diva, which is very long bodied. If it's high, the Juju might be tricky to remove -- but again, it's not a cup I have personal experience with. The Lunette is a decent starter cup, as it is medium firm, medium long (short cup body, long stem).
tobilei on August 4th, 2013 04:35 am (UTC)
I generally pinch with my forefinger (I use it to break the seal at the top) and the finger next to it slightly lower. I don't really find it painful, unlike tampons there's no "drag" factor.

Don't let being from Australia stop you getting a cup you really want. I too am from Australia and most places deliver worldwide for reasonable prices (fleurcup, MeLuna, MiaCup and I think Yuuki are just some, this place also delivers to Aus for reasonable postage: http://www.femininewear.co.uk/. I haven't bought from there personally but lots of people here have).
m03m on August 6th, 2013 07:49 am (UTC)
Yes, you're right, many brands have flat fee postage to all over the world.
perigrineperigrine on August 4th, 2013 10:55 am (UTC)
I'm also an Australian, and I have various cups as well, all bought from eBay...I scored a Yuuki over the weekend.
moonhoney925 on August 15th, 2013 08:27 am (UTC)
Hi Kayley,

I'm 37 and from Australia as well, lol.

I recommend Feminine Wear as well, Teresa also has a FB page and she is most helpful and stocks many brands. I have bought from there and turnaround is a couple of weeks.

Don't buy in Australia as postage costs are ridiculous, actually costs in general are expensive. I have seen Lunettes in stores for $55.00! I believe Jujus are also around $60.00. You can definitely get a cup + postage from O/S for under $30.00.

Good luck.

Edited at 2013-08-15 08:28 am (UTC)
kayleyg on August 15th, 2013 11:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you to everyone for your replies. My apologies for not replying earlier. I ahve been offline.

I will take everything on board and decide what I am going to do.

I have quite tight vaginal muscles which is why it is hard for me to wear tampons, so I am still deciding whether I will even be able to wear a cup.

Shall let you know how I go if I do decide to use one.

Thank you again.