I recently purchased a small Ladycup (in purple - wooo!) after hearing about menstrual cups about a month ago. I've kind of been staring at it for the past month, practicing folds and pondering over how wonderful the idea is!
I thought I wouldn't be able to try it out this cycle (school sports, didn't want to take the risk) but lo and behold, my period came early and I had today to try it out.
Insertion was alright, once I worked out that getting it in and letting go works best. The stiff rim made things a bit hard but it didnt cause too much discomfort. Once it was in it was quite comfortable, only a bit of slobber and the stem only pokes out a bit (might cut it but not sure). My cramps were also reduced a bit from when I was using tampons in the morning.
However removal was another story. On the first attempt (after having it in for about 3 hours) I panicked so I left it in a bit longer. By the second attempt (about two hours later) though I really needed to get it out before I went to bed so I had to do it. This is where the problems started.
I can bear down enough to get the base of the cup quite easily. However even when I pinched the base and attempted to slide my finger up the side, the seal wouldn't break! It still leaked eveywhere though! This made it really painful, not a suctiony feeling though but pain as if my vagina was being stretched out. Eventually I got it out by hooking my finger over the rim of the cup (with some difficulty as it's small up there!) which FINALLY broke the suction and allowed me to get it out, albeit with blood all over my hands and the toilet! It left me literally shaken up!
So in summary I was wondering if anyone has any tips for removal - staying calm etc. I'm 14 (and a virgin - not sure if hymen is whole though since I have an uvula like thing there) and while it was difficult I really want this to work. I'm going to have to use tampons tomorrow because I have school but after school on Tuesday I have some time to practice. Also, does anyone else with a small Ladycup have these problems?
P.S. I'm new to Livejournal so I don't know how to do that cut thing, sorry!