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Ristia Amore
30 May 2014 @ 11:53 pm
Hey guys! New member here, this was the easiest and most 'private' way I could ask this question of other cup users.

I've been using a Mooncup B-size since last September, and until this past March, everything's been great with removal. Super easy, no pain, nothing. But with my cycle in March, and every one since then, it's been very painful to remove in the first few days of my cycle. It doesn't feel like suction pain--in fact it feels more like my vaginal walls have swollen up. When I pull on the stem it feels like I'm trying to pull my insides with it. I tend to leak more at the beginning of my cycle as well, and removal is very messy (before this started happening I didn't leak at all). I end up having to force my fingers in far enough to grasp the base of the cup and grit my way through the pain to remove it. Re-insertion is no problem.

I was recently diagnosed with cystic ovaries, but I don't know if that's associated.

Has anyone else had similar issues? I haven't gotten a chance to discuss this with my doctor, since I'm not sure if this is normal or not. 
 
 
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Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on May 31st, 2014 01:18 pm (UTC)
"When I pull on the stem it feels like I'm trying to pull my insides with it" sounds like you haven't broken the seal and are creating a lot of suction.

Whether you're using the US or UK version of the Mooncup, each has tiny little anti-suction holes around the rim. They help with popping open and also with breaking the seal for removal. Some have had good luck by enlarging those holes. Something like a piercing or other punch would probably make a less ragged hole than scissors or a drill bit. The holes on the cup with the largest holes are 2mm.

I don't know what would cause your vaginal walls to "swell up." Maybe there's something awry, or maybe you just get very sensitive. If you see a Doctor, be sure to bring your cup with you because he probably doesn't know what one is. But don't expect him to share your enthusiasm for the cup. Some doctors take the attitude that if they didn't know about it, fit you for it, prescribe it for you, etc then it's no good, a silly fad and you shouldn't use it.
Ristia Amoreristia_amore on May 31st, 2014 05:16 pm (UTC)
I have the US version.

I'll try widening the suction holes, although I probably won't get to see if it works until next month as I'm later into my cycle right now.