So I figured a menstrual cup was the only
option, I ordered it, received it, sterilised it and got down to business. Inserting took about fifteen minutes but once I got it in I was super proud, I only wore it for around ten minutes because it was a little uncomfortable (which I'm pretty sure was just due to the stem but I didn't want to cut it in case I needed it for removal)
I was all ready to take it out and then came one of the most horrible experiences of my life. I managed to pretty quickly get most of the stem out but from there it was awful, I was bearing down as much as I possibly could, pulling and twisting the stem, I tried reaching up and pinching the base of the cup to release suction, I tried every position possible but it wouldn't come out. Eventually after about ten minutes I managed to very slowly, very painfully pull it out.
I'm now completely terrified of trying to use it again because of how painful it was but I know i have to keep trying because I have no choice. Please help me, was I doing something wrong, how can I make removal less painful and quicker and easier, and also, do you think I should cut the stem and will it be ok for swimming? My flow has been pretty light recently so hopefully that means it won't leak. Thank you ~