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glioncourt
17 June 2014 @ 01:05 am
Hi,
I'm a complete newbie to the menstrual cups. Only found out about them a couple of months ago, and tried out mine for the first time yesterday. I live in Brazil, and got a local brand that a friend recommended.

So two days, and I've had the same removal problems I've read in other posts here. Found out my cervix is high even at the start of my period! Last time I removed my cup, I tried to pinch the base and couldn't... I actually heard a "pop" when it finally came out! And of course the contents flew out (lucky I was in the shower).

I've read the responses on other posts and I still have to try some of the suggestions.... One thing though.... English isn't my first language (although I consider myself fluent enough) and I'm not sure I understand what "bearing down" is.... I initially thought it might be like squatting. But I've read users reference both as different positions, so I'm confused! Sorry! If someone could describe it to me! Google was no help!

One other thing is sometimes I think I can feel the rim of the cup inside... Like a weird soft cramp sensation, not really painful, just there, like a tiny pressure.... Am I being paranoid!? Because the feeling goes away... It's not there always!
 
elisamba on June 17th, 2014 06:35 am (UTC)
That's good your cervix is high, because if you have an Inciclo, it's a long cup. (That's the only Brazilian brand I know - is that your cup?)

"Bearing down" means pushing with your muscles, like if you were having a baby or a bowel movement. You can push like this and still breathe, it takes some practice but can be done.

You will probably feel your cup less with every cycle. But you can also try adjusting it, pulling it down a little, so that if it is rubbing against your cervix, it can move away and then back up again into a more comfortable position.

While you pinch the base, try pushing with your muscles at the same time, and pulling the cup to one side. You will feel one side of the cup indent, and yes, you will often hear a sound so you know the suction is gone. Then bring that indent to the front (facing your navel) and keep the cup folded to avoid the pubic bone.
glioncourtglioncourt on June 17th, 2014 01:36 pm (UTC)
It *is* the InCiclo! Wow! I'm amazed you knew that!

Yes, the friend that recommended it to me said she had to remove the stem on hers because the cup was too long.... I still have to reach in to get to my stem, so... I also read someone commenting they sometimes reached in for the rim to help pull it out.... I tried that, but I can't reach it. So,that's how I figured my cervix is high.

Last night after posting this was actually the hardest removal yet... But I wanted to break the seal before getting it out (something I hadn't been able to do yet)... So I didn't insist on pulling the stem once I got a grip on it. It took me practically 30 minutes but I was able to do it! I was struggling because once I thought I could reach the base comfortably and pinch it, it just ended up sliding back to its original place!

I'll try using my muscles next time! Although I don't really know if I have that much control with them!

I love the idea of this cup, I really want to make it work.

Thanks for the advise!



Edited at 2014-06-18 09:33 pm (UTC)
elisamba on June 18th, 2014 07:53 am (UTC)
Every time is easier and faster - you are almost there!
Kathlynekathlyne on June 17th, 2014 07:38 pm (UTC)
I once heard someone describe bearing down as "screaming without letting any sound escape."

Figure out the muscles you use to stop peeing mid-flow. Now, instead of squeezing those muscles in and up, try pushing down and out.

I hope that helps.

I usually pinch the base of my cup and pull it to one side to release the suction.

Best of luck.
glioncourtglioncourt on June 18th, 2014 01:34 pm (UTC)
LOL! Thanks! :)