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Sarcasticia Nitpickerson
Hi everyone! As with the last post, this is one post that will be used to make a general advice FAQ for new users (or for people that are just looking for quick information.)

The question: how do I get this cup out?
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Meganarwen_17 on July 17th, 2014 12:58 pm (UTC)
Squat and bear down.
bklynmom on July 22nd, 2014 01:23 am (UTC)
I know most of the answers will be about how to remove a stuck cup, but I don't have any first hand experience with that as I started using cups after a baby and don't have much trouble reaching any of my cups. But I still had to learn how to remove and reinsert my cup in a variety of situations so I'll put my two cents in here as well in case it helps someone else.

I found the advice to rock the cup back and forth most helpful. Instead of trying to pull it straight out, tilt it alternately to either side (or back and front) while you pull it down. I also try to make sure the back part of the cup comes out first and wait a minute for the blood that was dislodged by the removal process to fill the cup before I take it all the way out. Helps to avoid some of the mess.

Also, I find it easier to take the cup out before its full if I'm not in the shower. There's less mess and it's easier to clean up that way. I think too many people try to get the absolutely longest time possible out of a cup and then get turned off when removal is messy. (Cue the "murder scene" posts here...). Start with a partially full cup until you get the hang of it and then experiment with how long you can leave it. Since a cup will usually last twice as long as a tampon (or longer) a newbie could start by removing when a tampon would need changing and then extend the time as technique improves if flow allows.

Hope this helps someone. This forum helped me a great deal when I was learning, thanks!