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23 November 2014 @ 08:16 pm

Hello! I am new to cups and live journal!

I just started using my femmecup last night ( I tryed some dry runs before and they went great!!) But not so great today ! I went to get up and shower then I had the "Woosh" sensation and I started leaking. I attempted to remove it in the shower but when i tried it felt like my vagina was swollen around it and had trouble finding the stem. I could barely get one finger in too break the seal. After a half hour of the attempt I had to call my ( wonderfull and understanding) fiance in to help becuase i just kept getting light headed, and a big mistake of having long finger nails i kept stabbing myself. He tried breaking the seal but couldnt because it was so swollen. I finally got it out myself by squatting over the toliet and baring down really hard. It wasnt completly full, I don't know if it was because it leaked when we were trying to get it out. Is feeling swollen common?

Im 25,I always used tampons, no children and sexually active.
I havent gotten the chance to figure out where my cervix it and some times  I have painful sex if he goes in all the way. I went to the dr about that he said I had no issues. I really love the idea of the cup. I don't want to give up. Possible a cup with a ring to help get a better grip?

Thank you!!

..::bella vita::..por_que_no on November 24th, 2014 01:30 am (UTC)

Since the Femmecup is on the shorter side (60mm) it sounds like you have a high cervix and could use a longer one. Mine is super high and I use the Si-Bell (74mm incl. stem), Rainbow (70mm incl. stem, on lower cervix days), and I have used the Lily (78mm I think incl stem) and Femmycycle (has a ring stem so length is less of a problem).

In fact, if you think 74mm would be OK for you, my Lily with one notch trimmed might be a good option--I would be back home to ship it out next Sunday and I would be cool with 25 shipped to the US. You can check out some pictures here: http://mc-sales.livejournal.com/209827.html
petecarlpetecarl on November 24th, 2014 01:58 am (UTC)
Yeah, it's normal to swell when you're on period; it's part of the typical bloating/water retention of your period. I've never tried taking out my cup when standing - only squatting. It's probably the angle, and when you're sitting, it's easier for your muscles to relax. I don't think it's cause it was overflowing, it was probably just the angle.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on November 24th, 2014 04:07 am (UTC)
Ah, didn't think of it that way--my first thought when the OP mentioned swelling was that she was feeling the wall/tissues below the pubic bone and that the stem was probably sitting above it, where she couldn't reach and it felt like all the other tissue might have swelled around it. It sometimes feels like that for me when my cups have migrated upwards and I have to really fish for the stem.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on November 24th, 2014 02:52 am (UTC)
I don't think that you should get a different cup yet. Get through the dreaded learning curve with the cup that you have. You might want to enlarge the anti-suction holes around the rim if they're tiny (and I think they might be on a Femmecup.) Get through at least one full period with it. Figure out what you like and don't like about it. Then use the size charts to figure out if you think another cup might fit you better.

You said that your dry runs went great. I don't know why removal was so difficult this time. Perhaps because you were standing? You might have better luck sitting on the toilet since that's where most of your insertions and removals will take place.

Skim/Read through this to see if there's anything that will make your learning curve easier and shorter: http://kuradi8.livejournal.com/ It also has links to other resources, including size charts.

Edited to add: Curl your fingers just a little to keep from stabbing yourself with your nails. There's no reason that cups and long nails can't get along. :o)

Edited at 2014-11-24 01:33 pm (UTC)
trejoytrejoy on November 24th, 2014 05:31 am (UTC)
It is nearly impossible for me to stand and remove any cup. I have to squat like a sumo wrestler to remove one successfully in the shower!
riggens5021 on November 26th, 2014 12:00 am (UTC)

Thank you for all your help, its going alot easier. I am still leaking though, im thinking it has to do with seal possibly.