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I just started using my lily cup compact by Intimina today and after 2-3 hours I felt wetness on my backup liner so I went to the bathroom to check if the cup had leaked.

Yeah it leaked... even though when I put it in, I heard a pop which was probably the seal forming. I even turned, tugged on the cup and ran my finger around the rim to make sure that the seal had formed.

So I went into the shower to try to fish it out. Somehow I managed to get it out by sticking a finger up the side of my walls, pushing on the cup and then pulling it downwards in a scoping motion. It didn't come out straight, rather, it came out by being folded over (basically the opening and the bottom was facing down instead of the opening facing up and the bottom facing down.) Blood had spilled out but I didn't care because it finally came out. I still haven't managed to get it out without spilling it everywhere. Maybe it wouldn't spill if my thumb was as long as my middle finger :/
I've read many articles on how to remove cups (slowly pulling on the stem, moving it side to side, squeezing the base) but none had worked other than scooping it out so the opening would face the ground.

Any tips on removing the cup with a really strong seal without spilling?
Also why do you think the cup leaked?
If my period is heavy would it cause my cup to leak? It's my first day of my cycle so I don't think my period is heavy (but who knows the lily cup compact can only hold around 15 ml)

The lily cup compact is considered to have a soft base so that may also be a factor that contributed to the leaking. I'm not allowed to purchase another cup since they are a bit expensive so I hope it'll work out since pads and tampons are really uncomfortable
btw this is my first cup

Thanks in advance!
 
Eve N. Furter: Vamp - Nosferatueve_n_furter on January 8th, 2015 10:10 am (UTC)
I have both lily cups. I have no problems with the lily compact, although you have to take a little more care when folding than with the diva I am used to, so it opens up like it should inside.

If it's not fully open and placed right, you get leaks. Heavy periods should only be a problem if the cup actually runs over, and that's remedied with emptying it more often.

But with the regular lily it seems I have the same problems as you do: it's difficult to get it to open fully inside and when it does, it forms a seal so strong that my insides feel suctioned outwards, much like a suction cup would (I don't need cupping therapy there!). It feels very uncomfortable and makes the cup hard to remove in a practical manner. I'm contemplating making holes around the rim, because I can't use it like this.

I remove my diva and the compact easily by squeezing and easing sideways and it shouldn't be more difficult than that if the seal is formed right. Practice in placing it right will hopefully help you with that. They usually don't spill when removed either.

It took some time getting used to the diva cup too and I had moments of doubt in the beginning. But I gave it a good try and when I got a bit impatient with it after a while I went back to pads for a day - until I remembered that they are much more uncomfortable than the diva cup ever was.

So, take the time to practice a bit more and you'll hopefully have success with it. :)
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on January 8th, 2015 02:37 pm (UTC)
You're still new to cups and there is a learning curve so removal will get easier as you figure out what works best for you. As for leakage and other questions, skim/read http://kuradi8.livejournal.com/ My guess is that it filled up sooner than you expected and/or you had what we call "residual slobber."
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on January 8th, 2015 05:56 pm (UTC)
What kind of leaking was it? Sort of brown or bright red, fresh blood? If the former, it's probably just "residual slobber" that was coming out of you while you were fiddling with the cup and hadn't inserted it yet. I haven't been able to conquer this and still wear liners during my periods for this reason. If it's bright red, you may have missed your cervix and had the cup positioned next to rather than right below it (my cervix is off to the left so I did this a few times).

If you find you'd still like to grab another cup, the mc_sales community often has very cheap ones that simply didn't work for other members and members are often willing to do trades so you wouldn't have to hit up your parents for money (if you did before--I can imagine how awkward it would've been if I'd discovered cups as a teen living full time at home! Mom had just hit menopause when I discovered them last year though lol)