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I'm 25 years old and in my first cycle with the Mooncup UK. Everything went extremely well for the first 2 days - I couldn't feel it inside, NO MORE CRAMPS(!!!), clean removal as long as I change it every 3-4 hours with my heavy flow.

After two days, I decided to trim it a little by 0.5 cm, because I figured it still stick out a bit after popping open and I have to push it in all the time. Usually it would sit about 1-1.5 cm inside, and I can easily remove by bearing it down low enough to put another finger in and pinch its bottom. I thought by trimming it, it would sit closer to the opening and I can reach to it easier.

To my horror, this morning when I woke up, I couldn't find it! I had to stuck almost my entire index finger in, just to feel something like a bone at the bottom, and the stem is stuck on top of it. Bearing it down didn't help, because the steam was pointing at the bone. I had to squeeze my finger in and try to angle it away from the bone, then bear it down. Now come the part where I started cursing myself for cutting the stem - it's too far in and I couldn't stick another finger in to reach it!

Anyways, long story short, I tried giving birth to my cup for another hour (yes I was sweating until my T-shirt was drenched wet), went out, read some online posts, cried, panic because those who described the same problem as me had to go see doctor, tried some more, gave up, cried to my boyfriend that I might have to let someone stick their fingers inside my vagina. Until a point I couldn't take it any more and decided that I was too stress to do anything about it. I went to have lunch and took a nap because I was too traumatized.

Upon waking up, I went to try again, constantly telling myself that I can do it and if I give up I would have to go to the ER. Apparently the fear of seeing a doctor won. It came out, full, smelt horrible (like a dead fish - maybe because it was in for 18 hours and leaked). But it is out! I'm so relieved. Now it is sitting on top if my windows under the sun to get rid of the smell. And I won't be using it until my next cycle.

After carefully reflecting on every single thing that happened since last night, here's my full report on the incident.

1. Why it happened?
Most likely because it didn't pop open properly when I put it in last night - I only felt it opening about 30 mins after I inserted it and went about my night. It was very likely that it travelled up my vagina during that 30 mins. It has nothing to do with the stem being shorter.

2. What to do?
- Panicking didn't help. Rushing in didn't help either. Crying did. It relieved me of the stress somehow. Eating also helped because you need energy to bear down and also it makes you feel more relax.
- Go in to the shower, squat down, turn on hot water, run it at your belly while sticking your finger in and bearing down. I got it out while doing this. The hot water helps me feel relax and my muscles opened up much easier. If you have a small shower tub with glass sliding door (like mine) , don't close the door though, the steam can make you feel dizzy.
- It is difficult to stick your second finger in because it's very high up. But remember that if you go to doctor, they will make you FULL open and stick their whatever metal equipment inside you. Your blood will splatter ALL OVER the place, and trust me, if it's been inside there for so long, it smells b-a-d. Having all these thoughts of embarrassment in mind would help you with that determined moment when you have to open your vagina bigger than usual and stick your second finger in to pull it out.
- With your two fingers on the steam, keep bearing down while pulling the stem, until part of the stem it sticking out of your vagina. Now you can definitely reach and squeeze the bottom of the cup.

3. Moral of the story:
- Make sure it pops open!!!!
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on February 8th, 2015 01:58 pm (UTC)
Try enlarging the anti-suction holes around the rim. They help with popping open and also removal. If it gets stuck again, try squatting in the tub/shower so mess will be minimized and you won't be afraid to drop it. That also shortens your vaginal canal to be able to reach it better. Then, the idea is to get air into/above the cup. Whether it whooshes in over the rim or seeps in slowly through the holes doesn't matter. Try creating an air channel with your finger on the soft back side of your vag. A spoon can be a helpful tool to do so.

But it sounds like the Mooncup's body is too short for you. There are size and capacity charts at the Community FAQ. Compare the dimensions of other cups to figure out what brands would fit you better.
supperlinh on March 3rd, 2015 07:48 am (UTC)
Yeah I guess because this is my first time using and I never ever even put my finger inside my vagina before, so I was really shy about it.

But it's already really tight with the cup inside, how can I possibly slide a spoon in? TT___TT would it be painful?
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on February 8th, 2015 03:09 pm (UTC)
Cups always, always, always, always, ALWAYS travel upward to sit as close to your cervix as possible. I don't know why cup companies try to convince you that cups are worn lower in the vag than tampons. That is patently WRONG and now you had to go through all that because they lied to you. I personally edited the Wikipedia entry for menstrual cups to change that bit about where they sit but the companies' leaflets all say the same thing!

And yes, a longer bodied-cup or at least something with a long, sturdy stem would be a better fit for you. You might like the Diva if the MCUK's firmness wasn't an issue for you. My cervix is super high but I also need very soft cups so I wear the Si-Bell, Rainbow (70mm with stem so not that long, for my lower cervix days) and iCare.
supperlinh on March 3rd, 2015 07:49 am (UTC)
Thank you for your recommendation! I guess I'm somehow thankful for this incident, now that I know how high my cervix sits... :P
supperlinh on April 13th, 2015 07:31 am (UTC)
Update!
Hi,

It's been 2 full cycles after this incident, and I thought I should leave an update to this post, as I encountered the same thing again during my most recent cycle.

To make the long story short, I followed por_que_no's advice and purchased the Si-bell, both large & small. I wore the small one last month, it was great, soft, easy to insert & remove, however leaked every 2 hours because of my heavy flow. So this month I tried the large one - capacity was great, no major leak...but it crept upwards again!!! Luckily I am more comfortable with inserting my fingers inside now, so I managed to get it out after 5 mins or so. But it went up all the time and it's quite annoying, especially when I was in a rush.

So I went back to using the small Si-bell. I figured the small Si-bell must have gone up towards my cervix as well, but because of the long stem, I could easily grab it. So It's not the body - but the stem that matters I guess. Now I have to find a cup that have large capacity, and a long stem as well!