meah1 (meah1) wrote in menstrual_cups,

two questions: (1) how to remove without spilling, (2) extremely horrible blood smell

(1) How do I remove the cup without spilling its contents? I would like to see how much blood I'm really losing. When I pinch/C-fold it to remove, I pinch out a lot of the blood that was inside, which spills into the toilet. I'd prefer to take it out full so I can see exactly how full it is. Based on how much blood is in the toilet, and how much is still in the cup after removal, I would say the cup is full when I remove it- but I can't be sure unless I can remove it without spilling.

(2) This is only my second period with the cup, but so far, every time I remove it, there is this horrible rank smell. It's the blood itself that smells, not the cup; once I wash the cup, it hardly smells at all. I can't even describe how horrid and truly awful this odor is. I retch/dry heave every time, and actually cried once. It smells like a combination of iron supplements and rotting meat. I'm dumping and replacing the cup every 3-4 hours (I have to due to flow) so it isn't that I'm leaving it too long. I don't think it's an infection, and it's definitely not an STD (virgin). It barely smelled when I used pads and tampons, and no smell when not on my period. Any thoughts?

Thanks in advance, all.
Tags: cleaning - smells, removal

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