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(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.
trejoytrejoy on March 20th, 2015 04:17 am (UTC)
Which cup do you have?
meah1 on March 21st, 2015 09:43 pm (UTC)
Sorry, I should have included that. Si-Bell, large if it matters.
trejoytrejoy on March 21st, 2015 10:19 pm (UTC)
A google search about cup smell yielded one story about a lunette and another about a diva, so I wonderd about which cup you had. My thought was maybe something about the cup itself might be causing a body chemistry reaction that would contribute to smell. I saw your other post below saying it is only the blood that causes odor, not you or the cup. I hope you find an answer! =)
Jennnakedfaery on March 20th, 2015 07:20 am (UTC)
Which cup do you have? I had a tiny Meluna before I had my son and I *did* notice a similar smell then. It perhaps wasn't as strong as you mention, but definitely similar in quality and not pleasant. When I use a silicone cup though, I never have the same smell.
Dianadiana_molloy on March 20th, 2015 10:58 am (UTC)
" I don't think it's an infection"

Why? This would be my first thing to rule out just in case.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on March 20th, 2015 03:27 pm (UTC)
True, it could be a non-STD infection, like bacterial vaginosis, which anyone can get. (The "iron supplement" part of the smell, though--that's just hemoglobin in your blood. Ain't nothin you can do about that)
meah1 on March 21st, 2015 09:45 pm (UTC)
I was thinking it wasn't because *I* don't smell. If the cup is inside, no smell. If I'm not wearing the cup, no smell. If I'm not on my period, no smell. If I'm using the cup, but dump it and flush the blood away, no smell. The smell seems to be entirely with the blood, and not on me or on the cup (once I've rinsed it out) - so that is why I thought it wasn't an infection. I will check it out if it continues though.
mshanai on March 23rd, 2015 07:56 pm (UTC)
Bacterial vaginosis can present this way--little to no smell, until you let the blood fester inside you for a few hours. You are apparently more susceptible to such infections around the time of your menses, too, so if it's mild, it can get aggravated and then recede. Have it checked out.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on March 20th, 2015 01:34 pm (UTC)
Tip the front edge out first so the cup stays somewhat upright. If you tip the back edge first, it will pour out.