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18 June 2015 @ 01:43 pm
I recently got my first menstrual cup, a Lily Cup size A, and I'm currently on my first period using it. I've got insertion down at this point, but it still usually takes me forever to get it out. Does anyone have any tips for removal when I can only comfortably get one finger any appreciable distance into my vagina at once? I can grab the stem because it's really close to the opening of my vagina, sometimes even sticking out, but I have issues breaking the seal. I can usually pull it down some without breaking the seal, but that's a little uncomfortable and also kind of freaks me out because I'm not sure if the suction from pulling without breaking the seal is harming my cervix or something. I have a lot of hymen going on and I really want this to work--please help!
Cenamenhoneypie3251 on June 18th, 2015 06:04 pm (UTC)
When I remove my cup what I do is to pinch the bottom of the cup and that releases the seal. Then I gently rock it side to side and remove it slowly so I won't spill the contents out. Try to pinch the bottom of the cup before pulling the cup down.
atremendousfish on June 18th, 2015 07:06 pm (UTC)
I've tried doing that, but the base of the Lily Cup is pretty solid. It doesn't get squeezable until a little bit above the base, and it's pretty much physically impossible for me to get both my thumb and forefinger in far enough to squeeze before pulling the cup down because my hymen is in the way--I can't usually squeeze with two fingers until the cup is like halfway out of my body. At this point I'm trying to sort of hook and pull with one finger because that's all I can really fit, but so far that isn't working super well for me.
Cenamenhoneypie3251 on June 18th, 2015 07:57 pm (UTC)
Have you tried bearing down so that you could reach it easier? If I bear down I find for me that I can dislodge the cup easily and it helps to bring down the cup.
Cenamenhoneypie3251 on June 18th, 2015 07:58 pm (UTC)
I guess one can call it birthing the cup down.
nannad89nannad89 on June 19th, 2015 09:31 am (UTC)

I read that someone uses a spoon to break the seal.

Are you okay now?
yayforcupsyayforcups on June 19th, 2015 04:10 pm (UTC)
Some lily cup users find twisting the cup kind of unlocks its suction a bit, then gently rocking it down or stirring it down until you get it to a point where you can grab it. Or just cave in a side with a finger while grabbing the stem with another .
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on June 19th, 2015 07:11 pm (UTC)
Some users have actually used a piercing/drill bit to put holes near the rim of their Lilys (because it doesn't have holes and yes, that will tend to cause serious suction). I have never tried this because I ended up selling off my Lily but if you look for tags on enlarging suction holes those probably detail what kind of equipment to use.

When I had my Lily, yes, twisting worked sometimes, but I think at that point my hymen was gone enough that I could get up over the solid part of the base with 2 fingers and pinch. The more you use your cup the more the hymen should deteriorate.
atremendousfish on June 19th, 2015 08:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the suggestions everyone! I've been able to wrestle it out several times so far using a combination of pulling, pushing the side in with a finger, rocking it back and forth, and finally pinching/folding when it's far enough out. I think I might end up selling my Lily and switching to something shorter and softer, though--I realized last night that my cervix is way lower than I thought it was (I assumed it was really high because I couldn't find it, but I just didn't know what I was looking for), plus I can feel a lot of pressure and discomfort when I wear the Lily Cup (which I've been lead to believe would be alleviated with a softer cup, but correct me if I'm wrong).
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on June 19th, 2015 11:08 pm (UTC)
It doesn't get much softer than the Lily (this coming from a soft cup connoisseur who owns some of the softest brands available). What might be happening to you is that, like in my case, the Lily's inner rim is hugging your cervix because it's just about the same diameter as your cervix. That can cause cramping and often did for me whenever my cervix decided to be a little bit dangly. That was one of the reasons I sold mine (other than my flow got heavier and I needed better capacity). Someone with a cervix not so closely matched to the inner rim in diameter may not have this issue.
atremendousfish on June 24th, 2015 07:38 pm (UTC)
Can I ask which cup you switched to (assuming it was another cup on the soft side)? I almost definitely need a shorter cup, so I'm probably done with my Lily and would appreciate some suggestions!
yayforcupsyayforcups on June 22nd, 2015 06:49 am (UTC)
The new lily with two spines I felt pokey and uncomfortably hard, like it was keeping itself open speculum style. Two sides were hard and two were soft as stated. Also very difficult to collapse. The silicone is soft on the fingers but when its inside, the cup is a different animal imo.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on June 23rd, 2015 05:01 pm (UTC)
Oh wow I didn't know they changed the design. Mine was one of the very first Lilys.