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Hi everyone. I'm new to the community and as well to menstrual cups. Sorry if this post is TMI, I'm just trying to figure out if this is minor or even normal or if this is something more serious.

So I decided to get a menstrual cup after contemplating getting one for a couple of years now. I got the smaller Moon Cup (the one made in the U.S.) yesterday and decided to try it out before my period which is supposed to start in a week. I tried it yesterday but couldn't figure out how to get it in without it popping open before I put it in. I tried again today and was able to get it in but soon realized I couldn't get it out. I was a little clumsy at trying to get my finger in to break the seal and it was kind of painful when the actual cup started to come out. It felt as if my hole wasn't big enough. I tried for quite some time before I decided I wasn't relaxed enough.
A while later I masturbated a little bit to try and loosen up some and although it was still a little painful I was able to get it out. There was some blood in the cup as well as some that spilled/splattered out. At first I wasn't sure if I tore my hymen or if I had started my period early. I decided I probably started my period early because there were some globs in the blood so I put in a tampon and went about my business. A few hours later I took my tampon out and there was no blood on it.
Is it possible that I tore my hymen or that I did something else? I'm 21 and I'm a virgin. I've used tampons since I started my period which was when I was 14 and the biggest size I've gone up to is a super. Also, I've only ever really been able to stick one finger in but I tried two today before I stuck the cup in and it was a little tight. The pain from taking the cup out quickly went away. I'm thinking I might have tore my hymen but the globs in the blood is what is throwing me off. Any input would be great! Thanks!
perideaux on September 27th, 2015 05:48 am (UTC)
I've heard of excess suction causing bleeding upon cup removal. If the blood was IN the cup, it likely came from inside your body. For the record, using a cup when you're not on your period is VERY different from using a cup during your period, so please don't let this discourage you.

I'm 19 and I usually can only (comfortably) get one finger in, so I'm going to assume for a minute that we have a similar anatomy. I also get the "it's too big to come out" feeling when I try to remove my cups. What I do is I pull the cup down (if there's too much suction, reach in and try to break the seal first), stick in a finger and push down on the cup, pull it out as far as I can without pain, and then fold the cup in half. So basically, fold it into a C-shape while it's inside of you. This makes it much smaller and you can wiggle it out easier.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on September 28th, 2015 12:33 am (UTC)
If you haven't already, skim/read http://kuradi8.livejournal.com/ and enlarge the tiny anti-suction holes around the rim of your Moon Cup. Also follow the link to the Virgin's Guide to Cups.
alittlebithippy: pic#125440158alittlebithippy on September 28th, 2015 04:25 am (UTC)
Hi Jess0212,

The Mooncup was my first cup too, I found that due to its prominent & firm rim sometimes it could be uncomfortable to remove, I now use a Small MeLuna & find it SO much easier!

As for the blood, I think it is most likely period blood due to the vaginal muscles contracting from masturbation.

There are some great videos on YouTube by PreciousStarsPads. She does reviews & info vids, a lot which help first time cup users who are virgins :-)
mrsamyk on September 30th, 2015 03:29 pm (UTC)
As the first comment said, suction from not properly breaking the seal before removal can cause temporary pain and bleeding. I've also found that for those of us that are a bit smaller or more sensitive, the Moon Cup and Diva Cup can be uncomfortable. They're bigger and stiffer than a lot of the other options out there. I actually started with the Lady Cup. It's a pretty affordable one, and is about the smallest and significantly softer. That makes insertion and removal a lot easier. There's way more options out there than the last time I bought myself a menstrual cup, though. My recommendation would definitely be to try a different cup, after doing some research to figure out what might be a good fit for you. Once you have an idea of what you want, Amazon is actually a pretty good place to buy them, since most stores only carry the Moon Cup and Diva Cup in the US.