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05 December 2015 @ 12:43 pm
Hi everyone,

I am new to menstrual cup and I recently purchased a Lily Cup A (my first). I am married, no children.

Lily has a beautiful finish, but the stem is a bit hard on the flesh, so i cut mine. I still find when sitting, it can be annoying.

I had no problem inserting or getting the cup open. However, the removal is a different issue altogether. I have experienced it stuck 2x with very heavy suction. Even when I have my fingers inside, i couldn't release it. In the end, i have to ask for my husband's help. :( I have not used the cup since getting it stuck 2x because my insides definitely feel tender from all the suction.

Sometimes the cup would loosen up when I pee or poo. But other times, even when I do kegels or bear down, its just stuck in there. During those unfortunate times, the more I pinch the cup, the more suction it gets.

My question is, do you find all cups doing this? and what would you recommend instead of the Lily?

I love the freedom the cup provides. I am checking out a Si-bell (because of it's soft stem). But I get so confused with so much information on the internet, I want to hear what you ladies think. What cups have worked great for you and how have you found the right cup?
Current Mood: disappointeddisappointed
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on December 5th, 2015 03:09 pm (UTC)
The Lily Cup has an inside lip that most others don't. It also doesn't have any anti-suction holes which help with popping open and removal. Would modifying your cup (adding holes?) make it easier to use? Maybe. Would a more traditionally shaped cup be easier for you? Maybe. Skim/Read http://kuradi8.livejournal.com/ and follow the link to the guidelines and charts. Ebay, Amazon and mc_sales are good places to get cups at bargain prices.
jenk921 on December 5th, 2015 11:15 pm (UTC)
thank you, kuradi8! im findibg that link to be sooo helpful! thanks for pointing me to it. :)
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on December 6th, 2015 04:17 am (UTC)
:o) Thanks. I hope you figure it out soon.
djehutys_wisdom on December 8th, 2015 01:28 pm (UTC)
tough removal
I have a heck of a time removing cups, because I have a VERY high cervix. This method might work for you:

Get into a very deep squat. I do this sometimes with my back against the tub, but it works better if I don't -- but balance can be hard! Once you're in the complete squat (thighs against your calves), use your muscles to bear down until you can grab the bottom of the cup or the bottom of the stem (not sure from your description if you have any stem left) with one hand -- pinch it between your thumb and first finger. It may help to get a little toilet paper on there to keep things from slipping. Keep bearing down, and slide the first finger of the other hand up inside until it gets past the rim of the cup. That WILL break the suction. Then, use the first hand (the pinching one) to pull the cup out.

This is a bit messy if you have a full cup, and certainly not the most convenient, but it does work!
jenk921 on December 9th, 2015 07:47 am (UTC)
Re: tough removal
Thanks for your input @djehutys_wisdom, I have no problem grabbing the cup. The suction is pretty bad, I do put in 2 fingers, but when I squeeze, it suctions some more. In the end, I was able to take out the cup, but its not a pleasant experience, and I don't plan to get anymore suctions. so I am looking for a different cup.
Yuncloud_and_smoke on December 10th, 2015 05:53 am (UTC)
Re: tough removal
my quick and easy way to break the cup seal is to grab the base and twist (contents WILL spill with this method if the cup is full lol)