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13 December 2015 @ 02:48 pm
Hi! I made an LJ account just so that I could post here :P I've been lurking for a while.
This is my first cycle using a cup. I'm using the She Cup and while it's been working fine, no leaks, I'm having trouble removing it.

When i try to pinch the cup, the seal breaks only after a lot of trying. Sometimes it does break, but re-forms before i can get the cup out enough, so i get a gush of blood all over my fingers and all over the bathroom floor :( My cup has a ball stem, but it sits very low so it's not hard to reach. I'm also a virgin so I'm pretty tight in there. The last time I removed the cup, I sort of pinched the base and pulled a little, and then held on to that bit tight while I somehow inserted another finger inside and pressed the cup to break the seal. Then I pulled the semi-folded cup out. I got a gush of blood and the cup popped suddenly and fell down on the floor and...well , it was quite messy. I'm not squeamish about blood, just worried about how I'll empty the cup when I go back to school( I live in a dorm there with common loos in every floor. Right now I'm at my parents' for the holidays.) Any tips/help would be really appreciated! :)
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on December 13th, 2015 02:03 pm (UTC)
Gushing all over the floor? Are you sitting on the toilet? If not, sit down. Drop your panties to your knees so you can splay your knees comfortably and work it out from there.

The idea is to get air into/above the cup so it doesn't create suction on the way down/out. If it does, get more air into the cup and keep working it down. Then tilt it out at an angle so it's not the whole rim all at once.

There are other methods at the Removal tags. Keep trying until you come up with a combination that works for you.

Skim/Read http://kuradi8.livejournal.com/ for other helpful hints and follow the link to the Virgin's Guide to Cups.
anyany1502 on December 13th, 2015 05:30 pm (UTC)
No, I sit on the floor in the shower. I take off my pants and panties. I'm scared of dropping the cup into the toilet :( and spills are easy to clean in the shower.

That's the part I'm having trouble with. Getting air into the cup to break the seal. I cannot reach the rim, so where should I press to successfully break the seal? The whole removal process is taking me roughly 20 minutes. :( And every time i try and the seal breaks momentarily, I get these gushes. Not sure if it's blood from the cup or blood from beyond the cup.
Sal McGhostface Killahbeuk on December 15th, 2015 05:01 am (UTC)
My cup has fallen in the toilet. I haven't died. I washed it with soap and wiped it with alcohol.

I suggest removal on the toilet because it's easiest and most comfortable for me and it may be for you.

Virginity is not making removal tough, nerves are probably the culprit. That and lack of practice. Relax your jaw, relax your pelvic muscles. Take deep breaths.

And yes, read the material at the links Kuradi posted.
yayforcupsyayforcups on December 13th, 2015 02:43 pm (UTC)
Added to the sitting legs splayed on the loo- try leaning to the left as you work it down, it just feels like it breaks the suction easier, my sister-in-law told me it when i was complaining about suction and it really does help.. That and the base pinch and half twist walk down.
jourdanicus on December 15th, 2015 07:41 pm (UTC)
You should really try doing it over the toilet. I've always done it over the toilet and never dropped my cup in, and even if you do, just wash it. Or if you use the restroom, do that first, flush, and then empty your cup if you really don't want to drop it in pee water.

Over the toilet, just sit with your knees wide and reach up and do it the way you described, pinching the base with the fingers of one hand and pressing the cup with a finger on the other hand to break the seal/fold it slightly. I do it that way too, and pretty much always get blood on my fingers, but it's just part of the routine at this point. I lived in a dorm last year and I just wiped the blood off with toilet paper, put a wad of TP in my underwear to protect them for a second while I went out of the stall and rinsed my cup/hands in the sink, and went back in the stall to reinsert. You can also use alcohol wipes if you don't feel comfortable rinsing in a public restroom, but I'm sure you could find a time when no one else is in there. Or just don't be shy if it's an all girls bathroom. :)
anyany1502 on December 24th, 2015 08:15 am (UTC)
Thank you so much everyone for the suggestions...will try this out during my next cycle :)