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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! :)
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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. :)