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06 February 2016 @ 03:02 pm
So my last period I decided I was going to bite the bullet and order my first cup! Today I decided I should have a bit of a 'practice' before my period comes. I inserted the cup and that was pretty easy for me, I don't think it opened properly at first but I easily pulled it out and tried again and it seemed to open fine. Removal was also pretty easy until around my 4th try it just went SO FAR UP! I couldn't get 2 fingers in to pinch the bottom let alone 1 finger to the rim. I don't know if it popped open properly as I don't think the stem was quite directly at the base (could've just made that up in my mind during my freak out but). I'm using the smaller model - I'm 21, still a virgin so obviously never given birth. I was freaked! I was bearing down with all my might and finally got a good enough grip on the stem and worked my way up to pinch the bottom and pull it out but it hurt like hell!
What are some good strategies/methods to make removal easier? I eventually got it out sitting on the toilet (which is how I got it the first few tries) but was squatting like heck before that - that seemed to make it go higher. I was always most comfortable inserting and removing tampons on the toilet could never do that in any other position and have never used a tampon applicator before (been using tampons since I was 12).
I'm so freak by it now - don't know if I want to try again let alone when I get my period!
 
elisamba on February 6th, 2016 07:54 am (UTC)
Your cervix moves lower during your period, and is at its highest during ovulation roughly ten days to two weeks before. So wait until your period arrives, and you may find your cup is an ok fit anyways. :-)
Selmamarsianka_selma on February 6th, 2016 08:22 pm (UTC)
I agree. The dry run felt pretty differently for me, whereas during my period the cervix is much lower and the whole experience smoother because of the moisture.
xoxmeggizexox on February 6th, 2016 11:50 pm (UTC)
Well that makes me feel much better! I'd be around ovulation now so hopefully during my period my cervix will be low enough that it doesn't cause me another freak out!
Miss Ashley: [me luna]imagine_peace on February 6th, 2016 08:41 am (UTC)
Sitting on the toilet definitely helps. Also pushing like you're having a bowel movement and as soon as you can grip the cup, start to ease it out while "pushing."

I had a meluna go up pretty far on me once and I have short arms to begin with, so this is what I did and it came out eventually. You just have to relax and have patience. Good luck!
bklynmom on February 6th, 2016 06:23 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you did fine but there are lots of hints under the removal tag. Keep trying, the weight of the blood helps to move the cup down too so removal on your period can be easier. Messier, but easier!
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on February 6th, 2016 08:25 pm (UTC)
As others have said, because of the increased size and weight of your uterus, your cervix will be lower during your period, especially your heaviest days.

You didn't say which cup you have but "the smaller model" of most brands are pretty short as well as narrower. If you find that it's too short during your periods as well, consider a longer-bodied cup. Compare the dimensions at http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ or any of the other size charts at the Community FAQ or elsewhere online.

If your cup happens to be one of the many with tiny anti-suction holes or one with only two, then consider adding/enlarging them. More helpful hints at http://kuradi8.livejournal.com/
xoxmeggizexox on February 6th, 2016 11:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I get a pretty heavy period so hopefully that will help everything!
I'm using the JuJu which is an Australian model - easiest to get here in Australia. If I can convince myself to use it and it continues to give me trouble I'll have to consider getting another one. They're just so damn expensive!
elisamba on February 7th, 2016 05:59 pm (UTC)
Juju is one of the most expensive, and from what I've read, one of the more challenging cups to remove for beginners. That's not to say impossibly difficult, but just to reassure you that you may have a slight learning curve ahead and that's normal. Just keep reading as much as you can on here - so many tips have been shared here.

Edited at 2016-02-07 06:01 pm (UTC)
jennisezjennisez on February 6th, 2016 09:56 pm (UTC)
I'll echo what everyone else has said - pushing/bearing down helps. And your cervix will likely be lower during your period.

Also, it's very important to make sure that you are relaxed. It's easy to panic when you can't reach your cup, but tensing makes everything more difficult.

I remove mine while sitting on the toilet. I grab the stem, bear down, and walk the stem down enough so that I can reach the base of the cup (blowing my breath out while bearing down seems to help). Then I pinch the base and start walking my fingers and thumb up the cup to fold it into a U-shape. That breaks the seal and helps you avoid hitting your urethra while removing the cup. Then as the cup is coming out I just tilt it down toward the toilet bowl.

Bree from Precious Stars Pads made a very helpful video about removing a cup pain-free: https://youtu.be/LljkmNl8qdc

It takes some practice, but you'll find a removal method that you like after a few tries. :)
xoxmeggizexox on February 6th, 2016 11:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link! I'll have to follow their advice when I can convince myself to give it another go!