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I've tried several cups: Diva, Lunette, Femmycycle, and currently Lena. I've had the same issue with all of them, removal is always an ordeal. I bear down and reach for the stem, barely get a hold of it with the tips of my fingernails and pull and pull (losing grip several times from my nail either bending back or just slipperyness) until it feels like the stem is stretched to the point of breaking, fiiiinally get it down low enough for me to grab the base, and painfully pop it out.
It always feels like there's way too much suction. I've read that just squeezing the base is supposed to release suction, but that's never happened. Even if I somehow manage to get a finger up to the rim, I don't feel a suction release until I completely bend the rim inside the cup itself which results in a mess.
Anyway, what am I doing wrong here? I've watched countless videos, read everything I could find, and tried several different cups. I really want to figure this out, please help me :(
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on May 12th, 2016 02:43 pm (UTC)
Sounds like your cervix is just super high and on top of the anti-suction holes on your cups being too small (or in the Femmy's case, nonexistent) that's making removal an ordeal.
I'd recommend some cups that are so soft that they won't really create suction and, of course, have super long stems. I'd recommend either the Si-Bell, the iCare, the Menocup OB (also known as the Safe&Free or Anderson Trading cup on Amazon), or maybe the Rainbow for low cervix days. All are extremely soft and that may help with the pain too (I have a finicky bladder and a "twisty" vag so I need these super soft cups)
seaweed88: pic#126028927seaweed88 on May 14th, 2016 04:03 pm (UTC)
I find that softer cups are more difficult to break suction than firmer ones. When I squeeze the base of my SJ in an attempt to break suction, nothing really happens, so I have to somehow shove my fingers in much much higher in order to break suction than I do with my medium firmness ruby cup.

But overall I do find removal rather tricky. I have a high cervix and short fingers, so those factors obviously work against me! Bree's video re: painless removal was the most helpful to me. Although if your cup is nearly full it does create a bit of a blood bath. https://youtu.be/LljkmNl8qdc
jennisezjennisez on May 15th, 2016 10:28 pm (UTC)
The video that seaweed88 links to is excellent. That is the technique I use to remove my cup. I hold the stem and bear down, walk the cup down a bit, pinch the base, and then start folding my cup into a U-shape (using my thumb, index, and second fingers) while it's still inside. I just keep walking my fingers up like that and usually about halfway up the cup, the rim collapses and the seal breaks. It's best to do this over the toilet and to tip the cup toward the toilet bowl as it comes out.

If the stem is slippery, fold up a square of toilet paper and use it to help you grip the stem.
negas0nic on May 17th, 2016 08:49 am (UTC)
Soooo I'm no expert, but it does sound like you could benefit from a longer cup that is a little softer since it sounds like you have a high cervix and might be pressure sensitive. I saw that PQN mentioned the iCare cup, and can attest that it's one of the softer and longer cups on the market. If you were to try enlarging the suction holes it could very possibly solve all of your problems. Its also VERY easy on the wallet. I got mine for sale on the Wish app and it costed me $3 (shipping and handling included!!), so you wouldn't have to worry about losing a huge investment if you tried it.

Edited at 2016-05-17 08:51 am (UTC)