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I made an account here just to post for help. I'm really desperate.

This is not my first time using a menstrual cup. I've had a Sckoon cup (S) for several months now. Whenever it is my period, I try it on my first day. I've read all the tips here, and watched videos, and went to reddit too. Everytime I try it, it always takes me several hours or even a whole day (to wait for the soreness to subside in-between tries) to take out and it's always a horrible process! I feel like crying every time because I feel like it can never come out. IT'S STUCK INSIDE ME AGAIN AND I FEEL REALLY SORE FROM TRYING FOR THE PAST HOURS.

I'm 20, 5" and a virgin.

Here is what I do:
I use the punch fold and push it in. It hurts a bit from the entry and it feels really really tight. The cup proceeds to ride higher and higher up.
To remove it, I try to pull down the stem to grip the base. Nothing, whenever I grip the base it slips off. Everytime I try to insert a finger and thumb, the space is so cramped that it gets pushed inward. I resort to barely putting in one finger on the side of the cup, and push it around, I have tried to push it in all directions, I spend a lot of time doing this. I don't hear any suction break, but I'm sure I've squished it hard against the wall already. I try to grab the stem, which is so difficult to hold on to, and pull while moving it side to side. I do all of this while in the recommended position, I tried all, the one leg up, the lying down, sitting on the toilet, etc. I also bear down and keep my mouth open and try to stay calm. I pull and pull and nothing happens. I go back and try to squish the cup with one finger against the wall again, and squish it repeatedly. I pull and nothing again. I try to grip the cup, but I was never able to grip the cup with a hand. I've tried one hand pulling the stem, while the other tries to grab the cup. It's really tight in there and there is no way I can try to put a finger and a thumb inside without it being pushed inward. I also wipe my hand to keep it dry for better gripping. Really. I can't.

I have gone through this hell many times. How I always solve it in the end is I try repeatedly to push in an index finger of my right hand, then I push the index finger of my left hand on the opposite side, which is really difficult to do, and grab it that way, and it takes me many many tries to be able to do this.

I'm beginning to think that cups are just not for me.

I have a class soon and I don't want to go to class with this thing stuck inside me. I try to stay calm but after a few hours of trying it just makes me want to cry. But I am calm at first, I just start to panic when I've already tried everything. I wonder how other girls don't go through the same difficulty I am. I have done my best to follow all the tips.

I can't take it out. I don't want to keep using pads because it feels really horrible. I'm really going to cry right now. I feel so hopeless. God, someone help. Why is it stuck, I don't know. I've tried every thing I've read on this site already.

Help me please. T_T
 
Miss Ashley: [ruby cup]imagine_peace on October 22nd, 2016 11:48 am (UTC)
I wish I knew how to help. You've tried everything I know. (Also sorry to comment and give you hope that I have a solution. I hope someone more experienced than me, I've only been on cups almost two years, can assist you.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on October 22nd, 2016 12:19 pm (UTC)
If you haven't already, skim/read http://kuradi8.livejournal.com/ -- especially the part about being "tight." Also read the replies for those who had similar issues. You'll find those posts under the "removal" tag.

The small Sckoon is only 45mm long, making it a very short cup. A longer bodied cup might be warranted. Like the guidelines say, don't aim for the teeniest cup and don't be afraid of length if you think you need it. See if you can find a deal on a small Diva or one of those cheap Chinese knockoffs that has similar dimensions. Their long bodies might make reaching the cup for removal easier. Before using it, be sure to enlarge the anti-suction holes around the rim. The Diva's and the knock-offs' are notoriously small. And many of the knock-offs only have 2 holes. It's OK to add more. Most cups have 4. A couple have 6.
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on October 23rd, 2016 05:00 am (UTC)
The Sckoon's stem is pretty flimsy and too stretchy to be much help in extracting. I also don't particularly like U-bottomed cups because they are much harder to flatten with one finger for removal. It sounds like trying to make the Sckoon work for you isn't worth it. Why not take a break from cups (if you hate regular pads, there are other options -- sea sponge tampons, absorbent underwear, reusable cloth pads) and if you want to later, try again with a longer cup with a grippier stem?

Sorry you've been having such a rough time with cups. :-(
roostercat on October 26th, 2016 05:24 am (UTC)
Does your cup have the gripping rings on the bottom, not just the stem?
For me, the easiest thing is to sit on the toilet and push like you are pooping. With my dominant hand (clean and dry) I grasp the stem with my middle finger and thumb. That holds it from riding back up while my index finger pushes against the side of the cup until you hear the seal break. This is where those rings on the bottom of the actual cup come in handy to grip the cup and pull it out. One of my cups' rings are subpar for this and it makes removal much harder.