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29 November 2005 @ 09:05 pm
so today i seriously spent a good amount of time with my cup and my vagina. i've been impatiently waiting for my damn period to come and it FINALLY DID. hell i blew off class so I could go home and toy with it.

and my thumb still hurts!!! and after all my attempts, i only got it in ONCE, and it didnt even pop all the way open... let me tell you, i somehow managed to get blood splatter all over the place because the damn thing kept slipping out of my fingers and popping open as it was sliding in...

But this is how I got it in, on my one succesfull attempt: I sort of leaned back and had my pelvis out. It made it really easy to access things! So I did that, and had one leg propped up on the bath tub. I cannot get the damn thing in me at all if i'm sitting on the toilet, but standing up or having one leg propped made a huge difference. I realise that for whatever reason I have the most luck with my left hand squeezing the cup, like at top, even though my left hand is not dominant, and then switching hands as it goes in, because I need more control on the bottom of the cup. Anyway, I had always thought that I should squeeze it in, and then twirl it to get it to pop, but i could not twirl the damn sucker to get it to pop open. so, on my other try, i turned it as it was going on and it made it so, so incredibly easy and painless to get it in me - all the other times i could FEEL it - and i was shocked at how quickly it moved, i didnt even realise what i did until later! Maybe that's what you guys have been talking about when you say to turn it, am I just stupid? :)))) But yeah, I couldnt get one side of it unsquished :( good thing i have no problems with getting my fingers bloody... I decided to remove it and try again... i can't imagine cutting off the stem, i dont know i'd get it out, because the stem certainly came in handy!! Anyway it sorta hurt to pull it out, but not as bad as I had anticipated. I tried to get it in the same way after that, but by that point, my hand was cramped, and my girl bits were sore as hell, so I gave up. I shall try again tonight :) but damn you, wont you pop open!!!!

anyways, in celebration of being on my period and almost successfully using my cup, i baked a cherry pie, and it was yummy, and made me feel better :)
a DJ who lived in seclusionknittinggoddess on November 30th, 2005 07:48 am (UTC)
hooray for getting it to work!

I realize that you find the stem essential for removal, but I found that it helps to squeeze the very end of the cup, too. Then there's not quite so much suction. Yeah, squeeze the cup and wiggle it.
ssyndrome on November 30th, 2005 03:09 pm (UTC)

This morning I got up super early (6.45!) to practice with my cup. I got it in great, but couldn't get it to pop, but then I remembered what you wrote here.... I wiggled it, holding it at the stem, and in about 30 seconds there was no more squishing on the sides!!! I was totally hoping for a "pop!" noise though :( So now my cup has been in for about an hour... I hope it doesnt leak or anything! I'm still sorta scared to take it out!
a DJ who lived in seclusionknittinggoddess on November 30th, 2005 08:43 pm (UTC)
I intended my advice to be for removal, but if it works to get the cup open too, then excellent.

Squeezing the base of the cup to remove suction should help with removal as well.
ssyndrome on November 30th, 2005 09:31 pm (UTC)
Yeah.. Today I removed it and it hurt. like. hell. i had a finger up there trying to break the suction but godDAMN!!! tell me the truth, does the pain get any easier?? :(
a DJ who lived in seclusionknittinggoddess on December 1st, 2005 12:00 am (UTC)
This was my third month with the cup. My second month, it hurt for a bit when inserting and then removing. This month, it only hurt when the widest part of the cup passed through the vaginal opening on removal.

A friend of mine couldn't, after three months, wear her cup for the entirety of her period. She would switch to tampons for a day to give her body a break.

As you get more used to the cup, you will also feel more relaxed, which should help immensely. It does get easier.